J Why Music
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I am a music producer and composer based in New York City. Versatile and wide ranging, I work in many styles of music from jazz and electronica, to hip hop, rock and soul. Originally a drummer, I excel at holding it down and helping musicians achieve their musical aspirations with an empathetic, discerning, and astute ear. As a composer, I work collaboratively with artists of all different backgrounds (film, theater, dance, and television) to marry music with their artistic visions.
I am seeking a simple, bold, and creative logo that conveys my core identity traits of:
Good listener - first audience for a musician, learns all sides of a situation
Analyst - Solves musical problems
Empathetic - Ability to be in other people’s shoes
Grounded - Down to earth, holding it down
Versatile - knowledge of history/styles/genres, rhythm, timbres
No nonsense - tells it like it is, illuminates truth
Brand essence: Bridging worlds (As producer: bridging between art & commerce. As composer: bridging between rhythm & melody, sound & image.)
You can listen to some samples of my work below to get a taste of my sound-world (some is music I composed and/or performed, some is by other artists with me in the producer role).
I work with musicians of all styles and genres to help them realize their musical aspirations. I also write original scores for film, television, theater, dance, puppetry, and other musicians.
In the past few years I was the drummer for the Spanglish Rock band, Caramelize; produced records for post-jazz artists Benny Lackner and Hillary Maroon; and wrote scores for choreographer Sasha Welsh and film-maker Amir Bar-Lev. I am about to launch my website JWhyMusic.com and begin work on a new record release.
The brand/customer relationship is: A trusted friend with good judgment who tells it like it is.
I am seeking a strong LOGO with WORD MARK.
I believe in letting the designer do their job and bring their own creative talents to bear. I’m open to many interpretations and designs. The only restriction is that I *do not* want any question marks in the logo design (Why is enough of a question). In a general sense, these are my requirements for the logo:
3. Striking (of course)
4. Look good in Black & White
5. Look good in all sizes: from small on the spine of a CD case (ie. 1/4” high) to LARGE on a t-shirt or web page
6. Logo can stand alone, independent of the word mark