I can bring out the colors of your song so that it shines the way it should. With 10 years experience in audio engineering and 15 years in songwriting, composition, and performance, I offer my creative and technical skills to bring your project to its ultimate form.
I'm Jean', a musician, producer, and mixing engineer. I can bring your demo to life as a fully realized production that packs emotional punch. My studio offers every instrument needed to produce a full band and more. If your song is more of a concept, I offer songwriting as well. I can mix your song for clarity, punch, and musicality.
If you just need a vocal or instrumental session for your song, contact me for professional performances in:
- Male & Female Vocals (lead, background, or multi-part choral/textural)
- Electric & Acoustic Guitar
- Drums & Percussion
- Piano, Synths, & Keyboards
My wife Mandee is also part of this studio and will often work on projects with me as a songwriter, producer, vocalist, and keyboardist.
I offer a bundle for producing and mixing a song, as well bundles for multiple songs. Contact me with your project and let's talk.
- I produced "You Are My King" for Christian Contemporary artist Deanna Maye, which is currently in rotation at all Altar'd State stores.
- For my band Day Like This I produced and mixed the recent singles "Flickering Out" and "Fan Into Flame," with the former winning a finalist position in Folk in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2018.
- I cowrote "You Are My Revival" by Long Hollow WAVE and assisted editing on the album Upside Down.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
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Interview with Jean' Guillory
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: My process begins with a conversation with the client. I want to understand as much as possible about the artist and about their project so we are on the same page and I can deliver exactly what they are striving to achieve creatively and emotionally. Once we have a strong bed of ideas and a mutual vision, next is songwriting and structuring the song. Then I begin to lay down establishing tracks and book session musicians if necessary. I may send the establishing tracks and certain ideas to the artist early on to make sure it's a direction they are going for. Then I complete the tracking and programming and deliver the produced song with a basic volume mix for reference. I will then mix the song and send the first version to the artist for review. If it is determined we need to make revisions, then I will do that. Once the mix is done, I will deliver it to that artist and coordinate with a mastering engineer of their choice for the project's completion.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I prefer the feel, sound, and mechanics of analog, but digital is more affordable, reliable, and easier to work with.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to deliver work that meets or exceeds your expectations.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: As a creative, there are so many ideas that don't make it to the light of day. I value the moment when all the effort on a project has culminated into a cohesive work of art that is released into the world for people to enjoy.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My telecaster, AC15 amp, and JHS Moonshine overdrive, and most importantly a journal and a pen. I wouldn't let all that solitude go to waste without writing down some ideas!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Andres Mayo for mastering! He mastered our band's songs, and we love his work.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the song about? Is there a specific vision you have in mind that you are trying to achieve? If not, let's figure out what this song wants to be. Do you have any reference songs that you'd like to use as a diving board?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, Acoustic, Electronic, Christian Contemporary, Pop
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A theme song for a Twitch channel, songs for Deanna Maye, and my band's music.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My wife and I have been in bands together since we were teenagers. I am a classically trained vocalist with a BA in Music Performance. I also studied and practiced composition and arrangement. I got started in engineering while I was in college, doing it for my band Day Like This as well as other bands I was involved with, and for performances in the music department at my university. My band toured and I did live sound engineering for the Extreme Tour West Coast leg in 2016. In 2017-18, I interned as an audio engineer at Long Hollow Baptist Church, learning from highly talented professionals and honing my craft in live sound, editing, producing, writing, and recording. In 2019, we moved to Pensacola, FL and in 2021 built up our own studio.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I approach songs thematically and holistically. I work for synergy within the work to create the most emotional impact. For example, there may be some shade of meaning in the lyrics that we can draw out through the performance to make it more impactful.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Everything Switchfoot does is incredible, and I think they're vastly underrated. It would be a major honor to work with them in some way one day.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I can envision how the completed work should sound and bring that vision to reality through persistence.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most commonly I am hired to produce a full song based off of a demo. Occasionally I also get requests to write songs in addition to producing them.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Be patient with yourself.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It's a simple workhorse setup that I am continually expanding and improving. I've learned how to work with the tools I have to get great results and that I don't need a lot of gear to accomplish that.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my instincts, sharpened over years of honing my craft in songwriting, arranging, producing, and mixing. I never settle for something I will not be proud of, and while working on a project I always ask myself, "What would hold my interest or move me?"