Let's make some great songs?
Hi, I'm JC and I have been producing, recording, mixing and mastering for singers and bands around here. My latest production is "Coax The King" by Spangled Shore, it is a great folk album, listen to it on iTunes, Spotify, etc and you'll have an idea about my work.
Things I can do:
- A great mix
- Edit tracks, tune vocals and replace drums
I have a small mix room of my own and I also have partnership with bigger studios in my area, for when I need to record drums, for example. I'll be glad to show you the best options to enhance your project and keep your budget in line. Let's do something good for your music.
I also have experience in editing, tuning vocals and replacing drums. Let me hear what you have and we'll see where we can get.
Really love to record/mix/master. I started as an assistant in a small studio, working with senior producer on spots, jingles and soundtracks. I studied Studio Design, Acoustics and Electrics, Music Business, Musical Production and things like that.
Please, be welcome to send me any questions, artistic or technical, I'm here for the positive vibes.
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Interview with JC Wallace
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: It is essential to have a good setup, but music perception is way more important than any gear. I use an "in the box setup" in my mix room, with a quad core Mac and plugins like Waves, IK Multimedia, Mac DSP, Slate and others. My DAWs are Protools and Logic.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Well, I really like Rick Rubin's work with many artists, specially when it goes to that "open and dynamic sound".
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I mostly produce bands and singers.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I produced the album "Amarelo" for Os Intelectuais. It was a long process where we became good friends and I love the songs, they are beautiful and the lyrics are simply the best ever. It is in portuguese, so unfortunately if you don't understand the language you won't get all the power of these songs, because lyrics are too strong. Yes, I can speak english, portuguese and spanish very well. A little german too, but it is really just a little, ok? Auf wieder sehen!
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I'm working on the third album for the folk artist Spangled Shore. On the first he wasn't Spangled Shore yet, so officially as Spangled Shore that's the second. I'm also working on my own songs.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Well, SoundBetter is full of great pros, anyone can recommend a few names.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: It depends.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Producing is about taking care of your song like you take care of your sons. If you do it right from the beginning, they will probably grow beautiful human beings. So I promise you, I'll take care of your song as I would take care of my own son.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: It makes me feel great. I love to be surrounded by musicians and exchange music ideas, learn a new music style or a new rec/mix technique, find the right mood for a song. It is a wonderful job.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Some customers wants to know how a song was recorded, mixed, if they can get that sound too. I would say yes, we can always get that sound, but trust your talent and search for your own sound.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do you expect from your song?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Don't be afraid of taking your ideas to the limit.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1. U87 2. Rupert Neve pre 3. Apogee converter 4. MacBook with softwares 5. A Martin acoustic guitar.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started giving music classes when I was 15. Since then I worked for publicity, TV, music studios, gear brands/importers and things like that. Music has been my life since I was a kid, playing, producing, rehearsing, recording, mixing, mastering...
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like details, but I prefer emotions.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I always feel good listening to the Lumineers. So simple but full of emotions and good vibes.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Sure. When recording vocals, always test the singer's voice with a few mics and pres.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Folk, pop, rock, heavy rock, Brazilian, acoustic, punk, soundtrack. I'm totally open to all kinds of music, bring it on.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I like to listen.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A song needs to touch people's hearts. When someone is listening to a song, that song must pass an emotion, something special, something that makes it unforgettable. That's what I want to bring to a song.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: In the latest jobs I've been working, we made the classic process (pre, production, post). We started by listening and choosing the songs, doing some demos with acoustic guitars, MIDI and vocals to get an idea of where we want to go, choose instruments and sounds. We find the best key for the singer to sing each of the songs, then we start doing some arranges. When we have the demos we proceed to track the songs. Before we track the vocals we always do some revisions on the lyrics. I think lyrics are really important, I like to take the time to work on them. So, we rec, edit, mix, we do some tests to review the mix and then we go to the mastering process.