James Maddox

Songwriter, Producer

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We want our songs to be new and out of the box, but at the same time familiar. Let's tell a story only you can tell!

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Interview with James Maddox

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

  2. A: a new EP for Alison James who's an artist out of NYC

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

  4. A: no

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Both because adapting is necessary

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

  8. A: I promise to be humble and take care of the songs you send me - I know how important and vulnerable it is to hand someone your song, your baby.

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

  10. A: Storytelling

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

  12. A: What's your timeline? Until you feel like the song is done.

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

  14. A: This is not a dry-cleaning service where you drop off and pick up when it's ready; better results follow when we're both involved in the music making process.

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

  16. A: Any references? What's the story or feeling of the song(s)?

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

  18. A: It's best to know what you like - be cognisant of your tastes; if we can figure out what we like, then we have better prospects in achieving the goals set before us.

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

  20. A: Assuming there is no electricity: pen, empty notebook, guitar, tape recorder, and sun screen

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

  22. A: Artist, singer-songwriter, producer, renaissance person. 10 years

  23. Q: How would you describe your style?

  24. A: A mix of Ed Sheeran and Frank Ocean

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

  26. A: It would great to work with Adele at some point. She just writes super compelling stories.

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

  28. A: Listening is the most important thing between the artist and producer.

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

  30. A: Pop, RnB, Alternative

  31. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  32. A: Empathy

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

  34. A: New sonics/sound design that enhance the feeling or story of a song.

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

  36. A: I like to talk with the artist about the story or feeling they are trying to convey and then match that sonically or lyrically. I consider my process open where I like to receive input from the artist in realtime.

  37. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  38. A: Home studio with Antelope A/D. Multiple guitars (acoustic and electric). Piano (an actual Steinway upright). Midi controller

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

  40. A: Blake Mills, Pharrell Williams, Max Martin, Hans Zimmer, Robert Glasper

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

  42. A: Producing + Songwriting

Terms Of Service

A bundle of an all-inclusive production (recording, production, mixing), is $1000.00. Mixing is usually a two-day turnaround time & there are two revisions to mixes on unattended sessions.

GenresSounds Like
  • Frank Ocean
  • Ed Sheeran
  • City and Colour
Gear Highlights
  • Steinway Upright piano
  • multiple guitars
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