I am an award winning producer, mix engineer, songwriter and session guitarist with a huge passion for music over multiple genres and over 15 years of experience.
Working in the music industry full-time for over 15 years, I've produced, tracked, mixed and mastered around 2000 songs. Many of these feature my guitar playing. I'm also a very active songwriter, both for other artists and for my band, All Buttons In. I live and work in the beautiful Little Karoo (South Africa) town of Ladismith, where I run a world-class facility and work with clients from all over the world. I pride myself on delivering fast, high quality work that fits the exact needs of whoever I work with.
Golden Trailer Awards 2016 - Most Innovative Advertising for a Video Game (Mix Engineer)
New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards 2016 - Best Student Film - Silver World Medal (Mix Engineer)
Cape Town International Animation Festival 2016 - Best Sound in Team Production Category (Mix Engineer)
Runner Up - Pensado's Place Mix Competition 2016
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Interview with Jo Ellis
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Producer, mix engineer and guitarist.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Eric Valentine, Andrew Scheps, Brendan O'Brien, Chris Lord-Alge, Dave Pensado, Greg Wells, Slash, Hendrix, Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a +/-850 square feet studio, which is basically a modified one-room setup, where almost all the action happens in a big central room but with 2 booths to use as needed, along with a small editing room where I lock up my assistant engineer when he's not playing drums. My setup has been tailored over years to provide me with the best that analog and digital has to offer. I'm the same with mics and instruments as girls are with shoes.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Experience, excitement, vision and passion.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am good at assessing my clients' needs, which allows me to create a vision for how any piece of music I work on needs to end up sounding, paired with a skill level to deliver exactly that.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Pop, Singer-Songwriter and Soundtracks.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Organic, but exciting and larger than life.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I toured as an artist and guitarist for many years before starting to produce records full-time. I've been working in the industry for over 15 years.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Some sort of solar-powered recorder, SM7, SM57, 1176, 1073
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The fact that I make people's dreams a reality.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will go above and beyond to deliver a product that we're not only proud to put both our names on, but will remind you why you started making music in the first place.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Best of both worlds. Because neither are great or suck at everything.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm extremely proud of engineering and mixing the Broforce (Free Lives/Devolver Digital) soundtrack. My work ended up being heard by millions of people.