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Recording Workshop Grads in Action…

TwentyOne Pilots

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).
Recording Workshop 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

Taylor Swift has relied on Recording Workshop 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.

Black Stone Cherry

Black Stone Cherry have released their 5th album, titled after their home state of Kentucky.
Recording Workshop grad/bass player Jon Lawhon and his bandmates have taken on the role of production for this project. This new twist has let them get some their HEAVIEST guitar sounds ever. First single is In Our Dreams, and the album includes a tremendous cover of Edwin Starr’s classic War.

Paper Route

Paper Route is currently on tour with MUTEMATH.
Recording Workshop 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.

The Roots

Recording Workshop 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 Recording Workshop 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 Recording Workshop 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.


Recording Workshop 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.

Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz is "Letting Love Rule" with some help from Recording Workshop grad Giancarlo Gadd.
Giancarlo is Monitor Tech for Lenny Kravitz's Strut tour, hitting stages throughout Germany, Italy, France, and other parts of Europe.


Star Wars fans can now enjoy “never-before-seen” material about the making of the first six films, and Recording Workshop 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. Recording Workshop 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

Magic Man's CD Before the Waves Recording Workshop 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

Luke Bryan winning Entertainer of the Year at the CMA Awards no doubt brought a smile to Recording Workshop 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. Recording Workshop 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.


Recording Workshop 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.

Neon Trees

Pro Sound News included a smiling picture of Recording Workshop 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.

MixMag Pics

Mix Magazine has had smiling faces of Recording Workshop grads in recent issues. Recording Workshop 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. Recording Workshop 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.


Recording Workshop 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 Recording Workshop 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, Recording Workshop 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. Recording Workshop 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 Recording Workshop 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.

Framing Hanley

Framing Hanley recently toured the UK. Recording Workshop 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.

Age of Tomorrow

Skwoorch or Chank?
What's the sound of an axe hitting an extraterrestrial? Recording Workshop 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.


Recording Workshop 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 Recording Workshop 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.

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