Blatboy Productions

Making music the old fashioned way: By playing it.

Blatboy Productions is the homegrown music composing/production arm of J. Walter Hawkes, a three-time Emmy Award–winning composer and also a New York City–based trombone player and ukulele picker.

Yeah, that guy. J. Walter Hawkes. He owes me 5 bucks, man! Oh, wait. That's me.

I compose and produce music for film and television, and also offer arranging and orchestration services for a very wide variety of ensembles. I also have a professional studio that I can record most of the above in: The Blat-O-Box.

What does this mean for you? Well, I'm here to help.

  • If you are involved in a project in a visual medium (a film, some animation, a short, a TV show, a video game, etc etc) that needs original music, I could just be the person for you. Not to toot my own horn (ahem) but I've a lot of experience composing for many different types of media in many different styles of music. This website has examples of my work you can check out. On top of that, I can put together a crack team of NYC musicians to record the music right here in my beloved Blat-O-Box studio. Crazy, man.
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  • If you are putting together a recording and need a horn section, a string section, or any combination of instruments, I am a very experienced arranger in a wide variety of styles. If you have already recorded your basic tracks on Pro Tools or Logic, we can even record the arrangements (with said crack team of musicians) right onto your session here in the Blat-O-Box. Even if you or your band is based in Walla Walla, Washington, you can have a little bit of New York City on your record without ever leaving your living room. I can also provide you with clear charts that you can use on your gigs. Holy all-in-one package, Batman!
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  • If you need trombone parts and/or a solo on tracks (and face it, who doesn't?) I can play it and record it right here for you. I'm a full time NYC musician and I'm already on many recordings. I'd love to be on yours as well. And you won't even have to put up with all my bad puns in the studio. You send me the track, I record the trombone, I send you the file. You'll still get a pun or two in the email though. Sorry.
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  • Oh, by the way, you can replace the word "trombone" with "ukulele" in the above paragraph, and that works too.
So, feel free to poke around this website a bit. Drop me a line if you like. And, if you happen to be in or near New York City, be sure to check out my Blat Blog to see where I'm performing.