AJ Sorensen

Music Producer

When Did You Start Playing Music?

I started studying music at age 4 on violin. After a couple of years I was performing regularly becoming the youngest member of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Symphony Orchestra. My dad got me my own electric guitar at around eleven and my brother got a drumset around the same time. I learned a couple of riffs on guitar and drums and kept on going ever since. Some of the bands I've played in are Jacksons Cove, Take 52, Foxglove 5, Sophomore Year.

Where did You Go To College?

I graduated with a bachelors of science in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. This degree really taught me to think and figure things out. There was also an excellent music scene in the town of Potsdam, home to 3 universities and a music school. It was really the perfect town for inspiration and creativity! Several of my college friends have become active touring musicians, making a living playing music!

How did you get into recording?

I'll have to blame my friends for this, I'd come across some really basic recording software at a young age, my friend and I figured out how to add voiceovers to animations we made in 5th grade and when it came time to record demos for my bands I was the one who made it happen. My early recordings were the same as every amateur, very mediocre, I hated how they sounded and I didn't want to just settle with a mediocre sound even for a demo to get a gig at a bar, I wanted to get the sound of the band's I listened to, those Chris Lord Alge mixes! and so began the ultimate quest to achieve that real "record" sound.

What is your favorite album?

This is a tough question but I have say one of my favorite albums is Green Day's "Dookie", I remember the first time I heard it when it came out on cassette tape and thinking "what the heck is this? hey wait. this is actually pretty awesome!". I remember working at a summer job with my dad and hearing this guy who didn't know a single word of english humming along to Green Day, that was an inspiring moment. A melody so powerful that someone who couldn't understand the words, understood the music. Music is incredibly powerful and important to our lives and that's why I love it!

What is your favorite genre?

I went through phases growing up listening to different genre's and artists over and over and ooooover until my family couldn't stand it. My friends got me into alot of the music I listened to. I have too many favorites in every genre from classical to rap to pop to rock to metal to list out. I've recorded mixed and mastered all kinds of music, even music from other countries in languages I don't know! I've developed the ability to see the potential when I hear a song and really translate that into something listeners want to hear.

I really like to listen to mixes that just seem to jump out of the speakers, a dynamic mix, the kind of mix that makes you want to just jump, it makes you feel excited and that's what I try to bring to mixing.