We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeffery Alan Jones and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jeffery Alan, we’d love to hear what makes you happy.
Working on my creative projects and being in the moment. I sacrificed many things in life and took the time to work on my craft. The passion was always there; resistance would have been futile. I love it so much that I never felt like it was work, and I still don’t today. Everything I’m doing now culminates where I started and where I’m going. It’s immersing myself in every step of the creative process.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a composer, sound designer, and re-recording mixer – a triple threat, haha! I have combined all three disciplines into a unique skill that serves every aspect of a movie soundtrack. I’ve always been fascinated by sound. I grew up near the beach and loved listening to the waves and surfing as much as possible. I was also in the Boy Scouts, and we ventured into the wilderness, backpacking, rock climbing, and canoeing several times a year. The incredible sounds of nature and the ever-changing seasons stimulated my imagination and creativity in many ways. Naturally, I loved music and studied diligently as a pianist and drummer. My love for music went hand-in-hand with my passion for sound. Nothing beats discipline, sacrifice, and hard work. Many great athletes and artists will tell you the same thing; they will outwork everybody. So, I studied very hard. I worked even harder. I sacrificed many things in life and took the time to work on my craft.
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.
I would start in the early morning with a trip to the beach. Surf session in order! After a dip in the ocean, I would head over to Ivy at The Shore for a fantastic brunch. Then it’s time for a tour of my studio, Alan Audio Works – jam session to follow! We would end this amazing day at my favorite restaurant in town, Bestia.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I couldn’t have done anything meaningful in my life without the love and encouragement from my mom, Mary Lou Jones. She was always supportive of whatever I chose to do. She was a giving creative force of nature and an incredible optimist. She taught me to embrace gratitude and the positive in every situation. On the musical front, there were many wonderful mentors in my life. Edith Hirshtal, my classical piano instructor in college, I had tremendous experiences at the Dick Grove School of Music, where I honed my commercial composition, arranging, and jazz piano skills. Other significant influences in my life were Terry Trotter, Robert Stevens, and Eckhart Tolle.