Berklee '14 EPD alumni offering pro mixing & production services. My credit list isn't as long as some of the veterans on here but my work has over 350k streams on Spotify alone. Been doing this professionally for 3 years, and have experience with many genres, from indie rock to hip hop, country, jazz, pop and a handful of more subversive ones
I lovingly operate a small studio in Asheville, NC (The Cat's Claw). We work with lots of independent artists and bands to realize their vision, offering services from full band recording, overdubbing, mixing, post production, digital mastering, and can pitch these growing artists to appropriately sized industry groups such as labels, management, booking agents, and publicity.
The studio is home to lots of great boutique recording and mixing equipment (*see highlights below*), which helps up and coming artists and bands develop an original sound and catch the ears of new listeners. My mixing & mastering services further help solidify these listeners as fans with a well balanced and tasteful blend of all the music.
Mixing service includes:
• optional pre-production meeting focused on direction, references, and special requests
• hi-quality mastered and unmastered versions of mixes, in lossless audio and mp3
• up to 3 revisions free, and if more needed charged at a small fee
• virtual attended sessions are available at no extra fee over streaming broadcast
Also for a small fee, I can help to pitch your music to next level industry folk. Contact me for more detail on development.
If you are interested in production services, such as a turnkey package, re-recording, overdubs, etc 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.