My entire life I've been writing songs, but it wasn't until around 3 years ago that I started doing it on a professional level. It started with writing my own records, and then slowly shifted into expanding my skillset to help other artists bring their stories to life. I currently work with countless artists all over the world via the internet.
Hi, I'm Jon. My passion for music has been with me ever since I can remember. As I've grown in my career as an artist/songwriter on my own projects, I have also expanded to helping others bring their stories to life by songwriting on projects outside my own. In the past 2 years, I have written and distributed my own EP, as well as written on countless projects for other artists all over the world. Being able to work under some of the most talented creators in the industry, I have had the opportunity to work in state of the art studios and write songs with people who are passionate about bringing their stories to life. I truly believe that the art of communication is so beautiful and find such fulfillment in helping others tell their story. I also produce/mix/melodyne, so this is work I can do if requested.
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Interview with Jon X Christopher
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Songwriting is my main area of work. I can write vocal melody and lyrics to an existing track, or compile just the lyrics to an existing vocal melody. Having worked on so many projects, I have diversified my craft to work efficiently in all states of a project.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I absolutely love Joel Little and Jack Antonoff. Their production and writing styles are so unique and "just left of center," which I admire greatly. I also take inspiration from Lorde, Troye Sivan, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, and Khalid, to name a few.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Typically I start each project with a phone session (Skype or cell phone) to establish a connection with the artist. I use this conversation to gain insight as to what the artist is envisioning for the project. After this, I will open up the session and begin the writing process. Once I get it to a point in which I feel confident, I will record the demo and send it to the artist for first review. From there, any changes that may need to be made will be executed until the artist is satisfied,
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring unique melodies and tone. Being a very observant person, I tend to hold a microscope to the normal everyday subtitles of life, which in turn enriches my work with a very unique world view. I also love taking experiences that other people tell me and interpreting it in a way that the original artist may have not known how. I feel that collaboration is vital to this industry, and provides us to learn form one another,
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Vocal melody and lyrical composition,
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Typically pop with an alternative undertone. Everyone loves "meaningful pop," right?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Being very picky and attentive is key. Every small detail matters.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Lorde. I feel like our writing styles would compliment eachother, and she's just downright amazing and magical.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Catchy, intuitive, left-of-center, and unique,
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started writing music seriously when I was 14, and have been doing it professionally since 2016. In that short time, I've worked with countless artists all over the world.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My MacBook, midi controller, headphones, hard drive, interface, and mic. Oh wait, thats 6... oops.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Look for genuine people that you connect with. Sometimes the most "qualified" person isn't the right fit. Genuine connection creates genuine work.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are your goals with this record? What are you trying to communicate by putting out this song?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy. Yes, it may come natural to some of us, but emotionally emitting something into a song is no easy task. If it was, you wouldn't be looking for someone to help you, right?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How long does it take you to complete a record? My answer is this; it just depends. I've worked on projects where I listen to the track and write it top to bottom in an hour with little to no revisions. Then there are some projects that take a little more time and have multiple revisions. It varies record to record. Either way, the end product is always perfect.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Absolutely everything. I feel very blessed to be able to work in this industry and take none of it for granted. Working with amazing artists, meeting new people, and being able to collaborate on such a deep level is something that makes me so incredibly giddy all the time.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That you will not be disappointed with the end product. Being an artist, I know what it's like to want to deliver a story in the most true-to-you way. Because of this, I will make sure that you are happy with the end result before anything is finalized.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital, just because that's mainly what I use, but I cannot wait to work more with analog in the future!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Christopher "C-Ray" Roberts is one of the most talented producers I have ever had the privilege of working with!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm currently working on multiple projects with a few different artists in LA. I'm also writing and producing my full length album, which is a constant work in progress.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I wrote this song that is not out yet (soon!) with an artist that I have been hearing about for quite some time. We got into the studio, having never met before, and completely hit it off! The producer was building the track, and as it is playing, I blurt out the entire first line, melody and lyric, and stun myself. As I continued to finish the first verse and showed the artist, she totally flipped out and was in shock that I could write something that was so personal and true to her current situation, without even telling me and having just met me. It was an electric feeling, and can't wait to work on her album project in the near future,
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I work mainly off of my 2017 MacBook Pro 15" which has been fully upgraded. I run my sessions out of Logic Pro X and Pro Tools 12. All of my demos run through an Apollo Twin MK II Quad, and come eq'd and melodyned.