James North Productions

Producer, Mixer & Musician

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20 years into being a producer / recording / mix engineer who plays guitar, keys, bass and drums, so I can help transform your songs from home demos into chart ready productions!

For around 20 years, I've worked with clients from all over the world from my studio to compose music, write songs and play drums, bass, guitar and piano/keys in pretty much all genres.

I also compose and produce tracks for TV shows and films on major networks including the BBC, Nickelodeon, HBO, NBC networks in the US, UK, Europe and Canada.

My studio was established in 2003 and houses a lot of gear I handmade myself. It’s a balance of high end instruments, microphones and vintage recording equipment with digital technology for speed and quality.

I love the challenge of helping an artist communicate their sentiment and emotion through their music. Marrying the music and the lyrical content is my favourite part of producing music. Even after working on thousands of songs - it never gets boring!

I'm really passionate about helping to get the best result for an artist and their songs, and enjoy working with both novice and experienced performers equally.

We can live stream sessions on private Youtube links (with cameras in the control room and live room) and I can also work via Steinberg's free VST Connect with other studios or your own home setup (for things like vocals).

I'd love to hear from you if you want the best possible result for your songs - I do too!

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

18 Reviews

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  1. Review by Mercedes Bralo
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    Excellent! James is a great client, professional and polite. Highly recommended!

  2. Review by Charles Morgan Music
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    It was a pleasure working with James! His instructions were clear, and he also allowed me to have the creative liberty needed for this project. Fun times were had!

  3. Review by Mercedes Bralo
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    Excellent client! James is very professional and polite. Working with him is always a grateful experience.

  4. Review by Bruno Serroni
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    It´s great to work with James! He´s super straightforward and clear on what he needs but at the same time he´s so openminded when it comes to my creative process. Thanks, James!!

  5. Review by Bruno Serroni
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    If I were looking for a producer to bring my songs to life, that would be James! Such a pleasure to collaborate with him.

  6. Review by Holly
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    Three projects in one week- dream team! Always love working with James and his clients! ✨

  7. Review by Holly
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    Professional, friendly, always a great experience!

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    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 star experience working with James North Productions as always.

  9. Review by Holly
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    Another wonderful experience working with JNP! Excellent communication and always a smooth process- definitely recommend.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  10. Review by Bruno Serroni
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    Always a pleasure working with James!

  11. Review by Mercedes Bralo
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    Excellent! Great client, professional, friendly and he was very inderstanding with me. I look foward to work with him again.

  12. Review by Bruno Serroni
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    It was a pleasure to work with James again! Can´t wait to record more songs with him.

  13. Review by Bruno Serroni
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    It was great to work with James! Very kind and professional producer.

  14. Review by Holly
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    Working for James and his client was a dream from start to finish. James not only provided detailed notes, but a midi file with all the project presets which made the process even smoother. James is a true professional with great communication- I would absolutely recommend working with him, and hope to do so myself again in the future.

  15. Review by Emilio Martins
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    Great music, fantastic production, is a big pleasure work with James!

  16. Review by Alan Dunn
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    Great vibe working with James. He's a magician.

  17. Review by Alan Dunn
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    It was a joy to work for James on this fabulous project!

  18. Review by Tore V.
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    James is a tremendous talent and he really loves music! He is professional, and works very fast.
    He is also: uncomplicated, flexible, friendly and very very creative!
    I can honestly say I’ve enjoyed working with him every step of the way.
    I would highly recommend James for your next project!
    You can't go wrong here! :-)

Interview with James North Productions

  1. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  2. A: I've got heaps of hand made gear and I have all instruments you'd need for an album in any genre. DAW-wise, I use Steinberg's Cubase. Outboard and other gear includes Pultec EQ, LA2A, 1176s, SSL, Neve Pres/EQs, Neumann, Beyer, Royer, API, Millennia. Heaps of plugins (UAD, Softube etc etc).

  3. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  4. A: An album for The Medics' singer Kahl Wallis. Amazing songs and great soundscape A little pop, a little cinematic, a little rock, and full of amazing emotion. I produced/mixed/engineered this one and it was a pleasure coming up with all the parts with such a great set of parameters that we chatted about during pre-production.

  5. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  6. A: 15 years as a producer, 30 years as a musician dedicated to improving every day!

  7. Q: How would you describe your style?

  8. A: Generally my productions and mixes have a clarity to them but I still like to make sure there is a human element to the feel of the result.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: Part writing that is right for the song.

  11. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  12. A: Ability to convert production ideas into parts from the artist's vision as I play most of the instruments in the band.

  13. Q: What's your typical work process?

  14. A: Generally I receive a singer's vocal recording or acoustic recording with guitar/piano and create the music and production around that. I play drums/bass/guitar/keys on the song and work on it until it nails the sentiment. I kind of mix on the fly as I go as I like to hear everything at their best while writing new parts for overdubs. I usually do a proper mix with fresh ears after a project's tracking is done.

  15. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  16. A: Receiving vocal or acoustic demos from song writers and bringing them to life as full productions.

  17. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  18. A: Both, but it's increasingly moving to digital.

  19. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  20. A: Every new recording I make, I try to make it better than everything I've made until that point.

  21. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  22. A: The job satisfaction is very high.

  23. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  24. A: I'd ask about what the goals and expectations for the project are and plenty of information about what the song is about and what inspired its creation.

  25. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  26. A: Listen to their work and let that be your guide. That's what we're selling!

  27. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  28. A: If it sounds good it is good!

  29. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  30. A: Solo artists who want to transform their songs into band songs. Pretty much all genres including programmed stuff.

  31. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  32. A: Top inspirations would be Prince, Rick Rubin, Andy Wallace.

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Terms Of Service

Mixes: Turnaround generally a few days - 2 mix revisions.
Production: Depends on scheduling. Includes live instruments in rhythm section and/or any programming & mixing.
Discounts for more songs.

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