Teaches: Digital Music production (Ableton Live, Sampling/ Sound design, D.A.W. Basics)
Teaching Philosophy: I believe that digital production can offer a new and inclusive path to explore sound, composition, and songwriting. My role as a teacher is to help students put words to concepts and ideas and grow their creative repertoire.
Greatest Music Influences: My greatest music influences include Nina Simone, Lauren Hill,Peter Tosh, J.Dilla, Robert Glasper, Pharrell Williams,The Roots, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, etc.
When I’m not working on music: I’m not quite sure there is a time when I’m not working on music in some shape or form. In between creative bursts I love playing basketball, listening to audiobooks and cooking with family.
Current Music Projects: I am a songwriter, producer, audio engineer, drummer and Ableton Tour Tech for artists in the New England area, as well as a solo artist that goes by Just Plain Jones.
Favorite Place in Maine: Grafton Notch state park.
Just Plain Jones is the nom-de-plume of Portland producer-rapper-singer-multi-instrumentalist, Patrick Jones. His style blends his pan-idiomatic songwriting sensibilities with his mastery of hip-hop production from ethereal boom-bap to heavy electro-funk to sinewy neo-soul.
Originally from the DC metro area, Jones, has been producing, songwriting, and performing for 15 years, and recently released his newest self produced project Foie Gras.