Jef Leeson


7 Reviews (7 Verified)
Jef Leeson on SoundBetter

Hi there. I'm a producer, engineer, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist & voice actor. I'd love to apply my +30 years of experience to your project. Having produced dozens of albums (about as many EPs & singles), performed on even more & possessing a +3 octave vocal range, there must be something I can do for you.

A passionate fan of all forms of music & voice performance, when not tracking vocals, instruments or engineering for music, film or a variety of media releases from my studio in rural Ontario, I'm usually performing & promoting my latest albums, 'Topic Of The Day' and 'Vocalings: The Canuckness'.

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.


Discogs verified credits for Jef Leeson
  • Alec Shea, Jef Leeson
  • Dennis Whitty And Bushwacker
  • Marlene Leeson
  • Various
  • The Brothers Bruce
  • Eleven Minute Arm
  • Kim Landon & Brass Buckles
  • Dennis Whitty And Bushwacker
  • Ambush (23)
  • Marlene Leeson
  • Various
  • Fleshpots
  • The Brothers Bruce
  • The Happy Pill Academy
  • S A Reyners
  • Kisslinger
  • The Happy Pill Academy
  • Alejandro Rosso
  • Eleven Minute Arm
  • Various
  • Various
  • Various


  • English

7 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Michael G.

    If I could give Jef 6 out of 5 stars I would! All aspects of working with Jef were great. He has an awesome voice with tons of control, and he was able to change the style of his voice based on my request. He provided super high-quality work at a fast pace which made it easy to get my song completed. He also has an upbeat, positive attitude and was very receptive to my revision requests. It's clear he enjoys what he does which makes the whole song production process that much better.

  2. Review by Craig H.

    Jef was a pleasure to work with. His turnaround time was fast and he did a great job on the vocals. Thanks, Jef!

  3. Review by Stefan R.

    Jef had a second nature understanding of my style and was very prompt in returning ideas as he contributed guitars, bass and vocals to my song. Great musician and communicator.

  4. Review by uksbpm
    by uksbpm

    Another super quick turnaround and quality output from this artist.
    Will use this artist again...and again.

  5. Review by uksbpm
    by uksbpm

    Another good job done on a challenging project and in super quick time by this skilled and talented artist.
    Already working on another project straight off...need I say more?

  6. Review by Billy B.

    Jef was fantastic to work with! He was always quick to respond (the quickest of anyone I've worked with on here), and was more than happy to give my track second, third, and fourth passes to make sure the song turned out just the way I wanted. I wish everyone on here was like him.

  7. Review by uksbpm
    by uksbpm

    Jef had a super quick turnaround and gave me precisely what I requested.
    Good luck to him in all future endeavours here.
    Will use his services again definitely.
    Cannot wait...

Interview with Jef Leeson

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I co-ordinated and produced the album 'Keep Me Warm This Christmas' for a charity which raises funds and clothing for children in need. In many ways it's a project I compare everything else to.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: Finishing up mixes on 3 tracks commissioned for a couple of films, tracking an acapella album of my own, and in preproduction for both a country album & a folk/Christian EP for 2 other artists.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: uksbpm provides me with projects that are very challenging, positive and mind opening experiences.

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Both. Analog for it's pure tactile experience (I almost miss splicing blocks). Digital for it's efficiency, power & amazing control.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: What you hear I'll help you get, and what I could add you're welcome to have.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Creation & collaboration.

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: My timeline: ASAP "Can you make it better?": If what I hear & present to you works for you, then yes.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: That having a career in the business outside the main centres is a detriment to collaborating.

  17. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  18. A: I began performing full time in the mid 1980s, having written and demoed my own tunes for some time. Within a few years I started producing for other artists on my own boutique label & then began releasing my own albums. Haven't looked back since.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: Dynamic, open minded, eager.

  21. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  22. A: Andy Partridge (of XTC fame). A brilliant musician. Oh, how one can dream.

  23. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  24. A: Pop, rock, country, folk & singer-songwriter material.

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  26. A: If I had to pick, vocals, just barely above writing.

  27. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  28. A: Work your project as far as you can take it, and remain as open as possible.

  29. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  30. A: My ratty $40 gut string guitar, a Neumann U87, my Fender Precision, my main CPU w/Reaper & a solar panel.

  31. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  32. A: Main goal - making a release or demo? What services are required? Timeline? Budget?

  33. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  34. A: The lack of passion in a song/recording sticks out like a sour note... pun intended. I work to bring it back.

  35. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  36. A: I work in a variety of studios, but my own revolves around tracking & mixing with the DAW Reaper, on a custom 64bit CPU, through a custom pair of Camber monitors. Tracking a project depends highly on the genre and songs. More trad & alt sounds are generally done old school open room style. And when required top of the line modelling & programming are used for more modern or aggressive projects.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: Strengthening everything from lyrics, music & arrangement, through recording & final mix is very important to me. I offer what I can of those skills to a project and follow the lead of my clients very happily.

  39. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  40. A: Most clients are looking to have their work taken to the next level - improvements to lyrics, music, performance, arranging, mixing, etc. I've been very fortunate to help out many people over the years in doing just that.

  41. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  42. A: Mix in mono first.

  43. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  44. A: Man... I'll... have to get back to you...

Jef Leeson's general music sample reel

I was the performer, producer & engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

Typically completed in 3 business days, 2 revisions.

GenresSounds Like
  • Marshall Crenshaw
  • Doug Fieger
  • Todd Rundgren
Gear Highlights
  • Neumann
  • AKG
  • Shure
  • Rode & APEX mics; Reaper DAW; custom 64bit recording system; Marshall & Fender amps; Fender
  • Gibson & Takamine guitars
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