Known for his diverse and jack-of-all-trades approach, Jonah helps artists from around the world and across several musical genres make good music.
Jonah works as a producer and engineer for artists from around the world either at his own studio, at other professional recording studios around the country or remotely with artists from as far away as Russia, Pakistan, and Australia.
Jonah specializes in a full-service approach to production, often working with artists from the ground up and providing everything needed – from help with song development, professional studio musicians, recording, mixing, and mastering. While very hands-on, Jonah insists on giving full control to the client believing the final product must be an accurate reflection of his/her artistry.
Jonah also helps out non-musical/corporate clients creating custom music, music for film, commercials, audio books, podcasts, and audio archiving/restoration.
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Interview with Jonah Brockman
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like my productions to have character and soul. I abhor sloppy or out-of-tune performances but I'd rather get a great (though flawed) performance than fix it artificially and take out the humanity. I like my songs to be neat and tight but remain a little rough around the edges. I love using weird sounds tastefully to enhance a song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I started out in the business as both a recording artist and touring musician. Clients have often told me they appreciate this perspective of having been on both sides of the glass when I work with them. As a former recording artist, I know the expectations and fears my clients have when putting their art in someone else's hands. As a touring musician, I've learned what it takes to excite audiences. In the end, the most important thing is the song and that I've captured a true representation of the artist.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: PRE-PRODUCTION. I usually start by listening to a simple demo by the artist - the song at it's core. After absorbing the song, I'll usually talk with the artist about their influences, desired production style and choice of instruments. SKETCHES. Next, we'll work on a few sketches of possible approaches to the song – usually a verse and a chorus. We'll talk about what we like and dislike about each approach. Usually there's one sketch that the artist is especially excited about and that's usually the approach we start off in. TRACKING. When we have a clear direction of how to proceed, we’ll record each of the instruments. If we're working with the client remotely, we'll provide a rough mix for them to add their parts to. If I'm working with the artist in person, I'll help them through the performance. MIXING. I will then mix everything together for a dynamic and exciting sound. While I have my own mixing approach, I'll always listen to the client first and I am always open to suggestions and new approaches. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: I will work on the song until the client is thrilled.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: A majority of my work is "all-inclusive" music production. I work with individual artists from the ground up to provide everything they need (recording, musicians, production, mixing, mastering) for market-ready music.