Music Production

For Contemporary Roots, Americana, Folk Pop Artists

Production Portfolio

Jadea Kelly

  • Any Old Boat 00:00
  • 10 Roses 00:00

* Producer, mixer, guitars, mandolin, resonator, banjo

* Over 1 million streams on Apple Music
* Cover of Amazon's "Fresh Folk & Acoustic" playlist
* Cover of Spotify "Folk and Friends" and "Renegade Folk" playlists

Dione Taylor

  • How Many times 00:00
  • Running Down The Line 00:00
  • One More Shot 00:00

Producer, Co-Writer, guitars, mandolin, resonator, banjo

* Juno Nominated Blues Album of the Year
* Winner of the Blues and Roots Radio Album of the year

Lindsay Foote

  • NYC 00:00
  • Won't Do Me Any Good 00:00
  • Resting Place 00:00

Producer, guitars, mandolin, resonator, banjo

Aviva Chernick

  • Min Hameitzar 00:00
  • Esta Montanya 00:00
  • La Serena 00:00

Co-producer, guitars, mandolin, resonator, banjo

* Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee World Music Album of the Year 2021

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“I help artists make life-changing albums”

You
You have big artistic ideas and visions, but making a record the way you hear it requires a different skillset than what you have honed as an artist. Perhaps the idea of undertaking a recording project sounds totally overwhelming. For many artists, creating in a vacuum only gets them so far – at some point they need to hand it off and collaborate with someone.  

How I help
My goal is to create an empowering recording experience that catapults your artistry and development.

My music production offers close one-on-one creative collaboration, expert musicianship, organized project management, in a safe and fun creative environment.

How it works
As a producer, I have many roles in your project: from creative collaborator, guitarist/multi-instrumentalist and sonic-universe-creator™, to accountability partner, studio mentor, and project manager.

My job is meet you where you are at right now, and help you to realize and collaborate on your creative vision.

So, whether you are an emerging songwriter or an established recording artist, I’m here to help you make incredible art that you and your fans will treasure for the rest of your life. 

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What the artists say...

“Working with Joel has been absolutely transformational.

I’ve gone from somebody who was writing songs and singing them in my bedroom to somebody who has all these amazing opportunities coming down the road.”
 
 
🔗Kelley Smith
Singer Songwriter

“Joel really dove into the heart of my tune Bandit and brought the best out of it.”

If you’re considering working with Joel, he’s an amazing person and I would highly recommend it”

 

🔗Cynthia Hamar
Singer-Songwriter

Dione Taylor
Dione TaylorRecording Artist
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"Working beside and creating music with Joel is an incredible experience. His perseverance with and dedication to bringing your musical vision into reality is what every artist dreams of in a producer. Joel’s energy and vibe creates a safe and open space for imagination, artistry… and wicked fun! I’m excited and extremely proud of the ‘sound’ that we created on my upcoming album."
Lindsay Foote
Lindsay FooteSinger/Songwriter
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"Joel produced my EP, and he helped me take the project to an entirely new level.

He has amazing musical instincts, and all of his playing, production, and arrangement ideas were perfect. On top of his musicality, he truly listened to me and took to heart what I wanted to do with the project. I felt comfortable sharing my ideas and concerns with him, and because of this the end product felt like a true collaboration.

Joel brings out the best in whoever he works with, and I can't imagine having a better experience with a producer. On top of everything, the whole process was so much fun!! And I'm truly proud of the work we did together."
Jadea Kelly
Jadea KellySinger/Songwriter
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"Having toured, performed and recorded with Joel, I can sincerely attest to his professionalism, open heart and emotional musical ear. He sits, listens and encourages authenticity always. It has always been a great pleasure working with him, as a producer."
Andrea Koziol
Andrea KoziolSinger/Songwriter
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“Joel brings bullseye instincts, huge ears and exacting standards to every project he’s involved in…every note is there for a reason, every sound makes perfect sense and everyone is happy at the end of the session.

Work with him and you’ll see what I mean.”
Justin Gray
Justin GrayMastering Engineer
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"His depth as a musician, combined with his artistic vision, make him a very unique and effective producer

Whether it is helping an artist realize an arrangement, playing guitar parts to augment a recording or helping to manage timelines/budgets, Joel has a comprehensive range of skills that are mandatory for modern music production. I cannot recommend working with Joel enough. From writing and arranging, to playing and tracking, Joel truly has it all."
Aviva Chernick
Aviva ChernickRecording Artist
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"Joel has a phenomenal ear which, married with his imagination, and skill as a musician and producer, brings songs into their full beauty. He helps the songs be realized exactly the way they were meant to be heard all along."
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Bio

Joel Schwartz is a seasoned guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer of award winning records.

With 20 years of experience as a professional musician, he produces recordings for contemporary roots, folk, Americana, blues, and indie musicians.

The recordings he’s played on and produced have won, or been nominated for numerous awards including the Junos, Canadian Folk Music Awards, Western Canadian Folk Music Awards, Ontario Folk Music Awards, Maple Blues Awards, and Blues and Roots Radio Awards.

Joel has toured and/or recorded with: Birds of Chicago, Amelia Curran, Matthew and Jill Barber, Great Lake Swimmers, Royal Wood, Jessica Mitchell, Aviva Chernick, Andrea Koziol, Dione Taylor, Lydia Persaud, Jadea Kelly and many others.

Joel proudly endorses K&K pickups and Neunaber pedals.

Free Guides

The Studio Prep Course

7 part email course with the best ways to prepare your songs for a session

The Home Recording Checklist

This is my free home recording survival guide. 5 page PDF with my best tips for singer songwriters recording at home.

Make art that moves hearts​

Joel Schwartz Production