Jon Brown is a 2X GRAMMY nominated, multiplatinum music producer / writer, that has helped craft music for top selling recording artists. P!nk, Eminem, The Black Eyed Peas, Jaheim, and many more. Jon is one of the few multi-genre producers, that combines both traditional musicality, killer songwriting, and a deep understanding of classic & bleeding edge technology. His works have been used on TV shows and networks such as American Idol, CSI, Nashville, VH1, The Hub, and more.
He was born in LA, and raised in Westlake Village, CA, just north of Los Angeles and started playing the drums at a mere 5 years old. At 16, he played guitar in bands that opened for Hoobustank, and was greatly influenced by similar acts like Incubus, Linkinpark, and Audiovent that all were initially seeded in the same community . Simultaneously he studied Jazz privately and hosted countless open ended jam sessions out of his parents garage with local musicians. He is the son of a former rock & roll drummer turned concert promoter in the 1970′s, and has deep roots in the industry through his uncle Jerome Cohen who was an entertainment attorney in Los Angeles representing acts like Black Oak Arkansas, and The Grassroots. Jon went on to become a graduate of the prestegious Berklee College of Music’s music production & sound engineering program ’03 in Boston, MA.
In the beginning, he got his start by building custom PC/Protools systems for Emoto Music, the Steve Harvey Show, and interning for Arrested Development’s composer David Schwartz. Shortly after he met his first mentor: electronic music pioneer, composer, and technologist BT (N’SYNC, Fast and the Furious, Monster) . It was shadowing him for a year that he learned the meticulous craft of time correction, synthesis, and programming. Still fascinated with the business side of the industry, he worked for Atlantic Records under Mike Carren for a year in the A&R department bringing heavyweight aftermath producer Dawaun Parker in to help finish TI’s critically acclaimed album, “KING”. Shortly after, Jon shifted gears for a more creative roll in the studio when he worked with Grammy Award Winning percussionist Luis Conte Sr. (Phil Collins, James Taylor) on a remix album that was unreleased on Rounder Records. It was in Luis’s studio that he learned about latin, cuban, and reggae music, and got to sit in and participate creatively in sessions with the legendary Ziggy Marley.
This exposure to top notch latin music and technical experience proved valuable when he was approached by members of The Black Eyed Peas to help run and operate WILL.I.AM’s original recording studio in Atwater Village, the “Stewchia” where he crafted the album “Elephunk”. It was here that Jon began recording countless celebrity and A List pop artists / writers such as: The Black Eyed Peas, Pitbull, Chris Brown, Omarion, Frankie J, Jessie Mcartney, Ozomatli, Natalia Kills, Rusko, Makeeba Roddick, Jean Bapteste, Paperboy, and many many more. During these two years, Jon got a chance to learn and be in the studio for hours on end with WILL.I.AM. This experience, writing, producing, and getting his music critiqued proved invaluable to his creative process. If there’s two things he learned from Will, it was to be fearless during the creative process, and the art of simplicity. Being able to sit in on a session with the late Whitney Houston was by far one of his surreal experiences to date.
Shortly after cutting his teeth with The Black Eyed Peas, Jon established Archwood Music in 2007 as a privately owned recording studio based out of legendary actress Marilyn Monroe’s former residence in the Van Nuys Historic District of Los Angeles, CA. Three months after leaving the Black Eyed peas, serial hit music producer Jonathan “JR” Rotem (Rihanna, Britney Spears, Leona Lewis, Sean Kingston, Jason Derulo) heard some of the work Jon was producing and finally signed him to a co-publishing venture in 2009 on his newly created company Beluga Heights and Universal / Rondor Music International. It was here and at Chalice Recording Studios that Jon spent the next few years developing artists under his Warner Bros. Records imprint Beluga Heights: Sean Kingston, Iyaz, Mann, Auburn, Chloe Leighton, Livvi Franc, Romance on a Rocketship, The Readyset, and more. Hundreds of songwriting sessions later, Jon emerged with his first Grammy placement with R&B artist Jaheim in 2010 – and a mixing skillset that is unique and sought after. Shortly after, Jon helped youtube sensation, Karmin, develop their brand identity in their very early stages of their career by producing both music and viral videos with 15million+ views that would help secure a hefty recording contract with Sony / Epic Records. It was around this time, Jon formed a friendship with Danny Keyz (Eminem, Game, Emelie Sande) who introduced him to DJ Khalil (Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, Eminem). It was with DJ Khalil and his band The New Royales that Jon then collaborated on P!nk’s album “The Truth about Love” in 2012. Shortly after Archwood Music became used exclusively for Jon’s personal projects, and handpicked clients including Jaymes Young, Jonoval, Sophia Danai, Ash Riser, Monte Juliette, and many many more under Ubilam Music Publishing / BMI.
As a producer, Jon’s biggest proven asset is being a “finisher”. He is someone that can notice raw talent and take an artist through the entire creative process of having a successful final product for a particular market. In addition to owning and operating Archwood Music, Jon pays it forward by mentoring students and teaching audio engineering in the IAP (Independent Artist Program) at the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA.