Jill is a female two-time JUNO Award winning Audio Engineer currently working out of Jukasa Studios. In her 5 years working in Canada, she has accomplished to engineer a Gold Single while working with band such as: Three Days Grace, July Talk, The Trews, Harrison Kennedy and The Ascot Royals. Having worked as a fulltime engineer at Jukasa made it possible to work with renowned Engineers and Producers: Gavin Brown (Billy Talent, Barenaked Ladies, The Tea Party), Mike Plotnikoff (Three Days Grace, Hoobastank, BlessTheFall), Ian Davenport (July Talk, Wir Sind Helden), Denis Tougas (Geddy Lee, Rush, Amanda Marshall) and Jeff Diezel (Ascot Royals).
Coming from Cologne, Germany, Jill followed her dream to work in the North American Music Industry with its wealth of talented musicians and artists. Music was always part of her entire life, that included violin lessons, orchestra / choir rehearsals, playing the guitar and singing. Jill found her true passion for music and sound especially after attending many European and North American concerts and festivals.
This all lead her to develop an interest in sound engineering at an early age. She achieved a Bachelor of Engineering in Media Technology specialized in Audio at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf, Germany. In addition, she achieved the Bachelor of Arts in Audio Production at the School of Audio Engineering (SAE) in Cologne, Germany. At the SAE, she had the chance to learn from established engineers such as; Hans-Martin Buff (Prince, Scorpions, No Doubt), Kai Blankenberg (Die Toten Hosen, Donots, Beatsteaks) and Wolfgang Stach (BAP, Guano Apes).
Working in various audio fields and getting hands-on experience with different types of consoles at the SAE lent her a better understanding about sound, which she relates to everyday in the studio environment.
In 2010, she was selected as one of the ten most dedicated and motivated audio engineering students in all of Europe, being awarded the ‘Scholarship Of Sound’ presented by AKG Acoustics.
The program was sponsored by Grammy award winning producer Quincy Jones (Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin). Being sent on a week long seminar to Berlin, Germany, she received private instruction, lectures and workshops from industry icons such as mastering engineer Stefan ‘Pole’ Betke (Scape Mastering) and label managers Jon Berry (Kompakt) and Steffen ‘Dixon’ Berkhahn (Innervisions).
During her studies, Jill had the chance to work in many different fields of audio. In live sound, her responsibilities and involvement were in the fields of mixing, stage-managing and stage-setup / teardown for many indie bands such as Hamilton’s own, Arkells.
She has also worked extensively in radio and television broadcasting. This included editing radio reports for ‘Welle Niederrhein’ and working at Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF), the second largest TV station in Germany, as a live sound technician. Her duties included setting up microphones and wireless audio systems as well as maintaining all of the studio audio gear.
Having been part of the ‘Giesing Team’ in Düsseldorf, Germany, Jill recorded, edited and mixed the sound for commercials, corporate videos and audio books. Having worked for video related audio, she worked on location sound and dialogue editing for internationally screened independent movies such as “Lausche Nicht dem Wasser” & “In The Night”. Her credits also include mixing the sound track for “Pawo” and working as location sound for the three time awarded short film “Brüder”.
Since Jill moved to Canada, she started working on many projects. Some of those albums are the Juno winning album from Harrison Kennedy “This Is From Here” and Juno winning album “Touch” by July Talk. Her involvement in the many albums vary from being the assistant engineer to engineering, mixing and even mastering.