Producer/Multi-Instrumentalist/Engineer with major, indie, tv, and studio film credits offering comprehensive music services for artists--composition, tracks, instruments, writing, recording, mixing, and mastering.
Having been signed and toured as an artist to the world's largest indie label as well as working with multi-platinum, major label artists like Seal, India.Arie, Trey Songz and Three 6 Mafia, Jimmy Deer has a broad palette of expertise from which to paint. He has over 200 placements on NBC, ABC, FOX, MTV, and more in shows like "The Voice", "Pretty Little Liars", "Ben and Kate" and "Gossip Girl," as well as Lionsgate/Eli Roth film "Knock, Knock" starring Keanu Reeves.
An award-winning University background in Music Performance and Composition and real-world experience from stage, studio, and office meetings give him the goods to help any new artist or seasoned pro get to the next career level and beyond. Located in London, UK he works remotely with artists from around the world on a daily basis.
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Reviews (17)Endorse Jimmy Deer
Jimmy is just great! Whatever else I say will be less! Thanks mate.
Jimmy is a dynamic, creative, reliable, accomodating and patient producer who worked hand in hand with me to get the sound I had in my mind. Great and insightful feedback as well as a structured and professional approach with a focus on delivery make him a fantastic partner.
Great producer and engineer. Jimmy was fast, flexible and understood what I wanted to achieve as we progressed. Final result was top notch. Highly recommended.
I really liked working with Jimmy. He's clearly very talented and professional but also really lovely as a person and thoughtful about what he does. Can't recommend him highly enough.
Jimmy is great to work with! He's very prompt with his communication and highly skilled at his craft! I highly recommend Jimmy! He's an invaluable resource and I'll be working with him again!
Jimmy gave me really quick responses on every update. He mixes well and knows how to work with his clients.
Jimmy is a pleasure to work with! Very talented and very very fast! We had a rough start but that was because of an inconvenience on my end lol... But he was cool and patient and I recommend him to anyone who wants a top 40 sound... Oh and his guitar skills are incredible!
Great producer! He sure knows how to make reality out of a single vision.
Jimmy laid down some really nice guitars for my track he's a good guy and will do a good job
I asked Jimmy to master my song Alyssa to a radio worthy song and he delivered a quality product in 24 hours! It had gone from a flat cardboard sound to a sharp fm friendly sound! More than that jimmy is a pleasure to work with and makes those essential deadlines without sacrificing an ounce of quality.
Working with Jimmy was a pleasure. Very open to suggestions and changes (I was a fussy person to work with) with changes made quickly. To top it off, a nice guy. Fully recommend Jimmy for production jobs.
Great working with Jimmy!
Moving on to the next project with him.
Excellent producer, engineer, and instrumentalist! He quickly captured the direction that I wanted for my music. Smooth and professional communication skills. Reliable, prompt, and efficient in meeting deadlines and providing feedback. He's an awesome person to work with!
Jimmy did an amazing job producing my song! The song literally sounds like a song that would be on the radio today. Super high quality and radio friendly! After researching and wasting a lot of money on inexperienced producers, I highly recommend Jimmy. He responds quickly and will work with you to get the song done within your time frame.
Got the guitars for my EDM track within 48 hrs, expertly played and recorded. Look forward to working with Jimmy again!
Jimmy & I worked together years ago. Super talented and easy going guy to work with, production was clean and co-writing was a real pleasure. He's about his business! Great experience!
Jimmy is Awesome!
Interview with Jimmy Deer
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I'm really proud of my major label collabs and major studio film/tv placements–it's really rewarding to work with platinum/grammy-winning artists and to also see my work on the big screen!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My own deep house/techno stuff, Indie rock/electronic albums with a female NYC artist, pop dance stuff with a Boston artist, singer songwriter from NZ, Film/TV stuff, everything!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing professionally at age 13. I started playing drums at 10, guitar at 12, and by 13 I was making money touring with a rock act (guys in their 20s who could drive lol). I went to music school on scholarship and won awards for performance and composition, moved with my band to Chicago, got signed, toured internationally playing guitar and bass, landed some billboard #1 dance tracks, moved to Los Angeles, moved to Atlanta, later LA, then Nashville, then LA, now working out of Way Out Studios in London, UK.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I don't actually write, produce, play guitar, keys, bass, drums, sing, mix, and master in all the styles that I do with the level of skill that I have. I started working in music before I was old enough to drive, and it's really all I've ever had an interest in, so hopefully I developed some skills after this amount of time :)
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "What is your specialty/favorite music to work on?" Many of them! If I liked one style the best, I would probably only be a recording artist/performer. It's because I like working on so many different styles that I produce, play, mix and master–all the jobs are fun for different reasons and it keeps things interesting!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being creative, making dreams come true, making people happy.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be realistic and as professional as possible. Give as much direction with as much clarity as you can. Have references available for similar things you like. If you don't know what you want, listen to more music until you have some idea. Don't get super stuck on small details, take the advice of the person you hire–that's why you hired them!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: If we're talking production gear, that'd be: mbpro laptop, nice controller, my custom guitar, p bass, and NOS audio u47. If it's mixing/mastering: Neve Master Buss Processor, Dramastic Audio Obsidian, Manley Massive Passive, Serpent Audio SB4001, and Apogee Symphony–the stuff I use everyday
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Red means stop! Haha the most common problem I see in beginner productions is pushing fader levels up far beyond where they need to be. In digital recording, you can have each track meter not hit above -10db for optimal results and add volume where needed at the master buss–no need to go near the red. Also don't automate any volume levels on the faders. Another important thing to remember: you can't turn something up without turning something else down. For example, if you turn up a snare sound in a song, this will start to compete with a vocal in the same frequency range. You turn up the bass, the kick will be quieter. A mix is a compromise of elements to achieve a balance. Lastly, be yourself! Find out what is unique about you and cultivate that in the style of music you love–don't chase trends!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: My partner Megan is a great singer/songwriter who will have a profile up soon–I've been recommending her for jobs–I record and help with whatever is needed.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both are absolutely necessary–there are things plugins can't do and vice versa.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That I won't stop until they love the result!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I love to get references for what the client wants. If the vocal is already written, I love to get a scratch vocal recorded in time to a (not audible) click–anyone can do this with a laptop. An instrumental is great too if I'm doing something similar. Having the BPMs for a track is key. Obviously, if we're starting from scratch or one of my tracks these do not apply.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Edgy Pop
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Any artist that is passionate, determined, and understands the value of great production work.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I work daily on electronic, rock, country, pop, funk, soul, urban, and folk music in popular and underground styles.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is my collection of skills all honed to bring any project at any stage to completion. I can start at the ground level, only do mastering touches, or anywhere in-between to make a song the best it can be. I'm an excellent communicator–I've been a professional singer, performer, engineer, musician, and producer so I understand the psychology, language, and skill set of each position on a project and can wear any one of those hats. Beyond the technical work, my greatest is ability is being able to figure out what is special about an artist or song and bring that to the forefront, i.e. "mine the gold."
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring an open mind, creative ideas, and a desire to serve the song and artist, not my ego. My highest goal is to make a client/artist happy with the end result. I bring as much or as little as a song needs–if the mix is 90% there and the song only needs vocal tuning, a bit of balancing/eq, and mastering touches, that's what I do! If the song is great but what the artist wrote for the bridge is weak, I'll work with them until that part is as strong as the rest. If an artist brings me nothing but a melodic sketch, I will work from the ground up with drums/percussion/rhythm section parts, bass, keys/guitar/other instruments, help on vocal writing/lyrics, editing, recording/adding elements, then take it step by step through each phase until there is a commercial quality master recording the artist and I are proud of.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I first consult with the artist/client, often asking for reference tracks or songs, until I have a clear picture of what they want. I start working and send drafts for feedback, incorporate their ideas until they are thrilled with the result, and send them the files!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of commercial facilities in Los Angeles and Nashville, and I have an amazing home setup including Apogee Symphony i/o 16x16, amazing outboard gear: Manley Massive Passive tube equalizer, Neve Master Buss Processor, Dramastic Audio Obsidian compressor, Serpent Audio Sb4001 compressor, Chameleon labs modified 7720 compressor, Sonic Farm Creamer Plus stereo tube preamp and line driver, BAE 312a preamp, Midas preamps, and more. For mics, I have one-of-a-kind handmade U47 and C12 style tube mics from NOS audio, Shure SM7 and Beta 87a, Studio Electronics SE5000 tube mic, NOS audio Panther ribbon mic, and others... I have all the best plugins including many before they are released to the public by Slate, Kush,
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Anyone who is in it for the right reasons–no matter what style or genre–if someone is grinding because they love the music, that inspires me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly do full production (tracks, beats, instruments), mixing and mastering–a complete song start to finish, but I do lots of anywhere-in-between jobs. Sometimes mixing and mastering, sometimes adding a few instruments, editing, tuning vocals, mixing and mastering. I also have written a lot so can help with lyrics and melody writing. I have so much experience in every area I really can do it all!