The Soundmen are the genre bending production duo of Justin Jamison and Scott Durday. Hailing originally from Seattle, the duo started producing music together in 2004 and never looked back. The Soundmen initially focused strictly on hip-hop, producing for artists ranging from Seattle locals The Block Burners & Wizdom, to underground NYC legends Poison Pen and Breeze Evahflowin. After Scott finished school at University of Washington, he and Justin moved to NYC to pursue their craft and take their music to a new market.
Relocation was accompanied with the ups and downs of the music industry. A&R meetings filled with promise – major studio sessions with established artists, and still The Soundmen were having a challenge getting their music to the masses. The duo stayed active in the NYC hip-hop scene, producing music for Murda Mook, Babs Bunny from Making the Band, June, Ron Browz, G-Dep and many others.
In 2009, Justin was working on Glasvegas’ debut album as an assistant engineer and saw an opportunity to produce a remix album to support their album. Self-released in May of 2009, Home Demolition consists of 6 cleverly crafted remixes — alternate versions of key tracks on their debut album.
Not only was the release praised by the blogosphere, it received an official endorsement from the band. James Allann, the lead singer of Glasvegas, dubbed the project “incredible”.
The light came on. The duo realized that their experience in hip-hop production translated perfectly into other genres of music. The Soundmen began to offer a unique vision for artists looking to expand their sound. Over the next 2 years they would utilize this sound, producing and crafting remixes for artists ranging from Macy Grey to Johnny Polygon.
Over the course of 2009 and 2010, The Soundmen produced and remixed tracks for The Super Viral Brothers, Saadi, P.SO, The Drums, The Limousines, 33hz, Local Natives, and more.
They also released the critically acclaimed project “Moontones” with AOK Collective MC P.SO. The project was featured on Nah Right, OKplayer, and numerous sites recieving over 10,000 downloads in the first month of release.
Now in 2011, after their Killers remix reached #1 on the Hypem.com charts, The Soundmen continue to look to the horizon for new challenges to conquer in the music industry – all the while keeping their fans supplied with the hottest sounds and hardest beats.
*Photo By Peter Hand