If your talent is singing or spitting bars, you are definitely in need of hit songs and dope beats. My label Vermont POP Records and studio Friday Pop Café Productions aim to make it possible for anyone with a voice to have a chance at musical success. This is my full time job and I've sacrificed a normal life to be in the studio 24/7.
My team and I provide custom-written songs, full single-song productions, instrumentals, beats, mixing and mastering.
I am the executive producer at Friday Pop Café Productions and head engineer at Friday Pop Café Studios.
As producer, I'm hands-on through a project's life (song concept, composition, sound design, arrangement, mix-prep, mixing, mastering, visuals [lyric videos, official music videos, etc.], social media strategy, release and distribution).
My team and I have mastered the process of writing and producing for the independent artist. All of our legal and business procedures are fully streamlined, and we have built a proprietary cloud-based file management system for our writers and artists to log in and download/upload files for their projects.
Send me a note through the contact button above.
Reviews (6)Endorse Jack Chicago
Jack is a capable and knowledgeable producer with original ideas that will bring your songs to a new level. I loved working with him and feeling like he was excited by my ideas, and that a polished final product really mattered to him. You won't be disappointed by his work ethic and ability to transform vague ideas into reality. I look forward to recording with him again in the near future.
Jack Chicago is the person you want working along side you throughout your next musical endeavour. As someone who has worked with numerous songwriters, engineers, producers, artists, etc. having someone who is excited and involved in YOUR final product is the best foundation. Not only is he passionate about music as a whole, he has the skill set to match. I've personally seen him create completely unique and captivating instrumental tracks in one sitting as well as save an entire vocal session by suggesting a new melodic line. I would highly recommend him to any artist.
A big thanks to Jack. He improved my live video really quick and made the best sound out of it.
Also he could repair the video itself, really impressed. Thanx again from Germany :)
If you're looking for the whole package, contact Jack. He is an extremely talented producer, musician, and song writer. He can take any project any give it that extra polish required to make it a cut above the rest. He is fast, professional, honest, has industry savvy, and runs the business end like a well-oiled machine. It's truly a pleasure working with him!
Jack is incredibly passionate about his work and will do anything to make sure you have the best sound possible. His passion is only highlighted by his incredible musical skill spanning many genres and instruments. Ya like jazz? He's got it. Ya like pop? Got it and many more. Jack and Friday Pop Cafe provide the space for you to be creative!
Jack is the most passionate producer and musician I have ever worked with. He is so versatile and will come up with something far better than you could ever envisage and give your songs a unique sparkle like he did mine!
If you're looking for raw talent and no b/s, he is your man. Thank you Jack!
Interview with Jack Chicago
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I wrote and produced Gurlington Summer Luv. My co-writer O-Tyme and I stayed up all night trying to write the Burlington Vermont song of summer anthem, and then the local paper called it just that !! We really saw that song thru and made a fun summer song.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Again, I've got a CTK-100 thru a looper and I'm panning this weird shit... err stuff ... for the pre of this song I'm doing with Lolli Wren. She's gonna sing it later thru an AKG-414 and it's gonna sound crispy. I'm gonna play with a bunch of Vocal Synth settings and save some for her album's sound design. Probably try and reverse some stuff too !!!!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not sure yet.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. Cuz.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise that the right speaker will sound just as good as the left !!!!!!!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: How much is this going to cost? A: What's your budget? But seriously, everything is negotiable. People sometimes wrongly think this is a candy store and you just fill up a bag of Sour Patch Kids and hit the register. It's the music biz !!! Make a deal that works for you :-) I'm very flexible. I'll always try to make something work.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People think that this is a space ship.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Have you already had any official releases? Do you write your own songs or need them written for you? Have you had vocal training? What instruments do you play? What sound design are we talking about?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask a million questions, get to know me, ask anything, learn, listen, explain things specifically, have big dreams, be decisive. Try to remember that luck is the residue of the design. You need a plan. I'm just a human... there is no magic bullet. WHAT DO YOU WANT ??????
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Well technically that eliminates pretty much anything electronic, so Ukulele, Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Bass, you get the point.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been learning instruments since I was 11 (guitar, piano, bass, drums, ukulele). I studied music in high school, undergrad and have a Master's Degree in Fine Arts which focused on music theory and composition. I've been producing professionally since 2009 and been a songwriter since I was 16. I've been running Vermont POP Records and Friday Pop Café Productions since 2010.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Black jeans, T-shirt, no sneakers on in the studio, lots of kale, water and good coffee.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: The Shaggs from New Hampshire. That's not real. I'm not gonna say some big star. That's ridiculous. I would like to work with the singer who is here right now as I type this: Lolli Wren. Because that is what I'm doing today. And I'm thankful for that.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: What's mono stays mono. What's stereo needs to be really cool. Aim the mic directly at the singer !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, Hip-Hop, Indie, Singer-Songwriter, Alt-Pop, Experimental, anything...
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Definitely the box. The machine. The computer. I know the programs inside and out. Pro Tools, Studio One, Logic, etc. I'm fast and efficient.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Chips and salsa. No seriously. I thought you said potluck. Most of my team will agree it's the meticulous and neurotic attention to detail in vocals: editing, comping, tuning, lining up everything, doubles, harmonies, and the sound of the acapella. I focus on a great vocal production, no matter how technical the singer. And arrangement. Sometimes by the book, sometimes wrong on purpose.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Write. Produce. Mix. Master. Visuals. Social Media. Release. Honestly, this question is overwhelming. Right now I have a Casio CTK-100 going into a Jam Man loop station going into Pro Tools and I'm making the weirdest sounds you've ever heard come out of the Left Speaker. On the right speaker is a huge kick drum sample from Paramore's drummer. This day will never be repeated, on purpose. Later on I have a singer coming in to cut leads to her next single. I'm going to mess with iZotope's new Vocal Synth plugin on her voice. I can't wait.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Friday Pop Café is state of the art!! Downstairs is the live room and vocal room, all routed upstairs to the analog console "Donna" and the main control room. Everything is connected and you can re-amp or patch in anything. There's also way too many Macs!! Technology is taken very seriously here :-)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I like everything. Mozart, Katy Perry, Frank Zappa, The Supremes, Dr. Dre, Max Martin, Lorde, Taylor Swift. Lately I'm finding more music interesting because it's so easily available via streaming. I just flip thru playlists and get ideas. Kinda into Bebop and bad 80's hits at the moment.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I write songs with my writing team based on where an artist is going with their career and how they're feeling. I then produce the songs and manage the release of the song thru my label Vermont POP Records. If an artist is also a songwriter, I obviously provide arrangement advice, in addition to full production, programming and instrumentation to bring their song to life.