A native of Detroit, aka “The Motor City” and home of the revolutionary Motown Records, Jared Lee Gosselin (J Lee) is the young and gifted super-producer with a phenomenal creative touch and technical aptitude who has contributed to a massive string of hits and to music’s most celebrated artists.
With a resume noting collaborations with India.Arie, Macy Gray, Floetry, Game, Corrine Bailey Rae, Young Jeezy, Keyshia Cole, and Nicole Scherzinger (Pussycat Dolls) to name a few, this extraordinary musician maintains the title of credible and established producer, while transitioning to the forefront as an emerging recording artist.
1.How did you get started in the music and entertainment industry?
I ended up getting a pretty early start, when I was in High School I played in a few bands and got into DJing, playing house parties and doing DJ Battles. My best friend and I decided to go to school for engineering while we were in High School still, while we were in school one of the professors Bob Dennis (Legendarty Motown Mastering Engineer) introduced us to Barrett Strong and Robert Bateman, we ended up interning for them for a few years working with artists that they were developing and writing and producing for.
During the time we were in school we built a studio together in Detroit and started recording all of the local Hip Hop acts in the city, this was prior to Eminem getting signed and becoming one of the biggest artists in the world, see that transformation in the city was incredible. We would record and mix lots of the local talent in that world and space.
From there I was introduced to Proof from D12, I ended up opening up a studio with him and worked on his albums and the D12 projects along with a-lot of the amazing talent in the city that was on the rise. Proof introduced me to a young lady by the name of Dina Rae whom was singing on all of the Eminem records (Superman, Pimp Like Me etc) she ended up getting a deal through Motown UMG so I ended up traveling with her to LA to produce, engineer and DJ for her project.
When I got to LA at this time my attorney Bernie Lawrence Watkins said that I had to meet Dave Pensado, she set up a meeting for me when I got there Dave said “Play your 3 best records” I ended up playing him maybe 10 songs. Dave said he had to introduce me to somebody, that person was Damon Elliott and Forest Whittaker, so I walked in to meet these guys and continued to play them records. I ended up getting offered a production deal and worked on music for many films that Forrest was involved with along with some other that Damon brokered movies like (Fat Albert, First Daughter, Shrek, Shark Tale etc..)
2. When did you know you could make a living at Producing and Engineering?
We worked with JoJo when she was very young like 13yrs old and just breaking, that was pretty incredible to hear such an amazing voice and to be open to pretty much whatever you suggest was amazing. Pure raw talent!
When I was working on the various film projects at Enterprise in Burbank CA Macy walked into the room while I was working on a track and said I want that track your working on. LOL That was literally the beginning of an 8 year working relationship, she said when I start my new album I want you to produce it. I was stoked and a fan of her music, her first album with “I Try” was a favorite of mine.
I remember going back to MI, my first daughter Harmony was just born and I got the call from Macy to come back to LA and start working on the record. We worked on that album for 2 1/2 years before it came out on Geffen/Interscope that was the “BIG” album.
Having good dynamics, you should be able to hear everything that going on, good space and depth.
Crisp and clear..
8. What would be the major reasons to go into a professional studio over a home-recording set-up?
Mixing in a tuned room is really important, you are going to hear things you would not typically hear in your home setup.
Having a good space for vocals also, where your not going to get weird noise or cross talk in the recording. Making sure you have the right microphone for the recording and voice, thats something people don’t always realize. You may have a great mic at your home but it may not suit the artist and voice, having options is a good thing. Put up a few different microphones and see what sounds best for the artist.