Star Wars fans can now enjoy “never-before-seen” material about the making of the first six films, and RECW grad Stacey Hempel deserves a big thanks for mixing the audio for the special features content of the 2015 digital format release.
Stacey also brought her expert Pro Tools skills to the broadcast production team for this year’s Grammy awards show, a gig she has done for the last several years.
Whether it’s producing, engineering, or mixing, the talents of RECW grad Jacquire King are among the most highly-respected in the music industry. Ingrid Michaelson enlisted his studio skills for her album Lights Out. Hitting #1 on Billboard’s Top Independent Albums charts is testimony to his exceptional abilities.
From being an assistant engineer on Third Eye Blind’s first album, Jacquire’s early career accelerated with him taking on primary studio duties on albums for Tom Waits, No Doubt, Switchfoot, Smash Mouth, Jars of Clay, and Mute Math. Jacquire’s work on several Kings of Leon albums hit a pinnacle with Only By the Night. Three Grammys were awarded for that album, including Record of the Year for the song “Use Somebody”.
RECW grad extraordinaire Jon Smeltz once again brought his studio talents into service for The Roots, engineering their album …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin. Reaching number 2 on the Billboard Rap Album chart, this is the 10th album that Jon has worked on with this hugely creative Philadelphia band.
Jon’s impressive credit history includes studio engineering and/or mixing for Whitney Houston, Al Jarreau, Al Green, Usher, Miles Davis, Mariah Carey, and many, many more. Jon’s also been behind the board mixing live shows for Kanye West and Jill Scott.
RECW grad Jon Lawhon is one fourth of Kentucky’s own Black Stone Cherry. Magic Mountain is their latest album, and Jon’s bass playing is part of the hard rock magic. Jon also was one of the writers of “Stay”, a song covered by Florida Georgia Line that hit #1 on the Country charts. The band has always hit the road hard, opening shows for Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Chickenfoot. They’ll be on their own headlining tour in the U.S. and Europe this spring through summer.
RECW grad Wesley Claggett brought his audio engineering talents to Sharknado 2 as sound mixer and boom operator. Other recent sound mixing credits for Wesley include the Clint Eastwood directed Jersey Boys, and the Food Network shows Cutthroat Kitchen and Food Network Star.
RECW grad Taylor Mann is an assistant engineer at Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, Washington. This studio has had an impressive list of clients over the past 30 years… Eric Clapton, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, The Lumineers, and Train… to name a few. Taylor earned his first major credits on Brandi Carlile’s new album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, which debuted at #9 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Charts. Taylor has also worked in the studio with Vance Joy, an Australian singer-songwriter touring as an opener for Taylor Swift.
Kamelot is bombarding the UK and Europe with an early 2015 tour, and RECW grad Sean Tibbetts is bringing his thunderous bass to the metal-loving masses.
Haven is their upcoming release. It promises to have plenty of their legendary sound, along with some new sonic twists. Looking forward to hearing what Sean does with his bass parts.
RECW grad Jonathan Wyner chaired three panels at the most recent AES convention in Los Angeles.
Jonathan’s expertise in audio production is broad, but his insight on mastering is of particular acclaim. He owns M Works Mastering in Boston, and is an educational author for iZotope.
Taylor Swift has relied on RECW grad Jordan Kolenc for her in-ear monitor mix as she’s toured over the past several years. He’s on staff at 8th Day Sound Systems. Previous clients that Jordan has worked with include Killswitch Engage, Smashing Pumpkins, Five Finger Death Punch, and Madonna.
Magic Man's CD Before the Waves was mastered by RECW grad Heba Kadry. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, she now works in Brooklyn at Timeless Mastering. Some other clients requesting her highly-respected mastering skills include The Mars Volta, Future Islands, and The Sea and Cake.
RECW grad John Guentner’s exceptional foley mixing talents are in high demand for both film and television projects.
American Sniper is one of his recent movie credits. Other films include Kingsmen: The Secret Service, Wild, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and The Maze Runner.
For television, John has been a foley mixer for the shows Castle, Once Upon a Time, Perception, and The Flash.
That’s an impressive list of work, but it’s just a fraction of what John’s been doing. Upcoming projects include Pitch Perfect 2 and Terminator Genisys.
Luke Bryan winning Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards no doubt brought a smile to RECW grad Mills Logan too. Mills engineered Luke Bryan's CD, Crash My Party.
Mills has also been nominated as Audio Engineer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music for the last two years.
RECW grad Chad Howat is part of the Nashville-based band, Paper Route. They create a blend of rock/pop with a tasty infusion of electronic ambience. Chad plays a variety of instruments, but a laptop is his primary creative tool. The band is touring coast-to-coast, and has a new release entitled “Zhivago”. Another avenue to hear their music is in the movie To Write Love On Her Arms, starring Kat Dennings and recently released to iTunes.
Cinematic pop is one way to describe the music of Milo Greene. RECW grad Marlana Sheetz is a member of this talented LA band. Their latest album is entitled Control, and their current tour is called Lonely Eyes Tour, named after the first single. An appearance on Conan got things launched, and performances at SXSW and all across the U.S. are happening throughout the year.
RECW grad David Barbe engineered, mixed, and produced English Oceans, the latest from Drive-By Truckers. He’s been a big part of their sound, having worked on eight of their previous albums. David operates his own studio Chase Park Transduction in Athens, GA. His studio skills are also found on albums from Cracker, Deerhunter, Son Volt, and The Hold Steady. David is also a former member of Bob Mould’s band, Sugar.
Pro Sound News included a smiling picture of RECW grad Neal Duffy and lots of his thoughts about handling Front-of-House mixing duties for the group Neon Trees. Their album Pop Psychology hit #1 on several Billboard charts.
Mix Magazine has had smiling faces of RECW grads in recent issues. RECW grad Trent Walker made the cover as senior audio engineer for Temple Square in Salt Lake City, handling the audio needs for the Mormon Tabernacle Church. RECW grad Jacquire King had a great pic as part of his endorsement ad for Retro Instruments. His impressive credit history makes a thumbs-up from him for a piece of gear a pretty big deal.
Affiance is on tour for the release of their new CD Blackout. RECW grad Eric Thomas plays bass in this high-energy band that is helping bring American Metal back to the forefront. Their last tour took them all across the U.S. with Killswitch Engage and Protest The Hero.
Few bands tour the planet as hard as Lamb of God. RECW grad Brian Griffin is a crucial part of making it happen. He handles a broad range of tour production duties, including Front-of-House engineering.
Full of endless talent and energy, RECW grad Derek Dixie is music director for Beyoncé. His primary work is taking his music and Pro Tools skills on the road to help shape each performance into the spectacular event that she consistently brings to her fans.
Along with his production skills, Derek is also an incredible drummer. For Beyoncé’s recent live performance on the CBS tribute show to Stevie Wonder, Derek went beyond his role behind a laptop and handled the drumming duties too.
Brooklyn is home to The Wild Honey Pie, a unique enterprise engaging bands with their fans in some very inventive ways. RECW grad Jon Lurie is the ring-leader of this group of creatives that find imaginative locations to film interactions of bands and fans - enjoying food, drink, music, and fun. Jon is also a frequent author for Brooklyn’s noted online music publication, SonicScoop.
Las Vegas is where RECW grad Eric Rickey has put down roots with both a studio and a new band called Rabid Young. Eric’s previous band, Most Thieves had the good fortune of opening many shows for The Killers, so expectations are high for the new band. Rabid Young’s first EP release is now available for pre-order on iTunes.
NCIS has been a top show for CBS for many years. RECW grad Justin Kilmer is behind the scenes making sure it all sounds as good as it looks. He’s the Post Production Coordinator for the show, working in LA.
Lenny Kravitz is "Letting Love Rule" with some help from RECW grad Giancarlo Gadd.
Giancarlo is Monitor Tech for Lenny Kravitz's Strut tour, hitting stages throughout Germany, Italy, France, and other parts of Europe.
Framing Hanley recently toured the UK. RECW grad Brandon Wootten plays guitar in this alt-rock band from Nashville. Their latest album The Sum of Who We Are is on Imagen Records.
Skwoorch or Chank?
What's the sound of an axe hitting an extraterrestrial? RECW grad Alistair Duff answers this question as the Sound Mixer for Age of Tomorrow.
Alistair has been super busy bringing his audio skills to many recent film productions from The Asylum - Asteroid vs. Earth, Bermuda Tentacles, and the future classic Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark.
San Francisco artist/producer and RECW grad Lila Rose will be dropping her latest album We Animals in April. As the title suggests, animal rights lovers and music lovers will both find much to embrace in the project. Lila will perform her new material for home town fans at a release show in May, with a tour to follow.
RECW grad Geoff Godfrey is drummer in the LA band Ocelot Robot. They’ve been playing gigs throughout SoCal sharing music from their most recent release Ready To Go. The band’s video work has been particularly imaginative.
Geoff cut his teeth in LA as head runner & assistant at legendary studio, The Recording Plant. Artists that he worked with include The Black Eyed Peas and The Pussy Cat Dolls.