Producer | Mixer | Engineer
I’ve made a lot of records. I have spent most of my adult life inside of recording studios.
It all started innocently enough. I was 19 years old, working on a B.A. in psychology from Bates College. During the summer, I ventured into a studio in Allston, Massachusetts with my band to make a record. To offset the cost, I began interning at the studio. Vacuuming and cleaning led to assisting on sessions and eventually, sessions of my own.
After graduating, I continued to pursue recording, which eventually led me to New York City. In between major label pop sessions, I would steal back to New England to produce independent records. Eventually, I decided to focus on the independents and move back to Maine.
Since then, I have had the privilege of working in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Boston, and of course, my home – Portland. I have collaborated with artists and labels from all over the country and the world, from Northern Maine to Chennai, India.
Over the years, I have amassed a collection of modern and vintage gear, instruments, and amplifiers. I’m able to use these on every session to inspire and enable performance and capture it with a unique and artistic perspective.
I’ve worked alongside some extraordinarily talented engineers and producers, including Tony Visconti (Bowie, T Rex), Beau Hill (Ratt, Jeremiah Freed), and David “Sluggo” Katz (Gym Class Heroes, Train) and collaborated with the likes of Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon Five), Randy Staub (Metallica, Alice In Chains), Brian Malouf (Michael Jackson, Pearl Jam) and of course, Adam Ayan and Bob Ludwig of Gateway Mastering here in Portland.
Working on a diverse range of projects and genres has taught me the single most important thing about making records: serve the song. No matter what the genre of music, the song will dictate the direction the production needs to take. No defaults, no presets, no shortcuts. Just the ability to listen to a song and the experience to know how to bring it to fruition in its fullest potential on an independent budget.
"Jonathan is the biggest undiscovered star in the Portland music scene. Jon is a multitalented musician/producer/engineer who is world class in every respect. Jon will soon be discovered by the big wigs, so work with him now while you can afford him!"
-Bob Ludwig, Gateway Mastering
"I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Jon Wyman during the As Fast As and 6 Gig projects. He had done quite a bit of preliminary work with both bands that brought them to a point of accomplishment and ability that made my subsequent work with them much easier. If you've heard that old saying "We see so far because we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us." is basically applies to my being able to shine like a genius with As Fast As and 6 Gig only because of Jon Wyman's diligent efforts prior to my joining the team."
-Matt Wallace, Producer (Maroon Five, Faith No More, The Replacements)
"I have always loved working with Jon Wyman. For me, the studio experience can be horrifying, because you immortalize an idea that's in your head. The recorded representation of your music is how it will be forever. That being said; I would let Jon Wyman tattoo my face. That's how much I trust him and his vision."
-Dave Gutter (Rustic Overtones, Armies, Aaron Neville)
"Working with Jon has always been a pleasure. He makes sure the client is comfortable, and feeling at home. We have done four records with Jon, not only is he amazing at what he does, he will find a way to make you laugh if you're getting stressed. I would recommend his services to anyone who is trying to make a top notch recording, and have fun doing it."
-Toby McAllister (Sparks the Rescue)
"I have had the pleasure of making records with Jonathan for over a decade now, and can say that he is one of the finest record producers that I know. Not only is he a gifted record producer and musician (with unrivaled personal skills and musical ears), he also has the talent for knowing just how to make recorded music sound fantastic."
Adam Ayan, Gateway Mastering
For the last 10+ years, I have been so very fortunate to have worked with Jon from the very beginning of my music career and beyond. His extensive knowledge of music, professionalism, and efficacy as a producer and engineer have always given me exactly what I've needed as a writer and vocalist when I've felt musically lost. Even in the moments he unabashedly takes me out of my comfort zone in order to push me as a singer, he consistently maintains a focused and wildly supportive, creative environment. It becomes more clear to me every single session I spend within his aura just how much he genuinely loves what he does.
-Anna Lombard (solo, Armies, Gypsy Tailwind)
"I know that he's going to take my ideas and elevate them to the heavens, and pull out all the best pieces of the song for maximum impact. I actually first went to him right after I signed a major label record deal and he helped create and mix some of the best songs I've ever made. As I was making The Audacity!, I showed a buddy of mine the demos and - citing my ambitious multi-genre approach - he said "You gotta have Jon Wyman mix this." And I did. And we sold a shitload of copies. And people love it. My music wouldn't be what it is without his seemingly effortless wizardry."
"Jon and I did a project for Universal Records and I can honestly say that I could not have done it without him. Great work ethic, great ears, great personality. Mr. Wyman will always get my endorsement!"
-Beau Hill, Producer
Do you record and mix music and want to up your game?
"I learned more in two days than I've learned in years. 10/10 would recommend."
If we work on a project together, chances are, you're gonna meet Watson. He's a rescue pup who came from the good folks at Great Dog Rescue New England. He likes morning walks on the beach, belly rubs, sharing the studio couch with you, and snacks. Dislikes heavy rain and mean dogs.