I create a quality sounding demo for a competitive price, along with music production of any kind. I can provide almost any BGV or vocal recording or instrument through a big network of friends(I engineer and hire for a competitive price). I can also compose for film/tv and video games, or if you need a track, to top line a track for melody/lyrics!
Jaan Harrison Kohm grew up in Brentwood, Tennessee just 15 minutes from Belmont University, where he is now a Senior studying Songwriting and Music Business Jaan has always had a passion for writing music, but as of late has added production to that list. He has a strong passion for the behind the scenes of what makes a song great and enjoys that process. He has composed two short films and is in the process of scoring two more this year!
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Interview with Jaan Harrison Kohm
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I haven't released it but my favorite project I have written, scripted, and composed has been a one act musical. I have acted and worked on many musical theater productions and I am proud to have accomplished a musical project within a story.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am working on compiling a catalog of songs that I have written by myself or with others to now only have in my back pocket but also to start pitching to production companies for Film/TV because Sync is my end goal for my career.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Yes I am a student at belmont and I know countless artists and writers that need production help and I have already began to spread the word about sound better as a company.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I prefer digital because that is what I have learned to love and it offers such versatility, but I have a appreciation and understanding of analog which is I think is most important.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I am very driven and from the get go I am on top of my work responsibilities, I am on time and insure I am proud of whatever product I give to the client.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I love the people I get to work with and the excitement behind peoples projects. The uniqueness in every song and production and melody is what drives me day in and day out.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: They ask the price, which is a big deal, and I have a discussion about how I am fair and love the music, its not all about money however It should be fair to me as well as to the you.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I haven't run into many misconceptions in my own community but from family or some distant friends I think some people still think I want to be an artist but I really want to help make the best song for either the client or whatever production company I work for!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: I will ask budget, time frame, and vision for their song and/or project and see where that takes us.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I think the best advice is to know what you want or don't but be able to communicate clearly either way and I will be able to get that done for you.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A lighter, A phone, A knife, rope, and one of those devices that can purify water
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started as a wannabe writer/singer but quickly knew writing/producing was my path. Although I am new and I am still learning in school, I have grown exponentially in the last couple years and I don't see that growth declining. I offer a community of people who I know and can work with to bring the client the best possible.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My business style conforms to the needs to the artist and I am able to transform into that space to help come to the best song. My personal style is usually pop/alternative with hints of musical theater and rock elements, so an accumulation of everything I love.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I would love to work with the producer Dan Nigro, I know it says artist so Olivia Rodrigo or Conan Gray, but mostly because I love his style of production and this simplicity in it. But his dynamic range which I just mentioned creates such rollercoaster of a song which has already shown the world what it can and does do for the song.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Dynamic range is one of the most important parts of a song because its usually unconsciously the biggest driver of the song for the listener, so assuring the dynamic range of the song moves and drives the song forward will insure the listener is engaged throughout the song and comes back for a second listen.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I usually work with writers of pop, country, and singer/songwriters however I have knowledge in other genres like
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think my strongest skill is being clear and concise with my decisions with the client, and being able to know when we need to bring in an outside instrumentalist or mixer. In the end I want whats best for the song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I think I can bring a relatability to the client and be able to see myself in their shoes to be able to fully grasp their vision for whatever project they are wanting to accomplish.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I first obtain the information and the time frame from the client, I will then make a plan of what I can do myself and what I need from the client and then If I determine I need a track or mix/master from another person I will communicate that to the client and proceed to get the needed sound, vocal, mix or whatever until the best version is finished.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: My studio consists of a well built vocal booth with a warm Audio 87 and a MPA preamp, I have a treated room for mixing purposes with the HS7 monitors.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I think my biggest influences are Luav, The Midnight, and Ryan Tedder in their production/writing aspect and as artists I am inspired by The Band Camino, Nightly, and Coldplay
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I have done demo production and artist song production(no mix/master) along with songwriting.