Award winning Producer, Engineer, Musician Nil Jones
Young Dolph, Karma, Cash Money Records, Macy Gray, 8Ball & MJG, Ray J, Shania Twain, Krayzie Bone, Mc Ren, Tela, Brian McKnight, Myron Butler, BarKays, Muthas Day Out... to name a few.
Nil Jones is an award winning producer/engineer with Gold and Platinum credits. He brings years of industry level experience with him. He mixes major label projects but also puts in that same effort on independent artist because he knows that those are the Artist that got him to the majors. Nil works to create that magic, from tracking to mixing to arranging to radio edits.
and as a musician Nil played on many of the rap records you've heard on the radio, bass, and some keyboards too!!!
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Interview with Nil Jones
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: the biggest....is that I can make 'horribly' recorded material sound 'great'....I've been called a magician before, but that's not atypical, lol.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: How do you hear/see yourself sounding? Is there anything similar you'd like me to hear first?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: know the direction you want your record to go first, then look for someone with experience in that genre.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: 1 Pro Tools, 2 my Maschine, 3 my Chord&Major earphones, 4 SSL X-Logic, 5 my G&L bass
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I've been doing music my whole life...started as a touring musician at 19.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: my style is......r&hipnorganic
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Kendrick Lamar, because he's doing some pretty creative stuff now.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: find what works best for you, whether its the DAW you're using, monitors, effects....find YOUR sound!!!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work on r&b and hip-hop, but have worked on edm, techno, country, gospel, and rock
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Mixing is my strongest skill.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: what I mainly bring to a song is a perspective similar to the artist/client, but also some creative elements that will take it beyond where it is when it's brought to me.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: when I'm mixing I like to start with the chorus, or the 'hook', because that's where the mix must come together...I usually start with drum sounds, then I skip to main vocals. From there I build the mix around those 2 elements.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I used a Neve VR console, with Pro Tools HD system....Yamaha NS-10's, Genelec's, some API pre's, and a few other 'toys'.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: man....everybody from DJ Premier, Kanye West, Trent Reznor, Mutt Lange, Quincy Jones....as far as professionals who shaped music.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I'm usually mixing the records after they've recorded them, but some artist/producers want me to be more involved.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I like a little of both....analog, because I started with analog, and the sound...can't beat it. I like digital for the endless possibilities!!!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise to always give my 'this is for a grammy' effort, no matter the client!!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I get to be creative.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: q. How long will it take? a. Til it's done!