A  Shane Ramsay Article

JIMMY DOUGLASS

Grammy Award Winner and 2017 Grammy Award nominee for  his work mixing on Jay-Z's 4:44 Album.

Portland Metro Records sits down for an exclusive interview with Jimmy " The Senator" Douglass.

Intro and interview by Shane Ramsay of Portland Metro Records

 

"The Senator" Jimmy Douglass on the road to the Grammy's. Grammy winning engineer + producer.

Who has worked with artist including Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and I will stop there, your portfolio of artists is too amazing.  As a fan I love how you share in your wins with your friends and family. I felt the excitement when you worked with Pharrell Williams and I remember going to work inspired to chase my dreams. It is contagious. From the records success and the attention from the Grammy's, hard work always pays off. Now you are enjoying the success of the Jay-Z album 4:44. Congrats Jimmy, well earned and well done! Let's talk about it.

 

 

53RD ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS (2010)

BEST R&B ALBUM

Wake Up!

 

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Shane: Going to the big show, do you try and stay with the celebration of all you hard work and enjoy the evening or is it more a networking event?

 

Jimmy: A bit of both, to see people I know, and to unwind and enjoy the evening of celebration.

 

 

Shane: What would be the best advice you could give a passionate young producer just starting out?

 

Jimmy: Believe in you and what you do, admire the game and use it as a guide as to the rules of the road, but don't get caught up in the hype. Do what you do, and do it for yourself first and foremost because you enjoy it. everything else will follow when you are comfortable with who you are and where you are in the game.

 

 

Albums Mixed by Jimmy

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Shane: Do you try and keep a 9-5 regular schedule? And yes I do mean a 9pm- 5am.

 

Jimmy: Keeping a regular schedule is tough to do and stay on top of the competition. This is a 24/7 365 days a year job, if you're not in it like that, the machine will find somebody else who is .. sometimes it's more about how fast can you do it, than how well can you do it .

 

 

Shane: You are well known for adding your sound to a record. Is there a structure or Industry standard you have with the tracks you work on?

 

Jimmy: This is the mystery of mysteries to me. I add whatever I do, totally by ear and not by standard,(whatever that would be ) when it feels good for me , I pass it on to the listener.

 

 

50TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS (2007)

BEST DANCE RECORDING

LoveStoned/I Think She Knows

 

 

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Shane: What is your advice for young producers giving away production for free?

 

Jimmy: With the modern state of the art, it's not a big deal to make stuff (beats ) and I assume you mean beat makers, not record arranging top line song producers. Beats are cheap easily a dime a dozens, sometimes, that free giveaway could be your key to being put on.. it's just a beat , make another one.. you can't hold on and sell all those beats you've got, unless you get that hit, then the rules and the advice changes.

 

 

Shane: When artists work with you, how do you know when to give your opinion?

 

Jimmy: Experience and instinct..

 

Albums Engineered by Jimmy

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Shane: How do you prepare for a session?

 

Jimmy: It depends on the session, and my involvement in it. mixing , I have my assistants prep the session, then I go to work.

 

 

Shane: What do you do when the energy is not there or you can hear you are not capturing the emotion you know the artist wants on the record?

 

Jimmy: When it's not there, I go away from it and do something else, and try another time when I might have the needed Ideas and fresh energy to bring it home.

 

 

Shane: Do you ever reflect and just say WOW! ?

 

Jimmy: On occasion when you really nail it good, sometimes I sit back in awe and enjoy and silently do the wow, pretty good work.

 

49TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS (2006)

BEST DANCE RECORDING

Sexy Back

 

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Shane: If you had to guess, how many songs have you worked on?

 

Jimmy: More than 444, less than a million

 

 

Shane: How would you describe your sound?

 

Jimmy: I would describe my sound, as round warm , yet clear , and overall just cohesive.

 

 

 

I can not thank you enough for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk with me.

A thousand thank you's,

Shane

Portland Metro Records

 

 

 

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