Highly experienced Producer, Songwriter & Bass Player with dozens of CD credits and Hundreds of Songs Produced and Written for International TV Shows. I know how to get the sound Music Supervisors are looking for!
My name is Josquin des Pres. My credits range from producing dozens of CDs to working on special project tracks for Jack Johnson, Jason Mraz, Gipsy Kings, Rayvon Owen & Jax (American Idol Season 14 Finalists),The Young Dubliners... to co-writing numerous songs with Bernie Taupin (of Elton John fame) and also co-writing with hit songwriters Michael Natter, Winston Sela and numerous others.
I have also composed music and themes for over 40 Television shows and produced over 60 CD’s for major and independent record labels. My music can be heard on CBS, ABC, VH1, BET, CNN, NBC, HGTV, TBS, Bravo, KPBS, TLC, Food Network, Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel, OLN, Warner Bros TV, Hulu, Sirius, MTV NETWORKS (Cribs, Pimp My Ride, Catfish, One Bad Choice, True Life, Teen Mom, The Seven, When I Was Seventeen) Ellen DeGeneres, Tyra Banks, Oprah Winfrey, George Lopez, Anderson Cooper, TMZ, Extra, American Chopper, Bizarre Foods, Pawn Stars, Deadliest Catch, The Bachelor, Impractical Jokers, American Idol, Access Hollywood, America's Next Top Model, Miss Universe and many More!
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Interview with Josquin Des Pres
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Gipsy Kings "Mira La Chica" Reggaeton Remix 2006. Remix Producer. The song was great to start with and I was able to give it a great club vibe.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Working on a song for Warner Bros TV.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital because of the quick editing capacity, also nowadays it all ends up compressed as an MP3 anyway. However, we do start with tube mic-preamps.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: We rely on repeat clients, whether a major label or an individual we only want happy clients.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Every morning I get up and I get to do music. I have the best job in the world.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What's next once their project is completed. I give lots of free industry advice.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: There are many of producers. Few can make music without electricity: Play multiple acoustic instruments, write songs, sight read music etc.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I always ask what do they plan to do with the project once it's completed.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know your end goal before you hire anyone. Different objectives may require different services.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Bass, iPhone (to record), 2 percussion instruments (1 high and 1 low)
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: over 3 decades. Please visit my Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josquin_Des_Pres_(20th_century_musician)
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I've done many genres in my career but I always gravitate to pop.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Lady Gaga. Her vocal delivery is awesome.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: The vocal is most important!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Anything Pop, Pop Rock, Pop R&B. Pop-Hip Hop, Pop-EDM.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Making a song current, radio friendly and radio ready. One of my specialties is music for TV shows. I have had hundreds of tracks in TV Shows (See Wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josquin_Des_Pres_(20th_century_musician)
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Whether I am doing the full production, adding an instrument or simply mixing, I am all about making sure everything serves the song so that the melody stands out. My clientele is songwriters and singer songwriters. So the hook matters most.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: We get in at 10AM everyday and leave when we're done...
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a hybrid system. 16 channels of tube Mic Preamps into Pro-Tools 12 HDX. Large selection of microphones. We've been at the same location for over 20 years in a stand alone building on University Ave. in La Mesa, California (East of San Diego)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Anything new and current. Always looking for the next great new artist that'll grab my attention.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Full production for Singer Songwriters from up and coming to legendary.