Berklee '14 EPD alumni offering mixing & production services. Currently my work has over 350k streams on Spotify. Love working on all types of music. If you like what you hear in my reel feel free to send me a message to learn more about my process. Thanks!
I lovingly operate a small project studio in Asheville, NC (The Cat's Claw) and do work out of Citizen Studios downtown. Check Citizen out here -> https://citizenvinyl.com/citizen-studios/
I like to help emerging artists find their sound and create really solid renderings of their recorded music in a style that values originality over standardization. Sometimes all it takes is an intriguing sound to get the attention of the chance listener. My mixing & mastering services help to retain these listeners as fans with a really great sounding end product.
I offer my services at a variety of rates that can accomodate a large range of budgets. Let me know what you are hoping to get and what your budget is and I am happy to help find a solution to make your music sound better.
If you have a tighter budget, I work at my project studio with a hybrid digital and analog signal path. I have an amazing UAD system that offers top shelf DSP as well as some great analog compressors.
If you have a higher budget and want to get a hi-fi analog mix with classic outboard gear and equipment, I can work out of Citizen Studios. Their mixing room is centered around an amazing Rupert Neve Designs 5088 console and has loads of amazing outboard gear and acoustics.
If you are interested in any of my services please contact me for an accurate quote! Thanks
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Mike is the full package. I've had the privilege of working with him on many occasions and I have only grown more impressed by his ability to communicate with music. His fluency is a blend of natural talent and years of dedication to his craft. That balance between technical skill, creativity, and sensitivity shines through in everything he touches while supporting the vision of the artist. It is just as rewarding to work with him in studio as it is to listen to his final product. I highly recommend working with Mike Johnson, a gem.
Mike embodies a rare combination of extreme technical proficiency with a beautiful musical sensitivity. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him in several different capacities - producer, engineer, instrumentalist, sound designer, mix engineer. I could write a separate review for each facet of Mike’s abilities. Suffice it to say, Mike is a just a wonderful musician. Whether he is manning the computer, designing a synth patch, or laying down some pedal steel the through-line is his commitment to serve the art being made. Mike is a worker, and his example elevates.
Mike is my go-to person for recording. He brings so much musicality to everything he does. I’ve had him produce, engineer, mix, and perform on various recordings of mine and he consistently makes the songs greater than I ever could have imagined myself. He also has an awesome recording studio in Asheville which is full of creative energy and is resonantly priced.
Interview with Mike Henry Johnson
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: A little bit of both! Analog signal path is a beautiful thing. The tactile nature of adjusting controls produces different results even on an approach basis. Digital is amazing for recallability. It is so fast for me to save sessions and tweak mixes and have it be exactly what needed to be adjusted. Also the UAD plugins are truly phenomenal these days...
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'm here for your song and your vision first! My tastes are secondary to what your musical goals are
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Do you have any other records or demos? Who are your influences? Do you have a release plan for this project?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less screen more ears :p
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Techs: Chris Coady, Sylvia Massey, Tchad Blake - all phenomenal mixers and producers. Sarah Register, Joe LaPorta - have done some amazing mastering work. Musicians / Producers: Daniel Lopatin, Joni Mitchell, Nile Rogers, Beach House, D'Angelo, Hank William Sr - the list could go on. I love to listen to music!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly will mix material that is already produced / recorded by clients. This process involves me getting to know a little bit about the artist, who their influences are, and what they are hoping their record will sound like in the end. After that, I find some references and mix. At the end I will finalize the balance and print both 'mastered' and 'unmastered' versions of the mix, so that the artist has the option to use it as-is or hire another professional for the final step.