The GRAMMY nominated duo, Dominic “DJ MECCA” Jordan and Jimmy “Jimmy G” Giannos, met in 2007 at Palms Casino in Las Vegas during the “Lost in Love” music video shoot for Polow the Don’s up and coming R&B group I-15. An alliance was formed when Jimmy G was interested in working with DJ Mecca’s childhood friend Castro, who was a lead vocalist for I-15. The soon to be inseparable beat making brothers officially met up the following week at Odds On Recording Studios in Henderson, NV. After vibing in the studio all night, they appreciated each other talents and began creating music together. They coined their name, “The Audibles”, from its root definition “to be heard” and also because of its use by NFL players to “change the game”. Change the game and being heard is exactly what Jimmy and DJ did when their relationship with I-15 allowed them an opportunity to move to Atlanta and develop their art further under producer Polow Da Don.
While working with Polow in 2008, The Audibles were given an opportunity to co-write and produce songs on I-15’s album that was never released. As a result of their relationship with Polow, The Audibles were involved in the co-production of records with Zone 4 signed (at the time) producers Hit Boy and Chase N Cashe of the Surf Club. It was the knowledge and insight into the industry that was obtained through these early works that led to Jimmy securing a placement on The Game’s Red Album. The sleepless nights in the studio as well as the determination to “Be Heard” during those first few years in Atlanta encouraged The Audibles to pack up and head back to Las Vegas. The lessons learned during their time in the ATL equipped them for the journey they would travel in the music industry.
Their first major production hit came on Interscope recording artist Mishon’s “Turn it Up” in 2009. It featured Roscoe Dash. The song reached #80 on the Billboard Hot 100 and obtained them widespread attention for the first time. They also co-produced Young Money’s 3rd single “Girl I Got You” with Mr. Pyro on YMCMB’s first album entitled We Are Young Money. Through their partnership with Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, the duo went on to create records for Redman’s Reggie album. The track titled “Lite 1 Witcha Boi” featuring Method Man and Bun B became an instant cult hip hop classic. Producing tracks for a hip hop legend like Redman opened the doors for the next major project they would work on. The release of Lupe Fiasco’s L.A.S.E.R.S. album featured a smash single produced by The Audibles titled “I Don’t’ Wanna Care Right Now” featuring Jason “MDMA” Boyd. This track established their presence in the industry and made the music world aware that this dynamic duo of producers was just getting started. The success of the track was apparent when industry critics as well as fans expressed it was the most favored track on the album. Promising to never disappoint his fans, Lupe preformed the song twice at every show during his tour. This track like all the others before pushed DJ MECCA and Jimmy G to continue to develop the sound that would be known as The Audibles.
The Audibles sound is mostly melodic synthesizer riffs, Sampling Keyboard, and modules. An Audibles production is typically characterized by flat, punchy drum sounds and the use of module presets. Their choice keyboards are the Motif XS8, Fantom, Korg Triton, Moog Voyager and soft synths. The guys are also well known for using FL Studio and incorporating live percussion as well as acoustic instruments into their music. Another sound that can be heard on an Audibles hip hop production is the distinctive use of synth lines and their blend of hip hop styled verses mixed with an electro style driven hooks. This sound can be heard on Lupe’s “I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now.” During the development of this sound the team came across a superstar in the making by the name of Sasha Sirota under a fluke. Sasha applied for an engineer position at a local studio the duo was known to work out of. During their first initial meeting with Sasha, the guys discovered that he was much more than an “engineer” and realized not only his multi-instrumental talents, but his amazing singing ability. It was a no brainer to sign Sasha. The guys immediately started working on his masterpiece in the making. While production began on Sasha masterpiece The Audibles developed their signature trademark that includes a lady seductively saying “The Audibles”.
The Audibles teamed
up with Interscope recording artist and Alabama native Yelawolf to work on his
debut album Radioactive. They recorded five songs, four of which made
the album. “Let’s Roll” which was
co-produced by Mr. Pyro and Eminem, became the second lead single and featured
Kid Rock. It received radio success and
helped catapult Yela’s career to mainstream hip hop.
2012: The success of 2011 rolled out the red carpet for the projects of 2012. The Audibles worked with Lupe Fiasco for the second time on his forthcoming album Food and Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album to created his newest single “Bitch Bad”. This year the duo also teamed up with Poo Bear to work on his R&B opus Beats 2 Break Up 2. They did almost all of the production aside from a track titled “Made You Break Up With Me” which was produced by Mr. Pyro. During 2012 The Audibles went on to work with artist such as Chris Brown, Tyga, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Jennifer Hudson, and the The Game for their up and coming projects. The close of this year was met with much success.
All of the hard
work and dedication from the previous year’s bought an opportunity for studio
time with Pop Superstar Justin Bieber.
During those studio sessions The Audibles produced 6 of the 15 tracks on
Bieber’s Journal’s album. Their unique
sound can be heard on tracks from the Journal’s
album titled Bad Day, Recovery, PYD, Swap It Out, Alone, and fan favorite Hold
Tight. The album Journal’s was noted by industry critics as well as fans as one of
the greatest R&B albums of this generation. The close of the year was spent
working with artist French Montana on his future project.
2014: Remembering to keeping in line with the one of the many values DJ Mecca and Jimmy G parents instilled in them regarding giving back, the team step away from the studio for a bit and focused on humanitarian works. Even with their humanitarian works keeping them busy, the duo was able to produce a track for French Montana entitled “Julius Ceasar”. This track gained much success. Later this year the duo produced five songs on the Multi Grammy award winning and singer/songwriter Poo Bear’s BEATS 2 MAKE LOVE 2 album. The EP trumped all of the R&B albums released that year with Grammy suggestions from industry critics.
2015: The success of Justin Bieber’s 2013 album Journal’s brought The Audibles right back into the studio to work with Bieber as well as Poo Bear on Bieber’s fourth album Purpose. The long hours in the studio created a hit entitled “No Pressure” featuring Big Sean that was released on the album. The song features a dreamy guitar riff with a smooth bassline and 3/4 time signature. This year also was met with a contribution in the form of a track titled “Little More” (Royalty) for Chris Brown’s seventh studio album Royalty. The music video for this song was released on December 18th 2015. Keeping busy is something The Audibles focus on always doing. It is that mindset that encouraged them to team back up with their childhood friend JR Castro to work on his debut EP and co-produce a single with DJ Mustard entitled “Get Home” featuring Kid Ink and Quavo.
2016: Halfway through this year and it has already been a promising one for the power duo. The guys have already been in the studio producing for Grammy award winning artist Mary J.Blige as well as other A-List artists like Trey Songz and Mike Posner. After having the 2015 R&B record of the year “Get Home” it was expected for their best friend and artist JR Castro to follow up with a summer smash entitled “Right Away” which was also produced by The Audibles. Even though The Audibles recently received their first Triple Platinum Plaque for the “No Pressure” record off Justin Bieber’s forth coming album Purpose, the guys have not stopped grinding in the studio. The duo is currently working on projects with Rascal Flatts and Juanes. The power duo of producers known as The Audibles has made its mark on the music industry and is just getting started. They are determined to “Be Heard and Change The Game”. Stay tuned as always for more exciting updates regarding The Audibles.