Jonathan Campbell

Formed in 2001, Likely Story is the creation of  skilled charting record producer, engineer, and song writer Jonathan Campbell.

Jonathan currently runs Likely Story, is a founding member of NZAMP (New Zealand Association of Music Producers) was a founding co-director for Intonation (a music production company that was nominated for ‘Best New Start-up’ in the Enterprise North Shore Business Excellence Awards 2006), and was a co-director and founder for successful record label One World Entertainment which saw artist song licensing enjoy multi platinum record sales.  Jonathan was also instrumental in setting up the local Steinberg New Zealand Users Group for support, information, and regular meetings regarding Steinberg products.

With over 15 years experience in the industry and a strong background in music, he understands both the technical as well as artistic merits of a recording. He has produced artists from a wide variety of musical genres in New Zealand, USA, and Canada.

After graduating with top marks at the internationally recognized School of Audio Engineering, Jonathan went straight into employment working on mainstream charting material with a renouned producer. Since then he has worked on multiple records which have had top ten chart placements, gold and platinum sales, #1 charting album, multiple songs which have achieved number one for national main-stream radio play, and mixed the first New Zealand song to enter the top 40 singles charts on digital downloads alone!

As a writer his songs have also featured on multi-platinum selling compilations as well as gaining the attention of major label executives which lead to the signing of artist Haylee Fisher to Warner Music.  Jonathan’s production work with Dane Rumble has spent weeks on the top 40 charts, generated gold and platinum selling singles, as well as produced a #1 selling album. Dane Rumble and the album The Experiment were nominated for a total of 6 awards at the NZ Music Awards 2010 which were album of the year, single of the year, best pop album, best male solo artist (winner), breakthrough artist of the year, and the people’s choice award.  Jonathan also produced and mixed the APRA Silver Scroll Awards 2010 Most Performed Work in New Zealand (most played on radio and television in New Zealand).  Jonathan’s recent mix work for Adeaze saw a sweep at the 2012 Pacific Music Awards with Best Pacific Urban Artist, Best Pacific Group, and Best Pacific Song, as well as a nomination for best Urban/Hip Hop album at the New Zealand Music Awards 2012.  Jonathan’s mix work for artist The Exiles has also been featured on the hit TV show Gossip Girl.

As well as music, Jonathan is well versed in the post production field and has done post production audio on top selling DVD’s, television programs, advertisements, and feature length films. Jonathan has also done additional design for the popular sound effects database software BaseHead (http://www.baseheadinc.com). BaseHead featured in a Euphonix MC (http://www.euphonix.com) controller video.

Between all of this Jonathan also finds the time to beta test and provides input for some of the industry’s top pro-audio developers including Steinberg, Avid, Yamaha, Waves, Sonnox, Slate Digital, Euphonix, iZotope,  Antares, Lexicon, Soundtoys, Sly-Fi, Rupert Neve Designs, Kush AudioMetric HaloSonalksis, Eiosis, FXPansion, Virtual Katy, URS, Serato, and others.

Career Highlights

  • Produced and mixed platinum and gold selling albums and singles
  • Produced #1 chart topping album
  • Produced and mixed the APRA 2010 Silver Scroll Award winner for Most Performed Work on Radio and TV
  • Written platinum selling songs
  • Consistent track record with successful NZ on Air recording grant applicants
  • Beta tester for many of the recording industry’s top software and hardware developers
  • Consulted with Sonnox over the design and functionality of the revolutionary Sonnox SuprEsser plug-in (credited)
  • Broad client base in multiple genres of music

Selected clients