Jake McCormack is a music producer, mixing engineer and sound designer from Birmingham, currently working and living in London. Jake works regularly for Soho Sonic Studios and from his home studio in North London. Some of his previous and current clients include Mr Eazi, Cineworld Cinemas, EMI, Sledgehammer Games, Jacqui Siu, as well as others.
After moving to London just under 2 years ago, I have produced, mixed and engineered for countless artists and businesses. Whether it be an up and coming vocalist, an established artists and producers, AAA game companies, or a mobile app developer, my aim is to bring the vision of my clients to life.
Through my home set-up and Soho Sonic's two recording studios in London, I have the ability to accommodate all requirements, whether it be a solo artist or full band. I am a self taught music producer but I also studied for many years to perfect my craft, as well as being a multi instrumentalist. Over the years I have produced many genres of music for artists and still do it to this day, so my production style is very versatile.
Some career highlights include:
- Engineering and assisting in the ADR recording for Call of Duty WWII: Zombies
- First official production release charting in Luxembourg
- Music and sound designing for Product Madness' multiple mobile games
- Engineering and mixing voiceover for Cineworld Cinema's Christmas advertisement
You can check out my full list of credits and background on my website: www.jakemccormack.com
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Jake is awesome guy that is willing to work with you to get the song done right.
Jake is a real professional, not only he will work with you and go the extra mile, but will give you guidance and explain everything you want to know from top to bottom to make sure that you are getting your moneys worth. Responds quickly and the turn-around is amazing. If you need stuff to get done he is your man!
Interview with Jake McCormack
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Mostly vocal recording, production, and mixing but I also regularly do full song productions.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Chromeo, Daft Punk & Justice are my three main sources of encouragement and inspiration, however I listen to a range of musical styles and genres, that include jazz, rap, hip hop, rock and pop, so I can incorporate techniques from these backgrounds into my own music.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It is a simple home set up, with a 2012 Macbook Pro running Ableton Live 9 or Logic X, some Alesis monitors, a Roland JV 1080, and my electric guitar. I also regularly do work for Soho Sonic Studios where we have two fully equipped studios running Cubase 9.5.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I always start with chords, maybe a groovy drum pattern, and then build the song from there. A lot of the time the first 8 or 16 bar loop that I create ends up being the chorus. I try to constantly change how I work on a song to keep me on my toes and to try and create something fresh each time.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'm an old school disco fan so I have a soft spot for groove, swing, and syncopated rhythms on all instruments. If I hear a client do something funky on a take I'll definitely try my hardest to include it in the final mix, as long as it works in the context of the song.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My strongest skill is the desire to be better than those around me. I'm not over-confident, I know my skill level, but I have an inner desire to improve every day. If I'm working with someone and we're both trying to push each other to be stronger then we will definitely create some magic.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What are three or more references for this work? What are your inspirations? Have you recorded in a studio environment before? Do you have a specific way of working?
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: In my own time I create a modern twist on old school 70's and 80's disco, usually with jazz-inspired chords and a simple but groovy drum beat. However, in my studio work I have created produced styles including EDM, ambient, soul and Pop.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Sometimes restricting yourself while creating a song can help open up a whole world of possibilities and fresh ideas. It can help to try to do something different to what you have done before.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to record vocals for an impressive vocalist like Beyonce. Comping and mixing those vocal takes would be a dream!
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing in bands since the age of 12 and producing in my own time from the age of 15. As a professional, my journey begun in July 2017, where I have worked at Soho Sonic Studios in London.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Macbook, my Ibanez guitar, my Fender Jazz Bass, my Focusrite Scarlett and a jack cable. I could definitely create some funk with that.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let's discuss your ambitions, inspirations and desires for the project before anything else. Let me know what you want to create and why! We can share ideas back and forth before committing to anything, this way there will be no confusion.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I have always had a creative mindset, no matter what I have been working on. To be able to bring that to a piece of music that provoke thought and emotion is something I will never tire of.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I love the warmth and (sometimes) untidiness of an old school analogue synthesiser and dream of one day owning a vast collection of synths. However, you can create just an interesting with digital synthesis too, so I love to incorporate both into my music.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I have just finished/currently involved in several productions for performing artists, TV music libraries and most recently a mobile application video game.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I always try and portray as much emotion and energy through my productions. I like my chorus' to be big and have an impact and my verses to be intimate and tense.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: My first production to feature on Spotify, Apple Music and iTunes is a personal highlight so far. Listen to it here: https://open.spotify.com/album/5ULXTNEk5tGJZzyE48xCbS?si=MGTtFu1ASAOuOhFUOXV5Sw