Professional mixing and mastering engineer with 10+ years of experience helping artists achieve their vision. Credits include Rachel Horter, Lila Rose, American Buffalo, Abigayle Kompst, Wyatt Roby, Ally Ritch, Eckhart, etc. Highly skilled in editing audio (drum pocketing, vocal tuning, effects processing, mixing and mastering)
I have been producing, recording, editing and mixing all genres of music since 2012. My job is to turn your songs into something special for you and your listeners. I take on any song with the main goal of serving the artist and the music. I am based out of Nashville, TN and have a Music Business degree with Production emphasis from Belmont University. My musical background allows me to approach engineering and mixing in an organic way, focusing on feel and emotion. I have the utmost appreciation for well-recorded music and great mixes.
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7 ReviewsEndorse Jackson Badgley Music
Jackson is your guy for all things recording: pre-production, tracking, editing, producing, mixing, mastering and more!! We always have a blast in the studio and I'm amazed by the ideas he has that just keep coming. And the SOUND... omg the SOUND. I swear I could release the tracks he records without any processing, because everything is so carefully recorded-- paying attention to the timbres that the song needs and not relying on "fixing it in post". I look forward to continuing my work with Jackson.
Jackson is a fantastic mixing engineer, creative writer, and out-of-the-box producer/thinker. He cares dearly about all of his clients, giving them all the respect and communication outlets needed. Jackson is a pleasure to work with and takes everything into consideration. Whether it be mixing a song, helping craft a basic song into something fresh and vibrant, tuning vocals, or even finalizing a project; he’s the man. I highly recommend Jackson for any music needs.
Having had the opportunity to work with Jackson on varied and numerous sessions I can attest to his amazing ear, hard work and mixing skills. Above all else he is a creative powerhouse and brings that talent and creativity to whatever project he's investing his time into. Plus, he's a really great human which makes interacting with him, especially during crucial decision making, such a breeze. After 24 years in the music business it's the time I've spent in the studio working with Jackson that I've learned the most.
It’s not often that you come across musicians that can do everything there is to offer musically. Jack is a valuable professional to work with whether it be arranging, mixing, guitar, recording, etc. Jack's ability to develop arrangements on the fly is unlike any other person I've worked with. If you have an idea and need help arranging/mixing it I guarantee jack will have 100 ideas for every 1 idea that you have. It’s also great to work with someone that loves listening to music and prioritizes playing what feels good first. Sonically he's versatile, the end result is always easy on the ears.
Jackson produced and mixed my first single, “Life Lived Wrong,” and I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better person to work with. He truly brought my song to life and made it sound so much better than I ever could have imagined. Every session was so fun and rewarding. If you’re looking for a producer who can take your musical dream and turn it into reality, Jackson is definitely your guy!
Jackson is a homie. Love his ear for mixing and can do everything himself, so he brings lots of experience in any situation. I don't meet a ton of people that passionate about what they do. Jackson is definitely in it for the love. Great dude and always a fun time working on music. Ideal for any musical endeavors. Highly recommend hitting him up to work on your stuff.
I worked with Jackson on my first record for my project The American Buffalo. I can honestly say without his help the record would not have sounded nearly as good. Jackson is very passionate about what he does and has a great ear. He brings a lot of ideas to the table, and he is receptive to whatever ideas you might have yourself. He has a unique approach to production which is immediately recognizable while also remaining attentive to the unique demands of each individual track. I’m glad I worked with him.
Interview with Jackson Badgley Music
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: A musical mindset and authenticity. I play many instruments and became an engineer out of necessity in order to record myself. I ended up realizing producing and mixing is a musical performance in itself. I always stay true to the song and focus on the vibe and the vision the artist wants to achieve. Often times less is more when it comes to the production, but occasionally a client will want me to use all the bells and whistles in the recording and mixing process.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Get a demo from the client and program a template track based on demo. Record various instruments ahead of time and bring the client in for vocal recording. Adjust instrument tracks based on clients needs. Typically 2 - 3 days per song. Once tracking is finished I usually take 1-2 days to mix and master and deliver final product.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I worked on an album last year that has yet to be released. I was not involved in the recording process and the songs were really great. The files I was sent to mix were super unorganized and recorded rather poorly. There was lots of digital clipping permanently printed on some of the main tracks, poorly treated rooms and poorly tuned vocals. The budget for the project did not justify re-recording anything so I spent months trying to clean up the tracks before even beginning to mix. There were times when I thought it couldn't be saved. After about two months of 12 hour days, I finally got those tracks to sound really polished and began mixing. The final project turned out great and I learned a ton of new editing and mixing tricks to cover up mistakes made in the recording process. When I listen back to the final masters I can't find anything that sounds less than awesome. It took a lot of time and determination to get it to the point and needless to say I am proud of saving that record.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently working on 3 different projects. One is a singer-songwriter EP, one is a pop/R&B EP and the other is a cover album of reimagined hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. I am taking on new clients as well.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Mainly digital, although I do use some analog gear. It is much more reliable and cost effective. If I used all analog gear the cost of a project for both me and the client would increase dramatically. There is much less maintenance with digital and I think a lot of the plugins (specifically from UAD and Waves) sound just as good if not better and more consistent than the analog hardware they are modeled after.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise you will always have an open line to me and I will work hard to make sure you are happy every step of the way. You will also have a lot of fun in the process.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Working with musicians. I love music and I love creating something that could potentially last forever. I find that most of my best friends are made through the creation of music and those relationships tend to last forever. I also love seeing people get excited about their music coming together and sounding better than they could have ever imagined. What I do can really make someones day or month or year and making someone feel good about themselves and what they have created is super rewarding.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Many clients are curious about the timeline of the project and how quickly they can get something finished so they can release it. A lot of my clients come to me after working with someone who doesn't get work done in a timely manner. I assure them that I work rather quickly and don't like to waste time fiddling with something that doesn't have a big impact on the overall project. They also ask about budget. I address any concerns and tell them I can make adjustments to the scope of the project to fit their budget.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it isn't hard work. Obviously being a music producer/engineer is fun and rewarding, but there is a lot of hard work involved. Regular working hours don't exist and often times I end up working well into the night to make sure my clients have what they want when they ask for it. If I'm in bed at midnight and someone asks me to send over that guitar part we recorded earlier so they can listen to it, you bet I am gonna get out of bed and bounce out that guitar track so they can listen to it that night.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I like to get an idea of the type of person they are, what their working style is, what sort of music they are into, what their goals for the project are and what outcome they are looking to get once the project is finished. Other questions would include what the timeline for the project is, if they have any concerns about the budget or availability of certain gear they like to use. This way I can make sure it's the right fit for both of us and address any concerns either of us might have before moving forward with the project.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I would suggest meeting the person ahead of time outside of the studio environment. Meet them at a coffee shop or jump on a zoom call for an hour to have a conversation with them before you decide to move forward. Every producer/engineer looks like someone you would want to work with when they are sitting behind a big desk with a bunch of awesome looking gear, but the reality of the situation is working with a producer/engineer is an intimate relationship. If you don't enjoy hanging out with someone and can't have good conversations outside of the studio, recording your project will not be fun and can be a really terrible experience. You want to make sure the person you work with can communicate effectively and understand your needs and help you achieve those goals before you sign a contract and start spending 8-10 days stuck in a room with them.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Neve 1073, API 2500, Pultec EQP-1A, Shure SM7b, and of course my Universal Audio x8p interface hooked up to a laptop.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I began playing guitar at 8 year old, writing songs and recording them myself at 13, recording musicians from my hometown at 16 until I moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University. My first year at Belmont I dove headfirst into the world of music production and mixing specifically. I spent the majority of my college experience alone in a dark room learning about all the different equalizers and compressors etc. And since then have been constantly learning and developing my skills in order to better serve my local clients here in Nashville.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style is fairly organic. I'm always prepared to capture a performance in case an artist has a sudden spur of inspiration. The worst thing an engineer or producer can do is not be prepared to capture magic when it happens. I love working with clients to try and replicate the sounds they are hearing in their head. To me, producing a track is all about discovering the right sound and parts that make the vibe just right and influence the listeners emotions in a compelling way.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work with more rock bands like My Morning Jacket or Wilco. Those guys a lot of times don't record to a click track and do everything in one or two live takes. There is a freedom to not using a click track if you have really tight musicians that can carry a tune as they would in a live performance. Instead of focusing on whether the drums are lined up with the click you can spend more time messing with gear to come up with cool and inspiring sounds that influence how the song feels and how the musicians play their instruments. That being said, I do enjoy the meticulous work of working on pop music, but it has a different vibe and workflow. Typically more programming and virtual instruments are involved, and the battle then becomes making those parts feel compelling and real.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Record it the way you want it to sound. This sounds obvious but many people will record parts as clean as possible with no effects on them. If you know you are going to mess with the sound of something before the end of the project, you might as well take the time to record it that way when tracking. It helps bring the vibe of the song together and will affect which other parts you end up using in the arrangement. That being said, flesh out the arrangement and parts ahead of time so you don't end up with 15 different keyboard ideas cluttering the session for one part that probably isn't as important as you think it is. 99% of the time you will end up using one of the first ideas and it will be buried in the mix.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Typically working under the general pop umbrella, but I also work with many singer-songwriters and country musicians.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Ability to intuit client needs and find new and creative ways to achieve the goals of the project. I'm an easy person to talk to and work with. For example, when a client says they want a certain section of a song to feel like they are at a strip club, I know exactly what that means.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Home studio running ProTools with a UA x8p audio interface, UAD plugins, Waves Plugins, Warm Audio outboard gear, plenty of different microphone choices
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Tame Impala, John Mayer, Kacey Musgraves, Jay Joyce, Vance Powell, Jacquire King
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: EP or single song production, recording, editing and mixing