AKA JK on SoundBetter

20+ year production, engineering, studio, live, remix, artist and performer with over 100 commercial releases. Primary focus is mixing these days but given the right fit happy to collaborate on any project's needs.

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AllMusic verified credits for Jonathan Kreinik
  • Surfbort
  • Surfbort
  • The Rapture
  • The Rapture
  • Extra Golden
  • The Cassettes
  • Measles Mumps Rubella
  • Measles Mumps Rubella
  • Extra Golden
  • Shortstack
  • Supersystem
  • Black Taj
  • Out Hud
  • Hot Snakes
  • Measles Mumps Rubella
  • Measles Mumps Rubella
  • Trans Am
  • The Apes
  • The Apes
  • Hot Cross
  • The Oranges Band
  • The Oranges Band
  • Aim of Conrad
  • The Movies
  • Trans Am
  • Trans Am
  • Calibos
  • Calibos
  • Trans Am
  • Knodel
  • Trans Am
  • Trans Am
  • Frodus
  • Roadside Monument
  • Roadside Monument
  • Roadside Monument
  • King Mono
  • Leverage Models
  • Slow Knights
  • Beni
  • Future Wife

Interview with AKA JK

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

  2. A: I was called at the last minute to track some vocals for the just released track "Go Up f Pharrell and Cat Power" by Cassius. I was trusted to do this super-secret session after a last-minute cancellation happened, but because I had a personal relationship with the artist producing the track it worked out we could do the session in NYC last minute. It takes a lot of confidence in a collaborating engineer on the other side of the planet to come in in a pinch and work on a fairly secret record. The final track came out great and I'm happy to have worked with everyone involved. I tracked some additional lead vocals in my studio in New York.

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

  4. A: Ask me.

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

  6. A: I just got here.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Yes.

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

  10. A: Ask me.

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

  12. A: I've been in music and audio almost my whole life, before I knew what "grammar" meant. This is what I do.

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

  14. A: "How do I _____ in Ableton?" Seriously that's the most common question.

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

  16. A: That anyone can do it, that anyone with an expensive piece of gear is talented. That colored studio lights make a better record. (though we do have them if you need them)

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

  18. A: How may I help you?

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

  20. A: If you need advice, i.e., if you are in need of assistance completing or improving your record you should hire me.

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

  22. A: my ears. and 3 friends

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

  24. A: I've been doing this professionally since 1996. I've been doing this for "doing this sake" since 1977.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Ask me.

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

  28. A: Ask me.

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

  30. A: There are no rules and no set ways to go about finishing a song, album, idea or project.

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

  32. A: Ask me.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Ask me.

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

  36. A: Ask me.

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

  38. A: Ask me.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a mix room in New York City attached to a live room. I use both analog devices and work in the box, employing a collection of vintage, esoteric analog gear as well as a variety of digital, sci-fi future applications. We have colorful lights if you need them as well.

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

  42. A: I record bands and solo artists. I mix records. I produce bands, solo artists, audio projects. I remix records. I sweeten audio. I do live sound. I consult on an number of production and audio related matters. I collaborate on writing projects. I prepare any sort of audio for release on the internet.

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