I produce a disco/funk/soul/pop blend and draw inspiration from all time eras. Despite only working in a studio for a short period of time, I have produced music for TV and recorded BAFTA nominated/NTA winning actors.
Through my own intuition and through Soho Sonic Studios in London, I have worked with a range of clientele and completed projects that include vocal recording and production, producing music for TV idents and libraries, sound design for the mobile app ‘Heart of Vegas’ and recording voiceover for Michelin Star restaurants, the #1 mobile app for meditation and mindfulness, television animations, and one of the biggest console game franchises in the world.
I am highly competent at working to a brief, following client instructions, and successfully navigating vocalists, musicians, and voiceover artists of all skills through a session and creating a product that the client and I can both be happy and proud of. I can quickly comp and tune vocal and instrumentals takes, and can do so to a high standard. I have knowledge of microphone placement techniques and have experience recording bands of varying genres and styles, using the recording environment to create natural effects and reverb for the mix.
I can play Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar and simple piano. I have a vast collection of drum samples, synthesiser patches and studio quality monitors. I am able to craft a range of styles of music, as long as you give me enough references and inspiration to help spark my creativity.
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Interview with Jake McCormack
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am currently producing two tracks for a TV music library and also producing sound effects for a mobile app. This is on top of regular vocal productions and voice over recordings.
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 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: 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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 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 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: 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 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: 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.