Full-time musician and producer, seasoned by Chicago's diverse music scene.
Hi, I'm Jordan. I'm a professional, full-time musician and producer living in Chicago. I want you to think of your favorite song. Got it? Now, can you sing the bass line from memory? Of course you can! Because the greatest songs of all time have one thing in common: strong, prominent, lyrical bass lines. Just think about it: Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean," The Temptations' "My Girl," Maxwell's "Ascension," Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling," Charlie Puth's "Attention." You can sing all of them right? A great bassist puts a hook right in the foundation of the song. That's what I can bring to your productions as a bassist: writing great bass lines to compliment great songs.
As a musician in Chicago's varied music scene, I spend my weekends playing jazz, Latin, indie rock, hip-hop, R&B, and gospel (a lot of gospel, Chicago's known for it). I play electric bass, upright bass (bowed and pizzicato), and synth bass. When I'm not gigging, I'm making beats or producing for artists from my home studio.
I love music more than anything. Nothing makes me happier than when I get to take part in music for people to enjoy.
For samples of my playing, please visit www.jordanmaiermusic.com
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2 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Jordan Maier
It’s my second time working with Jordan and he gave another fantastic performance. No revisions needed. Again, Jordan was quick to respond and he provided an outstanding sound recording. Professional all around. Again I thank you Jordan for your talent and the work that you do. I’m looking forward to working with you again. Thank you.
Jordan delivers a tight and really amazing performance! His ideas were exactly what the track needed and he gave me a few different bass track choices which was beyond my expectations. The recording was pro quality and sounded great. Jordan delivers on time and I was more than happy with his quick response time. Unreal level of talent and I’ll be working with him again. Thank you Jordan!!
Interview with Jordan Maier
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Library music, music for my original bands, music for myself, learning tunes for gigs this weekend.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Whatever works.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I won't stop working until their satisfied, no matter how many revisions it takes.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The freedom.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Deadlines, their vision for a track, any ideas they had for the instrumentation and arrangement.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do your research, if you like my style and prices then let's make some art!
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Whatever would most easily help me build a raft or something.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been a professional, full-time musician for a little over 5 years. It's literally the only thing I can do. Being someone's employee makes me kind of crazy.
Q: How would you describe your style?
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: If I could play bass for Deep Sea Diver, I would die happy.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Save mixing for when you've finished writing and arranging.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I've been writing and producing for stock music libraries, so a lot of stock music, which can be anything.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Arrangement, hearing what a song needs and bringing it out.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Professional sound and artistic touch.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start working on something, then some magic happens, and then I finish.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use Ableton and Logic, depending on the demands of the project. For mics, I use an AKG P220 Condenser into a Native Instruments Komplete Audio 6 interface. I use my instruments when I can, but for plugins I use NI Komplete 12 Suite.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Tame Impala's Kevin Parker, Lucius, Deep Sea Diver, D'Angelo, Pino Palladino, Yellow Ostrich, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Photay, Tennyson, Chicago's gospel musicians, the list goes on...
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording electric bass tracks for pop songs.