Chris Jackson

Bassist, Songwriter, Producer

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Bassist, producer, songwriter, and aspiring entrepreneur.

Chris Jackson Music Bio

Chris Jackson has been surrounded by music for as long as he can remember. Born to a recording engineer/former musician and a former dancer, music was always being discussed in his household growing up. As soon as he got his first drum set in third grade, Chris knew that music was his calling. He has since learned guitar, piano, tuba, and several other instruments, but none of them have had as much impact on his life as the bass. Since he got his first bass in 8th grade, Chris was the only bass player in his middle school and one of a handful in high school. He was in very high demand, playing in bands and performing at school events. Rigorously improving his skill throughout high school, he was accepted into USC’s Popular Music Performance major and was more in demand than ever. By the end of his freshman year, Chris was involved in 11 musical projects with varying degrees of commitment. Eventually, he drastically cut down his projects; only keeping those that he felt he was a core member. Now, Chris is mostly working as a solo artist under the name Chris Jaxon, primarily writing pop and hip-hop songs. In addition, he is half of the songwriting/production duo TÂNZI, and one-third of the metal band Communication Deficit and the math rock band Cohasset (currently on hiatus). Chris Jaxon is signed to Kuiper Records and is managed by SunSpot Media.

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Interview with Chris Jackson

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: My currently-released EP. I did everything myself except mixing and some recording.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: 5 Song EP, several singles as solo artist and as collaborations.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: Jillian Lavin

  7. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  8. A: I will add something to your song that you would not have thought of doing.

  9. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  10. A: Networking and Challenging myself

  11. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  12. A: Make sure they are reliable. It doesn't matter how good somebody is if you can't count on them.

  13. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  14. A: Audix mic, Fender Jazz Bass, Laptop, M-Audio Venom keyboard, headphones

  15. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  16. A: Started on drums, then guitar, then bass. USC Popular Music major. Producing since high school.

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

  18. A: Complimentary

  19. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  20. A: Travis Scott is the most interesting artist to me at the moment.

  21. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  22. A: If the song is weak, it doesn't matter how cool your beat is.

  23. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  24. A: Rock, Pop, Hip-Hop, Metal, EDM

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: Versatility

  27. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  28. A: Musicality and excitement

  29. Q: What's your typical work process?

  30. A: Highly variable. Generally attack song head on and then edit from there.

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. A: JBL Speakers, Audix Mics, Warwick/Music Man/Fender/Monoprice/Schecter basses

  33. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  34. A: Paul McCartney, Gucci Mane, Thom Yorke, Kanye West

  35. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  36. A: Bass, Production, Songwriting

Gear Highlights
  • Music Man Fretless
  • Native Instruments Maschine
  • Audix microphones
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