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"You deserve all [the mastering work] and everyone in the DRC loves you for what you are doing, because when we compare to others in Canada and Paris, and I say this without a doubt, you are the best [mastering engineer]." - Herve Nzambe, Congolese super-producer
"You're a bloody creative genius! Thanks for all the hard work, it shows. You have the ability to interpret really well which comes through in the arrangements." - Craig Green, frontman of the band Bad Scooter
"Thanks a million Jonathan G. Shaw, and to Ibilion, always great service." - Donald Kassanda, artist
"If this [South Africa] was the States, I really believe you'd be as big as one of the best music producers!" - John Gerritsen, artist and guitar tutor www.johngerritsen.co.za
"Thanks for the work on the 2 songs! They REALLY rock!! The BEST so far :D" - Nicol Botha of INVADER
"Mr J. I can't stop listening to the Bravo's album. ...the magic of your hands are sounding wonders to my ears. Bug ups!" - Charly, Bravo Rhythmic Voices, choir leader
"I just want to say I really had a dope session with you today, appreciate your time! Remember to take as much time you need with the mix, always no pressure! See you soon!" - Lungsta, rapper
"I want to thank you again for that really inspiring mix on the track. At the end of the month I want to gun for the charts and see if I make any waves. But thanks to you that will be possible now." - Tshidiso Mashiani a.k.a. Samurai Cyclops, rapper
"Jon... I have to say that you're my best investment ever! What a pleasure to NOT have to worry about all the technical drama involved [recording my songs]. It frees me up to concentrate on what I enjoy most... making music! No worries, no hassles, no grief..." Moss Moss on Soundcloud
"I have been impressed by how sophisticated your studio is, and the good way you handle your clients. I would like to work with you for a very long time." Moeketsi "Serpent" Mothebe
"I finally proved to myself that I can sing and record, I'll definitely be back for more!" - Wiida Hamman
"Everybody loves the song 'When She Sings' and... it sounds excellent over an outdoor line array system. Well done on your mixing and mastering efforts. It's appreciated by a lot of people." - Pieter Albert Jordaan, singer/songwriter
"Those who have listened to your work [live recording of "Worship In Africa" mix and master] already are crazy, everybody is praising it! You did great work indeed! " - Pastor Phumzile Phago
"Thank you, you really do good work, the mix/master sounds great!" - Nakedi Mabusela www.nakedionline.com
"King Shaw, thanks for the awesome mix/master, sounds amazing! Made my Day!" - Sherwin Khojane
"We're into more WOW territory here!! What an absolute classic [my song Hollow is] from Shaw Music Studios!!!" - Duncan Foley www.duncanrfoley.com
"Jonathan, I wanted to thank you again for the really inspiring mix on my track 'Follow You'. At the end of the month I want to gun for the charts and see if I make any waves. But thanks to you that will be possible now." - Tshidiso Mashinini, rapper
"Wow!!!! It's amazing genius, that's all I can say. The world, the universe got to hear this stuff, don't you think? I'm going to start calling you 'GE', which stands for 'genius engineer'." - Stone Bachaka Stone Bachaka On Soundcloud
"You're a genius! 'I'm Drunk' [the track] is a mix I still can't get over. It's just insane. I don't know what it is, how you did it or what you did but that song just works perfectly all round" - Jay STZ
"I truly appreciated working with you. Your efficiency, care and dedication to your work plus the commitment in communicating with your client. That makes you a successful person in this world." - Tony N'Guxi "Space Of Love" YouTube Video
"I needed to work with someone who would express my feelings, directions and understand my vision for my songs while remaining objective and independently creative and Shaw Music Studios gave me that and more!! Jon was the producer but he let me be part of the process. I have worked in other studios before but at Shaw Music Studios I was treated as an artist with a brain - not just a voice that said something that no-one can remember, now back to business!!" - Amiel - Singer/Songwriter/Performer
"Shaw Music Studios is a hidden gem, a recording artist's dream. Not only is the intimate studio enhanced by the best equipment, the owner, Jonathan Shaw, is a talented and knowledgeable producer who has worked with many styles of music and seems to know the best ways to get the most out of a singer. He also is a composer who can add a deft touch to music if need be and his mastering is comparable to US and UK quality. I have experienced this myself - I am a singer songwriter and have worked with Shaw Music studios for both my albums. I intend to do my third album there as well. The rates per song are more than reasonable. For all these reasons, I would recommend Shaw Music Studios to any artist or band." - mist tree www.misttree.co.za
Jonathan G. Shaw began Springboard Music in 2001 as a music development business. The company's vision was to uplift local musicians by providing quality demonstration recordings and advice. The company changed its name in 2003 to Shaw Music Studios to reflect the more serious nature of work that the business had started to acquire. By 2004 the studio was being utilised as a full production service. The studio was acquired by Ibilion in 2009.
Mr Shaw has extensive experience and has been working full-time in the music industry since 2005. In high school he started a rock band, which achieved moderate success and developed his intense interest in music. After school, with the encouragement of his parents, he attended the University of the Witatersrand and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Marketing and Information Systems. Following this, he enrolled at Inhouse Audio Training and graduated with a Certificate in Sound Engineering at the top of his class.
Following this he returned to Wits and completed an Honors Degree in Marketing specialising in music business, for which his dissertation "Marketing Popular Music with Branding: Double Jeopardy in the Music Industry" received a first mark. During this study time Mr. Shaw developed his recording studio and again amended its vision to focus on production and post-production services. He also runs a creative industries consultation and marketing company call Ibilion. Go to www.ibilion.com to find out more. In 2010 Jonathan obtained a distinction (98%) for the Digidesign Pro Tools 110 certification.
While there are just too many artists, many close firends, that could be recounted during running the studio, here are a few of the highlights: In 2008, Mr Shaw mastered Christian rap group Last Days Fam's "The Official Streets EP", and later in 2013, their "Eternal Effects" album which was received to high acclaim receving a Hype Magazine award and SAMA nomination. In 2011, Mr Shaw recorded, mixed and mastered Rob Rodell's "A Cappella Christmas", nominated for a SAMA award. In late 2013 Jonathan Shaw produced the official campaign song of the Democratic Alliance for the Gauteng province sung by artist Majola - listen to it on our soundcloud page. The production proved quite extensive featuring all session players and small choir. In early 2015, Shaw had the honour of recording Tessa Niles audiobook entitled "Backtrack".
In 2016, Mr Shaw recorded vocals, mixed and mastered Jisca Mutombo's album "It's not Too Late" (video below) and mastered Deborah Lukalu's live album "Overflow", her 2018 release "Call Me Favour" and 2020's "Maajuba", all received to critical acclaim, among others of Deborah's albums and singles. This led to a plethora of music production work among the Congolese Gospel artist fraternity, including Merveille Noey Sam and Lord Lombo, often in collaboration with producer Herve Nzambe. During this time, he worked with many hip hop artists culminating in albums for Blaque Nubon (winning a Crown Gospel Award in 2017) and Incense (nominated for a Crown Gospel Award in 2018). Mr Shaw had mixed one track and was looking forward to finalising an album for kwaito star Mandoza in April 2016, just before Mandoza's passing on 18 September 2016. Mr Shaw also recorded several motivational and mind-power albums for renowned mind-power expert Robin Banks between 2016 to 2018.
Toya Delazy has used the studio in recording her group the Klutch Kollective over 2017. Jonathan was also commissioned by the Milk Producers Organisation (MPO) to produce an 11 track instrumental compilation entitled "Moo-sic to Milk By" featured in the November edition of the Dairy Mail magazine. Alicia Thomas-Woolf wrote her child empowerment book entitled "Powerful", and recorded the audiobook:
In 2017, Jonathan Shaw was nominated as a finalist at the Los Angeles CineFest for his music score for the movie "Thirst" produced by Devon Singh and directed by Kevin Singh. His credits can be reviewed on IMDB.
Mr Shaw has recorded several times in the M3 studios at the SABC RBF facilities in Johannesburg: in July 2018 for a church band's album and then again in July 2019 for a 40-piece choir's album. In September 2018, the studio was relocated to the Fontainebleau area in Randburg, Johannesburg, where a larger facility was set up, paving the way to record three choir projects that year. In July 2019, mastering work for award winning Congolese artist Mike Kalambay was completed for his album "Mon Avocat". In March 2020, Mr Shaw recorded Gabi Lowe's touching and powerful audiobook "Get Me To 21" as well as completing mixing and mastering an album called "Redemption" for well-known Christian artist Lilly Million. The band Bad Scooter produced their debut album with Mr Shaw over 2020.
Jonathan G. Shaw completed a Masters degree with distinction in Arts Management, in the field of Cultural Policy and Management (CPM), from Wits University mid-2019. Mr Shaw can boast to have mixed over thirty albums, mastered around 1000 singles, while having completed literaly hundreds of music productions for different recording artists and labels. He has been studying and practicing music for two decades now and is a sought out composer, audio engineer, musician, producer, consultant and music marketer whose credits feature highly in the independent music hemisphere.
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