The sound of Billy Joel is omnipresent in the musical lexicon because of Jim Boyer. Renowned recording engineer, mixer and producer. Phil Ramone produced those albums yet Jim recorded all of them, mixed most of them and even produced Billy’s live album from Russia. His classic approach to how things should sound and evergreen sensibilities are what his mixes so memorable.
You can hear his contributions on four Grammy winning albums: Billy Joel’s multi-platinum 52nd Street, The Stranger and Innocent Man and In Harmony 2 featuring James Taylor, Dr. John, Carly Simon and The Doobie Bros. among others.
Jim Boyer’s professional journey began in New York City and has taken him to England, Russia, Muscle Shoals, Memphis, LA and now San Francisco. His diverse skill set and experience encompass recording and mixing for records and live events for Saturday Night Live, movie scores including Silkwood (Meryl Streep), Yentl and A Star is Born (Barbra Streisand), Easy Money (Rodney Dangerfield/Billy Joel), Arthur (Christopher Cross, Stephen Bishop, Burt Bacharach) and The Serpent and the Rainbow, as well as Original Broadway Cast Albums including Live from New York (Gilda Radner) and Eubie.
Jim’s musical background, coupled with his diverse resume of accomplishments, ultimately led to multiple opportunities to produce, including a collaboration with Rupert Holmes which yielded the Gold-selling “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)”. He also produced, engineered and mixed Billy Joel’s ground- breaking album A Matter of Trust (The Bridge To Russia: The Music), Peter Cetera’s (Chicago’s bassist and vocalist) eponymous debut solo album, and the Grammy-winning In Harmony 2. Jim also recorded and mixed many GRP Records projects (home for many Jazz artists including Joe Sample, Patti Austin, and Gato Barbieri).
In 2015, Jim has resurrected JBC (Jim’s original production company). Through JBC he provides technical direction and FOH (front-of-house) sound mixing for over 140 live performances in the San Francisco Bay Area.
He has had the privilege of working with many of the best and most talented artists in the music industry — Phil Ramone, Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Barbra Streisand, James Taylor, Burt Bacharach, Whitney Houston, Chicago, Phoebe Snow, Steve Winwood, Patti Austin, George Benson, Joe Sample and Karen Carpenter to name a few— experiences that have allowed Jim to embrace an understanding of how important it is to connect the technology to the art and thus enhance and protect the creative genius they represent.
Mix – October 2013