John Jeff Touch (winner of various European Artists Awards and collaborations with bands such as Deep Purple, VISION, S.I.N., COSMICRAY, Sanny X etc) is one of the most powerful singers /songwriters of Europe. Expressiveness, wide vocal range and a big variety of sound colors characterize his singing.
John Jeff Touch (winner of various European Artists Awards and collaborations with bands such as Deep Purple, VISION, S.I.N., COSMICRAY, Sanny X etc) is one of the most promising singers /songwriters of Europe.
He is influenced by many kinds of music like melodic rock, pop -rock, jazz, ethnic, electro e.t.c. Some of his favorite singers are Freddy Mercury, Kip Winger, Chris Cornell, David Coverdale, Michael Jackson, George Michael e.t.c.
Expressiveness, wide vocal range and a big variety of sound colors characterize his singing.
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Interview with John Jeff Touch
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I really enjoyed doing the backing vocals of 40th anniversary remix of Deep Purple - Smoke On The Water mixed/produced by the legendary remixer/producer Sanny X.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I m mixing/producing a 16 song album of a female pop-rock singer , arranging/mixing my 4th solo album and recording vocals for various projects.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Mike Exeter.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: I live in between getting the best out of both worlds.I setup my mix ,cleaning tracks, automation in the box and then I send channels out to benefit from analogue hardware and get the extra Vibe, color , character and of course sum up all channels with tube or solid state summing mixers (beefer audio, Neumann 475-2)
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: That their project will sound exceptionally good, and their music will be elevated to a professional level.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The most important thing for me is that I what I love most (singing, mixing,writing, producing) to my profession
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Is it worth it spending so much time, money and efford in making a record nowdays, is it going to make the difference? My answer: Definitely YES!
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: I a combination of vocalist ,songwriter and producer and I see music from many perspectives. Sometimes people see me only as a singer, a songwriter or producer ,but I m all above. Through the years I ve learned to serve the song and to leave my ego out of the studio.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: The most vital thing before I switch on my gear and start working on a project , is to know and get 100% the vision of the client . Only then I could get the 100% out of me and my skills. That's the secret of sause for me.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: If someone wants a high class vocalist for his album I m his No1 choice. If someone has
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: UAD Apollo x8, Rupert Neve MBP Manley Vari mu EMI REDD custom preamp Neumann u89 I
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I ve been singing for 25 years now. 4 solo albums, many live concerts from big arenas to acoustic live shows, many hours of recording for many bands and projects. I m also a vocal teacher ,rock singing expert, for 20+ years now, helping other singers (professional/beginners) to develop their technique and find their own sound. Mixing/ producing music for 15 years now. I produced/ mixed several albums from pop- rock to hard rock. My goal as a producer is to help artists find their own path and not copying others.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I don't like labels ,it depends on the project, but it's definitely rock .
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Audioslave, Queen, Slash, Toni Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, Deep Purple, because they are all my fav bands/musicians
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never leave the studio before finishing a song!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Rock, alternative, pop rock, indie, cinematic
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Recording vocals , arranging backing vocals, composing songs,
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: My singing definitely elevate the song to the most professional levels. In the mixing/production stage my goal is to take out the strongest elements of a band
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Compose , arrange, record ,produce
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Equipped with some of the best analogue gear and plugins. A hybrid setup. Mac mini M1, 2x Apollo X, Protools Studio, almost all UAD plugins and all the best from other top plugin brands. Hardware: *DANGEROUS MUSIC AD+ *Mics: Neumann u89 I, Shure sm58 *Channel strips: 2x Focusrite ISA mkii, EMI REDD 47 custom tube preamp *Compressors: Rupert Neve MBP, MANLEY vari mu, GSSL 4K, UREI LA 22 *SSL FUSION *KEMPER *EQ: MANLEY Massive Passive, x2 Neumann 491, x2 492 (custom), x2 Beefer Audio Reviver (dual mono tube eqs) *Line preamps: x5 Telefunken 672D, 372D, Beefer Audio IGN1TER *Summing mixers: Neumann 474-2, Beefer Audio UN1TER, STEM1XER *SIEMENS transformer M/S converter * x4 Telefunken (dual mono) DI
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Chris Cornell , Queen, Rival Sons, Michael Jackson, Vangelis, Enigma, Michael Brauer, CLA, Bob Clearmountain.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Recording lead & backing vocals , arranging music, composing songs, mixing/producing music