Josiah Prince // The Ranch
// CHRISTIAN ROCK GUITARIST turned HOME PRODUCER turned POP SONGWRITER //
I can contribute to your song/project in many capacities. I teach Skype songwriting lessons, I build tracks, I play session guitar and keys, I program drums, I sing on demos, etc...I currently tour full-time with my band Disciple, and fill in my home time with all of the above. I love working in every genre. Extremely quick turnaround time, depending on my tour schedule.
Send me an email through 'Contact' button above and I'll get back to you asap.
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Interview with Josiah Prince // The Ranch
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because duh! This is an online community of people looking for competitive work at a fair price. It's not 1994. Let's get some great work done efficiently AND economically.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Your song WILL BE better after we work on it together.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Music is my lifeblood. So the mere fact that it IS a job for me is incredible. I never tire of the hours spent at this desk, making songs. But specifically, I really love listening to a finished song/demo in the car for the first time.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Q: Why do you always answer questions with questions? A: Who cares?
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your goals? What can I do to add my skills to what you want to achieve? What is your favorite season of LOST?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I'm easy-going and a people person. So feel free to start a conversation, and let's figure out what you want to achieve with your project. I'm here to help.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: The Kemper guitar profiler, a PRS guitar with coil-tap humbuckers, a good acoustic guitar, an upright piano, and a piano tuning kit!!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been a member of two globally-touring rock bands since 2005. So 12+ years of writing songs and playing guitar professionally. Around 2011 is when I really became interested in marrying my songwriting skills with production.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The chorus should be the best part of the song, in every way. If it's not, rework it until it is.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I attract a lot of rock-n-roll clientele because of the band I'm in, which is fine because I love rock, but my personal tastes lean more toward indie/pop/rock.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My critical ear is listening for (1) lyric strength, (2) meter/rhyme strength, (3) melodic dynamics, and (4) overall song conciseness. I'm not a "mix guy", so rather than spend time fine-tuning sonic qualities, I'm more inclined to spend that time fine-tuning the song itself, making sure the emotion and dynamics are reaching their full potential.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I try to crank out sounds as quickly as possible when I'm being inspired. I'd rather circle back to a sound later in the process than nitpick/debate for hours on the front end. I want the first draft to be done ASAP, then we can go through and decide what really needs more detailed attention.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work out my house just north of Nashville, dubbed "The Ranch". It's a comfy space that is designed for efficiency and positivity. There's an upright piano, a bunch of guitars, and a huge bookshelf packed with Spider-Man comics, vinyls, and the complete Calvin & Hobbes collection.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys is my biggest "classic" inspiration. In terms of modern songwriting & production, I really look up to Jack Antonoff, Ryan Tedder, and Andrew McMahon.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm a song guy at heart, so regardless of my role in a project, my primary obligation is to make the SONG better. Most of my work involves co-writing, producing tracks, and playing guitar. It's fun.