Jab Russell

Production, Mixing & Mastering

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I specialize in the big-label top-40s sound. Songwriter, record producer and audio engineer transforming core ideas into polished radio-ready tracks.

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About Jab Russell:
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Based in Toronto and Seattle. Produced for upcoming artists like Michael Joh, Zach Jay, SHAHEER and Austin Rose. Former bassist and keyboardist for Ascendia.
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Sounds similar to The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Adele, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, BTS, TWICE. From up-tempo to down-tempo, electronic to acoustic, you can count on me to push your project just a little further to get that big-label sound. Click the Contact button and let's get started!
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Production:
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We can start with whatever recordings you already have of your project (or it can even be as simple as just lyrics on a page). We'll create the right elements to support the core idea, then massage the whole thing together until it's got that big sound you're looking for.
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Mixing & Mastering:
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I'll start with the multitrack (whether provided by you or from our ongoing production) and carve out space to make everything fit together like puzzle pieces, so you can hear everything clear as day.
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Editing / Comping / Tuning:
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We'll fix blemishes by tuning elements and editing/comping different takes together to get your perfect performance.

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

14 Reviews

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  1. Review by Martin Merenyi
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    Jab was amazing to work with, his production was truly excellent and very well prepared for mixing. We nailed the mix within a few revisions and the results are great. Looking forward to next time!

  2. Review by Bobby John
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    Jab is THE MAN! Killer first gig together. Beast of a track, great songwriting, amazing vision and communication throughout that ultimately brought a fantastic end result. A true pro. Would work for any day and you should too. Easy 6/5!!

  3. Review by Guy Gabriel
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    One of the best guys to work with, the music was great and fun to work on and the communication was super professional and friendly, would love to work with John again and again!

  4. Review by Matt Dougherty
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    GREAT time working with John, thoroughly professional and super detail oriented!

  5. Review by Andres Mayo
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    Working with John has been an excellent experience. Very nice person, delivered everything on time and was patient and respectful with my work. Hope to work with him again soon!

  6. Review by Varun
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    John is a talented producer that knows exactly what he is going for on his projects. He has a great ear and is very thorough. I love the amount of detail that goes into his work.

  7. Review by Alonso Zorrilla Yep
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    by Alonso Zorrilla Yep

    Jab’s attention to detail and ability to translate ideas into finished products are hugely underrated.

  8. Review by Charley
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    by Charley

    I worked with Jab on the first song I've ever tried to write and he was fantastic. He was patient, dealt with all of my bullshit, and had the unique talent of drawing out and polishing musical inspiration from me.

    Jab has an incredibly sensitive (perfect pitch) ear and has the theory and technical understanding to put that to use. His insight in production spans from the high level, abstract song-writing methodologies and structures to the minute flourishes and notes in the middle of a riff. I've learned a lot from working with Jab, and have certainly become a better musician for it.

  9. Review by John Lovatsis
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    by John Lovatsis

    I've worked Jab on multiple projects and have witnessed what he is capable of first hand. First things first, he is a great musician with an advanced ear. He always knows what the song needs and/or what is lacking. He also happens to be a great guy to work with. He will tell you how it is and will make sure the job gets done right.

  10. Review by Evan Thompson
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    by Evan Thompson

    Always a pleasure working with John. He has a way of pushing you to think outside the box and trying new things. I definitely felt like I was becoming a better artist through our sessions.

  11. Review by Billy
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    by Billy

    John is one of the most professional people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. John is extremely talented, he possesses the ability to take your project and elevate it beyond the point you thought possible. He has an immense amount of vision and an exceptional ear. Nothing but praise from my end 🙏

  12. Review by Michael J.
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    John is fantastic to work with and incredibly knowledgable on the music creation process from start to finish. As a producer, he was an invaluable partner in bringing my vision for a track to life. Additionally, as a mixing/mastering engineer, he was able to bring a level of polish to the completed projects that I didn't think was even possible beforehand.

    You can count on John to breathe life into your projects and get you where you want to go, no matter where you're at in the creative process.

  13. Review by Nick Jenner
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    by Nick Jenner

    Working with John made both the creative and technical sides of recording comfortable and fluid, creating an environment that strives for the highest quality without sacrificing the delicate free flow of creation. It’s clear that John’s goal isn’t making a product so much as sharpening and enhancing others’ artistry.

  14. Review by Zach
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    by Zach

    I collaborated with John on two tracks. He puts a really wonderful level of detail into his mixes. It’s great to see someone with a strong understanding of the intricacies of what makes a track great. Highly recommend.

Interview with Jab Russell

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

  2. A: A clean production and polish.

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

  4. A: Hire a specialist rather than a jack of all trades.

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

  6. A: Hit save. a lot.

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: Attention to detail.

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

  10. A: Ideally I try for (1) songwriting/arranging/producing then (2) review/iterating then (3) mixing/mastering then (4) review/iterate.

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

  12. A: Lately it's been where a client has recorded their own vocals and some basic instrumentation, and they come to me to turn that into a full-blown production.

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Terms Of Service

Up to 3 revisions in production, and up to 3 revisions for mixing/mastering. Revisions after that are $25 each. Turnaround time for first version is within a week.

GenresSounds Like
  • Taylor Swift
  • Sam Smith
  • The Weeknd
Gear Highlights
  • Cubase Pro
  • Adam Audio Monitors
  • Sonarworks SoundID Reference
  • Native Instruments
  • Soundtoys
  • and of course Sausage Fattener
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