I'm Jon Lewis, I've been a musician and recorded my own music for over 20 years and am now branching out into professional audio production. Looking for new clients!
I've played guitar since I was 11 years old and played in Rock bands for over 15 years around Toronto. All the while I've tasked myself with recording all of our demos and after struggling with trial and error for years, decided to invest in myself and take some audio courses like URM Academy Fast Track, and upgrade my gear in order to make higher quality recordings. I'm now looking to gain more experience and make great mixes for other clients at competitive prices. Artists on a budget, hit me up!
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Interview with Jon Lewis
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Synergist is my main band and I'm a main performer and producer for everything we've put out, it's my baby.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Synergist's next release, a new band, a whole bunch of mixes in my backlog.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital cause it's easier. Analog because it's vintage and cool.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that no matter what we're always going to come out with amazing music.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being creative, it's amazing!
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make this one small change? *sigh of course!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That I can't help you ;)
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's your plan for the project? Is there anything you need to take care of before we started? Can I help you with anything?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be organized and reliable, make sure your material is in order and be friendly. :)
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Sm57, laptop with cubase and a drum sampler ;) les paul, fender twin, bass guitar
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been playing since I was a kid but never went into recording professionally until recently. I feel like it's always been a calling for me but I never thought it was a realistic career when I was younger because of misguided self doubt. Now is the time I turn that around.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Analytical, natural, but also exciting. I really want to capture great moments and bring them to the forefront.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Probably Foo Fighters. Amazing band that's kind of the truest form of rock and roll. I'd probably just try and mic them up as best I could and let them do their thing lol It'd probably be the easiest session from that perspective haha
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Capture the best performance at the source. Play it well and make sure the instrument is set up in the best way possible. That will always result in the best sound.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock and Metal. That's just what I mostly listen to and make myself. But I'm really open minded to everything. I just love music in general!
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: People skills. I want to make friends while I help make amazing music. ;)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can offer a listener's perspective or put on the songwriter hat if need be. I can solve technical problems and also make sure that we capture the best quality sound possible. I'm also a creative mixer and I can bring a track from 0 to 100 if need be. But I want to really capture the source as good as possible. It's always better to capture great performances and use those to make the best recordings possible.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I'm an artist as well so from that perspective it's songwriting and arranging first, simple demoing along the way. Then tracking each instrument and editing everything. Then doing the mix and master. Top to bottom for my own music.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Simple home setup, entirely in the box but plenty of things to get the job done from top to bottom. Could make a professional album from start to finish with my setup.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Trent Reznor is the first one to come to mind. He wears the hat of artist, song writer, producer, mixer all at once. Huge inspiration for me.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Tracking and Mixing, guitar and vocal recording mostly. But constantly looking for mixing projects and tracking projects to record all kinds of instruments.