Producer / songwriter / engineer / programmer / mixer / Blackhawks fan located in Chicago who is looking to collaborate and work with other talented people! Addicted to music in all forms, I am an equal-opportunity recordist.

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 the last 7 years as an engineer. Currently split my time between my home studio setup, and wherever the job takes me.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for Matt Dougherty:

  • 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

Gear highlights

  • I make the most of whatever I have at my disposal!

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

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Reviews of mattjamesdougherty

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar16 days agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar25 days agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_iconabout 1 month agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 month agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar2 months agoby

    Really great guy that knows his stuff! Could not be more happy with the result! Highly recommended!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_mixe1_logo3 months agoby

    A pleasure working with Matt again, super talented, very professional, very patient, creative and gets an amazing mix! Highly recommended :D

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar3 months agoby

    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!!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_screen_shot_2016-12-18_at_1.31.36_am3 months agoby

    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

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_vin_ryan3 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_vin_ryan4 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar4 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar4 months agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_tkr_34 months agoby

    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 !!!!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar4 months agoby

    As usual, Matt is amazingly talented and perfect to work with

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_11875051_413653368837534_2834113198801052246_o4 months agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar4 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_mb_studio_session_ed_22-43-29_02725 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_05765 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_mariage_45 months agoby

    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!!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_tkr_35 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar5 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_11875051_413653368837534_2834113198801052246_o6 months agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar6 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_scan00036 months agoby

    A fantastic mix and production, his ear is detailed and rich with experience. Fantastic!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_7c0aad6e-d452-4ed4-8125-866e2cf65fad6 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar7 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar7 months agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar7 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_tweet_ava7 months agoby

    Mixed two more tracks for us. Great results as always.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_05768 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar9 months agoby

    Intuitive, easy going, pays attention to detail. Great consistant end results and a pleasure to work with!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_tweet_ava9 months agoby

    Very nice guy, easy to work with and does awesome job!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar9 months agoby

    Matt is fantastic. Very patient and understands what it takes to get to the artist vision.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar9 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_image10 months agoby

    Matt did a great job and was super timely and kind about the small revisions.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_img_364610 months agoby

    Really good collaboration, the best sound engineer I've ever met as far as can remember, patient, comprehensive, a pleasure to work with

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_mars-blogbackground110 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_mixe1_logo10 months agoby

    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 :)

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatar10 months agoby

    Excellent communication, excellent mix, A great pleasure working with Matt.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_profile12 months agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_screen_shot_2016-05-04_at_3.10.19_pm12 months agoby

    Yoohoo... Great mixing work! super!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_american_flag__62668_zoom12 months agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    Really nail it! Give us more than we expected. A pleasure to work with.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_mixer-349850_1280about 1 year agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    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!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Matt was a pleasure to work with, always super responsive and delivered quality results! Thanks a ton!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

    Easy to work with, fast, efficient. Great communication!

  • Verified ReviewDefault-avatarover 1 year agoby

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

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_aandklas01over 1 year agoby

    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.

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_profileover 1 year agoby

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

  • Default-avatar6 days agoby

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

  • Default-avatar2 months agoby

    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.

  • Listing_thumb_mixe1_logo3 months agoby

    A pleasure working with Matt again, super talented, very professional, very patient, creative and gets an amazing mix! Highly recommended :D

  • Listing_thumb_mariage_46 months agoby

    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 ;)

  • Default-avatar7 months agoby

    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!

  • Listing_thumb_img_364610 months agoby

    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 !

  • Default-avatar12 months agoby

    Thx MJD, You're The Best !!

  • Listing_thumb_jae_da_writerabout 1 year agoby

    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!

  • Default-avataralmost 3 years agoby

    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

  • Default-avataralmost 3 years agoby

    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.

  • Default-avataralmost 3 years agoby

    Matt is a class act in the world of music production, fluent in the magic that happens behind big records. Highly recommended!

  • Default-avataralmost 3 years agoby

    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.

  • Default-avataralmost 3 years agoby

    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.

  • Default-avataralmost 3 years agoby

    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.

  • Default-avataralmost 3 years agoby

    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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