Hey I'm Jacob! I'm a producer and mix engineer, and I'd love to help bring your song to life. I specialize in Pop, Indie, Worship, CCM, and Singer/Songwriter stuff—but my goal is simply to help you tell your story.
I run a recording and production studio (Stanifer Studios) and my goal is to be a one-stop shop for artists and writers who need production services. Whether I'm mixing, mastering, or producing—I'm all about helping you tell your story and treating each song with the attention and detail it deserves.
I've been writing and producing songs in the Christian music and Indie Pop space for over 7 years, have a B.A. in music production from Visible Music College, and absolutely love what I do. My work has gained over 1.5 million streams and been featured in places like People Magazine, NBC, and NewReleaseToday.com. I also play several instruments and have a background in composing and music theory, so I guess you could say I love music.
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
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Interview with Jacob Stanifer
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I've gravitated towards digital because it's so flexible.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Sometimes people think producers just turn knobs and follow a step-by-step process to make your song sound good. For me, it's a much more nuanced process. Every song is unique.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. Some kind of keyboard/piano 2. My trusty Martin guitar 3. Shure SM7b 4. SSL audio interface 5. A macbook? Or maybe just a notepad to write ideas down.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been writing and producing songs for over 7 years, for myself and for clients. I graduated from Visible Music College with a B.A. in music production, and now I do music full-time here in Nashville as an artist and a studio owner (Stanifer Studios).
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Simple, purposeful, and tasteful.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: There are so many technical tips out there, but one of the best tips I ever learned was this: "Our primary goal as producers should be to maximize emotion." It's all about the emotion. The greatest stories and songs get you to FEEL something. There are so many ways we can do this with music production, but approaching a song with this idea in mind will immediately improve your vision for the song and lead to more ideas on HOW to communicate what the song is trying to say.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I specialize in Pop (I know, that really narrows it down). I do a lot of indie pop, singer/songwriter, etc. (think Jeremy Zucker, OneRepublic, EDEN, Ben Platt... that kinda stuff). With that said, I've done everything from CCM and Worship to EDM.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring a unique perspective to the song being both a producer AND an artist myself. I can think creatively and technically, but I also know what it's like to have a story to tell. My goal is always to serve you and your story first. In addition to 7+ years of production experience, I also have a background in classical piano, music theory, and songwriting. I understand how music works—not just how it should be mixed.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of a home studio I've been building for years. I love it. It's a great space for co-writes, production, singer/songwriter recording, mixing and mastering. I love audio gear, but I try to keep a pretty streamlined and efficient workspace.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently produced a song for an artist here in Nashville who's been killing it. Her song has been featured on People Magazine, NBC, CBS, and lots of other cool places.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm gearing up for the release of my debut album, which I'm super excited about. Completely self-produced in house. I love producing, but I love being an artist too. It's fun to share songs with the world!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: My promise to you is that I'll do everything I can to make sure you're thrilled about your song. That's a win for both of us!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love that I get to meet amazing people, hear their stories, and help them tell the world.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your vision for this song? What emotion do you want the listener to feel? What are some other songs/artists that have inspired you lately?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Find someone who you can trust, and who cares about your song. It's your baby!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I love working with artists who have a story to tell and a real vision for their music. That inspires me.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think my strongest skill is refining and expanding ideas that are already there. The last thing I want to do is change the direction of your song. The best thing I can do is find the highlights and hidden gems in your song and make sure they shine.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically every project starts with a pre-production meeting. This is simply a chance for us to get to know each other, the vision for your project, and how we can best accomplish that. From there, I usually have enough to begin working on your song (whether it's a full production or just a mix), and I like to shoot for pretty quick turnarounds.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I get a lot of inspiration from the music I listen to—lately it's been a lot of Jeremy Zucker, OneRepublic (Ryan Tedder), and Adam Turley. Anyone who pushes the envelope in Pop music and has a knack for communicating emotion through songs has my respect.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I work with a lot of indie artists who need full production services and don't want to track down people for every step of the process. My goal is to be a helping hand through the entire process from songwriting to publishing and work with you to bring YOUR song and YOUR story to life.