I did 2 theme songs for 2 movies in 1 year. Let me bring your music to life. 1. "Rain" Granson feat Jessie Reyez from 'Suicide Squad' 2. "Krabby Step" Swae Lee, Lil Mosey & Tyga 'SpongeBob Sponge On The Run'
Many engineers record and mix a song. Very few help make the song. After having a recording career of over 10 years I take the artists approach when crafting records. A song is not simply music but a tool to create a path for a career. A career involves fans. I shape records for you to create new fans.
Unlike most engineers I understand what happens after the record is born. The goal is beyond making a record sound good, I strive to help create new fans for my clients. After years of playing my own songs for my friends and figuring out my path as an artist, I use the tools given to me to keep heads nodding and listeners in tuned.
The mix is not complete once its balanced and all the frequencies are in place, its when the song is the best representation of an artist. I love mixing and will bring any to its potential, however...the secret is including me in the whole process. Book a recording session and let me head the Sound Department in your business as an artist.
Some engineers do songs, I shape discrographies. I aim to follow in the footsteps of Dr. Dre, Mike Dean, Quincy Jones and more. Let me be apart of your journey.
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2 ReviewsEndorse James Carr (J.Carr)
Man, what can I say. James made me a believer. First, great ear for vocal EQ. Nailed that on the second pass where I've seen so many other experienced engineers sometimes struggle. In addition, he did what only a great mixer would do and tastefully gave me some of his vision while ultimately respecting every change that was asked of him. Every time I said to myself, "This is nitpicking" James just took the direction and PROMPTLY made the changes with a great attitude. Awesome experience and I
Best engineer I’ve ever had the opportunity to work with.
Doesn’t just hit play and record but coaches you through the song.
Interview with James Carr (J.Carr)
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: My passion project Velleese who I coached and recorded since the infancy of her career recently got a publishing deal with Prescription Songs so I spearheading her journey into the mainstream.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Ive accidentally walked into this guy's session because I left something behind: https://soundbetter.com/profiles/25434-luis-canción in the same studio in his profile pic and I admire his passion when recording.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog to record, digital to mix. Analog recording because I can shape the sound in a hands on way. Think of an artist with a paint brush. Digital for mixing because even Jesus saves ;-).
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: You will hear the difference.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Scribbles Who's discography. I watched her write for other artists then transition to behind the microphone as the artist. She asked me to be myself but also push her sound to new heights. In that moment we built a trust knowing our top priority was making the dopest sonically forward songs online.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Can you make it better? Anything heard from me is my best. I don't delver unless I am certain, however if you like for me to change direction or bring something out more, let me know in detail and I will cater to your desires.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Understanding that often times the emotion is already in place in the rough mix. My job is to shape the record to compete. Everything must be done in the booth in terms of the performance.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Tell me what you like about the the initial version of the song, also your dislikes and then any goals you. might have for me.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Make sure you are in the business of having people enjoy your music.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: An SSL channel strip and any high end Neumann microphone.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: 15 years. It started as music in general
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Very open minded. I have been blessed to be humbled via the path of learning the value in remaining a student.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Artists who play music to people in the outside world. Often times artists get caught up in their own world so those who have broken the courage barrier and put themselves out to the world have a different perspective and we are immediately on the same page.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Never stop the head nod.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop & EDM.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Vision, I can see from many different points of view outside of my own. I have been blessed with the gift of appreciating the greatness in everything.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Another creative in the process. I have seen my own songs I did not care about change my life so I pay attention to every detail because you never know which song is the one.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Feel out the energy of the song. The clients favorite artists and their goals. Then I typically compare that to the top of charts and bridge the gap.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: SSL Console, Yamaha NS10's, Westlake Audio speakers...etc.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Dr. Dre, Mike Dean, Quincy Jones, Berry Gordy and Manny Morroquin
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Typically recording and mixing. When it comes to recording session there is an air of artist development. It doesn't take long before clients realize that I am equally invested in making a great song with them.