Hello! My name is Jonah Brockman. I help music artists capture the best and most authentic version of their story through excellence in music production. I specialize in a one-stop shop production style working with the client from beginning to end to provide whatever they need to sound their best.
Since 2009, I've done a large part of my work remotely - enabling me to essentially bring production to the client. This has made location a non-factor and allowed me to work with artists all over the world. I've learned and honed the skills necessary to make the process smooth and efficient. And the option to do at least part of the work remotely has been a game-changer even for local clients.
I started out in the business as a signed recording artist. This has given me a unique, both-sides-of-the-glass perspective on how to treat artists. I'm constantly mindful that an artist is handing me their "baby" and I don't take that trust lightly. My goal is to empower each artist to make unabashedly great art and have fun doing it.
I also help out non-musical/corporate clients creating custom music, music for film, commercials, audio books, podcasts, audio archiving/restoration, and audio editing.
Summer 2019 Work Highlights:
Jason Mapes "Devil Plays Guitar" album - featuring rock legends Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy/Whitesnake), Bruce Kulick (KISS), Bill Leverty (FireHouse), Brian Vollmer (Helix), Jeff Neill (Streetheart), and Stacy Mitchhart. Co-producer, recording and mixing engineer, drums & keys.
Ali Ashraf "Roshan Pakistan" single - featuring Nehaal Naseem on vocals. Written for Emirates Polio Campaign. Full instrumentation, producer, recording and mixing engineer.
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- University of Michigan
- Jason Mapes
- Ali Ashraf
- Business Beyond Usual Podcast
- Working For The Weekend Podcast
- Maya Bennett
- Michelle Roderick
- Elyse Miller
- Bella Musser
- Pete Cowley
- Mikhail Martynov
- Michigan Power Rodding
- Great Lakes Fishery Commission
- Arbor Bridge Church
- Ana Bogdanovic
- Lora Crombez
- Nathaniel Brant
- Mario Callejas
- Discover Learning
- Christian Perron
- Alien Voodoo
- Linda Kelly
- Brook Marshall
- Ellen Lyon
- Sports Widsom Revealed: The Coaches
- Justine Blazer
- Early Morning Film Productions
6 ReviewsEndorse Jonah Brockman
Jonah is a talented producer and musician. He has exceeded all my expectations. He is professional, prompt and fun to work with. I highly recommend him.
Jonah is consistently responsive, , easy to work with, fast, and professional. His work is excellent and I’d highly recommend him!
For the past five years I have had the experience to work on 2 albums with Jonah and a few singles. Although working from different continents, our creative collaboration never felt like work at all. The best thing about Jonah is that he is a great listener, a lot of patience and never shys away from restarting the process. He wants to know where you come from, what you have in mind as a songwriter and where you want your song to go. After that, he takes his vast knowledge and expertise in production to bring your vision to reality in a manner you never thought would be so awesome!
I first connected with Jonah through a site called “Itty Ditty”. His production of one of my songs completely encapsulated all I could have hoped for for the song, as well as took it to places I could have never imagined- bringing a whole new life to it. After we finished that song, I knew that I wanted him to produce my record! We worked on it over the span of about 7 or 8 months and I couldn’t be happier with the out come. He helped me take my songs to the next level with his great knowledge and skills, and I couldn’t recommend Jonah enough!
I've been fortunate enough to work with Jonah for 5 years now and have released several albums using his excellent production skills and assistance. Extremely talented, I consider him a champion of the finished product, willing to do whatever it takes, comfortably and intelligently, resulting in a high quality production any artist would be proud of.
Jonah Brockman offers the complete package when working on your musical project. He's an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (piano/guitar/drums/vocalist, etc) and knows how they all need to work together, yet stand out. He has an immaculate ear for music and can help you craft your art to exactly what you are hearing in your head, heart and soul. He is experienced from beginning to end of the musical journey. He was the perfect person to help me bring my artistic vision to a completed reality. Highly recommended!!
Interview with Jonah Brockman
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Who are 3 artists you admire? Name 3 songs that have a production style you like? Do you have a deadline? What are your plans for this project?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Listen to work the producer has done before. They don't necessarily have to have done music just like yours but you can tell whether or not they're on the same page as you just by listening. Talk to them first and get a feel for their personality: are they good communicators? do they respond quickly? do they sound like they'll be fun to work with? You want to make sure you'll jell with them artistically and personally.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started out as a drummer in a hard, raw rock band playing in lumberjack and biker bars in Northern Michigan. In the early 2000s, I was signed to an indie label as a solo rock/singer-songwriter and released one album and completed a 2nd one. The lessons I learned as a signed recording artist have GREATLY influenced my approach to working with artists as a producer. I've worked as a producer and engineer full-time since 2009
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I'm a bit of a chameleon and adapt my style to the artist I'm working with. I enjoy the chance to get in their head and become an extension of them rather than fitting them into MY mold.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: PRE-PRODUCTION. I usually start by listening to a simple demo by the artist - the song at it's core. After absorbing the song, I'll talk with the artist about their influences, desired production style and choice of instruments. SKETCHES. Next, we'll work on a few sketches of possible approaches to the song – usually a verse and a chorus. We'll talk about what we like and dislike about each approach. Usually there's one sketch that the artist is especially excited about and that's usually the approach we start off in. TRACKING. When we have a clear direction of how to proceed, we’ll record each of the instruments. If we're working with the client remotely, we'll provide a rough mix for them to add their parts to. If I'm working with the artist in person, I'll help them through the performance. MIXING. I will then mix everything together for a dynamic and exciting sound. While I have my own mixing approach, I'll always listen to the client first and I am always open to suggestions and new approaches. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED: I will work on the song until the client is thrilled.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a 2-room studio. The main room has a Mackie 32:8 board with JL-Cooper controller, Cubase 10 Pro, Waves Platinum and Abbey Road Collection, EastWest Sound Library, and a ton of misc. analog gear and digital plug-ins. I have a small live room big enough to track drums (Tama Granstar with Zildjian cymbals), lots of mics, guitars, synths, a home-made upright bass, and pedal steel guitar. It's housed in historic landmark home built in 1855 and clients have called it "a comfortable place to create."
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: A majority of my work is "all-inclusive" music production. I work with individual artists from the ground up to provide everything they need (recording, instrumentation, production, mixing, mastering) for market-ready music.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will happily work on a project until you're completely happy. I realize that you're handing me your baby and I don't take that for granted. I won't stop until you're satisfied.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Blue October, Josh Homme, T-Bone Burnett, Sufjan Stevens, Peter Gabriel, Rick Rubin, The Milk Carton Kids.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Singer/Songwriter and Rock. I prefer to work with artists with a little edge and who aren't afraid to push boundaries.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Don't overthink. I've seen it happen over-and-over: the best art comes out naturally and over-working an idea often ruins it.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I started out in the business as both a recording artist and touring musician. Clients have often told me they appreciate this perspective of having been on both sides of the glass when I work with them. As a former recording artist, I know the expectations and fears my clients have when putting their art in someone else's hands. As a touring musician, I've learned what it takes to excite audiences. In the end, the most important thing is the song and that I've captured a true representation of the artist.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I like my productions to have character and soul. I abhor sloppy or out-of-tune performances but I'd rather get a great (though flawed) performance than fix it artificially and take out the humanity. I like my songs to be neat and tight but remain a little rough around the edges. I love using weird sounds tastefully to enhance a song. I still use mostly REAL instruments but I'll use whatever it takes to get whatever is in the artist's head onto tape.