Mixer Jason Moss is a best-kept secret among today’s most innovative music makers. His top-tier mixing skills are shaping the sound of the latest generation of hip/hop, dance, EDM, and indie rock, helmed by artists like Anais Aida, Spadez, Kellee Maize, Shawn Singh, Town Hall, and Steady Sun.
A classically trained vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Jason’s shared the stage with legendary musicians like Max Weinberg (Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan), Aaron Brooks (Moby, Lou Reed), and Tony Tino (De La Soul, Gavin DeGraw). In 2009, he sang at a sold-out concert in Carnegie Hall. Jason’s multi-faceted musical background enables him to be a creative confidant for artists. “I start every mix with a conversation. I sit down with the artist; we listen to the track and share ideas. If I think it might sound better without the ad-libs in the bridge or with a shorter intro, I say so. I try to make music more accessible, cohesive, and compelling.”
Growing up, Jason struggled in the vapid music scene of Danville, California – a suburban town so small that it was omitted from most maps. “The nearest music venue was miles away, and every store was closed by 9PM. I found a few kids who made music – we’d record songs in my garage.”
As Jason’s recording skills flourished, he began to develop an acute ear for sonic quality. Inspired by the clarity and depth achieved by legendary mixers like Chris Lord-Alge, Michael Brauer, and Dave Pensado, Jason set out in relentless pursuit of studio-quality sound. “I bought every recording and mixing book around, scoured the Internet, and started spending fifty, maybe sixty hours mixing a single song.”
In 2010, Jason’s mixes caught the attention of Jeff Rabhan, Chair of the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music in New York City. Jeff invited Jason to join the institute’s exclusive incoming class of 32 students, where he would be schooled in the craft of record making from world-renowned producers, mixers, and engineers. “It was such an honor to be invited to study the techniques used to craft music’s most acclaimed records.”
At the Clive Davis Institute, Jason further honed his mixing skills through mentorships with legendary mixers, including Bob Power (A Tribe Called Quest, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu), Kevin Killen (Bob Dylan, Tori Amos, U2) and Nick Sansano (Public Enemy, Sonic Youth). He also amassed a comprehensive understanding of the music business, marketing, and branding – knowledge that Jason calls upon when positioning artists in today’s crowded music marketplace. “Before I start a mix, I listen to tracks by other artists that share a similar sound or aesthetic. I deconstruct each mix and look for commonalities – are they all using a specific type of reverb, or treating the vocals the same way? Given this information, I make decisions during the mix process that set my artist apart sonically from their competition.”
A devout music fanatic, Jason’s up-to-the-minute taste has continued to expand since his arrival in New York. “I had heard all the hits, so I started immersing myself in deep cuts by artists like Kanye West, Beyonce, Drake, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, and Skrillex. Following the latest music helps me craft mixes that sound fresh and current.”
A frequent contributor to Gearslutz.com and heavily engaged in social media, Jason supports up-and-coming music makers by sharing mixing tips, tricks, and techniques. “It’s critical for me to support the community that helped me get to where I am today.”
Jason continues to cement his place as a serious force behind music’s most cutting-edge artists. An impassioned advocate for sonic quality and innovative artistry, Jason is forever changing the face of recorded music – one mix at a time.
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