I'm a guitar oriented Pop/Rock/Country producer & songwriter. I only do what I'm the best at which is to write or produce strong pop songs. I've done my 10,000 hours on the guitar so if you want great guitar playing in your song that is something I can deliver, everything else I hire professionals for vocals, drums, mixing & mastering...
It's all about YOU, the listener and the audience. Whenever you hear a real good song it either speaks to you, about you or something that you can relate to. That's why all the details are so important, every rhyme gotta lock in, the number of syllables can't be squeezed. The same goes for playing and producing, is that guitar fill really there for a reason or is it just there because there's an empty spot in the production? I wanna be entertained and moved, I wanna be a part of songs that gets played at the cafe, in the car, on the radio or sang by the person walking down the street. Songs that make history...
What do you say, are you with me? Then let's get to work!
The reference song to the right I wrote the lyrics, melody and music for. I then produced and played everything but the drums. I hired a vocalist and drummer to finish it off and then sent it all for mixing and mastering. In this song you get to hear my writing, producing and playing skills. Looking forward working on your next hit song!
All the best!
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Interview with Jonathan Dahl
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: "Can you mix this? Can you master it? Can you track vocals? Yes but I will bring in colleges to perform this task for good prices.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Think that I mix and master.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Are you ready?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Have a clear vision what you want out of me and the song.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: Started playing guitar when I was 13 haven't stopped since then...
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Organic radio-friendly pop-rock with sometimes an hint of country.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Details, a clear message.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Depends on project and my role, but I prefer to work in a chronological order. Write, record demo, decide key/tempo - produce, record and finish.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Funk-indie kinda hippe pop track.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Joseph Hunter, Nick
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Hybrid, there are pros and cons with both, it's more about have you approach things.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Nothing but the best.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Being creative and see how a small idea can go big.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My ears, guitar, computer, elevenrack and monitors
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Daughtry for sure, that would be cool!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Mainly pop, rock, country stuff. Depends on my role in the project.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Taking a song from idea to final product. I have an eye for putting pieces together and sorting out the non relevant stuff and most important of all, finishing it!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have two setups, Home setup: Steinberg Cubase with Universal Audio DSP Plugins, Yamaha HS 7 monitors, Digidesign Elevenrack for guitar and bass sounds. Focusrite Preamp and RME DSP PCI Soundcard. Studio setup: Jade 48 Channel Analog console, Genelec monitors, outboard as 1176, Tubetech, Eventide etc...
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Chris Lord Alge, Max Martin, Dr Luke, Steven Slate, Daughtry, Keith Urban, Hunter Hayes, Thomas Rhett, Nickelback, Florida Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, Tina Turner, Paramore, Kesha, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, James Lugo, Dan Huff, The Weekend, Rachal Platten, Tim Mcgraw, Bruno Mars, Pink etc...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Add guitar & bass parts to the song. Produce in the pop, rock & country genre, write lyrics or music.