I’m Jon Mark, and I write nursery rhymes for grown ups! 🎶 I’m a Topliner and Vocalist by nature but my love for music has led me to producing, rapping and engineering my own projects as well as other artists in my network.
Disclaimer: If you ever see me without headphones 🎧 around my neck, I’ve officially lost my mind!
Until then, hey 👋🏽 I’m Jon Mark and I want to bring life to your project! I specialize in creating dynamic/syncopated vocal melodies for all sections of your song, including Verse, Pre hook, Chorus & Bridge with optional harmony available at all times.
I grew up homeschooled so a good amount of my influence came from watching Pop television and listening to Top 100 radio. Because of this, I can really appreciate all genres of music, and more importantly, all ways of telling stories throughout music.
I’m more than just a beat maker when I work with a client/friend. I attempt to create moments with my people because that’s how music influenced my life. All of my favorite songs from my childhood carry a vivid memory of where I was, what I was doing and how I felt. I want my music and the music I create with my peers to do the same for the little ones coming up now.
I've been mentored by top music producers, executives, and music supervisors: Adam McInnis (Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw, Leap!), Autumn Rowe (Ava Max, Dua Lipa), Gabi Kochlani (Universal Music Group), Rosie Howe (StraightUp)...etc
My current focus is on building my song catalog, expanding my network & and making fire tracks! Pull up if you want to work!
I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.
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Jon is an essential asset to add to your project. He brings incredible value with unique concepts, has a talent for lyrical word play & has the ability to turn your good ideas into great ones. He is well versed in many different areas, not just song writing. This man has strong top line melodies, track production skills & is a great personality. Jon will have you questioning whether it’s work or play! Lol. Nothing feels like “hard work” with Jon. He makes the job fun & I would recommend working with him while you can still afford to do so.
Interview with Jon Mark
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making music is what I like most about this. Period. Fun doesn’t usually come up in the same sentence as job. And my job is fun!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Main questions revolve around songwriting and creativity in lyrics. My answer would be think conversational. Write words that paint pictures in the mind. Describe what you feel and see, so your audience can participate in the full experience of the moment you wrote about.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Visited one of my Producer mentors during Christmas break and wrote 5 songs in 4 days with him. Turned around and signed a deal with a sync agency 2 months later from those same songs. That showed me the power of a solid network and workflow.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Right now I’m involved in 2 ep projects for 2 artists, 1 album project for Latin artists, pitching hooks to sync artists with larger networks, and I’m always submitting to briefs and opportunities in sync.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: SOZI for topline melodies, female vocals, songwriting, production and engineering.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because that’s what I learned first. But analog chains are impeccable!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to be 💯 with you. I’ll be honest in my review of the product and I’ll provide high quality work. If I’m unsure, I’ll let you know.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I think the time it takes to make a high quality product is slept on in our business. The time it takes just to train your ear to hear small nuances in a mix is definitely not valued by the general public.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I ask for reference songs.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I won’t take advantage of your time and money. I’m here for your vision so as long as you let me know what you need, I’ll deliver it to the best of my abilities and get it back to you in a timely and organized fashion.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My MacBook, a WiFi extender, my sm7b, the mobile Scarlett interface annnnd my MacBook charger 😂🤷🏽♂️
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I’ve been doing music for 10+ years. Mostly self taught. Now I am regularly mentored by an array of music execs and songwriting coaches.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Syncopated melodic cadences. Vibey > Classical. If Khalid rapped.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I’d like to work with Julia Michaels just so I can study her writing process and how she is always bringing fresh concepts.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Save your work on an external drive! Also, make sure in your production to create a nuanced feeling for the listener every 8 bars. (That could be adding or removing instruments)
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually do cowrites with different pop/r&b artists. But for my personal work, because I sing and rap, I could be working on a trap song one day and a pop/Edm song the next.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my will to keep working! Nothing will get in my way of making your product the best I can.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a different perspective. I have the ability to actually write clean raps for those that need more commercially friendly music. My writing style is vivid and colorful. I make sure to write a good amount of lines I’ve never heard anyone else say in every song. I seek clever contrast on almost every 2 lines so my writing process is extremely filtered. I rarely bro the same thing twice when searching for melodies so I’m a jukebox of melodic ideas.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When I make songs, I start by picking a beat with inspiring chord progressions. Next I mumble until I find catchy melodies. After that I write the chorus, and work my way backwards. After a solid performance is captured I put all my energy in mixing and mastering.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Shure SM7B, Scarlett 2i2 interface, and a standard pop filter. I record and comp my vox in Logic. Also create productions out of Logic.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: So many! Lol currently, Julia Michael’s pen, Lil Baby’s pen, Roddie Ricch’s dynamic melodies. But this list could go on and on.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mainly provide topline melodies, songwriting and production.