Adam James

mixing and mastering,producer

Adam James on SoundBetter

I am a degree holding producer who loves creating music but also helping people however I can.

I have recently finished a three-year university course in music production and will progress to the next one very soon. I have been mixing and mastering my work to High standards to ensure I left university with my degree. However, before all of this, I have studied my level two and level three courses at college in music performance. I have been a guitarist for many years now, which has helped a lot over the years when creating different music types. I am offering mixing and mastering services on this site as that's what I enjoy doing, and being able to help elevate someone's production is very satisfying. I Mainly work on hip hop, Rock, Metal, trap, and media competitions, such as film scores and orchestral pieces; however, I am open to working on anything you may have.

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Interview with Adam James

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

  2. A: Through my time at university, there were multiple different times where I was proud. For example, I created numerous different music pieces within a short amount of time but still had all the detail to make it a great-sounding song. This, to me personally, was an outstanding achievement. It showed that I could create high-quality music at an excellent pace which I couldn't before. So I made the song, mixed it, and mastered each piece, which helped me learn plenty of new skills and to help me grow as an artist and producer by helping me gain self-confidence.

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

  4. A: Currently, I am working on some more hip-hop beats, guitar instrumentals, and media compositions, for example, creating film scores and orchestral pieces for different emotions, so some sad, happy, dramatic, and so on.

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

  6. A: No unfortunately not.

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

  8. A: My promise to my clients is that they will get a hard-working individual putting 100% into their project to ensure they are happy with the result. I will be patient and helpful all the way through because, in the end, I want to make them happy with their music, and I want to do anything I can to help that.

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

  10. A: Honestly with the limited experience I have had producing peoples music I haven't been asked much apart from the basic stuff for example cost, timeframe, what equipment I use.

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

  12. A: I feel that this proves my point on how important taking notes is. Often, it helps when things seem unclear because you have something to refer back to. However, sometimes the client may not know what they want, or maybe they make a mistake. If this isn't thought out before the project is started, I could be wasting hours doing the wrong thing because we didn't have a clear understanding between us, which can cause timing issues. So all information needs to be 100% correct, so i have a clear understanding of what needs to be done

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

  14. A: The main questions I ask is what would they like me to do. This is mainly to ensure that if they are happy with how something sounds and they dont want me to change it unless I have to then the whole process will go a lot smoother. Another one is what is there vision so what do they want to hear which can help me in the mixing process so I can get as close to there vision as possible. Time frame is another key one also so before any project i ask this question to ensure that I have the time to take on this project and be able to finish it within there dedicated time frame.

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

  16. A: If you are looking to hire a producer who will dedicate 100% to your project to ensure you are happy with the result, look no further. I like to help people take their already great music to the next level and make it something you can take away to encourage you to continue pursuing your music career and help you continue to grow as an artist because as long as your happy, then I know I have done my job

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

  18. A: If I was on a desert island I would take my guitar to keep me entertained, A portable recorder to capture ambient sounds to play to for instance the wind,rain and anything else. A notepad and pen to write down ideas and finally a plectrum to use with the guitar.

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

  20. A: In the beginning, I didn't know anything about producing music or anything like that. I first wanted to be a session musician as a guitarist, so when I was younger, I decided to take some lessons to see what it was like, and I loved it. I then started to study music at school to learn even more about the industry and guitar playing. After I left school, I studied my level two and three in music performance, and it was some of the best years of my life. However, while studying there, I learnt about music production and how to record instruments and program in the sound you wanted, which lead me to start trying to record my music. At first, I was terrible and had no idea what I was doing. However, after years of hard work, I got to the point where I got accepted for university to study for a degree in music production which taught me a lot about the industry. So I have been making music for years now, and all the past experience has given me so much knowledge which I use when creating and editing music.

  21. Q: How would you describe your style?

  22. A: I would describe my style as smooth or different. I like to listen to many different music genres and create something slightly different to most because of the instruments used or the way the song sounds but also very smooth and precise, so you still enjoy what you are listening to.

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

  24. A: If I had to choose anyone to work with, I would have to say, Eminem. Growing up listening to his rapping talents helped me decide what I wanted to do as a career, or Eric Johnson, his song cliffs of Dover was one of the first songs ever to make me want to learn guitar, and it's still as good as ever now.

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

  26. A: My one music production tip would be to grow your knowledge and keep learning more valuable techniques to improve your recordings. Also, don't get discouraged that someone has more expensive equipment than you. It means nothing if you are good at what you do. It shouldn't matter how expensive anything is. As long as you have what you need, that's all that matters

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

  28. A: Honestly, I am willing to work on any music, but usually, when I'm working, I create a lot of hip-hop, trap and ambient themed media compositions, but I really would like to expand my horizons and explore new genres. It would be an excellent experience for me working on different styles, but the above list are the ones I am currently more experienced in.

  29. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  30. A: I believe that my most vital skill is being able to relate to many artists who are maybe working on their own music and have no one else to give them advice on the next step and how to progress as a musician. I was the same studying years of guitar and now finishing university, it's hard to know what's next, so I feel like I can relate to most musicians, and I am willing to help them however possible. Another one of my main ones is being organised. I like to make sure I have all of the information before starting a project to ensure it's done right and keep track of what needs to be done. This skill is an excellent thing for me as a producer. It's just lovely to clearly understand what the customer wants before the job is started. It's a time saver also.

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

  32. A: I like to think I bring emotion to a song. I try to bring out every element within a production to help even the smallest part be heard and appreciated. I also try to bring out some ambient content within a mix using plugins, effects and techniques to elevate a song to the next level. I feel that the slight differences within a piece can make a project stand out from the rest, and using my skills, I like to focus on ensuring a great-sounding song.

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

  34. A: To ensure that the work is correct, I like to get as much information about the project as possible having this information is to help me get in the same mindset and make sure that I can complete the project you want. Not only that, but it helps me understand what you would like to change and if there is anything you want to be left alone. I believe that a lot of communication is key to achieving the best results. Once we have gone through everything and have taken notes on what you would like, I can start working my way through the project. However, sometimes getting feedback from you halfway through to ensure you are happy is also very important, so if there are any changes or maybe you don't like what I have done, I can do my best to change it. Once the mix is done and you are happy, you can either take the wav file and get it mastered by a professional or allow me to master it also and give you both files after a wav and an mp3. I am no expert on mastering, please understand that, but I do all my mastering in my songs, so please check them out before deciding.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: My studio is only a small setup in my bedroom, but don't let that fool you. I still have high ram computer to handle any project thrown at it. I have professional studio monitors and headphones, a midi keyboard, Drum pad, and I am working with studio one four professional. I have a vast amount of extra plugins from different companies, for example, Waves,toontrack, Native,melodyine and many more. This, paired with my software, gives me more than enough to create and edit great music. I am forever expanding what hardware and software I am using to keep up with the industry standards. However, I believe that the pricing represents that I am no studio owner with thousands of pounds worth of equipment. I wish I were, haha but maybe someday.

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

  38. A: There are plenty of artists who inspire me, the main one being a guitarist called Al Joseph. Some of you may have heard of him. He is a guitarist who creates a lot of melodic instrumentals. His music is just mind-blowing. Hearing his music got me into making a lot of ambient pieces to try and create a mental picture for the listener and to tell a story just like he does. There are too many to list, but I am a big fan of Da baby and Eminem within the hip-hop genre. The main reasons being is because of their flow and vocals alone. I would like to create more Dababy style songs as I love using hard-hitting 808s and dark melodies, which you will hear in many of my instrumentals

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

  40. A: I am going to be honest. I have only worked on a few projects for other people throughout my time producing and editing music. However, I have been creating, producing, editing and mixing my music since the beginning. For the projects I have been a part of, I have been mixing them, editing them and mastering them to the best of my ability and helping them create something which sounds clear and professional. I have added some instrument parts from time to time, such as string sections, drum parts and plenty more, using my virtual instruments to help the customer achieve the sound they had imagined

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

  42. A: There are plenty of artists who inspire me, the main one being a guitarist called Al Joseph. Some of you may have heard of him. He is a guitarist who creates a lot of melodic instrumentals. His music is just mind-blowing. Hearing his music got me into making a lot of ambient pieces to try and create a mental picture for the listener and to tell a story just like he does. There are too many to list, but I am a big fan of Da baby and Eminem within the hip-hop genre. The main reasons being is because of their flow and vocals alone. I would like to create more Dababy style songs as I love using hard-hitting 808s and dark melodies, which you will hear in many of my instrumentals

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

  44. A: I am going to be honest. I have only worked on a few projects for other people throughout my time producing and editing music. However, I have been creating, producing, editing and mixing my music since the beginning. For the projects I have been a part of, I have been mixing them, editing them and mastering them to the best of my ability and helping them create something which sounds clear and professional. I have added some instrument parts from time to time, such as string sections, drum parts and plenty more, using my virtual instruments to help the customer achieve the sound they had imagined

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