LA-based Producer. My job is to bridge the gap between your artistry and the 1s and 0s that ultimately become your record.
I work on a day rate ($300 per), plus studio fees. This also includes a pre-production meeting prior to recording to flesh out songs, assess your catalog, talk inspiration, and establish some sonic direction. I'm incredibly passionate about records being cohesive snapshots of collective artistry flowing from a single person or group into a room and culminating in a completely unique and beautiful work of art.
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Interview with Jordan Ruiz
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I recently produced an EP for an Australian artist Angeline Armstrong. It's in the top 5 records I've ever done. The songs are raw and emotional, yet catchy and hooky enough to feel engaging and poignant. That type of song lends itself incredibly well to my production style.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Dusty Moon is an incredibly creative and dedicated mixing engineer.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depends on the record.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What do you charge? The answer is $300 per day.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Hone your craft, wrestle with your artistry, make your songs the best they can be and I'm sure we can make a great record.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Good gear doesn't matter as much as good songs.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Natural, emotion-centric, and explorative.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The song is the most important link in the signal chain.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Generally, its based in natural/acoustic sounds with exploration into outlying or bordering genre influence.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Any acoustic instrument, specifically. More generally, my strong suit is temporarily stepping inside an artist's sensibilities in order to make their record, their record.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The skills with which to bring it tangibility without ever losing its identity. In fact, I thing my job is to excavate pre-existing identities of songs, instead of giving them skin myself. Metaphorically speaking.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: First, pre-production meetings with an artist to hear the catalog, figure out what an artist is about, what they like, what they want, what their record will feel like. Then, we go into the studio and we record. I find it's usually best to not overcomplicate the process in planning.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I love the guitar work of Blake Mills, the artist-centric production-style of Charlie Peacock, and the settled tone of T-Bone Burnett's records.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm almost solely sitting in the producer's chair these days.