Elliot Johnson

Production, Mixing

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When I mix, I make sure every part of the song draws in the listener through careful editing and tasteful processing. My goal is to make the song shine with every element clear and well-balanced. As a musician myself, I know how important your creative vision is and I'll do whatever it takes to make that vision a reality!

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Interview with Elliot Johnson

  1. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  2. A: Josh Woods, he's fantastic. He's been my mentor for a while now and I've learned so many good things from him. I also send my songs to him for mastering.

  3. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  4. A: The biggest misconception is that it's about having great gear or plugins; that helps but that's not the heart of production. Production is really about having great ideas and great ears. I use really basic tools but I'm confident in what I do because I can use those tools well.

  5. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  6. A: Hmm... if I was on a desert island I'd probably just bring a grand piano. And a bench. And some Bach music. I mean a Fairchild is pretty useless on a desert island.

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: I definitely lean toward pop style production but I'm also very flexible. My goal is to be as transparent when necessary and be creative when necessary.

  9. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  10. A: Electronic dance music and rock, but I'm willing to take on any style! I'd love to mix a jazz record or something classical.

  11. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  12. A: I bring the mindset of a musician. Not only do I know the processing and effects side, but I know how the chords work, how the bass line functions, what the groove is, and I use that knowledge to understand the artist's intent and accurately represent their song.

  13. Q: What's your typical work process?

  14. A: I always start by listening to a reference track by the client to get their desired sound in my ear. Then I start on their song by mixing one small section of a song and expanding out from there.

  15. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  16. A: Production and mixing, sometimes mastering. I can also write guitar parts, keyboard parts, write backup vocals, drum parts, you name it!

  17. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  18. A: I'm working on my first electronic/rock album. It mixes dance beats and synths with my electric guitar and vocals. It's a very fun and demanding project, and I'm growing so much because of it.

  19. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  20. A: I always ask them for reference tracks. Usually there's a sound that inspires every artist and I want to make sure I channel that into a mix.

  21. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  22. A: Every decision should be made based on how things sound. It's not about eq graphs or compression ratios or the intensity of chorus modulation; at the end of the day, it's about the getting the right vibe and feel.

  23. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  24. A: I use a MacBook Pro, a Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6, a pair of Yamaha HS 5's and a HS 8 sub. It's really basic but I get great results with it for sure!

  25. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  26. A: I'm working on my first electronic/rock album.

  27. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  28. A: Josh Woods, the man is fire.

  29. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  30. A: The biggest misconception is that it's about having great gear or plugins; it's not. It's about having what you need, the rest is having great ideas and great ears.

  31. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  32. A: I always ask them for reference tracks. Usually there's a sound that inspires every artist and I want to make sure I channel that into a mix.

  33. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  34. A: Hmm... if I was on a desert island I'd probably just bring a grand piano. And a bench. And some Bach music.

  35. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  36. A: I pretty much taught myself since I was 13, I took a few production courses in college and I'm currently getting some mentoring from a great producer.

  37. Q: How would you describe your style?

  38. A: I definitely lean toward pop style production but I'm also very flexible.

  39. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  40. A: Every decision should be made based on how things sound. It's not about eq graphs or compression ratios or the intensity of chorus modulation; at the end of the day, it's about the getting the right vibe and feel.

  41. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  42. A: Electronic dance music and rock.

  43. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  44. A: I strive for focus and clarity in a mix. I make sure every part of the song is interesting and that the artist shines through.

  45. Q: What's your typical work process?

  46. A: When I work on a mix I start by mixing one small section of a song and expanding out from there.

  47. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  48. A: I use a MacBook Pro, a Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6, a pair of Yamaha HS 5's and a HS 8 sub.

  49. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  50. A: Production and mixing, sometimes mastering.

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