About TJ Eckleberg:

A specialist in sonic soundscapes, from Lanois-esque delays to Tchad Blake lo-fi grit to funky ‘Billy Jean’ style dirty grooves, TJ works with the artist to achieve a unique and original vision. It’s all about angle, vibe, texture and punch.

A producer, songwriter and vocalist for over 25 years, his background as a guitar player gives projects an intense musical focus. His first production (Something Urban) at legendary Sydney studio Electric Avenue was a hit on national radio Triple J. He worked with Weizen Ho’s TUFA to achieve national attention through Australian Radio National; with renown Electronic artist Deepchild and reggae singer Ras Ronnie; The Bee Ho Gray for the German film Dear Courtney; William Bowden and Tom Kazas; legendary Australian hip hop artist Morganics, and has produced work in Australia, Japan, Indonesia and Germany.


I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. – Roy Batty, replicant, Bladerunner.

It’s easy to forget, amid all the talk of compression ratios, reverb tails, bussing and snare drum mics – music is about creating sonic worlds, new ideas, and discovering the right sound at the right time. It is about becoming more human, living more nobly – hearing something that inspires us, energises us, moves us, gets us through the day.

Inspiredmix is an extended conversation about mixing, production, creative flow and critical techniques for achieving distinctive mixes. In an internet world awash with tutorials, breakdowns, samples and masterclasses – inspiredmix offers alternative questions – why do we do what we do? What are the options? What are the assumptions that got us here? What oblique strategies and accidental heresies can rescue us from repeating the same sentence, the same patterns and the same plugin preset selections over and over again?

I am in a sea awash with mercury, I am in a boat that shakes with rain, I am shouting loudly from a mountaintop, hedged in mist. singing while the clouds crack and thunder. While the sky portends bad omens, while the earth may rattle, rumble and roll beneath my feet, I am still king of this world.

For any mix engineer, music creator or producer, music and mixing is a place where certainty falls away, new questions arise each day, and the adventure begins anew with every mix…

Inspiredmix is a place for starting a journey only you know how to end.