Nickolas Joy

Mixing, Mastering, Production

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I offer affordable remote mixing, with years of experience. I’d love to help you get your songs to that next level in a price range that fits you and your goals. With top of the line tools and a good ear, I am dedicated to assisting artists in getting the sound that they want. I also record and compose guitar, bass, synth and beats.

I've been writing songs and playing in rock, folk and alt-country bands for over 15 years. For over 10 years my focus has been on recording, writing and composing music for touring acts, most of the albums I have worked on have charted on college radio across Canada and internationally.

I’m still building my portfolio so the rates I offer are extremely competitive for what I deliver.

My own music is heavily influenced by artists such as Pavement, Broadcast, Stereolab, Joao Gilberto and Hank Williams. I am a huge fan of most genres including Pop, RnB, Soul, Hip Hop, Punk, Jazz and Folk/Country.

With an open minded approach I will fit my mixing services to fit your budget, sound and your goals.

Send me a note through the contact button above.

6 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Luke H.
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    Nikolas is an accessible yet true professional. He has great ears, the gear to make your track shine and the willingness and passion to invest in your sound. He obviously takes pride in his work and has turned out a great product, capturing the essence of my work perfectly. Can’t wait to work together more in the future. Highly recommended!

  2. Review by Daniel P.
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    Nick Joy is a very professional, hard working talent that always has the interest of the artist in mind. He seeks to share the vision and goal for the music should be and is conscious of his strengths and weaknesses when approaching a new project. He will give you options and guide you along if this is a new process for you. He is patient and understanding if both parties are not on the same page. Nick is willing to meet the needs of the artist and the music. I highly recommended using Nickolas for your next project and I will continue to use him for my future projects as well.

  3. Review by Curtis Lockhart
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    Nick was incredible to work with! Very accommodating, and always made sure we were on the same page in understanding how you want to sound. He is very experienced in working with bands/artists and knows his way around various recording equipment. Would highly recommend.

  4. Review by Sadie
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    I'm fairly new to making music, and the tracks i'd spent the last year making meant a lot to me.I was nervous to find someone to help me mix the tracks properly, so I'm glad I found Nick. Dude is super chill and me made my demo sound real and i didn't go broke!

  5. Review by David Kleiser
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    I didn't think it was possible. I'd tried to make this track work with two other producers over the last year and it just wasn't working. I'm pretty specific in what I want done, and Nick made it work. He did it fast and played ball with me ever step of the way.
    I just can't get over how satisfied with his work i am, would defiantly work with him again.

  6. Review by Hazen
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    I've worked with Nick many times and have been blown away by his professionalism and his passion for the work he does. He's a really good listener, is super responsive and is so chill to work with. Every song of mine he's worked on has turned out better than it ever did in my head and he's got a knack for writing auxiliary parts that I wish I'd thought of but probably never would have. He's definitely undercharging for the quality of what he produces, I would work with him again in an instant

Interview with Nickolas Joy

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

  2. A: Folk, singer songwriter, mostly, both traditional and modern.

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

  4. A: Joao Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim. Their music is pure magic and their records are some of the finest sounding recordings I’ve heard. Stereolab and Broadcast. Wow, where to begin? Neil Young, Pavement, Sonic Youth, Brian Eno, CCR. Very creative and curious artists who constantly explore yet retain their idiosyncrasies. Perfect in its imperfections.

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

  6. A: Mixes for clients, Creating a backlog of library music, Finishing up recording new 2 EPs for my project Nature Walk to be released late 2021 and early 2022.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both. Tracking with nice preamps, outboard compression and saturation is wonderful. Mixing in the box is fantastic full of possibility and actually affordable to most folk.

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

  10. A: Problem solving, learning, and just engaging with music on every level.

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

  12. A: What services they need? What are their goals and based on what they have and what I can provide are these goals attainable? How many tracks they have in a recording What are some songs they would like their project to turn out similar too? What their plan for releasing their music is, and how will that correlate to their goals?

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

  14. A: Know what your goals are how you will achieve them. And have realistic and healthy goals and expectations.

  15. Q: How would you describe your style?

  16. A: Dreamy... maybe Earthy

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

  18. A: Take your time with your microphone, get a good sound going in. The end result is determined by the first step.

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

  20. A: I’m good at solving problems in recordings, I’ve worked with a lot of home recording artists who record in less then ideal spaces. I find it’s important to solve real issues well retaining some grit. I really enjoy bringing those songs to life, and making them sound bigger and more lush. I hope I help bring music to life well letting it retain the life it has.

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

  22. A: Mixing, most clients I work with require a little bit of editing in their mixes as well. Many also want me to master the songs I mix for them as I work with a lot of artists who are on a budget. I enjoy doing this and but often have better results when using a separate mastering engineer.

Terms Of Service

Please contact me for project pricing. Pricing is based on individual projects. Typically allows 2 revisions before any additional costs. Turn around dependant on the project and clients needs.

GenresSounds Like
  • Pavement
  • Townes Van Zandt
  • Beach House
Gear Highlights
  • UAD Apollo twin
  • Softube Console 1 + fader
  • Townsend Labs L22 Sphere
  • Sennheiser HD650
  • Izotope/Universal Audio/Softube Plugins
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SoundBetter Deal

If I am mixing your song already, rates for editing, vocal tuning and mastering can be discounted.