Mike James is a Vancouver, Canada based songwriter and top line producer who works with some of the biggest electronic producers/labels globally. He has a long list of international releases to his credit on the most influential electronic labels in the world. Mike has also recently gone behind the mic, selectively performing a number of his own top lines, which has created a steeply rising demand for his work as an artist.
Mike has written and produced songs heard all over the world, through many different mediums including; top 40 radio, leading electronic festivals, network television programs, major motion pictures, film trailers, and international advertising. Mike’s songs have been licensed for use around the world hundreds of times.
Mike is the co-owner of Milk Music Co which is a topline company showcasing Mike James Toplines, as well as a publishing company that co-publishes various artists with Kobalt Music Publishing.
Mike's definition of a top line writer/producer:
“Someone whose job it is to take a finished masterpiece and paint something on top of it that should not only compliment the original artwork, but cause both works of art to combine and be elevated to a new level” - Mike James
What is a 'topline'? A topline is the lyric & melody created on 'top' of an instrumental piece of music.
How is a topline made and how long? Just like a music producer a topline producer takes many hours & weeks to create a topline. Lyrics and melody are written and re-written many times before the final version is completed. I then bring in a vocalist to record my topline which takes a few hours. Moving on to the editing stage can take days/weeks depending on the length and intricacy of the song. The last stage of production is the final mix to create the perfect sound for your track. From start to finish you can expect delivery of your topline in 4 - 6 weeks.
What genre of electronic music do you create toplines for? I can create a topline in most every genre of electronic music.
Can you create an original topline for me? Yes, custom toplines are requested by some producers. A custom topline gives you the freedom to have vocals created specifically for your track, with the sound/style/vocalist exactly the way you want it.
Do you have pre-made toplines available? Yes, pre-made toplines are the preferred choice of producers and are readily available but move fairly quickly.
Do you provide the vocalist for the topline you will create for me? Yes, I have a wide variety of very talented professional vocalists (male & female) I hire to come into my studio to record the topline I create. The vocalists do not write/create the toplines they sing on.
What are the fees for a topline? My fees for a topline vary depending on the length and amount of work required for the project. Please give me a shout for more details on prices.