The RecW Alumni In Action
Across the country and around the world, The RecW graduates have worked with many of today’s biggest artists. Thousands of our grads are working behind the scenes on movies, television shows and in just about any situation that needs skilled audio professionals.
Great friend and alumni of The RecW DAVE MAGGARD has been crushing it, and his studio SOUND BISCUIT in Sevierville, Tennessee, was just featured in Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine! The article talks about attending our program… covering his amazing studio, his work with DOLLY PARTON and The Po' Ramblin' Boys, before a "we're not worthy" discussion from ABSOLUTE LEGEND Doyle Lawson, where he puts Dave's work on par with that of Paul Simon and the like… If you know Dave, you can understand his success, and why he was NOMINATED FOR A GRAMMY just years after attending our program!!!
PLATINUM Producer (and RecW Staff alum) OTTO D'AGNOLO helms TheRecordingArtist.com, a membership based site where you can see live streamed sessions- engineered and produced my a master of his craft! OH YES, it's a reality TV show on AMAZON PRIME!!!
Excellent to have had several RecW Grads show off their studio skills on nominated albums! Up for Best Alternative Music Album was Bjork's Utopia and grad Heba Kadry mixed this wonderful sonic feast of unique vocals and instrumentation. Best Urban Contemporary Album was one of nominations for Beyoncé & Jay-Z's Everything is Love The RecW grad Derek Dixie co-produced several tracks on this album, and also is Beyoncé's music director on tour. Keith Urban was up for Best Country Solo Performance for a track from Graffiti U. Grad Luke Martin engineered on this inventive album that brings in some unexpected pop/EDM influence - Benny Blanco and Ed Sheeran were part of the collaborative songwriting & production. Congrats all!
A Star is Born featured lots of outstanding music and The RecW grad Nick Monson produced and co-wrote four of the songs from the movie soundtrack. Nick had previously worked with Lady Gaga on her Artpop album, producing/writing six of her songs including the hit Applause.
Aquaman Soundtrack has made big waves and super-cool to know that The RecW grad George Bechara brought his awesome studio skills to the production of the Pitbull track Ocean to Ocean. Hailing from Sydney, George works professionally as G-Wizard doing his DJ/production magic throughout Australia and in the States on occasion too. Lots of projects & touring happening now with fellow Aussies Kronic and Lucille Croft. Big congrats George!
Sean Kellett & Nick Mac
Congrats to The RecW grads Sean Kellett and Nick Mac. Working at Perfect Sound Studios in Los Angeles, they engineered for the track Glorious on Macklemore's album The Genesis. Awards for RIAA Certified Platinum status are now in the hands of all the talent involved. Other artists that Sean has engineered for include Primal Scream, Dirty Heads & J. Cole.
Awesome to see the latest creation from the fertile mind of ANIIML, aka Lila Rose, and known to us as a super-talented RecW grad. OUCH! - is her latest song & video. So much to love - a dark, gothic chant that slowly builds to an intensive ending chorus - musically, sonically & visually. Lila's earlier releases have landed two recent television placements - the HBO series Vice, and the Freeform show Good Trouble. Her first European tour is scheduled for this Fall. Gonna be a tremendous year for ANIIML!
Big congrats to The RecW grad Ehab Medhat for getting onboard as a mastering assistant to the legendary Scott Hull at Masterdisk in New York. WOW! One of the first projects Ehab worked on was Cave Dweller- the solo debut from Matt Cameron of Soundgarden & Pearl Jam. Check out the lucious blue vinyl. Looks as good as it sounds! Ehab has also worked on recent projects for Dave Matthews Band & Snarky Puppy. Much more to come no doubt!
Sound Designer and The RecW grad Nick Braun is excited about the projects he is working on in Seattle at Monolith. Their big game title is Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. Nick's Sound Design talents had previously been found at game publisher High Voltage. Before his focus in audio-for-gaming, Nick worked at the prestigious Westlake Studios in West Hollywood.
The RecW grad Warren Sokol is now Mastering Engineer for the new mastering division at the legendary United Recording in Hollywood. Warren had previously been at Universal Mastering Studios working on albums for artists such as The Band Perry, Imagine Dragons, Public Enemy, Method Man and the TV show The Voice.
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). The RecW grad Joe Viers was an engineer on some of the cuts on Blurryface, their album that got huge amounts of deserved love.
Taylor Swift has relied on The 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.
Pentatonix and Christmas music have become a new tradition over the past few years - Fantastic performances, arrangements and MIXING! The RecW grad Ed Boyer has become well-established as the consummate mixer of a cappella vocals. His studio talents mixing Pentatonix can also be heard in the recent Grinch movie... And the follow-up soundtrack album the To Greatest Showman: Reimagined. Awesome engineering talent makes a feast for the ears!
Jack Antonoff and his band Bleachers have been on his Gone Now Era tour with The RecW grad Matt Price handling FOH mix and Production Manager duties. A performance at the MTV Video Music Awards was a great kickstart. Matt has been with Bleachers for a few years now. Other artists he's recently mixed for include WALK THE MOON, Magic Man and Childish Gambino.
Björk's recent album Utopia has its intricate mixing handled by The RecW grad Heba Kadry. Originally from Cairo, Egypt, Heba now works in Brooklyn at Timeless Mastering. Other clients using her highly-respected studio skills include The Mars Volta, Future Islands, and Magic Man.
Grammy nom for Best Engineered Album is a well-deserved honor for The RecW grad Chad Howat. He mixed tracks on K. Flay's Every Where is Some Where which also had the song Blood in the Cut up for Rock Song of the Year. Chad has been making excellent music in his band Paper Route and it's spectacular to see his engineering talents for other artists get accolades too.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z's album Everything is Love includes the cut Boss co-produced by The RecW grad Derek Dixie. Derek had previously produced several songs on Beyoncé’s Lemonade album and has been her touring music director for the past few years. Awesome stuff Derek!
Lead Sound Designer for Alexa's whole universe of sounds is The RecW grad Chris Seifert. He has been at the helm from concept to final form for the sound language of all Amazon digital products such as Echo, Show, Fire TV and Fire tablets. What an awesomely huge job to be doing! Chris had previously been doing sound design and music composition for several top game franchises including Spore, The Sims, Guitar Hero and Lego Universe. This all grew from his being hired by Electronic Arts to update their in-house recording and mixing studios.
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.
The RecW grad Marlana Sheetz and her bandmates in the group Milo Greene have released the single Move from their upcoming album entitled Adult Contemporary. Due out in September, Milo Greene has a history of hitting the road hard after an album release and appearances on Conan have been a great showcase for the band too. Stay tuned!
Rich Brian is the first Asian artist to hit #1 on the iTunes Hip Hop Chart and The RecW grad Ivan Gojaya recorded & mixed six of the tracks on this album Amen. Ivan performed his engineering magic with Brian at Roemah Iponk Studios just outside Jakarta, Indonesia. BIG congrats to you Ivan and keep up the tremendous work!
Black Stone Cherry have released their 5th album, titled after their home state of Kentucky. The RecW 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.
Kyle (aka SuperDuperKyle) recently launched his LIGHTSPEED World Tour and it's awesome to see The RecW grad Neal Duffy handling the FOH mix. As the tour swung through Ohio, Neal thoughtfully reached out to the crew here at The RecW - much appreciated. Neal's mixing skills have been entrusted by many others on tour over the past few years including Neon Trees, CeeLo Green, and Santigold.
The RecW grad Oliver Som produced and mixed Anomalie for the legendary french band Louis Attaque. Hugely successful, it was awarded Rock Album of the Year at the Victoires de la Musique 2017, France's equivalent of the Grammys.
What People Say About The RecW
Such an overwhelmingly positive experience. I’m truly going to miss this place and all the cool people I met here, instructors included. You will not regret your decision to come here.
– Stale Media
What People Say About The RecW
I'm finishing up with classes in a few weeks. I'm excited to get back home and put to use all that I've learned so far... I'll be leaving here more confident and armed with knowledge that's already paying off.
– Scott D.
What People Say About The RecW
Great school for digital, analog and live sound training. Also sound for picture. The education you receive for the money is the best you’ll get anywhere. The alumni speaks volumes.