Hello, my name is Matt and I help make records. I've been recording professionally since 2006. I believe music is about an emotion, a feeling that is both natural and dynamic. My passion is to help you find your sound.

I'm a mixer, producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Columbus, Ohio. Before Columbus, I cut my teeth in Nashville working as a staff producer/engineer at Viking Studios and as a freelancer in Portland, Oregon. I've worked across many styles of music and has dabbled in recorded theatrical audio (Big World Audio Theater).

I work directly with independent artists and labels to help them develop their sound. I love collaborating on mixes with the artist. All of that energy makes the record feel more alive.

In addition to mixing and mastering, I'm available for producing and providing instrumentation for your music.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • API
  • Apogee
  • Echoplex
  • Amek/Neve
  • Waves
  • Slate
  • UAD
  • Soundtoys
  • Slingerland
  • Gretsch
  • Fender
  • Gibson and more...

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

I generally offer 3 rounds of revisions per song for mixing. My right remains to display my work in portfolios. Appropriate credit is expected; displayed as "Matthew James".

Tutorials by Matthew James

Preparing your tracks for mixing

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Reviews of Matthew James

  • Default-avatarabout 1 month agoby Verified Review

    Matt is a talented producer and engineer with a great ear. More importantly though, he's incredibly patient and is a great communicator. Highly recommended.

  • Listing_thumb_logo3 months agoby Verified Review

    Matthew mastered 3 songs for my label, 3rd Child Records and each time was an excellent experience. He is timely, responses to changes and encourages input and feedback.
    This is the guy you want finalizing your project.

  • Listing_thumb_logo4 months agoby Verified Review

    Once again Matthew did an excellent job. Always the the professional and delivers quality with a short turn around time.

  • Default-avatar4 months agoby Verified Review

    Outstanding! Matthew and his bass player Amos knocked it out of the park. We couldn't possibly be happier with the professionalism, attention to detail and most important, the performances. We are coming back to book more sessions and we cant wait!!

  • Listing_thumb_logo8 months agoby Verified Review

    Matthew hit it out of the park first time up. He took my vision, worked it over, polished it and delivered big time.

    This the guy you want mixing your tracks.

  • Listing_thumb_img_2087_fotor_square_2about 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Matt was a pleasure to work with, speedy in his responses and highly dedicated to implementing what we asked for in the mix! Definitely recommend :)

  • Listing_thumb_11879286_880758565345755_8076281910577800792_oabout 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Matthew showed amazing attention to deal and was patient and thorough all the way through. He was a pleasure to work with, and is someone I'll be going back to in the future!

  • Listing_thumb_cover_3_gold_lightrawtouchedover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    I confess I was a very troublesome client but Mathew astounded me with his eye for detail, advice, professionalism and incredible patience. Throughout this process Mathew has become indispensable, going out of his way to satisfy my perfectionism with a very rapid turn around. He even helped me develop as a singer! Literally the best guy to work with.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Great work. Delivered on time and a quality product.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Perhaps the best thing about Matt is not just his ear for what sounds good but also the suggestions he brings to the table. It's not just about putting the work required and then calling the track done. Matt goes above and beyond to make things sound amazing.

  • Default-avatarover 1 year agoby Verified Review

    Matt works quickly, communicates very well, and goes through the process thoroughly. His ear for improvements is superb, and took a track I thought needed work to new heights.

    Definitely recommended!

  • Default-avatarabout 1 year agoby

    I asked Matt for drum tracks on our latest job for a musical. He did a great job and I hope we will work together again soon.

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What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Musically, I'm a bit eclectic. I listen to everything from Wilco to St. Vincent. I'm inspired by engineers like Michael Brauer, Jim Scott, Tom Schick and Dave Cobb.
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Most often, I find myself mixing and mastering. While I do produce and track, my passion is mixing. While it's not the traditional process to have the mixer also master, I find myself mastering my mixes for clients for a variety of reasons.