I'm a music producer and composer for film and advertising working professionally for the last 10 years. I've worked with Blondie, CeeLo Green, Jasmine Sullivan, and No ID. I've produced and recorded dozens of independent albums and managed a recording studio in NYC.
I can offer a range of services including: beatmaking, session keyboard work, composition, mixing, and mastering.
I work at a space called Elbow Room Recording in Saugerties NY. Check us out on Instagram. @elbowroomrecording
My skills tend to be helpful for a producer who needs the raw materials for a track. I can write the main elements of a song in any genre - Chords and Melody - that can then be produced into full tracks. I work with a number of DJ 's and remixers this way, and songs I've worked on have been placed in the top 10 on Billboard. I can also replay samples in a way that makes them ownable and not susceptible to copyright infringement (I work this way for hip hop producers). I'm a multi-instrumentalist and play bass, guitar, piano, organ, and work with a huge array of synths and samples. Give me reference and I can create something just like it.
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Interview with Jon Notar
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Be specific about what you're looking for. The more details the better. Provide references.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a pianist, and session keyboardist. Then became a recording engineer and music producer, and later managed the studio I was working at in NYC, then I changed gears and started doing the composition gig full-time, first as a freelancer, and now as a full time staff writer.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Too many to name just one. I dont know, Radiohead?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Mixes and productions sound cleaner when instruments are only panned Left, Right, or Center. Nothing in between. Definitely just a preference, but it works.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All types. Literally.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is distilling a persons musical likes and interests into a full production. I approach everything as a musician and producer, and try not to get bogged down in overanalyzing a mix or a specific sound. The goal is to make a complete music production that works and do whatever it takes to get it there.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring the mind of a life long musician and multi-instrumentalist, as well as a total audio engineering nerd. I love creating music, its all I do.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I like to talk to an artist about what they're looking for, who their influences are, what songs they really like, and then take it from there. Usually I like to get a rough version of a song going and show it to them to make sure they sign off on the direction and then clean it up and finish it.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Daniel Lanois style music production studio with no live room or vocal booth. Im a big fan of working with an artist in a single room. I just moved into a new space called Elbow Room Recording in Saugerties NY which is a room in an 1870's post-in-beam timber frame barn. Its a great sounding room and its filled with instruments, synths, guitars, toys, all kinds of stuff.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Im a big fan of Nigel Godrich and anything he touches, but also Joe Chiccarelli, George Martin, Daniel Lanois, Butch Vig are obvious choices. I love the work that Andrija Tokic does at the Bomb Shelter in Nashville. And Im a huge fan of Jim Scott and the work he does at Plyrz in Ca.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most of my work is composition for Film, TV, Advertising, Web, and Apps. Everything from sonic branding to post mixing. However, I always try to balance that work with producing artists and bands. I've always done lots of different types of work, but always involving music and sound.