My name is Joel Bernstein and I'm a 21 year old singer/songwriter, producer and pizza enthusiast. I've been recording and writing music for about 6 years now. You might have seen me on youtube or in a viral video singing a part of "Make a Man out of You" from Mulan. I specialize in music production, writing and a little bit of mastering. Lets work!

I'm a twenty one-year-old singer/songwriter and producer based in Germantown, Maryland.

For over six years, I've been producing original music. I made my musical debut in May 2013 with the release of my first album: This Is What My Heart Sounds Like.The release caught the eye of a number of professional musicians, among them Josiah Lemming, a Warner Brothers-signed artist, with whom he has collaborated.

I spent a year studying music production at McNally Smith College of Music in Saint Paul, Minnesota. My experience there allowed me to kickstart my career as a musician and collaborate with other artists. Co-producing my debut album with producer Trevor Rodriguez gave me a firsthand feel of what it’s like to independently work in a studio.

Since then, I've written and produced my second album, On Fire, filmed and produced many youtube videos, produced for other artists and have even written music for clothing line's look books.

Gear highlights

  • Yamaha HS8 Monitors
  • FabFilter plug-ins
  • Abby Road EQ plug ins
  • Antares Pitch software
  • Rode NT1-A
  • AT4060
  • Neumann KM-184

Genres I specialize in

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Interview with Joel Bernstein

What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Talk to them first! Explain your vision and make sure everybody is on the same page.
Can you share one music production tip?
Practice, practice, practice!
What type of music do you usually work on?
It's mostly pop music for other people. When I record and produce myself, that can range anywhere from singer/songwriter to R&B to electronic.
What do you bring to a song?
Diversity and originality. Growing up in one of the most diverse places in the US has allowed me to gain exposure to all different kinds of music. I have such a knowledgable background on how different music works by really listening and studying different genres of music.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio set up is very simple. I've got a 27-inch iMac in-between a pair of Yamaha HS8 monitors. I've got a Focusrite Saffife PRO 14 interface to record mics such as the Rode NT1-A, AT4060 and Neumann KM-184s. I'm a huge advocate to the plug-ins made by FabFilter as well as others like some Abbey Road EQs, Waves plug-ins and my favorite reverb- The Valhalla Vintage Verb.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
I'm influenced by a lot of different music. I'm heavily influenced by the whole OVO sound crew and their style and way of producing, but I also love Mike Crossey's work (The 1975, Amber Run, Ben Howard, Lewis Watson etc.) as well as Rick Rubin. The music I tend to write is more singer/songwriter and pop with a heavy influence of R&B and rap.