Recording Connection student Jordan Robertson: burgeoning music producer
Jordan Robertson of Baton Rouge, Louisiana has loved music as long as he can remember: “I bet I have music notes in my DNA,” he says. From an early age, he says, he was plucking out movie themes on the piano, and took an interest in producing music for film.
As he came of age, however, he knew he needed to refine his production chops and get some training. He dreamed about working with Grammy-nominated music producer Devon Kirkpatrick (Jay Z, Timbaland) at Sockit Studio, one of Baton Rouge’s most noted recording studios. To his amazement, when he started researching audio schools and found the Recording Connection, he discovered that Devon happened to be one of our most acclaimed mentors! At that point, enrolling in the program was a no-brainer.
From the moment he set foot in the studio, Devon started showing Jordan how to improve his own mixes, starting with a track Jordan had brought into the studio.
“[It] was an orchestral-type piece,” says Jordan, “and he noticed the panning of the cellos and instruments. He recommended how I should pan those particular instruments…“[I was also] using too many stereo tracks on one project, like when you played my mix back in mono, most of my instrumentation was gone…I didn’t even know about that at the time.”
Jordan and his mentor hit it off well, and Jordan even stayed on after his initial apprenticeship (externship) to do the master’s program with Devon. “The master’s program is excellent,” he says. “[It’s] focusing more on the fundamentals skills you learned in the bachelors program, but focusing more on the mixing-recording-mastering side.”
From there, Jordan began building his career as a producer, not only putting his new skills to use but also thinking creatively, like an entrepreneur. Current projects on the burner include working with Baton Rouge funk band The Easy, Christian hip-hop artist Rock, and a collaboration with a Brazilian producer on some reggaeton tracks. Additionally, Jordan has launched his own website, Fiya Records Productions, where clients can upload their tracks directly to be mixed.
As busy as he is these days, Jordan hasn’t lost sight of his long-term dream of composing and producing film music; but he’s grateful for his new production/engineering skills and knows they will carry him for the long haul.
“Being a music producer as a career, if the song doesn’t do very well, you still have the side of recording, which is pretty much a never-ending career,” he says, “because clients and people always need to record.”