Jimmy Deer

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I'm fortunate to have worked on Billboard #1s with Grammy/Platinum artists + writers–Seal, Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Gorillaz' Miho Hatori, Blac Youngsta, India.Arie and more–garnering millions of streams + over 300 major label, film+tv placements in the process. I'll bring all this experience and passion to your project. I love to teach too!

I want to take your music to the highest possible level at a rate you can afford. From production/beats or remaking samples, to finishing touches/mixing and mastering. I love working on different genres–it keeps things fresh and exciting. I play guitar/bass/keys/drums and have a great team to cover all bases-live strings/horns etc.

The four samples are medleys that switch songs about every 30 seconds. There is a wide range-modern dark pop, folk, 70s funk/soul, 90s rnb, house, and indie rock/electronic...if you have specific questions about any of them-ask away.

I love to teach lessons as well on mixing/mastering/production or guitar and bass. I can give you the shortest, most effective techniques for improving your craft in any area using the most current tech available.

Hit the "contact" button and let's discuss your project!

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Credits

Discogs verified credits for Jimmy Deer
  • Juan Hoerni, Jimmy Deer
  • Mark Maxwell (7) Ft. Jason Gaffner
  • Tyler Touche Ft. Jason Gaffner
  • Sam Padrul Ft. Jason Gaffner
  • Modjo
  • Various
  • The Baldwin Brothers
  • The Baldwin Brothers
  • Various
  • The Baldwin Brothers
  • Various
  • Roy Davis Jr. Featuring: Ayro
  • Roy Davis Jr.
  • Christina Milian Featuring Joe Budden
  • Roy Davis Jr.
  • Roy Davis Jr.
  • Various
  • Roy Davis Jr*
  • Kwanza Jones
  • Better Everything
  • Danica "The Morning Star"
  • RedRedRed
  • Roy Davis Jr.
  • Girl As Wave
  • Girl As Wave
  • Girl As Wave
  • Girl As Wave
  • Blac Youngsta

250 Reviews - 49 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Jessie Lark
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    5 stars all the way. Let's break it down!

    Jimmy was always able to be reached and really seemed to care. He put his ego aside on a few production choices we wanted changed, bent over backwards to make our vision come to life, and didn't bat an eye when we needed some really specific changes to be made on parts of the song.

    He revamped our chord structure and made a better song than what we started with, and he did everything FAST. He's got that "big producer energy." Seriously, just hire him!

  2. Review by Hayden C.
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    Jimmy was a pleasure to work with! He knew what I was looking for and helped guide me along the process - as having something like this created was entirely new for me. Would definitely recommend!

  3. Review by Sahul S.
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    Jimmy did a great job in doing the difficult task of transforming some phone recordings into something that's ready for streaming platforms. Highly supportive and responsive.

  4. Review by Sterlen Roberts
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    Always a blast with jimmy - great mastering

  5. Review by aduran
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    Jimmy was fun to work with, quick to respond and very helpful! I appreciate his dedication to music and production. Good job buddy!

  6. Review by Sterlen Roberts
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    Jimmy has been working with me on my project back n forth for over a year now - Finally Releasing through UMG in a few months -With all the mastering guys in the industry - They told me to stick with "your guy" he's killing it - that's Jimmy!

  7. Review by Benjamin S.
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    Jimmy was excellent and I would hire again.

  8. Review by Karin H.
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    It’s the third project I m having mixed by Jimmy. He s always doing a great job and that at a very quick turnaround time. On top of that, he is a very nice human being and understands your difficulties as a solo artist. Highly recommended!

  9. Review by Matt W.
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    Jimmy is a great mixing engineer and producer, a joy to work with!

  10. Review by Matt W.
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    Jimmy is a really producer and a joy to work with. Very happy with the results!

  11. Review by Gudmundur G.
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    Fast, precise and a wonderful human being. Always knows what the project needs.

  12. Review by Eva Poklonskaya
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    Jimmy is an incredible musician and producer!
    It is a pleasure to work with Jimmy, as he follows your vision and the meaning of the song, always looking for ways to make it sound best!

  13. Review by Sterlen Roberts
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    Great mastering work - highly recommend!!!

  14. Review by Sterlen Roberts
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    back at it -what can I say - repeat customer !!!!

  15. Review by James B.
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    Loved working with Jimmy! Was super responsive, talented, and great communication throughout.

  16. Review by Elias H.
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    Jimmy is incredible to work with - he knows what a song needs and has amazing intuition! I'm extremely thrilled with the result, he did a fantastic job!

  17. Review by Martin
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    Once again a great collab with Jimmy. This time a Christmas pop song 🧑🏻‍🎄🥁🙏

  18. Review by Moonlight S.
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    10/10 Great experience! The project turned out perfect!

  19. Review by Jonas L.
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    Wow! Working with Jimmy was sooo amazing! Such of a pleasure working with a such expirienced producer. He leads your song on the right track. Really looking forward to work with him again!

  20. Review by Will River
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    Jimmy is a great engineer to work with and just a cool dude. His insightfulness, genuineness, and sense of humor are all a breath of fresh air! He works carefully and efficiently , the master he provided me was top notch!!

Interview with Jimmy Deer

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I love all my work for other artists. I'm also very proud of my own projects-Jimmy Right Now (dance) and Kendrick James (rnb/soul). It is extremely challenging–and rewarding–to write, record, perform, mix and master one's own projects, and release them.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Everything

  5. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  6. A: How about 5? haha Red means stop! Haha the most common problem I see in beginner productions is pushing fader levels up or preamp gain far beyond where they need to be. In digital recording, you can have each track meter not hit above -10db for optimal results and add volume where needed at the master fader–no need to go near the red. Also don't automate any volume levels on the faders as that just makes the engineer's job harder. Instead, you could automate volume plugins on the tracks Another important thing to remember: you can't turn something up without turning something else down. For example, if you turn up a snare sound in a song, this will start to compete with a vocal in the same frequency range. You turn up the bass, the kick will be quieter. A mix is a compromise of elements to achieve a balance. Don't get "demoitis"! Be aware when you've fallen in love with your own demo, and try to be objective about it. Lastly, be yourself. Find out what is unique about you and cultivate that in the style of music you love–don't chase trends.

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: My strongest skill is my collection of skills all honed to bring any project at any stage to completion. I can start at the ground level, or do the mastering of a finished mix, or work anywhere in-between to make a song the best it can be. I'm an excellent communicator–I've been a professional singer, performer, engineer, musician, and producer so I understand the psychology, language, and skill set of each position on a project and can wear any one of those hats. Beyond the technical work, I have a strong ability to figure out what is special about an artist or song and bring that to the forefront, i.e. "mine the gold."

  9. Q: What's your typical work process?

  10. A: I first consult with the artist/client, often asking for reference tracks or songs, until I have a clear picture of what they want. I start working and send drafts for feedback, incorporate their ideas until they are thrilled with the result, and send them the files.

  11. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  12. A: I mostly do full production (tracks, beats, instruments), mixing and mastering–a complete song start to finish, but I do lots of anywhere-in-between jobs. Sometimes mixing and mastering, sometimes adding a few instruments, editing, tuning vocals, mixing, sometimes just mastering, which I also love doing.

  13. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  14. A: I started playing professionally at age 13. I started playing drums at 10, guitar at 12, and by 13 I was making money touring with a rock act (guys in their 20s who could drive lol). I went to music school on scholarship and won awards for performance and composition, moved with my band to Chicago, got signed, toured internationally playing guitar and bass, landed some billboard #1 dance tracks, moved to Los Angeles, moved to Atlanta, later LA, then Nashville, then LA, then London, now working out of my private studio in Berlin, Germany.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: That I don't actually write, produce, play guitar, keys, bass, drums, sing, mix, and master in all the styles that I do with the level of skill that I have. I started working in music before I was old enough to drive, and it's really all I've ever had an interest in professionally, so hopefully I developed some skills after this amount of time :)

  17. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  18. A: "What is your specialty/favorite music to work on?" Many of them! If I liked one style the best, I would probably only be a recording artist/performer. It's because I like working on so many different styles that I produce, play, mix and master–all the jobs are fun for different reasons and it keeps things interesting!

  19. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  20. A: If we're talking production gear, that'd be: mbpro laptop, nice controller, my custom guitar, p bass, and NOS audio u47. If it's mixing/mastering: Tegeler Schwerkraftmaschine, Dramastic Audio Obsidian, Manley Massive Passive, Serpent Audio SB4001, and Apogee Symphony–the stuff I use everyday

  21. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  22. A: Being creative, making dreams come true, making people happy.

  23. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  24. A: Be realistic and as professional as possible. Give as much direction with as much clarity as you can. Have references available for similar things you like. If you don't know what you want, listen to more music until you have some idea. Don't get super stuck on small details, take the advice of the person you hire–that's why you hired them!

  25. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  26. A: There are tons of greats on here, search!

  27. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  28. A: They will love the result!

  29. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  30. A: I love to get references for what the client wants. If the vocal is already written, I love to get a scratch vocal recorded in time to a (not audible) click–anyone can do this with a laptop. An instrumental is great too if I'm doing something similar. Having the BPMs for a track is key. Obviously, if we're starting from scratch or one of my tracks these don't all apply.

  31. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  32. A: Any talented artist that is talented, passionate, determined, and understands the value of great production work.

  33. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  34. A: I have a great selection of gear, centered around a Neve 88m interface. A great-sounding room with excellent balanced acoustics, and a warm vibe. For mics, I have one-of-a-kind handmade U47 from my friend at NOS Audio in Los Angeles, a Shure SM7b, and others... I have all the best plugins including many before they are released to the public.

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  36. A: Both are absolutely necessary–there are things plugins can't do and vice versa.

  37. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  38. A: I work daily on electronic, rock, country, pop, funk, soul, urban, and folk music in popular and underground styles.

  39. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  40. A: I bring an open mind, creative ideas, and a desire to serve the song and artist, not my ego. My highest goal is to make a client/artist happy with the end result. I bring as much or as little as a song needs–if the mix is 90% there and the song only needs vocal tuning, a bit of balancing/eq, and mastering touches, that's what I do! If the song is great but what the artist wrote for the bridge is weak, I'll work with them until that part is as strong as the rest. If an artist brings me nothing but a melodic sketch, I will work from the ground up with drums/percussion/rhythm section parts, bass, keys/guitar/other instruments, help on vocal writing/lyrics, editing, recording/adding elements, then take it step by step through each phase until there is a commercial quality master recording the artist and I are proud of.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Anyone that is expressing themselves rather than following trends.

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Gear Highlights
  • Eve Audio SC3070s
  • UAD Apollo x
  • great room
  • analog synths and all the best plugins
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  • Warner Bros. Space Jam 2Jul 08, 2021

    Thrilled that a song I co-wrote/produced, "Don't Hold Me Back" placed in Space Jam 2

  • Placement in Lionsgate's "Knock Knock" starring Keanu ReevesAug 04, 2017

    "Knock Knock" is now on Netflix and Amazon Prime!  My track "Soul Wurli Funk" lays the soundtrack of seduction as two dancing bad girls in robes bring the downfall of a married man...

  • Song TV placementFeb 16, 2017

    Grateful I landed "Dangerous" in this week's episode of Imposter on Bravo!

  • Artist's single premier on The RevueFeb 16, 2017

    Great write-up for the new single I did with Girl As Wave!
    http://therevue.ca/2017/02/16/the-matinee-february-16th-2/

  • Lionsgate's "Knock Knock," starring Keanu Reeves (Dir. Eli Roth) is out!Nov 04, 2015

    The new horror film features my Bill Withers inspired track "Wurli Soul Funk."

  • My pop/dance song "Kiss Kiss Kiss" is airing now nationwide in non-smoking commercials!Jul 18, 2015

    100k views on youtube as well, watch here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wDxjb3cln0