RECW Graduates in Action…
Twenty One Pilots hit an altitude of #1 on the Billboard 200 Album Charts, and that puts some Central Ohio pride in the air too (FYI, the duo is from Columbus).
RECW grad Joe Viers was an engineer on some of the cuts on Blurryface, their latest album that is getting all this deserved love.
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.
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.
Paper Route is currently on tour with MUTEMATH.
RECW grad/band member Chad Howat and his bandmates are wowing the crowds with their new single Laugh About It.
Fans of alt pop/rock/ambient should have Paper Route on their playlist. Exceptional songwriting, performance and Chad ups the game with his mixing & production talents too.
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.
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.
Kamelot is bombarding the UK and Europe with several 2015 tour legs, and RECW grad Sean Tibbetts is bringing his thunderous bass to the metal-loving masses.
Haven is their latest release. It has plenty of their legendary sound, along with some new sonic twists.
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.
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.
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. Sturm Und Drang is their latest.
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.
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.
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.
RECW grad Jonathan Wyner chaired three panels at the last 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.
Jack Antonoff, guitarist for FUN., also fronts the band Bleachers. That’s where RECW grad Matt Price is at the soundboard handling FOH Engineering and Production Management duties.
Bleachers has been touring hard, with gigs all over the US and UK/Europe. Bleachers co-headlined with Charli XCX for a string of dates.
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.
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.
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.
San Francisco artist/producer and RECW grad Lila Rose released 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 performed her new material for home town fans at a release show in May, followed by a broader tour.