James Good comes to Vintage King with more than a decade of working in pro audio under his belt and has a star-studded Rolodex to prove it, as he has helped build, design, and maintain some of the best studios in Los Angeles and around the world.
His experience also includes playing and recording music himself. Growing up in a musical family, James picked up the guitar at an early age and shortly thereafter was gifted a Tascam 4-track by a friend of the family. Inspired by fingerpicking guitarists and the music of The Sadies, Elliot Smith and Hank Williams Sr., the young musician took to working on his own recordings, something he still holds dear to his heart.
"I think the piece of gear that really changed everything was the digidesign Mbox," James says of the home recording tool. “It started the basement recording revolution and has given more people the ability to record their own music.”
No matter at what level you work in the audio industry, James has the experience and knowledge to help with your next project. "I really work well with everyone. It doesn't matter if you're an industry professional, Grammy winner, or just working out of your basement for fun," James states. "I have experience doing small project recording myself, but I've also worked with Dr. Dre, Capitol Studios, Max Martin, and Bruno Mars."
Q & A
What is your favorite piece of gear?
What do you like best about working at Vintage King?
The team and the resources we have to help people make music.
What else are you interested in, besides music?
Baking sourdough bread, photography, and camping as much as possible.
I have been working with James for nearly 10 years and he makes the process of buying gear a very easy experience. With so many options it can be overwhelming, and I know that if James recommends something to me it’s because I will love it and it will make sense for my setup.
Erik Ron, Grey Area Studios
When I need a piece of gear for tracking or mixing James is the first person I call. I trust James to help get me what I need when I need it, and always at a fair price. James has never let me down. This guy rocks!
Paul Fig, Engineer (Alice In Chains, Deftones, Ghost)
James has consistently given us great deals on our gear for many years. His service is professional and impeccable. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
D. Brent Nelson, Composer/Producer, 'Days of our Lives’
James has been a huge asset to my studio in Toronto by not only caring deeply for the quality of the studio, but also for being a friend. Sometimes we forget music comes before anything else and he knows it. In situations where it would’ve been easy for someone to take the easy, but not adequate route, James always thinks a few steps ahead and is able to put together solutions in a quick and always efficient manner. Also, once the deal is done, he’ll make sure everything is in order and that everyone is satisfied with their purchases, one of the many reasons why he’ll always have my business!
Guillermo Subauste, Producer/Engineer (The Sadies, Sarah Harmer, The Honeyrunners)
For as long as I've known James (a long time now!) he has always strived to find the best possible deal on gear but even more important and rare in our industry, he stops you from buying something you don't need. As a sales person he's very knowledgeable about current setups and real world scenarios, a trait often lacking in sales people, so his value is unmatched when it comes to making decisions that can get costly as you'll know you've made the right choice both with your salesman, and the gear you bought from him.
Tomo Milicevc, 30 Seconds to Mars
It is EXTREMELY helpful to hear the friendly voice of James Good when trying to keep up with the fast changing world of production equipment needs. I can be certain I am getting knowledgeable advice and that my purchases are reasonably priced and fully supported. It’s always a pleasure doing business with James!