I specialize in helping artists capture the feelings their songs are written to express. I always keep the mood and meaning of the music at the forefront as I produce and mix. I also contribute guitar, bass, and synth parts where needed.
I love helping talented artists achieve their visions for their work. Let's work together on something!
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20 Reviews - 3 Repeat ClientsEndorse Justin Ginn
I was blown away by the way Justin produced and developed my song. The song started with some pretty obvious and pretty severe handicaps. Somehow Justin reached in and lifted up the goodness and let the faults and flaws fall away. This is a magic touch to be able to do this. Its a talent and a gift. Thanks much Justin for the great work on this song.
Super impressed with Justins skills as a guitarist, producer and multi-instrumentalist. Justin took a song that needed a lot of development and pulled up way above what I thought the ceiling for that song was. Thanks Justin!
Excellent work. Justin understood what I was looking for and delivered a really high quality track
Another great track done by Justin. This one was exceptionally tough because I had messed up the timing. Justin somehow was able to make certain fixes and I now have a complete song, polished beautifully. The best of the best on this site.
Will be using Justin for not only this project but all future projects. Thorough,detailed,provides excellent feedback and support. I work as a solo musician and he has helped not only shape the songs, but provide his own instrument playing which ends up in the track. Justins the best!
polish and balance/mastered songs for album release. take care of any detailed needed address. great communication. willing to work with again.
tuning for vocals for song are very polished and professional. willing to work with again in the future. great communication throughout. delivered in timely manner.
great producer, excellent instrumental. wonderful vision and guitar skills to make a killer track. willing to work with again. highly recommended.
Couldnt be happier with the communication and hard work put in by Justin. Will be taking all of my future work here so I know it will come out 100%
great communication and attention/devotion mixing/tuning and mastering song. a pleasure to work with. willing to work with again in the future.
justin did a great job tuning, mixing, mastering of my song. great communication throughout, took my song to next level. highly recommended.
great communication, added magic to the song, wonderful mixing/mastering. took song to whole new level. pleasure to work with. willing to work with again.
great vocals and mix/mastering job to song. communication is top notch and very professional. looking forward to work with again.
justin did an awesome job and provided a jazzy backtrack as envisioned, always a pleasure to work with.
Justin paid special attention to detail and direction of song via vocals tuning and mixing. looking forward working with him on next project.
did an excellent job for vocals and guitar backtrack, great communication throughout. looking forward to work with again.
Justin did a wonderful mixing/mastering job on my song, paid close attention to detail via timing and vocals.
great vision for mixing and mastering a difficult song, wonderful communication for whole process.
my song need much work, justin came thru. great communication and attention to detail. looking forward to work again.
appreciate vision and devotion into song, went beyond expectations, great communication and input. willing to work with again on future projects.
Interview with Justin Ginn
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Music is not about about gear, tips, or tricks! There are no magic shortcuts - a great song requires a solid emotional message and great composition, performances, and arrangements built around that message. From there, my job is to make sure your music will translate emotionally to your listener, whoever and wherever they may be. I make music the hard way - no presets or automatic fixes. I listen carefully and manually apply automation to every element that needs it to create a dynamic mix that puts the listener in the same place you were when you wrote the song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: For me, the first and most important step is to identify the mood and message of the music I am working on. I believe that all choices in the production, mix, and master process should serve the vibe the artist hopes to achieve and that this is always more important than technical perfection. I want the music I work on to put the listener in a place and experiencing a feeling that matches the lyrics and artist's intent. Production: I usually start with a few layers of percussion to develop a groove that matches the feeling of the song. Then I add a guitar or synth idea and build from there. My productions tend to be layered with multiple instruments contributing to a melodic idea. I try to use unconventional percussion parts and groovy basslines because music should make you dance. Mixing: I start by hearing the artist's vision for the song, what it means to them, what they like about it, and what they hope to improve on during the mix process. Then, I make notes of the elements of the rough mix I want to be sure to preserve. From there, I typically start from the ground up. First, I address any issues in the project (vocals that may need tuning, clicks/pops that need to be removed, etc). Next, I balance the elements of the song, paying particular attention to how each part contributes to the mood and meaning of the song. Finally, I address the dynamics of the song. I use parallel compression and automation to maximize the dynamics of the music while keeping the energy even in quiet parts. I typically get feedback from friends whose musical opinions I trust to make sure I haven't missed anything. Session work: I listen for space in the song to make sure my parts do not interfere with other aspects of the music. I am not afraid to play simple parts in the background but can add spice when needed. I often like to record double-tracked guitar and synth parts for extra stereo width in case that is needed later on.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Will you master my song? No. It's a bit of a misconception that the same engineer can mix and master the same song. Mastering is more than throwing a limiter and EQ on the stereo bus - it's the process of getting an objective second opinion from a trusted engineer. I do my best work during the production and mixing phases to bring out the best in your song. When I'm done mixing there's nothing left for *me* to do on it and it is then up to you whether you would like to send the song off to get a second opinion, although I would certainly recommend it. Whether or not you choose to work with a separate mastering engineer, I always spend a day or two referencing my mixes before I submit my final work. I do this to make sure there are no problems in my mix that will show up on different systems (cars, bluetooth speakers, etc.) I also always provide at least two alternatives when I submit a mix: one mix that is ready to send to a mastering engineer and a second that I have limited and applied any track-wide EQ to. So even if you don't work with a second engineer, I'll give you something loud and radio-ready but since I'm still the same guy who mixed it, it's not really accurate to call that a "mastered" version. Whether you need to get your music mastered depends on your budget and goals. There are specialists out there that may do a better job than the "radio-ready" mix alternative I will send you but you will need to pay them accordingly. When you start a project with me, we'll talk about your objectives, how mastering fits into those, and I can steer you to the right professionals if you decide to go for it!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: I recommend working with Chris Gala for mastering because he and I are on the same page when it comes to putting emotional content first. While some mastering engineers are hands-off and just want a finished mix to smash with their limiter, Chris will take the time to make sure the mix is as good as it can possibly be before he takes over to work his magic. https://soundbetter.com/profiles/45893-chris-gala-mastering
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What emotion do you want your listeners to feel when they hear this track? Where do you want it played? What message do you want them to gather? What are your favorite parts of this track as it is? What do you not want me to touch? What are the limitations of this track to you? What are you hoping we can improve? What platform will this track be distributed on? This will affect how loud or dynamic it should be.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a vision for your work and make sure you find someone who can help you realize it.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I produced and mixed the entirety of Hotel Heart by Coastlines. I'm proud of this EP because every song tells a story and communicates a specific emotion. We wrote this record to center around memories of ours that captured visceral emotions for us as we experienced them. I think we captured each emotion such that the listener can feel what we felt as we were making that record.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: New music for Coastlines
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Tools are tools - what separates the boys from the men is how those tools are used to create a record. There is no substitute for ears and experience.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I'll work with you to fit your vision into the song you have written. I'll go the extra mile, add extra parts, and remix until your record says what you want it to say to your listener. Most of my projects go beyond the terms we initially agreed upon because I would rather do more for you than deliver a finished product that doesn't capture everything you had envisioned.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love hearing from a client that I have taken the song beyond even their vision for it. It's hard work but these are the reactions that I work for.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Pino Palladino is, to me, an artist who elevates every song he works on to be above what it could have been without him. His work is subtle but priceless. This is what I strive toward in every area I contribute to as I work with clients.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out of a treated home studio. I monitor on a pair of Presonus S8s and matching sub in a treated room. I work in Logic or occasionally Reaper. For synth sounds, Spectrasonics Omnisphere, NI Komplete 10 and a handful of other VSTs in addition to outboard guitar effects and a Korg Minilogue. I have three acoustics (a steel-string, 12 string, and a nylon), humbucker and single-coil equipped electrics, and 4 and 5 string basses. I run my guitars through a Fractal Audio Axe FX II for a wide range of very realistic amp and effects models.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Production: Sound Awake by Karnivool, To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar, The 1975 by The 1975, Black on Both Sides by Mos Def, Nocturnal by The Midnight Mixing: Only Way Out by Madeon, 21 by Adele, TwelveFour by The Paper Kites Guitar: Jeff Beck, John Mayer Bass: Pino Palladino
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. Treated room 2. Accurate monitors 3. Laptop with a quality DAW 4. Sturdy dynamic mic 5. Big-sounding condenser mic
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been recording and mixing for around 10 years. I started mixing FOH for churches and concerts and went on to produce and mix EPs for four bands I played in, as well as working for musician friends of mine. I have played guitar for 15+ years, bass for 5 years, and synth for just 3.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I write dacnceable indie pop with retro elements that is equally comfortable in coffee shops and dance halls.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Treat your song like a place and let every decision be about describing that place to your listener or decorating it to make it more interesting. This applies to the chords you use, the effects you use, the balance of the mix, and even the final mastered loudness.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: indie-pop, electronic music, old-school hip-hop, rock, singer-songwriter stuff
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Capturing emotion while keeping the song commercial-ready
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: First and foremost, I bring a focus on the emotion and meaning of a song. I approach each song differently, depending on what the artist wants the song to communicate and will break whatever production rules I need to in order to make this happen. Because I have skills across the writing/recording/production process, I can contribute whatever is needed for a song, even if it isn't what you originally hired me to do.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mixing, composition/production, electric and acoustic guitar work. Because I have experience with each step in the recording process, I can be your one stop shop to perfect your song.