James Nagel

Producer | Songwriter | Singer

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I'm a producer and award-winning songwriter from the California Bay Area. You probably have heard many of my songs in commercials and hit TV shows without evening knowing it! My forte is in creating ear-catchy productions that leave listeners humming their melodies for weeks to come. I would love to meet you and hear more about your next project!

I enjoy collaborating with new clients and work hard in helping them achieve their creative goals. Every project is unique in itself and deserves specific attention and detail. Please feel free to get in touch and we can discuss your project's needs and how I can help.

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63 Reviews - 12 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Robert B.
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    We have worked with James on several projects which he has mastered and or mixed and mastered our music. James is a professional in every possible way. In each instance, he was able to achieve, sonically, what we hoped for. This is challenging in a virtual world. Beyond being an excellent engineer, James is a musician, songwriter, and producer. The value of his experience cannot be overstated. Last, James is patient, calm, and kind. I highly recommend James. He is the best!

  2. Review by Robert B.
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    James is amazing. We have worked with him on an album and a couple singles. He is extremely professional and communicates clearly, which is very important for musicians such as myself, who may need a little extra guidance. We are looking forward to working on our next album with James!

  3. Review by John G.
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    James and I have been working together a little over a year and he never lets me down. Always kind. Always passionate. Always does an amazing job. Helped me finish my first project and now helping me finish my second. If you want a pro sound to your song, choose James.

  4. Review by Oliver Kocsis
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    It was again a pleasure to work with James. I can just recommend him really and I am looking forward to work with him again.

  5. Review by John M.
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    James gets you from A to Z quickly and efficiently without losing quality or control of your project. He has completed two outstanding tracks for me and look forward to the next. He gets the job done and is fun to work with. A+ rating!

  6. Review by Oliver Kocsis
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    It was a pleasure to work with James. He is very polite, answers always quickly and with a lot of details so you know exactly what needs to be done. I hope we can work together again in the future. Definitely 5 stars!

  7. Review by Laura Corazzina
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    I love James's projects, I love recording bass in his songs, and I am grateful to be working together again.
    The wonderful energy and communication with James make it a great job. definitely 5 stars.

  8. Review by John M.
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    I have just completed my first project with James. Had a solid and worthwhile experience. He's always open to the various twists and turns of the recording process and is always there to make things right. I enjoyed working with him and will undoubtedly be working with him in the future,

  9. Review by John G.
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    James has legit never let me down. He’s done pretty much all of my professional bodies of work. And has made sure my music is at top notch quality. I highly recommend working with him.

  10. Review by Laura Corazzina
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    Working with James was a wonderful experience. his production and music are beautiful and it was really a pleasure to record the bass.
    the communication was very fluid and gave me full freedom to create in his song.
    I am truly grateful and hope to work together again.

  11. Review by Robbie Malone
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    James was a pleasure to work with. I loved his organic approach to recording, which enabled me to be a lot more creative within the recording process.
    He was also a gentleman to deal with and I will be recommending him to a lot of friends as a great producer to work with.

    Thanks James

    R

  12. Review by Robert B.
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    I've now worked with James on multiple projects. I can say without reservation that James is professional in every aspect of his work. He treats people with kindness, is prompt in responding (even though he's very busy), and delivers impeccable results. I wholeheartedly recommend James and will continue to work with him in future projects. Many thanks to you, James, you are the best!

  13. Review by Nate Barnes
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    James is a top class producer and a total professional- his project was a joy to work on and I would jump at the opportunity to work with him again- highly recommended!

  14. Review by Robert B.
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    I've now worked with James on several projects. He is the the epitome of professionalism. James' work is the highest-quality. And I would be remiss if I didn't mention how well James communicates. He responses are timely, and he treats his clients with the utmost respect. Kindness goes a long way. Thank you, James!

  15. Review by Robert B.
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    James is sensational. His has done all my mastering to date. James communicates very well and is very easy to work with. He is a pro!

  16. Review by Robert B.
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    James is a stellar engineer and as professional as they come. His investment in projects is unparalleled in my experience. During the mastering of our 10-track album, James continuously provided feedback as a way of improving the mixes. Not only was his feedback always offered in a supportive way, James took the time to detail how to do certain things, which helped a novice such as myself to improve my skills. That takes patience. I highly recommend James and will work with him again. Thank you!

  17. Review by gina
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    Love working with James. His vision for my mixes/productions is spot on. His advice is very well thought out and a welcome addition. On top of that, he is timely and easy to work with.

  18. Review by Robert B.
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    James is an amazing engineer! He is not only technically proficient, he provides constructive feedback, communicates extremely well, and champions artists to bring the best out of their work. He was very patient with me and we navigated through a project that presented several challenges. We are continuing to work with James! Many thanks!!

  19. Review by John G.
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    Thanks James for helping me finish my album. Means a lot to me. You do such a great job.

  20. Review by Kevin G.
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    Thanks James they sound Sweet!

  21. Review by Robert B.
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    James is a pro not only skill-wise but in his attitude toward music and the treatment of others. He provides excellent feedback with the aim of making each project sound as amazing as possible. Many thanks to James for his clear communication and collaborative approach. And of course, the results! Will definitely work with James again in the future.

  22. Review by John G.
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    My single is a hit already and he was incredibly fast. So happy he’s doing my entire album. Thanks James!

  23. Review by John G.
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    Thanks so much shames for your help. I will
    Definitely be hiring you again for all my songs. You’ve been an amazing help in bringing my work to life.

  24. Review by Kevin G.
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    James production and Mastering skills are what I needed to move my songs to the next level.

  25. Review by Matthias P.
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    James helped me a lot with my song and the work surrounding it.
    I got great feedback about my work which helped bring the song to the next level. I definitely recommend him.

  26. Review by Kevin G.
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    James was a real pro with mastering my music. He gave helpful suggestions and answered all the questions that I had. He worked with me on revisions and gave me multiple master mixes. He took my song to another level. I will definitely hire him again in the future.
    Kevin Gordon

  27. Review by Zenya
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    James is a professional, experienced, and helpful Producer.
    I was under a lot of pressure and stress with my first job. James is a pleasure to work with and helped me with my first demo for my first radio jingle and I was happy with the smooth, fast and great service.
    I will contact him again if required for this particular field in the future.

  28. Review by Arun
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    I worked on a piano track with minimal arrangements. James was absolutely delightful to work with. Was very patient with my rework requests. Very understanding in catching all nuances over messages. Im very happy with the final mastered quality. Looking forward to work with James more.

    Arun!

  29. Review by Lévi T.
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    James is very comfortable and easy to work with. Professional and helps you if you have difficulties. Definitely wouldn't hesitate to work with him again

  30. Review by gina
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    James has a great sense of what makes a song better. He's willing to go above and beyond and is so easy to work with. And on top of that, his mixes sound great.

  31. Review by Sassy Keys
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    James was fantastic to work with. His feedback and instructions were very concise and I really enjoyed recording piano for him - I'd highly recommend James as a client!

  32. Review by Jane Young
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    I liked to work with James. He concretely explained what he needs, so It was easy to work!
    Would recomend!

  33. Review by Jon C.
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    James is amazing, patient, and professional. He’s comfortable working with tonnes of layers, and gets a real solid mix and production at the end of it. A really good producer!

  34. Review by Jan Wilkendorf
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    It was a very great pleasure for me working with James. A very reliable person in every way!!

  35. Review by Jeff Miguel
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    James is a professional on all levels. I love working with him.

  36. Review by Frida F.
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    James was absolutely fantastic to work with. He completely understood our sound from only listening to a few crappy iPhone recordings. He took those recording and created the tracks for our EP. All we had to do was record the guitars and vocals. We had very few notes. The process was fast and fun. I can not praise James enough. I will be coming back to James for my next EP or hopefully album.

  37. Review by User 1.
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    James is the ideal client. Very detailed notes, knows exactly what he wants and provides detailed feedback allow for a great experience. i hope to work with James again!

  38. Review by Nick P.
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    James is an outstanding producer and amazing to work with!!He delivered quick, high quality results, awesome ideas to take it to the next level and a fantastic service orientation. He exceeded my expectations by miles! I can highly recommend James for your next project!! Thank you for everything James!

  39. Review by Bill O.
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    There are hundreds of great musicians here on SoundBetter, but I always come back to James for help with my musical projects. James is a one-stop-shop. He has a rich musical vocabulary which translates to playing or singing in any musical style. He always gives me more than I ask for- and extra harmony or guitar part or a musical flourish. I work in the :30 second TV spot world, so I hope to work with James on some full-length songs I’ve written. James will enhance any project you throw his way!

  40. Review by Bill O.
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    James can play just about any instrument he bumps into. Plus he's an amazing singer! His voice has a nice edge and grit to it, and he has great instincts for harmonies.

    It's obvious that James understands every aspect of music from recording to mixing. He's a great all-around musician and nailed everything the first time! He recorded a great driving guitar part and delivered it both dry and with a distortion amp effect.

    James is also a pleasure to work with!

    Bill O'Neil

  41. Review by Anders L.
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    From the first letter in our conversation James was very proffesional. He answered my questions with ease, he suggested things that really suited my song. He did a mix that I'm so very much satisfied with. He did revisons so perfect that I could not ask for any better.
    This was absolutely not the last time I will send work to James! He's a true proffesional with good ears and a very nice way to work with!

  42. Review by Mary L.
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    James is incredible. This was my first production project, and he was extremely patient and helpful throughout the whole process. His vision for my song was spot on, and he was really able to hone in on what I wanted. He's talented, reliable, and an excellent communicator. I couldn't be happier with how this project went.

  43. Review by Alan T.
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    Another fantastic job done by James. James not only provided the melody & full production, he also took time to improve the lyric. End product: a great song that will stand a very good chance of picking up a publisher & possible placement. Success! Thanks again James.

  44. Review by Joan C.
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    James is a pro!. He definitely knows his craft. A very clear communicator and listener with much patience. The kind of people I like to work with. Also, he knew his Rock n' Roll history, which was key when talking about references. Highly recommended. Look forward to doing things in the future.

  45. Review by Joshua R.
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    11 out of 10 hands down. James was very detailed in helping me through this process, patient, and listened to my vision for the song and after some back and forth, he sent back his take on it and nailed it. No revisions necessary. I have to say I had reservations using SoundBetter, but I'm glad I did. Looking forward to working with him again.

  46. Review by RJ (Rodney)
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    Once again, James is someone I am so honored to work with. Great producer, artist, who can make a song shine! Brilliant at what he does, and an ear of gold, what a combination. I TOTALLY endorse him and will be bringing a third song his way soon!

  47. Review by Cary A.
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    James is a top quality producer with good communication and musicianship. I very much enjoyed working with James and would do it again. Highly recommended!

  48. Review by Petar Milanovic
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    James Nagel is friendly and in a same time ultra-professional . He gave me the freedom to do my take on his tune and we where bout happy with the results Would work with James any time .

  49. Review by Jeff Miguel
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    I really enjoyed working with James. Communication was excellent and his music is top notch! It was so much fun just to listen to his track let alone play over it. I sincerely hope we can work on future projects together.

  50. Review by steven w.
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    James was a pleasure to work with; extremely professional, prompt and accommodating. The quality of his work was outstanding and I look forward to collaborating with James again. I would highly recommend James for any future work.

  51. Review by Lovely H.
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    James is amazing to work with. Again, he came through and completed my project thoroughly and efficiently. He has a great musical ear and was able to draw attention to things that I was initially unaware of. I will be using James for my next project.

  52. Review by Eclano
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    James was one of the best mixing/mastering engineers I have worked with. He goes above and beyond on, and is extremely talented with his craft. Would recommend 100%. Looking forward to working with him again!

  53. Review by Nirvanah R.
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    I really enjoyed working with James...His ability to listen and deliver on time was phenomenal! Amazing talent with multitask abilities... In a very short time he created a masterpiece that i really loved! I am so glad i decide to work with James! I highly recommend working with James!

  54. Review by Alan T.
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    Another wonderful job done! Can't fault it. James has delivered a very current, commercial track that stands an excellent chance of impressing a publisher. Hope to work with James again. He takes a pride in his work & it always shows through in the production & performance.
    Alan

  55. Review by Lovely H.
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    Mr. James Nagel was a pleasure to work with. He responded quickly to emails and questions, which demonstrates that he is a true professional. He also was very conscious of my deadline and completed my project within 24 hours as I requested. He was very approachable and willing to provide me with alternative masters. I will use him again!

  56. Review by Samantha
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    It has been nothing but a pleasure to work with James again. I am so so happy with the results and wouldn't trust anyone else with my music! I will surely be contacting him again for future projects. He is the best, always professional, and produces exceptional quality work! I am so glad I found James Nagel.

  57. Review by Samantha
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    I am so fortunate to have worked with James for the production, mixing, and mastering of my first album! Not only is he incredibly talented, but also extremely professional, efficient, and an all around great guy. James spent many countless hours breaking down each of my songs and making sure that each one was exactly as I had envisioned. Amazing!

  58. Review by RJ (Rodney)
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    James is one of the most professional and extremely talented artists I have ever worked with! He took my song to so many better levels. His patience as a producer and his artistic insight brought the song to life. As well, he is much more than a producer, he himself is an awesome artist. I know we will work together again :-)

  59. Review by Joel D.
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    James is extremely talented in multiple musical fields. I was blown away by the results he gave my project. He got it 110% right a lot sooner than expected, which is a good surprise. He is also willing to go the extra mile to make sure the producer gets the final vision complete. This man is highly recommended, and his rates are super fair !

  60. Review by Tarra Layne
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    James is an incredibly talented musician and professional. His responsiveness and clarity were on point. I couldn't ask for a more polite person to work with and am excited for a chance to work together again.

  61. Review by Lukasz B.
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    It was very spontaneous experience of the very talented and successful man. James is amazing, a real charmer sound. A very positive experience working with James. Very good contact. I definitely recommend James.

  62. Review by Alan Trickett
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    Just completed our first co-write together. The results were fantastic. Simply put, James delivers! He brought my lyric to life in a way I never imagined possible. A very current, marketable song, I hope to work with James again.

  63. Review by Nolan Kurtz
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    As a solo artist I have been fortunate to work with James on a number of projects. The combination of his professionalism and expertise as a producer makes James an absolute pleasure to work with. For musicians across all musical genres who are looking to have their talent and musical potential actualized, I cannot recommend him enough.

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