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Unreleased “Americana Rock”

I can’t wait to share what I’m working on right now, upgrades to my plugin library and some fantastic session players are coming together to make some of the most powerful tracks I’ve ever recorded/mixed..

Brad Curtis Project – Troubled Boy

Brad Curtis takes the time to let his songs develop in the studio – and it shows.  After the foundation is laid (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, drums and bass, and keys), we explore adding details like vocal  harmonies, horns, banjo, and harmonica to different tracks.  The end result are complex mixes and an eclectic album that I am proud to have been a part of.

Beso Negro -Demo

Beso Negro is an up-and-coming group that defies labeling.  They were a riot to work with, full of humor and passionate takes.  The finished product was created on a budget but still possesses the polish that reflects the professionalism of the band.

Yoni London – You In Mind

As a studio that offers rates that are an exceptional value, I often work with clients who want to accomplish a lot really fast.  This project took advantage of my rates in  a way that I wish more artists would:  He had a reasonable budget to work with, but rather than use it up rapidly somewhere more expensive, he was able to afford to record until every song had a take that was as magical as he could imagine.  And it really shows in the finished product.  Every lyric is delivered in a way that is at the same time powerful and natural.

t-LAS – Self Titled Debut

t-Las is one of the most well-rounded artists I have had the pleasure of working with.  He lays down a song in Logic in about 90 minutes, no loops mind you, all performed on keyboard.  We revise as the song evolves.  He raps, he sings, he composes, and he performs the music.  And all with enthusiasm for his vision and an open mind to input from me as co-producer.

Sammy P – Stay On My Grind

I worked on Sammy P for three LP’s, this was my favorite.  Nothing against the other two, but for me this was the album where Sammy first began to realize his full potential as a rapper and part-time singer.  And the excitement of hitting his stride for the first time, really performing like a pro, can be felt in his delivery and songwriting of this time.

Sol Bridge – The Naked Truth

This was one of my first LP’s, and it was a “Long Play” indeed!  Extended jams and an inspired band made this a project I will always fondly remember.  Sol Bridge has taken on a number of forms since, but the spirit that lies in these insightful lyrics remains the same.  MP3 samples of this project are on the way – I had trouble finding my copy of the abum!

Fiji Rootz San Francisco – Far From Home

This project began with the songwriter and his supporting vocalists tracking to a Yamaha keyboard performing all the music (at once!).  We went back after the vocals were complete and brought in session players to make an LP that has had radio play in major radio markets in Fiji.

Dyllan Hersey

Dyllan’s project was on a tight budget, so we had to work with what we came up with in two half-day sessions.  Fortunately she was able to shine many times during those sessions.  These are “live” performances, meaning we tracked the guitar and vocals together.

Let’s discuss your project today… call me at 415-754-3344 or email me at smilinjames@gmail.com.