Jee Juh Contest: Top 25 Finalists Summer 2014

by Mike Lightner on September 15, 2014

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Your beats. On steroids.

by Mike Lightner on September 9, 2014

“You need collaborators that understand songwriting to make the song as good as it can be.”

- Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West keyboard player and co-producer)


Super producers: brand names for big teams
A common misconception about super producers is that they are all mighty beat wizards who just work harder, better, faster and stronger. After more than 20 years in the beat game, I came to find out a not-so-well guarded secret: the name of a super producer is actually a catchy brand name for a broad team of junior (ghost) producers, songwriters, session players, engineers, A&Rs, marketers OVERSEEN by the genius of the super producer. These teams are literally companies. Sad news: you cannot compete with these on your own, producing beats on a laptop from your basement or bedroom. Here are some examples (the list are not perfectly accurate as these teams evolve constantly).

Dr. Dre
•Producers: Dawaun Parker, Mark Batson, DJ Khalil, Mel-Man and Mr. Porter.
•Session players: Mike Elizondo, Scott Storch
•Programmer: Che Pope
•Engineer: Mauricio Iragorri

Kanye West (just the main ones because the list goes on and on!)
•Producers and musicians: Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dawson, Mike Dean
•Other session players: 88-keys
•Engineers: Peter Bischoff, Cary Clark, Ryan Gilligan, Noah Goldstein

•Producers: Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon, Danja
•Session players: Stevie Blacke, Adam Bravin, Andrew Hurley, Jermaine Jennings
•Engineers: Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica, James Barton, Jimmy Douglass, Johan Gustafsson

The Sound of “Radio-Records”
Nowadays, the industry (as well as the public for that matter) wants the final product before investing in an artist. You have to sound like a “million dollar artist” BEFORE majors and labels believe your hype. With this in mind, and because of the fact more and more labels were coming to me for my post-production, session playing and beat mixing abilities, I created to allow artists to get album-ready / radio-ready production on their tracks at very affordable prices. My clients range from labels, signed and independent artists and video production firms. Because I have been around for roughly 15 years, i now work with a team of very talented guitar players, bass players and pianists, all available to take your music to the highest level.

The cost of a Rihanna record
Numerous articles have surfaced online stating that a Rihanna number one hit costs anywhere between $200,000 and $1,000,000! This is for one song ladies and gents. Now, take out marketing which accounts for roughly 70%, writing camps and vocal production and you still get production and mixing costs between $6,000 and $30,000. is there to bridge this insane budget gap for up and coming artists. Packages include sequencing, arranging, session playing, post-production and mixing, all starting at 49.95. So at a fraction of the cost, you could be rapping/singing over instrumentals that sound as good or better than your favorite superstar!

Pay me a visit now at Let’s talk about your next HIT!

Author_JTAbout the author
JT is a 20 year production vet, multi-instrumentalist and mixing engineer. He runs his production and mixing duties as Delicate Beats ( You can also learn some of his mixing, composing and arranging tricks on his Youtube channel:


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