Make art that moves hearts

Music production for singer-songwriters who are ready to take a leap forward in their artistic growth. 

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Testimonials

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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.”
 
Dione Taylor
Recording Artist
 

“Joel is a one-of-a-kind musician, and he takes great care in his ability to create. His warm, unique approach to music is unmatched. He’s able to fill the space and add layers effortlessly.”

Jessica Mitchell
Singer/songwriter

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.”

Lindsay Foote
Singer-Songwriter

“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 and a good friend.”

Jadea Kelly
Singer/Songwriter

“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.”
 
Aviva Chernick
Recording Artist
 
“I have had the pleasure of working with Joel in a wide range of musical settings. 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.”
 
Justin Gray
Producer/Mastering Engineer
“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.
 
Andrea Koziol
Singer/songwriter

Awards for productions

BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(NOMINEE 2021 JUNO AWARDS)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR WINNER
(2020 BLUES AND ROOTS RADIO)

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
(NOMINEE 2020 MAPLE BLUES AWARDS)

 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR 
(NOMINEE 2020 MAPLE BLUES AWARDS)

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR 
(NOMINEE 2020 MAPLE BLUES AWARDs)

WORLD ALBUM OF THE YEAR 
(NOMINEE 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards)

TOP 25 JAZZ ALBUMS OF 2020
(JazzFM)

Clients

My background

My passion and calling in life is producing music for singer-songwriters.

I’ve spent years touring clubs, theaters, and festivals the world over with major artists. I’ve recorded at studios from NYC to Nashville, and played on dozens of critically acclaimed albums and film scores.

These experiences gave me the incredible opportunity to discover my artistic voice, record amazing albums, and to learn deeply about the music industry.

All that work has lead me to building a studio and offering singer songwriters the world world the opportunity to elevate their sound and achieve an incredible musical vision.

What you get

Remove blocks to create your most remarkable work

Collaborate on your artistic vision

Develop your songs and arrangements with expert feedback

Create and explore new terrain in a safe and supportive space

Assemble a world-class team to achieve incredible results

Grow as an artist and develop your career

Make the process super fun and meaningful

Four steps. One great result.

Step 1

GET IN TOUCH

*  Discuss your goals and vision.
*  Determine your budget
*  Find solutions to obstacles

Step 2

PRE-PRODUCTION

*  Choose the songs to record.
*  Refine the arrangements.
* Record scratch tracks

Step 3

PRODUCTION

*  Fill out your songs with awesome instrumentation
*  Experiment with sounds
*  Record final vocals

Step 4

POST-PRODUCTION

*  Mix and master to your song so it’s ready for commercial release!

Song Stories

Interviews about the creative process with producer Joel Schwartz and the artists he works with

Does remote recording stand up to working together in studio?
Singer-songwriter Lindsay Foote and Producer Joel Schwartz discuss the creative process of remote collaboration and the production of Foote’s new single, Guarded Heart.
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From idea to award winning concept album
Singer-songwriter Dione Taylor and Producer Joel Schwartz discuss the creative process in making Dione’s Juno nominated Spirits in the Water.
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Press

The Vinyl Anachronist
“The musical arrangements are also endlessly intriguing, full of subtle surprises and tiny little details that capture your heart for just a fleeting moment."

Marc Phillips in Music
Roots Music Canada
“[Aviva’s voice] emerges vividly amidst the subtle architecture of layered and reverberant instrumentation constructed by guitarist and co-producer Joel Schwartz.”

Paul Corby
JazzFM
Dione Taylor hits the sweet spot with her own brand of music she calls the “Prairie blues.” Aided by young producer Joel Schwartz, the songs and sounds of Spirits in the Water are authentic and engaging. Dione Taylor really hit the mark with this one, and she has international acclaim to show for it. 

Danny Marks
Toronto Blues Society
For fans of slick, cinematic river-bank blues, Spirits in the Water is your ticket. And, one might say, essential listenin’.

Brad Barker
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Joel Schwartz is a seasoned guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, and award winning producer.

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

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.

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 proudly endorses K&K pickups and Neunaber pedals.

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