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I’m Harper James, a producer, writer, and mixing engineer signed to Hard 8 Working Group (Billie Eilish, All Time Low). I work at Degraw Sound in Brooklyn, NY and am one half of the band Eighty Ninety.

Productions that Support Your Unique Identity anD Voice and lay the groundwork for your career

I collaborate with artists and their teams to build records that support and compliment the artist’s unique identity and voice. I endeavor to produce and mix songs for artists that help them reach the next phase of their career—whether it’s better streaming, press, building a team, finding the right tour or landing a sync.

Bio

I work with both major label and independent artists. My work has collectively over 25 million streams on Spotify. Eighty Ninety's first single "Three Thirty" charted #2 on Spotify's Global Viral playlist, and Taylor Swift hand picked “Your Favorite Song” for her official Spotify playlist “Songs Taylor Loves.” My productions, mixes and songs have been featured on Spotify playlists including Taylor Swift's "Songs Taylor Loves," New Music Friday, Pop Rising, Fresh Finds, Viral Hits, New Indie Mix, Indie Pop, Chill Vibes, Weekly Buzz, Relax & Unwind, Mood Booster, Indie Acoustic, Night Pop, MTV Radar and more. Press features of his work include Billboard, Ones To Watch, NME, Galore, Glamor, People Magazine, Dancing Astronaut, LadyGunn, Indie Shuffle, FADER and charted on Hype Machine.

mgmt: jared [at] hard8wrk [dot] com

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Eighty Ninety (“Your Favorite Song” hand picked by Taylor Swift for her official Spotify Playlist “Songs Taylor Loves.” “Three Thirty” reached #2 on the Global Viral Spotify Chart and #23 on Billboard’s Velocity Chart. Signed to Hard 8 Working Group (Billie Eillish, All Time Low) (PWM, 1/2 of the band). Check out our Ones to Watch Tour Diary http://hard8workinggroup.com/eighty-ninety-tour-diary-feature-on-ones-to-watch/

Stevie Wolf ("Who” as well as follow up single “Low” both added to Spotify New Music Friday US. 550,00+ streams) (P). Check out his Billboard feature https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/8232742/stevie-wolf-interview.

Aaron Taos ("These Days", synced on E!'s The Royals. 650,000+ streams)(P)

Common Jack (“Canyons in the Dark” EP 700,000+ Streams. Signed distribution deal The Orchard) (PMW). John and I have been working to find his sound for the last few records, getting closer and honing our chops. I think we found it—in no small part due to John’s tireless evolution as a musician and savvy indie artist.

Bell The Band (Self Titled EP 600,000+ streams. Cover photo of ‘Women of Fresh Finds’ playlist) (PEM). Joined massive pop act Mister Wives on their national tour shortly after the EP was released. Noisey premier https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/mg9van/hear-bell-the-bands-soft-folksy-debut-ep

Sorcha Richardson (Petrol Station, breakout single, 2.2 million streams)(co-mix). This was early in my career, and I was lucky enough to co-mix this with my colleague Gian Stone.

John Secondino (“Petrified,” first release, first time in a recording studio, first original song, got 45,000 organic streams on Spotify. Teamed up with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8hPtjGb3R0 Cozy Coffee House Youtube playlist and got 1.7 million listens on their folk playlist. No PR, no Marketing…Just a good song and a good record and some reaching out to bloggers via email. John and I met in an elevator and got to talking…(PM)

Cody Lovaas (“Lie” remix. Occasionally I do remixing for artists. Or de-mixing as it may be.) (150,000+ streams) (remix).

Middle Youth is my lo key, lo fi solo project. These songs are about my dissilusionment with technology and society and feelings of alienation of pain; but they are also about my hope that there is a better way to live: in accordance with reason and kindness. @middle.youth — pretty lo key release but did get a Hype Machine listing! https://hypem.com/artist/Middle+Youth

My Insta feed. Follow me here and check out my highlights or IGTV to get to know me better. Or for a deep dive and to get into some serious meta— check out my podcast “Life In Music.”