Producer and mixer Michael James, whose discography includes Jane’s Addiction, New Radicals, Hole, Jawbreaker, L7, Robben Ford, A.J. Croce, and more has offered a challenge to Ill-Advised fans: raise $10,000 within in the next two weeks and he will match it with $10,000 worth of mixing services.

Michael James mixed the first single, “Summer Nights,” now available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, and anywhere music is streamed or sold. His mix of Kalimba’s “Estrellas Rotas” has been #1 on the charts for the past seven consecutive weeks.

To help reached the $10,000 goal, pre-order the upcoming Ill-Advised album Parkway Divides exclusively on Pledge Music by visiting

Check out Michael’s blog here.

Read the personal post by Harry here thanking Michael and talking more about the fund matching challenge below:

Wow, guys. So, something pretty amazing happened since I posted that letter on Facebook yesterday about pre-ordering my new album Parkway Divides. I got an e-mail from producer and mix engineer, Michael James, whose body of work includes Jane’s Addiction, New Radicals, Hole, Jawbreaker, L7, A.J. Croce, Robben Ford, and tons and tons of amazing artists. Right now he has a song out that has been #1 for the past seven consecutive weeks. Michael mixed my first single ‘Summer Nights’ and it sounds awesome – now he is offering a challenge to all my fans, friends, and family: raise $10,000 in pre-orders or donations by September 4th (2 weeks) and he will MATCH it with $10,000 in mixing, pro bono.

This is a huge opportunity for me to get this album mixed right and to really release something I will be proud of and that I know you will all love. I don’t even know what to say right now, to be honest. The e-mail itself (which you guys can see attached) has left me a little speechless. Independent artists just do not get opportunities like this. To get an album mixed by a pro like him, you usually have to be on a record label with a budget and have released a few albums. To have my debut album that I’ve been working day and night for the past year to finish this album mixed by him would be a dream come true.

I have really tried to push things as far as I can musically composing string arrangements, orchestral percussion, syncopated drum sections using drums I’ve never played before like taiko drums, tabla drums, and different types of latin percussion, and delving into new electronic boundaries experimenting with different synthesizers and electronic drums. Some of the songs have well over 100 Pro Tools tracks. I’ve tried to write lyrics that are honest and real – lyrics that I’m singing (or screaming) with all my heart. I just don’t know how to write music any other way. These songs are so incredibly important to me that most of the time I can’t even listen to them after I’ve finished recording them because it’s like looking right at your heart bleeding in front of you.

I’ve always felt like I have had to push myself harder and harder because just look at all the amazing artists and bands that have come before who released amazing albums. I’ve been given a once in a life time opportunity and if you guys can help me reach this $10,000 goal to get this album mixed, I would be forever grateful. 

If you want to pre-order you can visit

Thank you so much,