Mix engineer focused on delivering unique mixes that a) serve the song b) highlight it's strengths c) represent the artist
Song and Dance man/Outside the box thinker/Multiple Grammy nominations/Millions of streams monthly
I’ve spent the past 15 years searching for ways to bring out the best in each song. To make them sing.
Professional, experienced, risk taking engineer for hire. Providing hard hitting, outside the box thinking, emotion driven music. Being an avid background vocalist, I’d be happy to lend a voice to compliment your existing vocal tracks too. Living in Nashville, Tennesse, I've gotten to work with some of the best musicians and singers in the world. I happily work across genres but most of my work is rooted in country (traditional and modern), independent rock, and heavy rock.
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- Ronnie Milsap
- Margo Price
- rozwell kid
- Carolina Story
- Kristina Murray
- Roger Harvey
- Caroline Spence
- Kree Harrison
- JP Harris
- Becky Warren
- Anna Vaus
- World's Scariest Police Chases
- John R MIller
- Emma Jayne
- Rave Ami
- Langhorne Slim
- Lee Corey Oswald
- William Matheny
- The Stayawakes
- Rodney Crowell
- Roy Orbison
- Kenny Rogers
- Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
- John Cowan
- Buddy Guy
- White Wives
- Zach Schmidt
- Frank Solivan
- Andrea Zonn
- The Special Consensus
- The Homeless Gospel Choir
- John Doyle
- Leon Bridges
- Christina Perri
- Jim Oblon
- Kelsey Waldon
- Anti Flag
- Tyler Childers
- Andrea Bocelli
- Kacey Musgraves
- Erin Rae
- Kelsea Ballerini
- Ashland Craft
- Sweet Water Warblers
- Blaine Larsen
- Pat Reedy
- Monica Rizzio
- Laura Mae Socks
- Sarah Connor
- Mike Zito
- Betsy Phillips
- Bring Her
- Alison Brown
- Colin Hay
- Jericho Woods
- Michael Ray
- Hillsong Worship
- diarrhea planet
- jessie baylin
- Orville Peck
- Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
- Jake Shimabukuro
- Michael Cleveland
- Deep Purple
- Alice Cooper
9 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Justin Francis
Justin is the most talented mixing engineer I have had the privilege of working with. He has a remarkable attention to detail and ear for what brings out the best elements a song has to offer, and works very efficiently and with a welcoming professionalism. Thanks to him my music truly has never sounded better, and he will certainly be my go-to engineer for future projects. If you are looking for outstanding quality and service, look no further than Justin Francis!
I hit Justin up on a Saturday night, for a Sunday delivery, and he returned work (with 2 passes of edits) EARLY.
Would 100% recommend and can't wait to work with him again.
Justin is one of my favorite engineers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. He treats every track like it's the biggest thing he's ever worked on. In addition to his deep audio knowledge and big ears he is a fantastic musician which really helps artists/producers communicate and achieve their vision for each project. I can not recommend Justin enough fro all of your engineering needs!
Justin is hands down the best engineer I’ve ever worked with. He’s laid back, not easily shaken by anything, and incredibly efficient. Moreover, he knows exactly when to and when not to put in his ideas...I’d say he’s the best “sleeper producer” in town in that he finds little ways to finesse ideas, if that’s what you ask of him. I’ve also never seen anyone edit on the fly as fast and cleanly, he can sing like Peter can preach so he’s always good for last minute harmony ideas or overdubs...geez I don’t know what more to say other than hire him. We’ve done two full lengths, an EP, and a 7”.
I’ve had the great fortune to work with Justin in a myriad of different projects over the years in several genres. He possesses a very unique skill set in addition to open ears that allow for him to insert himself into any situation and make it better. I love tracking with him because he’s always at ease and adapts to whatever the session requires of him. Whether or not you’re able to work with him in the studio, you should utilize his experience as a mix or mastering engineer, and his impressive range as a background vocalist. Your project will only improve by hiring Justin.
been working with Justin for many years on a wide variety of genres and projects. he always delivers the best results, whatever the style you may be working in. not only does Justin have a great ear for tone, but he also excels at highlighting dynamics and portraying the mood of each individual track. on top of all that, he is extremely patient and easy to work with. caring sincerely about even the smallest detail.
Can't imagine doing another record without Justin. Amazing communication and willingness to get the best out of the track. He even added background vocals that blew my mind !! Must have.
I've had the pleasure of working with Justin on projects for many years. He's always had an ability to get to the center of my songs, has helped me actualize the sounds I've envisioned, & has thought creatively en route to the finished product. There's a reason why everything I make passes through Justin's desk in some way or another. Whether it's sitting in the room together with the band, pulling it together with a mix, &/or putting the finishing touches on. I can't recommend his work enough. x
Super professional and takes my tracks to the next level every time. Always willing to go the extra mile and somehow brings out new feelings I didn’t know were there ! Highly recommended !
Interview with Justin Francis
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Ask questions. Know what to expect and what is unrealistic.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 15+ years
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I don't try to force my aesthetic onto anything that I do. It may naturally work its way in, but in the end its about serving the part/song.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Budget for a good lunch.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Traditional Country, Rock n Roll, Top 40 Country
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Having experience with a broad range of genres and level of musicianship from players. Knowing your client and anticipating what will get them to their finished work most efficiently.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Always trying to let the song sing to its highest potential. Whether that means arrangement tweaks, background vocals, or a great mix.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: No typical. Whatever it takes to get it right. Bongos first? Sure. Live to 2track? Sure.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I've got a dedicated mix studio in my home where I do most of my editing/mix/mastering work. Freelance tracking takes me to the dozens of studios all around Nashville.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Anyone who is making a living in this business inspires me. Never stop trying. Never stop learning.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Music Row tracking engineer. Typically recording 7+ piece bands live in a fast paced environment. Mixing large track count projects and working with artist to perfect their vision. Traditional Country, Rock n Roll, top 40 Country all very familiar territory. Capable of adding professional background vocals to taste.