James North Productions
Producer, Mixer & Musician
I'm an Australian music producer who plays guitar, keys, bass and drums, so I can transform your songs from acoustic demos to radio ready productions. Most of my work involves solo artists who don't have a band, and taking their sound to the next level still excites me after 15 years in the business!
Over the years I've worked with clients from all over the world from the JNP studio to compose music, write songs and play drums, bass, guitar and piano/keys in pretty much all genres.
I also compose and produce tunes for TV shows and films on major networks including the BBC, Nickelodeon, HBO, NBC networks in the US, UK, Europe and Canada.
Most JNP clients have ended up with airplay.
The JNP 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.
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 with cameras in the control room and live room and also work via Steinberg's free VST Connect with other studios or your own home setup (for things like vocals).
Working remotely is really exciting to me, so SoundBetter is a logical place for me to hang out!
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
- Warner Music.
- The Food Network (Canada)
- Ellen Reed (The Voice Australia)
- Tom Oliver
- Damien Leith
- Kahl Wallis (The Medics)
- Ana Marina
- Jordan Merrick
- Andrew Redford
- Sarah Rae Meharg
- Kate Heart
- Dave Power
- Emily Bristow
- Levi Kane
- TJ Quinton
- Mitch Barrington
- Daisie May
- Cherie Csikos
- The Updraft Imperative
- Bella Grace
- Daniel Krysz
- Guy Rinn
- Jacinta Lal
- Melissa McLaughlin
- Blaq Carrie
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Interview with James North Productions
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 15 years as a producer, 30 years as a musician dedicated to improving every day!
Q: How would you describe your style?
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.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Part writing that is right for the song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Ability to convert production ideas into parts from the artist's vision as I play most of the instruments in the band.
Q: What's your typical work process?
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.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: An album for The Medics' singer Kahl Wallis. Amazing songs and great soundscape 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.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, but it's increasingly moving to digital.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Every new recording I make, I try to make it better than everything I've made until that point.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The job satisfaction is very high.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
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.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to their work and let that be your guide. That's what we're selling!
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If it sounds good it is good!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Solo artists who want to transform their songs into band songs. Pretty much all genres including programmed stuff.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've got heaps of hand made gear but I have all live instruments you'd imagine for an album. Tech-wise, I use Steinberg's Cubase. Outboard and other gear including Pultec EQ, LA2A, 1176, SSL, Neve, Neumann, Beyer, Royer, API. Heaps of plugins (UAD, Slate etc etc).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Top inspirations would be Prince, Rick Rubin, Andy Wallace.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Receiving vocal or acoustic demos from song writers and bringing them to life as full productions.