Hey, I'm Jesse. I'm a Producer, Mixer, Songwriter, Guitarist from Nashville, TN. I'd love to work with you on your next project! No matter what it is: full production, adding production to existing tracks, programming, mixing, playing guitar, or singing - I've got you covered!
I have experience producing rock, metal, worship/CCM, pop, EDM, and hip-hop. Though I've been a lifelong singer and multi-instrumentalist, I've been producing for about 7 years. My credits list may not be quite as large as some others, but I am confident in my ability to be able to realize the creative vision of a song, and make sure that I exceed your expectations on every project.
More than anything else, I love the process of creating music. Making music has been a passion of mine ever since I joined my first band at 13. Now nearly 20 years later, I'm privileged to be able to not only make music for myself, but help others get their vision out there as well.
- Songs on two Dove Award nominated albums
- "For All of Us" included on Billboard #1 Christian Album Hurricane (Natalie Grant) (November 2, 2015)
- Two Top 20 Billboard Christian Rock Chart singles
- One Top 20 Billboard AC Chart single
Touring credits include: Guitarist, vocalist and road manager for Todd Smith (of multi-platinum gospel group Selah), guitar for the worship band People of the Earth, and guitar and vocals for national pop/rock band Hearts of Saints.
Contact me through the green button above and lets get to work.
Reviews (2)Endorse Jesse Grisham
I've had the honor of writing, producing and performing with Jesse Grisham on a variety of projects over the past 10 years. Recently, I hired Jesse to be the Executive Producer on a corporate Hip Hop song that received over 50,000 plays in the first 48 hours. Jesse has an unmatched ear for melodies. While he's deeply passionate about the tone of a project, most importantly, he's easy to work with.
I had the pleasure of working with Jesse Grisham on my second album. Jesse is an UNBELIEVABLY hard-working professional. Jesse worked tirelessly and meticulously on my album to make sure it was the absolute best product it could be, taking pride in it as if it were his very own music. He also served as the graphic artist for this project. He is $$$ every time!
Interview with Jesse Grisham
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I cut and mixed a rock track for Hearts of Saints in about 2 days - in my living room. It got picked up by the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators to play in their arenas for the season. I produced, played guitar, programmed synths, handled a remote drum recording session, and did the initial mix.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently working on a hip-hop mixtape for an artist - a collaboration with another great producer. Also, I am writing songs for a solo EP.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes several. If I'm not playing guitar, Brandon Bagby would be my go-to for remote sessions. If I'm not mixing, Sean Spence at Blue Grotto sound would be a great option for anyone.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Depends. For guitars - Analog. Tube amps just have that sound, and they feel good to play through. The modern digital stuff is getting super close though! For recording gear - Digital. The ease of use just makes up for everything else in my opinion.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to do everything I can to make your song sound the best it can - and when I'm not enough, I'll find the guys who can.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I LOVE the feeling you get when you put a super rad part in a song that wasn't there before and you watch the responses of everyone in the room when you play it back. Its like magic. My favorite part is being there while the music is being created.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They ask if I mix as well and the answer is: yes! Sometimes, they ask will they need to hire musicians and the answer is: no, I'll handle that as its right for the project. Sometimes we might not even need any, as I am a multi-instrumentalist, however I do like to let the real pros be the best at what they do.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Probably that because I don't have refrigerator size cabinets of gear in my home studio, that it can't be good quality. Its simply not true. If I need a piece of gear - I'll rent it down the street from Blackbird. If I need a big space - I hire it. I do whats right for the project.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is the vision for the project? What do you want to do with it?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: My advice is when you're looking for people to work with, don't look at a fancy gear list to make your decision - choose someone who is going to be invested in your project and truly work alongside you. After all, it is a people business, not a gear business. Find a person that loves people - like me!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Would this island have power? If so: my computer, monitors, my strat, an SM57, and my Orange. Pretty sure I could make records with just that.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I actually went to school for Graphic Design, not music, however my parents we're both career music teachers, and I began at a very early age. Played in bands my whole life pretty much. I got started producing and mixing for my band around 2009-ish, and I literally spent 10 hour days in a project studio we set up with a couple of issues of Recording Magazine in one hand, and a laptop with Modern Mixing up on the other. I just went from there teaching myself and visiting studios and people who were working to learn all I could. Since then its pretty much all I've wanted to do. I moved to Nashville in 2011 to pursue music even harder.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I sort of fluctuate back and forth from this ambient inspired progressive vibe and an all out rock face-punch as the mood hits me.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with Relient K. I feel like their production and arrangements are always on point. I would have so much to learn from them. I've also always liked Mark Townsend's production.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Make sure you record right AT THE SOURCE. Get your recordings clean first and foremost. Never try to "fix it in the mix."
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: My bread and butter is rock, electronic and CCM worship music. I love working on metal and would love to do more - and recently I've been doing a lot of hip-hop production and mixing which I really dig.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I would say being able to hear what the song needs. Vision.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A fresh perspective, a new approach, energy, passion
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When producing, I typically meet with the artist to talk and plan. We will write or arrange as necessary. Then we schedule studio time to get the songs cut, or I program as needed. Then either I will mix or if requested I'll send to some people I trust to do a great job. When mixing, I talk over the vision with the producer, get the stems, and mix. Send back and make revisions as necessary.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My home setup is a custom built PC running either Reaper, Pro Tools, or FL Studio. Focusrite Scarlett interface. I monitor on KRK Rokit 6s (with 10s sub when needed) and AT M-50x headphones.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: MuteMath, Jordan Valeriote, Kevin MacIntire, Periphery (all those guys are ridiculous), Rush, Metallica, Lincoln Brewster
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I usually produce the entire project or song from the beginning - even helping out with writing and arrangement on the front end. I also mix for people as well - I take their audio stems from their project and make sure everything sounds the best it can. I am a graphic designer too (thats what my degree is actually), so I can help get visuals out there for the artist as well.