We had the good fortune of connecting with JASON SOUDAH and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi JASON, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
My favorite quote/affirmation is “Leap and the net will appear” which is a Zen saying that I first heard at the end of a Jason Mraz verse in “Make It Mine” and then when I looked that up I found its origin.
I love this because whenever I’ve been at a crossroads in my life and or career, I’ve taken leaps and thankfully things have usually got better as a result. Of course, please bear in mind the caveat that this isn’t always possible and I know that as someone who is making a living from music in Los Angeles I am in a privileged situation and I know that there are many circumstances beyond anyone’s control that may make this not possible for them to do so, so I don’t want to trivialize hardships and constraints, or blame anyone who hasn’t been able to take such risks, but for me this saying is at the very least inspirational and comforting.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have a multi-faceted career, playing different roles and offering an array of services within the entertainment industry, as a musician and sound engineer, with a focus in post-production. I am a composer, songwriter, vocalist, pianist, guitarist, synth programmer, sound designer, mix engineer, and mastering engineer. I am also working occasionally as a music editor! I think this is one facet that sets me apart – that I can be of help in different ways to different collaborators and the breadth of my work has allowed me to keep my studio active – this was particularly apparent during the worst periods of the Covid-19 Pandemic, once my work in scoring for movies and television had come to an end, since no new productions were happening at the time, I was able to keep working by expanding on my engineering skills, completing a course in mastering by a world class engineer from the UK, Streaky, which opened up so many doors to me and massively expanded my horizons. Of course, some would argue that it is better to do one thing and focus on that, but I have always been interested in continuously learning more about more, I can’t help it!! And I think at least in the current climate, it has been invaluable – even if just doing more than one thing or one style, that can help keep you busy. I also do everything I do with relentless pursuit of perfection, in the work and in making sure my collaborators and or clients are beyond happy with what I’m delivering them – as they will tell you, I don’t do things by halves and go all in!!
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
There are a LOT of great things to do in LA! The longer I’ve lived here, the more I’ve learned and there’s so much left even after living here now almost 13 years! I love hiking up to the Griffith Observatory and looking down over the city, especially around sunset. The twinkling lights mixed with this awesome purplish light up there is incredible. Runyon Canyon. Studio tours (Warners and Universal are the only ones I have done so far). For tacos I LOVE Escuela on Beverly Blvd. Jones Cafe for dinner and drinks. Blackwood Coffee. Abbot Kinney and the canals in Venice. Santa Monica. Guitar Center on Sunset. Paradise Cove. Driving up the 1 as far as you can! Trader Joe’s. Sunset Tower Bar for a swanky dinner. Natasha Fascia for an intense bodywork therapeutic massage. Elwoo hair if you need a stylish haircut and or beard trim! Rockstar Rover if your dogs need a haircut! The Arclight (when it reopens woohoo).
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I first started answering this question detailing everyone who has played a major part in my development musically and personally, and helped me in my career, but after several pages and still having left people out, I’ll try to summarize! My supportive wife who has been amazing through this rollercoaster, my family and friends, teachers (especially music teachers), mentors, fellow musicians and creatives, those who have taken chances on me, my friends in the entertainment business and those who have referred me to others, communities of fellow producer/engineers such as Control Room (Romesh Dodangoda) and The Studio Lounge (Dan Korneff/Korneff Audio), and everyone who has opened even the most coveted doors to me. Thank you! You all know who you are 🙂