SoundGirls Spotlight

Jam Phelps

Music Production Studio Owner

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Durham, NC

How did you become a producer/sound engineer?
I have been a musician for 28 years and began realizing I wanted a music career that didn’t involve touring. I was having trouble finding folks to play with locally so I bought some basic recording gear and a cheap keyboard and decided to create my own music. I then found that I was in love with audio. I practiced, found some folks who let me record them for free, upgraded my gear and eventually went full time in recording, mixing, and music production.

What advice would you give students either going into school or just graduating about getting a job in this industry?
It’s all about building relationships. Join communities and network! The more folks who can help pull you up with them the better.

What are the major qualities required to be a good sound engineer in your opinion?
You have to have good ears. You have to be able to critically listen to sound. You can learn a DAW and gear but if you can’t hear what you need to do you wont be able to move forward. You also have to have people and customer service skills. You can be the best engineer in the world but if no one wants to be around you, it won’t matter.

What is your recording/producing philosophy?
If it sounds good it is good. Each mix has different requirements. There is no “always do this”.

What producers/engineers inspire/inspired you?
Cinnamon Denise is a great friend and huge mentor to me. I am inspired by all the women in this industry kicking butt every day to pave the way for others. Marcella Araica is a huge inspiration to me also, she is a force!

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