The inspiration that comes from hearing the music of friends and family is powerful, and we want to provide an outlet for you, regardless of your background or experience in music production, to create your music so that it can be heard and inspire others to do the same. Mix and mastering engineer for indie rock band Neighbor Susan
RLJ Records is a studio founded in memory of Robert Lee Jordan, a husband, father, grandfather, veteran, salesman, minister, and musician. The idea was formed shortly after hearing a studio recording of Robert covering the hymn What a Friend We Have in Jesus, when it became clear that a big record label and lots of money weren’t required to create meaningful music. We offer recording and remote mixing & mastering services, and are eager to serve the next generation of artists. Indie pop/rock and worship music is our background.
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Interview with RLJ Records LLC
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital; it's what I can afford and work quickly with!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That you can't make great music without a large studio packed with analog gear!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Most questions come up on a case by case basis as a mix is being worked through, but I will always ask for reference tracks up front!
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask a lot of questions about the process so expectations are clear and met, and it's very helpful to provide a very clear vision for what you want up front so that the work is streamlined and effective!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Macbook, headphones, MIDI controller, Apollo twin, U67 tube mic
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I am in worship music ministry full-time and enjoy recording, mixing, and mastering as a fun and inspiring side project. I have been creating music for other artists for about 3 years now.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Charlie Puth; seems like an incredibly creative and fun guy to make music with!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Constantly check the feel and vibe of your track with references provided by your client! Don't wait until the very end of a mix to listen to them, because you could very well be off and have to make major, and sometimes difficult changes.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Indie pop/rock and Christian worship music
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have perfect pitch, which helps me identify important/problem frequencies in a mix
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: An unselfish approach and desire to provide whatever the client wants for their music, despite what I may feel is the better move in the moment!
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For a mix, receive tracks and a rough mix (optional) from the client, gather reference track ideas for the vibe and frequency tilt of the song, prep and organize a clean session in my template, mix track in mono and send to client for balance check, finish mix in stereo and collect feedback, make needed revisions then bounce for mastering.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My mixing and mastering setup is completely in the box, using various plugins from UAD, Fabfilter, Soundtoys, Valhalla, Waves, Eventide, and more. I monitor in a treated room with the help of Sonarworks Reference 4, ensuring that what I hear in my studio is incredibly close to what you hear outside of it.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: David Leonard, Allen Stone, Charlie Puth, Colony House
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Editing, Mixing, and Mastering their tracks and songs