Robert Shahnazarian Jr.
mixer I engineer I musician
Robert Shahnazarian at Westlake Studio A
studioexpresso video interview with Robert SJR for Record Production
History: Robert Shahnazarian, Jr. (born July
28th, 1972 in Queens, New York) is a prolific record producer, having
produced over 350 sessions for Sony Connect. These sessions have
included such artists as The Killers, David Crosby/Graham Nash,
John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Snow Patrol, Silver Sun Pickups, and
many others. In addition to producing sessions for Sony's online
music store, he heads his own record label (feudalrecords.com)
and production company, Feudal Productions.
He began his
career in the music business in 1993 as an intern at Capitol Records.
After graduating from Pepperdine University with an emphasis in
music, he landed his first job in the legal department at Sony Music
and on the weekends at KCRW during the radio program Café
LA with Tom Schnabel. Next he was hired to work with A&R executive
Tim Devine at Columbia Records. In 1997 he designed an in-house
production studio in the A&R department at Columbia Records,
performing pre/post production work with artists on their demos,
album overdubs, radio spots, mixes and editing. In 2003, Robert
moved into the space formerly occupied by Sony Studios in Santa
Monica and began working with all of the artists on SonyBMG's labels.
In addition he began producing "exclusive" sessions for
the Live from the Connect living-room series, created by Ty Braswell
and Neil Schield. He is an expert Pro Tools engineer who also pursues,
develops and produces new talent as well as offers consulting for
music industry related projects. He is a member of AES and NARIP,
a voting member of NARAS and supports the T.J. Martell Foundation/Neil
Bogart Memorial Fund. He has been interviewed by the BBC World Service
and has served on numerous music panels.
In 2007, Robert left SonyBMG and formed Feudal Productions, to Produce
artists for both his label and for other labels. Running his sessions,
Robert prefers to capture the best live performance of the band
as the foundation for the recordings, "getting out of the way
of the music coming from the artist" and "letting it come
through the console without any distraction". He views the
projects he does with the artists he works with as collaborations,
where "egos are left at the door and the music is served".
Besides looking for artists with great songs and a strong work ethic,
Robert places a high priority on pre-production and a mutual trust
between himself and the artsts.
Past projects have included sessions with the following artists:
Keane, The Killers, Snow Patrol, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Plain
White T's, David Crosby/Graham Nash, Suzanne Vega, Incubus, Pete
Yorn, All-American Rejects, Pat Monahan (Train), Peter, Bjorn and
John, Silversun Pickups, Cartel, Tears For Fears, The Decemberists,
Brandi Carlile, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and many others. For
a full listing of credits, please check out the following link:
Shahnazarian Jr Capturing The
Decemberists Live-In Studio Sessions
Credits: Recent credits include
the placement of one of Robert's productions on the television show
"Nip and Tuck", two songs for the upcoming indie film
"Eden's Curve" and one song for inclusion on the charity
benefit album "Between Us: Angelenos for Music Education".
In addition, Robert recently finished producing and mixing 3 songs
for Los Angeles singer/songwriter J Scott Bergman. His last production
by Dead City Sunday was released last year to critical success and
is being released in Japan in August 2007. One of his other productions
with singer/songwriter Trevor Lissauer was released independently
in Australia and New Zealand. Previous projects include producing
and developing demos by the Orange County rock group Redline 5,
singers Jessica Williams and Mary Ellis and singer/songwriters Waylon
Payne, Eddie Cohn and Billy Burke, for consideration by Columbia
Records. Robert also recorded demos with Columbia/Ireland recording
artist Paddy Casey produced and recorded songs for The Red's album
"Let's Not And Say We Did" (Bella Records/Ozone).
l-r: Robert Shahnazarian Jr. with
Mute Math at Sony Studios; Jeremy Enigk & Robert SJ
Shahnazarian, Jr. or Claris at studioexpresso
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