|Producer - Jason Alan Johnson
|Something Tan, by
Esquevez, was the first
album containing Jason Alan
Johnson's production. He
collaborated with the band
on several tracks and
produced the track entitled,
"The Story of Joe".
Johnson produced the track,
"Eden" on SoZe's "Seeking
The Muse". He collaborated on
the album's other tracks, and
handled all executive
production for the project.
When Seeking The Muse was
near completion, SoZe signed
a record deal with an Indy
label called Wail Records.
"The fundamentals of my recording method are not only used in record production, but also in recording studio design. I have
designed home studios for many independent musicians and businesses across the country. Many of the world's best musicians are
independent. The vast majority of those musicians will never become successful independent recording artists.
As CEO of Art Beyond Audio, I hope to change this.
As you continue to explore this website, you will learn the fundamentals of my recording method, and you will have access to the
Art Beyond Audio Group, though discussion forms at the bottom of each page. Please feel free to ask questions or to challenge my
- Jason Alan Johnson
Johnson's first book, "The
Record Producer", shares my
experience within the music
industry as the digital music
revolution began. It describes
specific recording concepts
and philosophies which he
developed with the help of
numerous professional record
producers and engineers.
However, Johnson pulled this
book of the market when he
released "Big Time
Techniques for the Small
Time Record Producer".
The $200.00 album... As a record producer, the challenge is
always to achieve the best possible sound, less expensively and in less
time. The Johnson Recording Method was developed with this in mind.
At Johnson's seminars on the recording method, many of the attendees
were sceptical. Some said, "It can't be that simple." Johnson decided to
prove that that his recording method is the cheapest and most efficient
way to produce an album. So he wrote, recorded, mastered and
internationally distributed a full album on a budget of 200 dollars.
The album entitled, Numbers.
Jason Alan Johnson has been popular a Berklee College of Music alumnus and a prominent
studio musician. He has owned two large, commercial recording studios, and an audio visual
company. He has vast experience using professional audio equipment, as well as designing and
constructing elaborate audio setups. He has run sound for two US presidential speeches.
Today, Johnson is a successful record producer and author. He is widely known for his book
entitled “Big Time Techniques for the Small Time Record Producer”.
Johnson comes from a family of recording artists. The most notable are his grandmother and
grandfather. His grandmother, Teresa Botial Richardson, signed with Motown Records in the
1960's. His grandfather, George "Pepe" Grant, signed with Atlantic Records. An inductee in
the Doo Wop Hall of Fame, George founded the Castilles, and led the famous Ink Spots with
his distinct singing voice. George’s voice is considered the first example of the high tenor lead
that helped delineate the genre.
Johnson started taking piano lessons at the age of seven. In his teenage years, he became a drummer and keyboard
percussionist performing solos at Carnegie Music Hall. He attended Mt. Lebanon High School, which has one of the most
prestigious percussion departments in the country, and was playing professionally by age 16. Johnson studied marimba at
Berklee, until one of his professors, Dave Samuels, discovered his extraordinary talent for the drumset. At Samuels’
suggestion, Johnson changed his principle instrument to drumset. At Berklee, Johnson’s drumming became highly sought-
after for recording sessions in Berklee studios. There, he discovered an intense passion for the recording arts.
At 21, he was doing recording sessions at Avatar studios in Manhattan. Avatar is a multi-million dollar facility used by many
world-famous recording artists. Johnson studied mixing techniques under head engineer, Anthony Rutolo. Johnson designed
and constructed his own commercial facility in Pittsburgh called Power Pye. There, he started producing records. He also
invested in a mobile recording studio and an AV company. He produced recordings for theater companies, orchestras,
national and regional acts, and sound tracks for film. After two years, Power Pye merged with a competing studio called
AAM. The merger resulted in the largest recording facility in the Pittsburgh area, with multiple control rooms, tracking rooms
and isolation booths. Johnson became a major player in the Pittsburgh music scene.
He relocated to the west coast and started producing his own records in studios in Hollywood and Scottsdale. He also
consulted on the designs for other recording studios, and taught a seminar on record production. Johnson became a
prominent drummer and a well-respected member of the local music community in the Phoenix area. In early 2012, he
published “Big Time Techniques for the Small Time Record Producer” which described his methods for recording and
selling independent records. The book has been a tremendous success and quickly became a #1 best seller in the music