Justin Padron: Producer / Engineer
Native Atlantan Justin Padron immersed himself in a world of music at a young age. At 10 he had started playing guitar, and by 14 he had taught himself how DJ. After DJing at gatherings of his friends and family for several years he quickly became the resident DJ at his alma mater Grady High School. There he further distinguished himself as an expert in media technology by serving as the audio director of the high school news network. This position allowed him to experiment with instrumentals for news segments and featured stories. Before graduating from high school he started producing music for up and coming local artists and worked as a commercial party DJ for a nationally syndicated company.
Justin has continued to not only produce instrumentals for recording artists of many genres, but has also helped many other aspiring musicians and producers to learn the technical skills and overall philosophy necessary to fully develop their own creative endeavors. These technical skills were able to more fully develop into what can accurately be described as expertise through his internship at Music House Studios in Atlanta. After this 2007 internship ended, he stayed on at the studio as an assistant engineer and worked with many renowned producers such as Drumma Boy, Rich Harrison and Bryan Michael Cox and with many prominent engineers such as Alec Newell, Dru Castro, Halo, Mark “Exit” Goodchild and Seth Firkins.
Justin continues to produce music for many established and up-and-coming artists, such as the Youngbloodz, Ne-Yo, Taio Cruz, Donnis, OJ Da Juiceman, Nappy Roots, Shawty Redd and many others. Justin joined SMKA in Janurary 2010 and became a vital producer behind the Jarren Benton meets SMKA project. Justin brings a unique style to the SMKA team, and has the ability to create big records for southern rap and pop.