Creating Space for Artistry | with Producer John Velasquez - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 89

Published on:

3rd May 2023

Creating Space for Artistry | with Producer John Velasquez

Today’s guest is music producer, songwriter, and mix engineer John Velasquez. John has gone being signed to Cherrytree Records as a member of the band Max and the Moon to working behind the glass as a producer and songwriter for artist such as Zella Day, Lindsey Black, Ella Vos, and Vacations. We have a great chat about what skills make a producer irreplaceable in the room, why creating your own sounds and samples ages way better than using presets and splice loops, how to create a safe space for artists to be authentic, and when he learned the best way to collaborate is to never try to satisfy your own needs or ego.

πŸ—’ In this episode we'll dig in on... πŸ—’

  • Chase the art and the money comes
  • The importance of being a great hang in the studio
  • Staying authentic as an artist
  • Advice for signing a record deal
  • Learning how to collaborate
  • Create like a child, edit like a scientist, detach like a warrior
  • Finding your tribe
  • Playing in Max and the Moon
  • Signing to management
  • Remote songwriting
  • Keeping your ego out of the room
  • Understanding how many projects you can take on
  • Applying business knowledge to your music career

πŸŽ™ Travis' Intro πŸŽ™

The Truth About Networking

🎢 ... Listening Recommendation 🎢

Lili Joy -

Twain -

Jackie Marchal -

Polo & Pan -

πŸ—£ Mentioned in the Interview πŸ—£

πŸ‘‰ Learn More About ... πŸ‘ˆ



πŸ“’ Our Sponsors πŸ“’

Listen to Secret Sonics!

Sign Up for Complete Producer Network!


Connect with Me:

πŸ“¬ Newsletter:

πŸ“Έ Instagram:


🐦 Twitter:

🌐 Website:

πŸ™ Leave a Review or Rating πŸ™




Guest: John Velasquez

Host: Travis Ference

Editor: Stephen Boyd

Theme Music: inter.ference

Show artwork for Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

About the Podcast

Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Host Travis Ference chats with music producers, engineers, mixers, artists, musicians, and songwriters about the tips, tricks, mindsets, and ideas that helped them define their careers.
Conversations exploring creativity, productivity, and career growth in the music industry. Join in each week as Travis sits down with some of the industry’s best and brightest to discuss the mindsets and strategies that they use in their careers every day.
Support This Show

About your host

Profile picture for Travis Ference

Travis Ference

Travis Ference is a Grammy nominated mixer, producer, and recording engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. With over a decade of experience in the music business he has worked on multiple #1 albums, several top 10's, numerous RIAA platinum and gold certified records, as well as hit TV shows and blockbuster films. His work can be heard on more than 15 million albums sold and billions streams worldwide.

The inspiration for his podcast came from his journey over the last 5 years to redefine what success is for him, to take control of his time, and to ultimately live the life he wants while making the records he loves.