Jon Pruett

Jon Pruett

Jon Pruett


Title
Jon Pruett | Next September | Founder @ Pruemedia, LLC
Bio
Featured on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights" and Major League Baseball events, in addition to placements on CNN, AFN and numerous online programs - generating millions of plays and streams.

Jon Pruett is best known for his work as a musician/artist, producer and sound engineer. He leads a solo project (Pruett) where he writes, performs, produces and engineers all facets of his work; and also fronts the band Next September – a Chicago-based Alternative / Metal trio. 

A U.S. Army Veteran, Pruett's lyrics and musical textures are largely rooted in the experiences he's had around the world - witnessing the impact of socio-political missteps and highlighting warning signs of similar patterns at home. 

A believer in "raw" music, Pruett has primarily focused on live recorded performances. However, in 2018, Pruett re-imagined his sound and brand and has emerged as a new artist with a two-part double-EP release of Mirror (Side A in October of 2018 and Side B in May of 2019).

Mirror offers a blend of social commentary and self-discovery - stylistically pulling from genres and eras across the musical spectrum to provide an enjoyable listening experience that makes you think as much as it makes you move.
Website
Expertise
pr, music production / mastering, film / video, music, communications
Interests
music, entertainment, film / video
Location
Iowa City

Recent Submissions

Jon Pruett submitted media.

RADIO KSCR

This is a great song.  I really love the first song Small.  It is a great way to start this album.  It is a great hard rock song that grabs attention. Resist is a great song and show the discontent with today's life.  Thank You is another very strong song on the album.  
This album spans a range of emotions from hope to frustration.  I think it is really great.  I would love to play it on the station.  

Indie Band Guru

The voice and lyrics are truly powerful. Energetic and emotional
Really like 'Small'
If you are interested in premiering one of the songs on IndieBandGuru.com we could make that happen. Get in touch with keith@indiebandguru.com and we will plan it out. Or maybe an interview? I am also a US Army Veteran (82nd Airborne).

Chris Heintz

Jon first and foremost thank you for reaching out and submitting.

To start out the mix on the overall project sounds more like a rough demo than a finished product. The consistency is there mix-wise on all tracks except for “Better Than This”. It sounds like the vox are a bit too far back in the mix on that particular record. I know your music is supposed to be more “raw”, but there are ways to keep that sound and vibe while still using the right studio/mix tricks to make things punch through more and also sound more dynamic. With that said outside of the last track all of your elements were nicely separated and the vox for the most part were sitting in a good space between the instruments. Performance-wise you definitely took me back to Sound Garden, Creed, Pearl Jam etc. with the vox and style. I like that you are tackling social-economic issues and actually talking about important things that are poignant especially in our society today. I will say at times it felt a bit “preachy”, but you do get your point across. I just think at times you can pull back a bit lyrically and still maintain your message. 

I can tell you put a lot of energy and time into the project which I definitely respect and applaud as well. I don’t have any opportunities for this sound/vibe right now, but I’ll definitely keep an ear and eye open for them. 

I hope you have success with the project and good luck with everything. 

Thank you. 

Alan Cross

This is really good! A throwback to 90s-style rock guitar, something that (as I'm sure you know) is on the upswing again. I hear elements of Default, Three Days Grace, Three Doors Down and a few others.

While the music is good as is, I wonder what another producer might do with the mix? If you were to be picked up by a major (a possibility), they might bring the tapes back in for another look-see.

Now some questions.

1. What are your career goals? Radio play? Recording? Licensing and syncs? (I like that you've already had experience with ESPN) Income from a publishing deal? All these paths need to be investigated.

2. Your social media strategy will be key. Make sure that you reply to every comment that may come in. Turn early fans into evangelists, especially the ones who contributed to this video. Get them to spread the word. 

3. If you don't already, get someone to handle getting your material on streaming music services, especially someone who knows how to get your songs on the best and music influential new music/new discovery playlists. They're becoming increasingly important. Ask Drake what it's like to benefit from clever playlist placement.

4. If radio airplay is important to you, get a radio plugger. They know how to get to the right music directors. Work with both campus stations, public radio and commercial alternative/AAA radio. 

5. Make friends with as many bloggers as possible. Even the smallest want to think that they can discover The Next Big Thing. Every little bit of coverage helps.

6. Play live as much as possible. Nothing is better than having a group of strangers giving you real feedback in real time. But I have a feeling you knew that, right? 

7. If the budget allows it, see what you can do about posting something on YouTube. That's still really important for music discovery.

Let me know when it's time to share this on my social networks (That'll be good for about 100,000 people.) Email me at alan@alancross.ca 

Jerry Doby

Amazing collection of songs. Love the metal edge...I used to ride out on convoy in Afghanistan to Nonpoint "Bullet With A Name" and the like. Your music is speaking for a lot of us who did damage elsewhere only to find out we'd been lied to as we witness the same garbage back here at home.

Musically, great arrangement, the diversity in vocal timbre puts just the right emphasis and I enjoyed how the vocals were separate yet melded into the sonic dynamics. Looking forward to more from you!

Naomi Manvell

1) Like the guitar/bass and overall feel of the song.
2) Vocals alongside the piano is really beautiful!
3) Overall feel is great, love the classic rock vibe.
4) Chorus is great!
5) Another great chorus!
6) Really like the lyrics of this song.

Love the artwork too!

Will definitely listen to this again, really like it!

Lauren Gribble

Hi Jon, 

I really liked what I heard and there are no improvements that I can think of to give you.