Justin Cortelyou

Mixer and Engineer

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Justin Cortelyou is a top level mixer and engineer located in Nashville, TN. Having worked with top artists from all over the world in many different genres, he has worked with some of the greatest artists in music; Paul McCartney, Brian Johnson, Alice Cooper, Taylor Swift, Randy Travis, Kiss, Kristin Chenoweth, and Deep Purple to name a few.

I have been in the music industry for 16 years and have had the privilege of working with some of the biggest and most influential musicians and artists of our time. I've been on both sides of the glass and come from a music background. My mentor was Mike Shipley, one of the top mixers of our time. My approach is to honor the song and the music that's inside the tracks. I bring energy, width and depth no matter what genre.

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Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Justin Cortelyou
  • Deep Purple
  • Deep Purple
  • Alice Cooper
  • Jerrod Niemann
  • Jerrod Niemann
  • Phish
  • Phish
  • JJ Shiplett
  • Michael Ray
  • The Tenors
  • Blake Shelton
  • Jerrod Niemann
  • Jerrod Niemann
  • Jerrod Niemann
  • Saliva
  • 2Cellos
  • 2Cellos
  • Will Hoge
  • Deep Purple
  • Deep Purple
  • K'NAAN
  • K'NAAN
  • K'NAAN
  • The Darkness
  • The Tenors
  • The Tenors
  • Alan Jackson
  • Alice Cooper
  • Alice Cooper
  • Alice Cooper
  • Kristin Chenoweth
  • Kristin Chenoweth
  • Alice Cooper
  • Alice Cooper
  • Alice Cooper
  • Kimberly Caldwell
  • Kimberly Caldwell
  • Taylor Swift
  • Framing Hanley
  • Kumi Koda
  • Christian Kane
  • Christian Kane
  • Fefe Dobson
  • Christian Kane
  • Christian Kane
  • Christian Kane
  • Christian Kane
  • Christian Kane
  • The Canadian Tenors
  • Alice Cooper
  • Alice Cooper
  • Alice Cooper
  • The Canadian Tenors
  • The Canadian Tenors
  • SafetySuit
  • Kiss
  • JJ Shiplett
  • Natalie MacMaster
  • Donnell Leahy
  • Natalie MacMaster
  • Donnell Leahy
  • JJ Shiplett
  • JJ Shiplett

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    I've worked with Justin a lot. He is a consummate pro to do business with, and his mixes are always world class. Highly recommend!

Interview with Justin Cortelyou

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: The Hollywood Vampires record was just an amazing experience. It spanned almost two years and I flew back and forth from Nashville to LA. We recorded much of it at Johnny Depp's house, and had some surreal musical guests including Paul McCartney, Joe Perry, Joe Walsh, Brian Johnson, Dave Grohl, Marylin Manson, Perry Ferrell, and many more.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I just finished working on a U2 BBC at Abby Road special and am currently mixing Andrea Bocelli with Bob Ezrin.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: There are so many great artists, producers, mixers, musicians, and mastering engineers on this site.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: I live in the digital world. It allows me the freedom to recall quickly, and I feel that I don't have any loss of fidelity or color the way that I mix. I do sum through a summing mixer and have a few color pieces that I will insert on a track that needs it, so I guess its a bit of a hybrid work flow.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I promise that I will put all of my focus on your song and material until it is finished. I've never had a client come back unhappy, and I believe its because of that focus and communication between us.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: I love when I get a song that is really creative, and that could be in any genre. When the artist is truly tied to the song, it really raises the bar. Those are the songs that I just can't wait to finish so I can take off my mixer hat and just listen for the pleasure of listening.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: Generally they ask what gear I like or what I think about a specific piece. I'm not very precious about gear because I feel its really a small part of the mix process. Pieces of gear are just tools, but the energy lies in the music and in the music.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: I'm not sure there really is one. I will take your tracks and make them sound great.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: I always ask my clients for a few song references that go in a similar direction. Sometimes explaining sounds and colors is tricky, so being able to say, "listen to the snare sound on this track" is very helpful.

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Communication is key. My job is to enhance your song and get it to where you absolutely love it. I enjoy hearing feedback from my clients. It's not my record I'm mixing, its yours.

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Neve 1073, Urie 1176, Collins 26U, Neumann U67, Neve 33609

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: I cut my teeth in 2002 under mixer, Chuck Ainlay at Sound Stage Studios in Nashville, TN. I was night manager at Sound Stage before being hired by master mixer, Mike Shipley. After that, I engineered in LA with many pop, rock, and hip hop artists before moving back to Nashville where I began working with producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, KISS, Alice Cooper, Peter Gabriel). I still work with Bob Ezrin as well as various producers and artists in all genres of music.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: I like to bring a lot of energy and clarity to any genre of music.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Any artist that brings creativity.

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: Pre production. Start with a good song and rehearse it before you get into the studio. If you're creating tracks

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: I work in all genres. From country to rock, from classical to pop. It's all music, and my goal in the mix is to honor and enhance the song.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: I can take your tracks and make them sound better than you ever thought possible.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I was a classically trained trombonist, played in several jazz bands, and also played guitar and sang in rock and metal bands. I come at mixing from the standpoint of a musician. I have worked with the world's top producers and artists, so I have a lot of experience to draw on.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: I like having a rough mix to listen to in order to make certain that I have all of the required files and to reference general values. This gives me a look into where the artist's mind was in creation. I can see what instruments they feel lead the way, etc. I generally like to mix a song a day, then close the mix the following morning with fresh ears.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a hybrid mix environment mixing mostly in the box, but summing through a dangerous summing mixer. I have a few outboard pieces that I use and a few secret weapons. I love my PMC twotwo 6 monitors with matching sub, and compliment those with Grado labs headphones as well as some consumer-grade speakers for reference. These allow my mixes to translate very well in all listening environments.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Michael Shipley (Def Leppard, Maroon 5, Shania Twain, etc) was one of my favorite mixers and my mentor. I worked with him for several years, and that really influenced my approach to mixing.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: I am a mixer of all styles of music, ranging from old school rock, to pop and classical.

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  • Blake Shelton
  • The Killers
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Gear Highlights
  • PMC monitors
  • UA Apollo
  • UAD plugs
  • Slate plugs
  • and a few secret weapons.
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