Randy Staub is one of the most prolific rock mixers of the last decade. Staub has worked with some of the largest names in music, mixing tracks for artists such as Nickelback, Metallica, Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, Nickelback, U2, Cher, Celine Dion, 3 Doors Down, Avril Lavigne, Iggy Pop, H.I.M, Coheed and Cambria, Hinder and many others. He has been nominated for the Juno award for “Recording Engineer of the Year” nine times, winning in 2002 for his work with Nickelback on the tracks “How You Remind Me” and “Too Bad”.
Rhys Fulber is a musician, composer and producer who is most easily recognized for his contribution to industrial rock at its late 80’s conception, specifically in the bands Front Line Assembly and Delerium.
Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Fulber's appreciation of music began at an early age. By the age of six, Fulber was playing the drums, and five years later, was already visiting recording studios and discovering punk rock and new wave artists (namely the Dead Kennedys and Pete Shelley's 1981 release, Homosapien). It was Shelley's work in particular that led to Fulber's father purchasing his young son a drum machine and synthesizer.
What do the diverse artists Peter Gabriel, Godsmack, Kid Rock, Mudvayne, Joni Mitchell, Coheed and Cambria, Silverchair, Staind and Tool all have in common? Each has had the privilledge of having albums produced or mixed by 3 time Grammy Award winning Producer/Mixer David Bottrill. When asked what genre of artists he focuses on, in a 2003 interview with MTV news Bottrill stated, “I want everything to have a strong identity and be varied”… “I’ve done lots of different things over the history of my career” and he’s done it all with a tremendous amount of success with his albums having sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
“Chris Badami has an innate and discerning musical ear that gives everything he produces, engineers and mixes its superior sound. Anyone who has heard his work will immediately understand.” – Roark, Drive Thru/Love Minus Zero Records.
It takes a great producer, engineer and mixer to capture the sound of an artist in the studio. But it takes a musician to go the extra mile and capture the artist’s spirit too. With Chris Badami, founder and owner of Portrait Recording Studios, you get that rare combination of attributes – plus one world-class drummer to boot.
Cameron Webb is a successful music producer and mixer whose career skyrocketed in just a few short years. Webb began as an engineer on projects like Limp Bizkit’s Significant Other, Danzig’s 6:66 Satan’s Child and Godsmack’s Awake, with each album being released to enormous success. Webb continues to make his mark on the industry, and now produces and mixes records for some of the most prominent bands in indie and mainstream rock today including Motorhead, Social Distortion, Silverstein, Pennywise and most recently Strung Out. Silverstein said of Webb that, “We were intimidated by the legends Cameron worked with previously, but he was so friendly and easy going that he really got the best performances out of us”(zoominfo).
Hailing from San Fransisco, Jeff Trott is a multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer with a successful career spanning the last two decades. Trott started out as the guitarist for the San Francisco post punk outfit The Lifers, following with replacing Kurt Herr in Wire Train. When Wire Train broke up, Trott joined the UK band World Party and moved to London for a short time where he played on their critically acclaimed cult classic album "Goodbye Jumbo". Then in the early nineties Trott fatefully met Sheryl Crow and went on to co-write, and play on some of her best known hits, including “If It Makes You Happy”, “Everyday Is A Winding Road”, “My Favorite Mistake”, “Soak Up The Sun”, and “Good Is Good”. Trott produced Crow’s multi-platinum albums C’mon, C’mon, and Wildflower and has written and played on all of her records, including her current record Detours.
Holly Knight has had a wild 36-year ride in the music business that ignited when she met songwriter/producer Mike Chapman with her New York band Spider in 1981. They penned Spider's single, "Better Be Good To Me," which music icon Tina Turner recorded six months later on her 1984 album Private Dancer. Knight's rise to success continued when she wrote the chart-topping, "Love Is A Battlefield" and "Invincible" for Pat Benatar, "The Warrior" for Patty Smyth, "Change" for John Waite, "Baby Me" for Chaka Khan, "Never" for Heart and "Pleasure And Pain" for Divinyls. In total, Knight has written nine songs for Turner, including "The Best", “Better Be Good To Me” and "Wildest Dreams," all signature songs for the legend.
The common stereotype of engineers, mixers and producers is that they are frustrated musicians. By contrast, even as a teenager, Mark Endert already felt called to work as a producer and mixer, rather than a performer.
“The weird thing is, I never wanted to be a rock star,” recalls Endert, who grew up north of Los Angeles. “I was more a fan of records and the record-making process, rather than a die-hard fan of bands. I had a Jupiter 8 and a Juno 106, and played keyboards in bands during my teens, but I would follow producers rather than music groups. I’d wait for the next Mutt Lange-produced record to come out and I would buy that, regardless of who the artist was. Even when I was very young I wanted to work in the behind-the-scenes part of record making.”
In modern music, the mixer is perhaps the least visible link in the chain of creativity that brings music from the songwriters and the artists to the public. Yet there is no more important player in this process – and none is more respected by his peers than Bob Clearmountain, the man who defined the mixer’s role and continues to set its standard of excellence. “Clearmountain’s fame was key to elevating the role of mixer from obscurity to center stage,” observes Electronic Musician. “His work, a seemingly effortless combination of technique and feel, inspired and influenced a generation of engineers.” It also created the sonic contexts through which some of the most important contemporary music has claimed its place in history. Thanks to Clearmountain, the sound is as vital as the performance, the composition, and the lyric in the impact made by Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A.