Been writing and producing music for the past 20 years. Have international touring and performing experience for the same amount of time. Can produce and complete a song and play drums, keys and guitars.
JP Maurice doesn’t take anything for granted. In the midst of the tribulations rippling through the music world in 2020, one of Western Canada’s most resilient, accoladed and experienced songwriters and performers presents a project most personal: Pressure Makes Diamonds. In it JP Maurice puts forward what we’ve all been facing this year – money woes, frustration with the status quo, dashed dreams and a society in turmoil.
Crafted over several years, Maurice bares to witness his deep sensibilities as a songwriter in his latest collection of music. Pressure Makes Diamonds is the 5th studio album from Maurice, following his alt-country rooted rock album Boys (2018) and the moody, haunting, emotive pop-noir smash Girls (2017). Pressure rings true with Maurice’s strengths as a vocalist and takes the listener on a journey from lofty, booming notes that lift Maurice’s voice to the rafters, to driving melodies that hint of shoegaze rooted in pop-folk. Buoyant, youthful, soulful vibes resonate from songs like Runaway, and land strongly with razor sharp, ethereal and harmonic highs in Liquid Confidence. The album beats with anxiety, struggle, perseverance, resilience, doubt, wanderlust and loss.
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Interview with JP Maurice
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Arrangement, musicianship, mastery of melody and ear for harmony.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A knack for accessibility and tasteful enjoyment.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I don't have a typical process. I surgically analyze whats needed most on a song, and work back from there.. or just built it from the ground up.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Danger Mouse, Hamilton Leithauser, The Beatles, Brian Wilson.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producing a song from its written inception to its fully realized creative completion.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Produced, engineered and guided Dan Moxon's first solo album after fronting the band Bend Sinister for 13 years.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A brand new collaboration with Leisure Club's Jamie Smail tentatively called Pam and Tommy.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: variety is the spice of life, so a healthy balance of the two. Analog for warmth, and digital for ease.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being my own Boss
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Gibson Acoustic guitar A solar panel for electricity My Mac Book an Apollo Sony c38-B
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Been playing music professionally since singing in a gigging motown band in High school back in 2001. Fronted a band "Maurice" that was signed to Warner US/143 and released an album "Young People With Faces" executive produced by multi Grammy award winner David Foster and produced and mixed in Los Angeles California by Matt Hyde. Was a participant on CTV's "The Launch" in 2018. Releasing 5th full length album in 2021 "Pressure Makes Diamonds"
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Pop noir/Neo Soul/Throwback Rock
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would absolutely love to collaborate with Danger Mouse. By far one of my favourite producers of all time. Inspiring and innovative
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is More!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer Songwriters and Indie Rock bands