Recordings are a fine art to me, and it's my life's work to do it differently. It's quite simple really...I look at records as if I'm making a film. Lighting choices, camera pan, depth of field... it's all relevant. I like to make new sounds from an old form. The bridge between the avant-garde garde and the technicolor of high fidelity is my goal

Some of my recent discography includes Bob Weir's "Blue Mountain", Kevin Morby's "Singing Saw", Tim Berne's "You Have Been Watching Me", David Torn's "Only Sky", Craig Finn's "We All Want The Same Things", Kaki King's "The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body"

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My credits include

AllMusic verified credits for D. James Goodwin:

  • Craig Finn
  • Craig Finn
  • Craig Finn
  • Benjamin Booker
  • Benjamin Booker
  • Bob Weir
  • Bob Weir
  • Bob Weir
  • LNZNDRF
  • LNZNDRF
  • Donna Lewis
  • Donna Lewis
  • Craig Finn
  • Craig Finn
  • David Wax Museum
  • David Wax Museum
  • David Torn
  • Lindsey Webster
  • Lindsey Webster
  • Tim Berne
  • Tim Berne's Snakeoil
  • Field Guides
  • Landlady
  • Todd Clouser
  • Todd Clouser's A Love Electric
  • Anberlin
  • David Wax Museum
  • David Wax Museum
  • Yellowbirds
  • Yellowbirds
  • Duane Pitre
  • Duane Pitre
  • The Inner Banks
  • Bobby
  • Bobby
  • Rubik
  • Lapko
  • Lapko
  • Lapko
  • Matt White
  • The Silent League
  • The Silent League
  • The Defibulators
  • The Defibulators
  • The Defibulators
  • The Bravery
  • Kiss Kiss
  • Kiss Kiss
  • Kiss Kiss
  • Kiss Kiss
  • Kiss Kiss
  • Camphor
  • Camphor
  • Camphor
  • Camphor
  • Camphor
  • This Charming Man
  • Going Home
  • Timesbold
  • Timesbold
  • Timesbold
  • Timesbold
  • Search/Rescue
  • Sleep Station
  • Sleep Station
  • Sleep Station
  • Sleep Station
  • Baumer
  • Baumer
  • Baumer
  • Baumer
  • Baumer
  • Baumer
  • Baumer
  • Baumer
  • Baumer
  • Baumer
  • Baumer
  • Velocet
  • Velocet
  • Velocet
  • Velocet
  • Velocet
  • Hopewell
  • Monument
  • Kiss Kiss
  • Kiss Kiss
  • Kiss Kiss
  • Kiss Kiss
  • Kiss Kiss
  • Kiss Kiss
  • Saul Ashby
  • Saul Ashby
  • Saul Ashby
  • Pompeii
  • Pompeii
  • Pompeii
  • Pompeii
  • Pompeii
  • And This Army
  • And This Army
  • New London Fire
  • Motion Picture Demise
  • Motion Picture Demise
  • Motion Picture Demise
  • Motion Picture Demise
  • Stiffed
  • Stiffed
  • Stiffed
  • Stiffed
  • Honeycreeper
  • Honeycreeper
  • Honeycreeper
  • The Blackout Pact
  • The Blackout Pact
  • The Blackout Pact
  • My Epiphany
  • My Epiphany
  • My Epiphany
  • My Epiphany
  • The Number Twelve Looks Like You
  • The Number Twelve Looks Like You
  • The Number Twelve Looks Like You
  • Old Scratch Revival Singers
  • Secret Lives of the Freemasons
  • Secret Lives of the Freemasons
  • Secret Lives of the Freemasons
  • Secret Lives of the Freemasons
  • Secret Lives of the Freemasons
  • Sleep Station
  • Sleep Station
  • Sleep Station
  • Sleep Station
  • Sleep Station
  • Sleep Station
  • Sleep Station
  • Spit for Athena
  • Emma's Revolution
  • Emma's Revolution
  • Emma's Revolution
  • Voice in the Wire
  • Voice in the Wire
  • Voice in the Wire
  • Voice in the Wire
  • Voice in the Wire
  • Voice in the Wire
  • Oval Portrait
  • Volta Do Mar
  • Volta Do Mar
  • The Inner Banks
  • Rebecca Coupe Franks
  • Fireships
  • Lettie
  • Lettie
  • The Grape and the Grain
  • The Grape and the Grain
  • The Grape and the Grain
  • The Grape and the Grain
  • Leverage Models
  • Leverage Models
  • Evan Russell Saffer
  • Evan Russell Saffer
  • Nova Social
  • Snowflake
  • Snowflake
  • Snowflake
  • Snowflake
  • Future Wife
  • Future Wife

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Interview with D. James Goodwin

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Bob Weir's "Blue Mountain". I tracked and mixed the record. I also took photos that became the record artwork. I'm proud of it, because when I heard the music, I saw the west. I saw the plains and the mountains, and the vastness. I feel like I made that record. A record that paints that picture perfectly.
What are you working on at the moment?
Currently tracking Clare Bowen's debut LP with Josh Kaufman. Also mixing new Wand LP for Drag City, and Pecas for Team Love.
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
I'm sure.
Analog or digital and why?
Both. Both are good. Both are just tools.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I make no promise, but for the fact that I will put my spirit into my work. I do promise they will feel that, no matter what.
What do you like most about your job?
All of it.
What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
How much do you charge.... ha.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That I can fix a poorly composed song. Or that I am simply a technician, though most don't assume that
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
Too many to list here. Most importantly, what does this record mean.....
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
If you are looking for artistry, look in the right places, at the right people. Don't worry about what records they've done. Vision says it all.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
There would be no electricity, so it wouldn't matter! I'd take my old nylon string Martin.
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
Began assisting at age 16. Haven't looked back since, 23 years later.
How would you describe your style?
Widescreen. Technicolor. High Fidelity with character.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Any artist I would love to work with has already made records that I love, so no need to worry about that. I want to work with artists who want to do something new and say something new, with a profound respect for the art form we know as music.
Can you share one music production tip?
Be kind. Kind with ideas, kind with relationships, kind with interactions. That kindness will always speak through music.
What type of music do you usually work on?
Most often, left of center pop and rock music. Often, avant garde and experimental jazz and instrumental music.
What's your strongest skill?
Making records sound deep and wide. Setting a landscape.
What do you bring to a song?
Again, depends on the music. I like to think on the most basic level, I can light the song in such a way that tilts a listener's head in a different direction, whilst being true to the aim of the music at hand.
What's your typical work process?
Depends on the music.
Tell us about your studio setup.
My studio, The Isokon, is setup for my perfect workflow. MCI 416 console (custom modified for moi), Barefoot MM27 monitors, Harbeth P3ESR mini monitors, dozens of odd reverbs, compressors, distortion devices, color boxes, etc..... I mix using digital medium, and analog hardware, always. I have far too much interesting hardware to mix in the box.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Alan Parsons, Tchad Blake, Rick Hall, The Swampers, Phill Brown, Milestone recordings to me : Miles Davis' Bitches Brew Talk Talk : Spirit Of Eden & Laughingstock Tortoise: Standards Pink Floyd: Dark Side Of the Moon Fleetwood Mac: Rumours Portishead: 3 Latin Playboys Neil Young: Harvest
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Mixing and tracking.