mattjamesdougherty

Producer | Mixer | Engineer

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I've worked with many nationally and internationally successful multi-platinum artists as well as countless local and independent talent, in a variety of genres. Worked on multiple #1's at radio. I'm a multi-instrumentalist with a solid understanding of music theory and approach all projects with a balance of technical proficiency and musicality.

Born and raised in Chicago, went to school at Arizona State and the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences, and currently based back on the NW side of Chicago. Worked under Johnny K at Groovemaster Studios for 7 years as an engineer, with artists such as Disturbed, Megadeth, Staind, 3 Doors Down, Pop Evil, Sevendust, Red Sun Rising, and countless others. After working on mostly heavy music the first 3-4 years at Groovemaster, I've been focused on producing and mixing more indie, alternative, and pop stuff the last 3-4 years. Currently split my time between my home studio setup, and wherever the job takes me.

Every project is different and I employ a variety of different rates and schedules to meet the specific needs of each project. I have musical A.D.D. and LOVE working on new and different stuff as frequently as possible! I am open to all-in discounts for multiple-song projects - reach out and we can discuss the details of what you need done and find a way to collaborate!

Send me a note through the contact button above.

Credits

AllMusic verified credits for Matt Dougherty
  • Michele McGovern
  • Adelitas Way
  • Adelitas Way
  • Against the Current
  • Alien Ant Farm
  • Kenya
  • Saint Asonia
  • Saint Asonia
  • Pop Evil
  • Pop Evil
  • Kobra and the Lotus
  • Kobra and the Lotus
  • Fight or Flight
  • Fight or Flight
  • Pop Evil
  • Pop Evil
  • Pop Evil
  • The Letter Black
  • Megadeth
  • 12 Stones
  • Nonpoint
  • Aranda
  • Aranda
  • Aranda
  • Aranda
  • Staind
  • Megadeth
  • Megadeth
  • Art of Dying
  • Pop Evil
  • Anthrax
  • Trapt
  • Airbourne
  • Against the Current

Reviews (116)

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  1. Review by Geron H.
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    Matt did a great job and worked tirelessly until we were both satisfied with the end result. Thanks Matt!

  2. Review by Peter L.
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    Just received the second track Matt has mixed for me. He has done another superb job and he is just a great guy to work with.

  3. Review by emma H.
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    Matt always exceeds my expectations. Another great track thanks to his talent!

  4. Review by Bob L.
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    Matt did a great job of figuring out what I was looking for and delivering. He's a great guy and works until the job is done!

  5. Review by Kevin B.
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    Great Engineer. Matt make my mix pop!

  6. Review by Shaun D.
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    Great to work with, friendly and quick to respond.
    We were amazed and very pleasecd with the result of the mastering and are planning on using his services again.

  7. Review by Avinash L.
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    It was a pleasure working with Matt to mix our 10 song LP.
    Working remotely can be a challenge but Matt solves that by being responsive and detailed oriented. He also manages to understand what you mean when you can't find the right words to explain things. Secondly, he knows his stuff. He has a good ear for music and is technically proficient.

  8. Review by Tyler B.
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    MattJames came through with his promise, I provided a reference track and he delivered on the desired sound. Quick replies, gave the song his creative touch, and paid attention to detail. Despite your genre, he will make it sound professional

  9. Review by Aman
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    We had a dateline. We needed a reliable engineer that could take our project (mastering) to the next level with the what we had. Matt stepped up and delivered. He is easy to communicate with. He is positive. He manages your expectations. Definite no brained working with Matt again. Professional, warm and welcoming. 🤙

  10. Review by Evan C.
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    This was our second time working with Matt on a mix and it was just as pleasant as the first time. He’s a reliable engineer and a great communicator in terms of letting you know what knobs he’s using / turning during the entire process. We’re already working with him again on another track.

  11. Review by Kurtis W.
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    I highly recommend working with Matt for your mixes. There is a reason he has so many high ratings; he's an amazing talent that will make your mix the best it can be. Go with Matt, you won't regret it.

  12. Review by Woren W.
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    wow pretty impressive work by matt. he did a super amazing mix master for my song. I highly recommend matt for your work. you can check the song quality he did for me
    woren webbe - Only Thing That Matter Between Us Is Love

  13. Review by Peter L.
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    Matt has just finished our song and has done a fantastic job. We took our time with it as we weren't in a particular rush and he has delivered something really fresh and current sounding. He has endless patience - his only concern is to get the best out of the song. Will definitely work with him again.

  14. Review by Julian D.
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    Matt did such a good job that I would give him 6 stars if i could!
    Trust him with you mixes you won't regret it!

  15. Review by Valerio C.
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    Very kind, helpful and patient with us for all the details and reviews. Hope to work with him again in the future!

  16. Review by Curtis C.
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    He does great work- very professional and good communicator. Quality is top notch and he will work until you are happy with the results. I highly recommend him and look forward to working with him again soon.

  17. Review by Profound
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    Easy to work with, extremely professional. Listened to my critiques and made adjustments. A pleasure to do business with!

  18. Review by Jonathan J.
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    Great engineer I mean great did everything I wanted and more thanks matt !!! #jxhhny

  19. Review by Linus Y.
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    2nd time to work with Matt. He's super friendly, and really quick with revisions. Great with his guitars and mixes. He explains thing really well. I'll definitely come back again!

  20. Review by emma H.
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    Great communicator. Professional and friendly. Gave my song that extra oomph it needed. Highly recommend

  21. Review by Martin S.
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    Couldn't be more happy with the mixes and masters. Sound is warm and big at the same time. The job was done very fast and with great input from Matts side. True professional!

  22. Review by Matt A.
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    Matt knocked it out of the park! He took my song to the next level!

    He was also very courteous and a pleasure to work with.

    I highly recommend Matt for your next mix!

  23. Review by Evan C.
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    We've used him now for a handful of tracks and we keep coming back! He's a great to work with because he works fast, is flexible, and super responsive. Above all else though he always delivers an amazing finished product!

  24. Review by Michael M.
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    Matt was great to work with! Quick turn around time, very clean work and open to make changes if needed. Can't wait to work with him again!

  25. Review by Benjamin O.
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    I find Matt a person who really understood the kind of stuff I wanted and he was really good at it, from the instrument part, producing and mastering.
    Looking forward to do more work with him

  26. Review by Jonathan F.
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    Matt is a musical mastermind. Very professional and creative. He was really involved with the project. He took what I gave him and enhanced it 100%.

  27. Review by Kris Bradley
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    It was such a pleasure to work with Matt. Great at taking direction and clear on communication. Total pro. Hope to do it again!

  28. Review by Paul Elliot
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    Matt deserves a 5 star. He will definitely take your song to the next level. He's got a lot of patience and he's also very good at communicating things. Looking forward to working with him more in the future.

  29. Review by Linus Y.
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    Matt is very professional, really good with replying to your messages and makes adjustments and gets back to you pretty quick. Very easy to communicate with him and he gets the message right away. He does quality work and has creative ideas. I would definitely want to work with him again.

  30. Review by Justin G.
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    Great experience working with Matt. First time recording, he made sure I knew what to expect and made me feel comfortable every step of the way. Ear for detail. Listened to my feedback and applied it to the songs. He took the music to the next level while making sure I was completely satisfied. I would not hesitate to work with Matt again.

  31. Review by Matt C.
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    Matt did an amazing job mixing my song. He took the time to meet all my requests accurately and had prompt communication with me throughout the entire process. He's truly a professional and added a great touch to the song.

  32. Review by Daniel G.
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    Good thing I've found Matt. He understands what you ask of him in the tracks and is always there to see if you need anything else. He is truly there to make your tracks sound better.

  33. Review by Roslin N.
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    Working with Matt was a great decision and experiences as he is easy to work with and best of all knows how to get the job done. Easy to communicate with and understand how to breathe life into the music. I definitely plan on working with him in the future. Thanks again for assisting with getting My Project completed.

  34. Review by Aman S.
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    First of all super talented! The difference between my rough mix and his mix is insane..
    Listens to your needs and does revisions accordingly. Very quick and easy to talk to. Highly recommend!

  35. Review by Gerard W.
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    Totally rocked my mixing job. Great communication. Excellent end product. Made me feel that he really cared how the final product came out. I'll definitely be using him again! Thanks Matt!

  36. Review by Avinash L.
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    Matt is technical as well as artistic. And those are two very important qualities for a mixing engineer to have. He is responsive, pays attention to detail and is a pleasure to work with. We just mixed our first song with him and we're looking forward to finishing the rest of our album with him.

  37. Review by Zaiden
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    Had a track with unusual elements and Matt made it work 👍
    Thank you for helping the expansion of music 😜

  38. Review by Per F.
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    Always good working with Matt. Skilled and patient... always deliver.

  39. Review by Miles S.
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    Matt did great work - timely and attentive as well. Would recommend!

  40. Review by Abigail G.
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    You better believe this guy deserves ALL the stars!!!!
    What a great person to work with! Always quick to respond and very patient with all of my requests and questions. Looking forward to working with him for the future projects we have.
    Thanks so much!!!!!!!

  41. Review by Иван А.
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    Always pleasure to work with. Great results!

  42. Review by River S.
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    Absolute pleasure again. Amazing and prompt communication and revised until I was 100% happy with the mix. Definitely recommend for mixing services.

  43. Review by Philipp
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    Great time, as usual, working with Matt! :)
    - Philipp

  44. Review by Philipp
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    Great time, as usual, working with Matt! :)
    - Philipp

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    Great time, as usual, working with Matt! :)
    - Philipp

  46. Review by Philipp
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    Great time, as usual, working with Matt! :)

  47. Review by Philipp
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    Great time, as usual, working with Matt! He did an awesome job on all mixes of my upcoming EP. Can't wait to work on more songs with him in the future. :)
    - Philipp

  48. Review by Minh
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    He's really professional and easy to work with. Im very happy with the final result!

  49. Review by Deb F.
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    Matt was a pleasure to work with - got the sound and direction straight up, and was great with communication and feedback all the way through.

  50. Review by River S.
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    Incredibly pleased with the work Matt did for me! You will not find a more attentive and diligent collaborator. Frequent communication is a must with projects like this and he updated me every step of the way, responding to critiques and happily fine tuning until we got a perfect result.

    Definitely recommend for production and mixing work.

  51. Review by Baldur K.
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    Working with Matt was a very good experience, professionalism and out through the entire process of this album, professional experience all the way. If you are looking for a man to mix for you then Matt James Dougherty is the man to do the work. Great sound engineer, and Matt thanks so much for letting our album sound so well.

  52. Review by Per F.
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    Really great guy that knows his stuff! Could not be more happy with the result! Highly recommended!

  53. Review by Michael E.
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    A pleasure working with Matt again, super talented, very professional, very patient, creative and gets an amazing mix! Highly recommended :D

  54. Review by Nick S.
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    Matt is a beasttttt... Brought such life and vigor to my track! delivered a few days earlier than discussed even despite the fact that I am a huge pain in the ass and make many request/changes lol (at least I sometimes feel like a picky son of a b*tch) He also communicates very well and quickly! He's now my go to guy for mixing!!

  55. Review by Kenny C.
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    matt was really keen to do work on my project. He listened to my needs, responded quickly and even offered 2 different versions of the mix without me even asking. He's a good communicator and is highly skilled

  56. Review by Vin R.
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    Second time working with Matt. This time is a mixing project. Just like before, he's given his best and the result is outstanding! Thanks Matt! Looking forward to work with you again in the future.

  57. Review by Vin R.
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    Matt is an extremely talented producer/musician/mixer. Not just skillful, he showed positive attitudes towards every step of the project and has a very well work ethic - understanding my vision as an artist to the core and bearing through all the specific notes I gave. I'm sure it's just the matter of time before I start working with him again!

  58. Review by Landon S.
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    Matt is a class act, and an audio GENIUS. I can personally vouch for his HipHop Sound being industry standard and elite. His credits speak for their self as far as quality, but he also works insanely fast and offers an immense amount of insight. Will use him again.

  59. Review by Alec Y.
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    See my previous glowing reviews of MJD to get my opinion of his outstanding work. As usual it was a perfect job!

  60. Review by Nico T.
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    After experiencing what Matt did for my song "Mother" it was pure logical to hire him again for my next song. His expertise, professionalism, work ethic and kindness is a blessing for everyone who needs a great, innovative mixing/mastering engineer. Thanks Matt!! See you next time !!!!

  61. Review by Alec Y.
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    As usual, Matt is amazingly talented and perfect to work with

  62. Review by Philipp
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    Working with Matt is always a fantastic experience! He makes perfect mixes that sound great on every system afterwards. :)

  63. Review by Kristina L.
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    Matt was awesome. Very fast. Responded quickly and delivered exactly what was asked of him. Definitely recommend to work with him on your mixing projects!

  64. Review by Elvic K.
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    mattjamesdougherty is an outstanding mix engineer with a lot creative ideas. He just gave back life to the track I almost gave up on. And the best of all its that the man can listen and has a big ability to understand peoples mind. I really recommend you to work with him. Thank you so much bro.

  65. Review by Dios T.
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    Very confident sound engineer, great communication and highly professional input on every record we mixed/mastered with Matt. He's got the vision for the sound that matches your one, so far this is my experience working with this guy.
    Recommend

  66. Review by Youth I.
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    We had a second track mixed by MJD and we are very pleased with the result. Once more it was a pleasure working with him and don't regret our choice. You really feel that he works WITH you and not for you if this makes any sens haha Take care Matt!!

  67. Review by Nico T.
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    Don't hesitate a second to hire Matt ! He has done a great job on my song. He's very professional, correct and delivers a final you can be proud of. Thanks again Matt !!! See you next time.

  68. Review by Alec Y.
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    As usual, Matt takes your tracks and blends them with secret sauce to make you sound your best. I can't imagine my tracks sounding any better than after being mixed by MJD.

  69. Review by Philipp
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    Matt is an awesome mix engineer! It was a pleasure for me to work with you!
    I definitely come back to you very soon. :)

  70. Review by Tyler K.
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    I love Matt! He is literally a wizard. He is so professional, so kind, and genuine. He cares about his craft and the music speaks for itself. He just mixed my second song, and I'm never going to another engineer. His mixes have this dimensional depth and vibe; they just feel so great. Thank you my friend, can't wait till the next record!

  71. Review by Scott B.
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    A fantastic mix and production, his ear is detailed and rich with experience. Fantastic!

  72. Review by Martini F.
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    Matt mixed two tracks for me and I am really happy with how they turned out. Communication was good and he indulged my fussing too. Very professional result - thank you!

  73. Review by Alec Y.
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    If you want your tracks to sound absolutely professional and radio-ready you can't do better than MJD. The man is a wizard and made my track sound better than it had any right to sound. An excellent mixer with great communication and outstanding turnaround time. Highly recommended.

  74. Review by Alexey I.
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    Great engineer! Easy to communicate, very professional, awesome mix from the first edition..It was a big pleasure to work with Mat..

  75. Review by SHINYA T.
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    I'm Japanese and my English is broken but Matt is very kind for me.
    He is very speedy for work and awesome. I'm very happy what he done for us.

  76. Review by Иван А.
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    Mixed two more tracks for us. Great results as always.

  77. Review by Dios T.
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    Experience of working with Matt was as you usually have with a high level professional sound engineer, he has a kind of understanding of what you expect your music has to express, he's got his own ideas on your music that actually makes it sound even better. So he is a great guy and highly professional engineer as well as a producer! Cheers Matt!

  78. Review by Dan G.
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    Intuitive, easy going, pays attention to detail. Great consistant end results and a pleasure to work with!

  79. Review by Иван А.
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    Very nice guy, easy to work with and does awesome job!

  80. Review by Asher A.
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    Matt is fantastic. Very patient and understands what it takes to get to the artist vision.

  81. Review by Chidi E.
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    What a pleasure to work with!. He took what I had and made it sound even better than I thought it could. Very professional and talented. I'm looking forward to working with him again.

  82. Review by Ryan K.
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    Matt did a great job and was super timely and kind about the small revisions.

  83. Review by Alexandre Saint André
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    Really good collaboration, the best sound engineer I've ever met as far as can remember, patient, comprehensive, a pleasure to work with

  84. Review by phoenixcode
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    Matt did an excellent job taking a track that had it's challenges and pushing it to a whole new level. He took a chance by doing some work to demonstrate his skill before the proposal was accepted, and that says a lot.

  85. Review by Michael E.
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    Really big sounding mix, fast with revisions and very patient with notes, good vibes - never felt rushed, easy to communiate with and really talented mixer! Top marks, look forward to working with Matt again :)

  86. Review by Alejandro M.
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    Excellent communication, excellent mix, A great pleasure working with Matt.

  87. Review by Jody P.
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    Asked for a quick remix on song Matt had mixed for me 8 months ago. I provided Matt with the updated files and within a couple days Matt had the remix for me. Great mixing at a great price - with prompt delivery and clear daily communication. Thanks Matt!

  88. Review by Kristjan
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    Yoohoo... Great mixing work! super!

  89. Review by Will I.
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    To start off, I know my strength is more with songwriting than with vocals but Matt was willing to work with me and the material I have, he came up with own brilliant ideas and every suggestion I had, he went back and changed it until I was satisfied, at the end I was amazed by the result. I will mos def work with Matt again.

  90. Review by Cédric A.
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    Matt produced the first EP of a new project I am working on with some established UK musicians. I can describe myself as a demanding perfectionist and all I can say that Matt is a professional of the highest standard. Passionate and so easy to work with. He took all tracks to another level. And awesome drummer too...Highly recommended.

  91. Review by Pepe S.
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    Really nail it! Give us more than we expected. A pleasure to work with.

  92. Review by Jason
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    One of the best,if not the best in the business...very professional and better yet very passionate about the craft,which is most important in my book. We did the 1st single with Matt and will definitely book his services for the remainder of the album. Matt also brings creativity to the table which is another valuable aspect of his mixing skills.

  93. Review by Shay D.
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    Matt is an outstanding Mix Engineer, with some serious skillz, he helped make my project really shine.
    Would not hesitate in working with him again.

  94. Review by Bill O.
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    Mixing is its own art form. I needed my :30 second jingle mixed. I sent Matt the 18 or so tracks and he quickly started sending me mixes. We tweaked it a few times to arrive on a great final mix. Matt has good ears and knows how to "dig it out". Plus he's from Chicago so I knew I was in good hands!

  95. Review by Julian S.
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    Matt was a pleasure to work with, always super responsive and delivered quality results! Thanks a ton!

  96. Review by Kristian G.
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    Matt is excellent to work with. He collaborates and gives great input and his ideas are usually what's best for the track. He also listens and makes any adjustments needed. I highly recommend him for production and for mixing.

  97. Review by Pepe S.
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    A total pleasure to work with, he gave us more than we expected and the results were awesome.

  98. Review by kid
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    Easy to work with, fast, efficient. Great communication!

  99. Review by BJ
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    Matt was an absolute pleasure to work with and did an excellent job. VERY happy with the results and would highly recommend!

  100. Review by Eksteen J.
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    Matt was awesome to work with. A true professional. He was easy to communicate with and I never had to wait at all for reference mixes. His input for the direction of the mix was invaluable and he was also open for suggestions or alternatives. I would love to make use of his services for the rest of my full length album.

  101. Review by Jody P.
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    Great communication and easy to work with. Matt delivers a great mix in short amount of time at a great price. Thanks!

  102. Review by Calvin R.
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    Great working with Matt. Really responsive and helpful in getting the right sound. Will definitely be coming to him in the future!

  103. Review by Søren S.
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    Absolute pleasure to work with Matt!
    Great ear for details, fast respond, professional approach and I could continue...

    Looking forward working with Matt in the near future.

  104. Review by Michael E.
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    A pleasure working with Matt again, super talented, very professional, very patient, creative and gets an amazing mix! Highly recommended :D

  105. Review by Youth I.
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    We loved working with Matt on our mix. He's very pro, patient, understands what sound you are looking for a provides it very fast. From the very first mix it was sounding great but he still took the time to take in to consideration our feed back. It sounds awesome! Looking forward to working again with him ;)

  106. Review by Tyler K.
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    Brilliant working with Matt. He massaged the mix until we reached the sound I envisioned in my head. He is a true professional, and I look forward to sending him another mix!

  107. Review by Alexandre Saint André
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    Really cool communication, the best and most comprehensive sound engineer as far as I can remember, really really fast & efficient !

    An absolute pleasure to work with, want to keep on our collaboration !

  108. Review by Arkadiusz Z.
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    Thx MJD, You're The Best !!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_NJAMdAe5A&feature=youtu.be

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    I can't say enough about Matt D's professionalism and expertise. He was very patient with each step of the mixing process. Allowing time for my production team to embelish upon our work while in the mixing phrase. He translated directives with accute proficiency, and also utlize his own artistic creativity to make the record a great experience!

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    Matts attention to detail is superb. He helps with structures, harmonies, etc. His knowledge and ability to pickup any instrument and play definitely helps him in the studio. Great ear, fast editor, and he is a genius

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    First off, Matt is a genius. I believe he scored a 35 out of 36 on the ACT's. He's not going to tell you that because he is humble. That brings me to the 2nd point: he is chill, fun and easy to work with while tenaciously pursuing your ideas of perfection and enhancing those ideas. You would be lucky to have the opportunity to work with him.

  112. Review by Jasio Kulakowski - Kobra and the Lotus
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    Matt is a class act in the world of music production, fluent in the magic that happens behind big records. Highly recommended!

  113. Review by Tom Boisse
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    Matt is one of the most hardworking engineers I have ever encountered. I'd fully recommend him to any party interested without hesitation. He comes in on time and works from the beginning of the day to the end of the day. His sense of humor creates a comfortable work atmosphere that bolsters creativity. Matt has a great ear and musical sensibility.

  114. Review by Jordan Smith
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    Working with Matt was the first time I've ever felt like I was working with a professional who was passionate about the job. He did an incredible job on our first EP. As a band, we were going through a weird transition period at the time and didn't have a drummer so Matt actually stepped up and did the drums on the EP and it turned out amazing.

  115. Review by Tim Tournier
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    Matt is an amazing producer and engineer with a fantastic ear. I have had the privilege to work with Matt a few times now and he is one of the hardest working musicians I have met to date.
    Matt is one of the few engineers out there that not only helps you get your ideas out but he ads to your ideas.

    100% pro.

  116. Review by Rob Ulrich/Mindset Evolution
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    Matt's relaxed but passionate approach to engineering will not only bring out the best in your performance, but it will make achieving that performance feel so natural, that it will surprise you in playback. He has fantastic music knowledge and an easy manner with which he shares it with you. An absolute pleasure to work with. Thumbs up emoticon!

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Shoe Strings - Olivia Grace (ALT / INDIE-POP)

I was the Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Instrumentalist in this production

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Evolution - Katie Sky (POP)

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No Chaser - Truth Turner (URBAN)

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I do as many revisions as needed until everyone is happy - I look at mixing as a collaborative process. Typical turnaround time is 1-2 business days after delivery of files.

GenresSounds Like
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Disturbed
  • Lorde
Gear Highlights
  • I make the most of whatever I have at my disposal! In my home studio setup I am currently using: ADAM monitors
  • Apogee converters
  • Neve Portico 5017
  • Warm WA-76
  • Warm EQP-WA
  • dbx 266XL
  • Mojave MA-200
  • and lots more.
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