Who is James Paul Wisner?
James Paul Wisner has produced bands like New Found Glory, Dashboard Confessional, Under Oath, Further Seems Forever, Thirty Six Crazy Fists, and The Academy Is.
“I really like the indie rock scene and have spent a great deal of time creating a niche in this area of music. My commitment is to create music of excellence where the purity of the art comes through and is authentic to the band/artist’s expression and vision, and to bring each artist beyond who they thought they’d be in an empowering way.I’m broadening the scope of my productions to include alternative music, hard rock, pop, mainstream rock, and hard core. The main thing for me is just that I really dig the music and the artists.”
James Wisner got his start in producing at the age of thirteen following his father’s footsteps, “Jimmy the Wiz.” James’ dad worked with artists like Tony Bennett, Fabian, and Len Berry and the Cowsills. James credits both his parents, his love of music, his intense listening and study of productions and trial and error as a producer of over twenty-four years for his knowledge and experience. James got his start when his mom asked him to make a demo in his father’s studio in the basement of the house.
“I used a four track. This must have been around 1978. About a year and a half later I started producing, engineering and mixing my own music in a studio built by my mom and step dad in South Florida. They did a major build out of the garage and created a professional studio for me. I was about fifteen at the time. Man, I lived in that studio. That was really all I did for much of my growing up.”
Influences in James’ productions while always changing can be summed up in the work of Pink Floyd, The Wall, and Stone Temple Pilots, #4. Be sure to check out James’ favorite albums of all times. Influences in James’ writing are the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, specifically #2 and #4 of Led Zeppelin and Magical Mystery Tour and The White Album from the Beatles.
“I am totally stoked by producers like Brendan O’Brien who I think has an inescapable balance of what’s raw in the music with what sells as a production. George Martin is innovative and classy while Trevor Horn has a masterful ability to create new, innovative vibes. Daniel Lonois creates unusual emotional vibes while maintaining the soul of the artist/band and Steve Lillywhite, to put it simply, is one of the best. He’s just freakin’ phenomenal.”
With a Gold Record for “The Places You Have Come To Fear the Most” as well as an MTV2 award for Dashboard Confessional and now a Dove Award nomination for Under Oath’s “They’re Only Chasing Safety” James’ commitment to excellence and fresh vision continues to propel him into the limelight.