Andre Upston is an Auckland recording engineer, producer, and musician. He had long been the resident engineer for Auckland’s Helen Young Studio and Radio NZ.
Andrew Buckton began his career as in house engineer at York Street Studios for five years, where he helped build, design, and manage the now infamous Studio Two.
Producer Ben King started out working as a production duo with legendary New Zealand engineer Nick Abbott (Datsuns/Pluto/Goldenhorse). A founding member/ writer in Goldenhorse, Ben has worked variously as producer, writer, musician and arranger with Goldenhorse, Renee-Louise Carafice, Bic Runga, Boh Runga, Dave Dobbyn, Brooke Fraser, Hello Sailor & Daniel Bedingfield, among others. His real strength is in honing a strong, unique sound for genuinely talented bands and musicians.
Captain Hook worked at York Street as the head engineer after a decade of running Dudley Studios out of Hamilton. In that time he produced gold albums for Goodnight Nurse, and his own band 48May. Bringing an all in one approach from pre production through to mastering, Hook has created albums for Falter, Arms Reach, All Left Out, Vegas Brown, Stardrunk and the Hamilton County Bluegrass Band among others, as well as various singles/E.Ps for Fast Crew, Simple Day, Doppler, Quarter2, My Life Story, Radiator, Stu Strawbridge, Antagonist, and Kimbra, to name a few.
One of the founders of the Kog Transmissions label, Chetland still works at the Kog studios, doing lots of mixing and mastering work for New Zealand artists.
Chris van de Geer is co-owner and director of BigPop Music. He’s a rare breed who’s highly regarded for his work as both an engineer/producer (twice winner of NZ music engineer of the year award), and as a composer/musician (co-founder of Second Child and guitarist with multi-platinum band stellar*).
Producer Dave Goodison has over a decade’s experience in rock and pop performance and production, while still finding time to moonlight as guitarist with Boh Runga, Elemeno P and Carly Binding.
Evan Short is an in-demand producer and engineer running his company Mercury Audio which offers many different music and audio related services from music creation and production to recording, mixing and mastering.
David Holmes started his first studio in 1999 in Hawkes Bay providing local production houses and ad agencies with a much needed digital audio facility. During this time he worked with scores of local bands cutting his teeth in the producer’s chair.
After a year long stint running the studio in Wellington he moved to Auckland in 2003 and began to focus mainly on album production. He has since completed more than 60 albums and worked with the likes of Autozamm, Gramsci, Anika Moa, An Emerald City, Jakob, Pitch Black, Concord Dawn, State of Mind and Battle Circus to name just a few.
With over 20 years experience in the industry and a strong background in music, he understands both the technical as well as artistic merits of a recording. He has produced and mixed artists from a wide variety of musical genres in USA, Canada, and New Zealand.
After graduating with top marks at the internationally recognized School of Audio Engineering, Jonathan went straight into employment working on mainstream charting material with a renowned producer. Since then he has worked on multiple records which have had top ten chart placements, gold and platinum sales, #1 charting album, multiple songs which have achieved number one for national main-stream radio play, and mixed the first New Zealand song to enter the top 40 singles charts on digital downloads alone!
Karl Steven (Drab Doo Riffs, Supergroove)
Neil Baldock is the in-house producer and chief engineer at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios.
Peter Wadams is NZ’s most accomplished Hip-Hop producer, co-owner of independent record label Dirty Records (est. 2002) and is a multi-platinum recording artist and songwriter in his own right. He was awarded the “Producer of the Year Award” at the New Zealand Music Awards and the APRA Silver Scroll Award for “Songwriter Of The Year” in 2004.
Producer Simon Holloway established Beaver in 1991. He has worked with pretty much everyone in the New Zealand music industry during that time and has numerous gold and platinum records. His productions have significantly contributed to New Zealand artists’ increased chart presence in their home territory over the last decade, exemplified at one stage in 2004 by his having mixed or produced 20% of the records on both the NZ Top 20 singles and album charts.
Simon has been a finalist for both Producer and Engineer of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards, and was a finalist for Songwriter of the Year at the 2001 NZ APRA Silver Scroll Awards.
Steve Roberts started his career as an assistant engineer at Auckland’s York Street Recording Studios in 2002. In 2004 he took over as Head Engineer where he stayed until Mid 2006 when he moved to the UK to further his career.
In his time engineering and producing Steve has worked with Tricky, Soul II Soul, Mutya Buena, Face (So Solid Crew), P Money, Che Fu, Dave Dobbyn, Jayson Norris, V V Brown, The Funk Fanatics, The Bleeders, Concord Dawn, Steriogram, Miriam Clancy, Frontline, Scribe, Fast Crew, The Electric Confectionaires, Money Mark & Ad Rock (Beastie Boys), Black Eyed Peas, Bruce Conlon, Brooke Fraser, Opshop, Blindspott, The Feelers, 50 Cent and G Unit and many more…
Tom Larkin is a Producer, Drummer and Manager. He resides in Australia and is the founding member of the New Zealand hard rock band Shihad. He also currently owns and runs two studios located in Melbourne, Victoria and runs a music management and artist development company called Homesurgery.
Vitaly [Vit-ta-lee] Zolotarev has been the exclusive engineer for the # 1 urban Independent Label Dawn Raid Entertainment for over 8 years. Vitaly branched out on his own in 2007 to form Vitaly Music and work as an independent contractor.
Vitaly has worked on both local and international projects with gold & Platinum artists across a broad spectrum of genre’s including work with Savage, Mareko, Adeaze, Aaradhna, Sweet & Irie, Nesian Mystik, J Williams (NZ), Paul Mac, Young Divas, NFA (1200 Techniques) (AUS) Akon, Boo Ya Tribe, Baby Bash, David Banner (US).