to Rafa Sardina...
Grammy® Win: Record of The Year for engineering on "Really
Love" for D'Angelo.
Grammy Nom Best Latin Pop Album & Best Rock/Urban/Alternative
l mixer l producer l musician
Angeles based Thirteen-Time Grammy® & Latin Grammy®
Winner Producer/Mixer/Engineer Rafa Sardina has built an eclectic
and impressive client list in the recent years: Stevie Wonder, D'Angelo,
Elvis Costello & The Roots, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Jordan
Smith, David Foster, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Placido Domingo, Celine
Dion, Rachel Platten, Harry Conick Jr, Josh Groban, Mariah Carey,
Shakira, Dr. Dre, Dru Hill, Armando Manzanero, David Morales, Jessy
Moss, Luis Miguel, Paco de Lucía, Chris Botti, Susan Boyle,
Katherine Jenkins, Zaz, Stewart Copeland, Sheryl Crow, Soul Coughing,
Beyonce, ChocQuibTown, Beto Cuevas, Kevon Edmonds, Kina, Eric Marienthal,
Juanes, Angie Stone, Calle 13, Illya Kuriaki & The Valderramas,
Alejandro Fernandez, blues legends Al Blake & Fred Kaplan, Juan
Gabriel, Jumaane Smith, Jackie Evancho, Naturally 7, Michael Bublé,
Cristian Castro, Clare Fischer Big Band, Macy Gray, Robbie Williams,
Alejandro Sanz, Natalia Lafourcade, Miguel and D'Angelo among many
others. He has received over 51 Grammy & Latin Grammy Nominations
for his work with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Luis
Miguel, Clare Fischer Big Band, Illya Kuriaki & The Valderramas,
Alejandro Sanz, Calle 13, and D'Angelo & The Vanguards.
In 2016 Rafa
Sardina got another Grammy recognition for Best R&B Album for
D'Angelo's "Black Mesiah".
Also in 2016 he received 5 Latin Grammy Nominations for Producer
Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best Pop Album,
and Best Alternative Album, winning the Best Alternative Album one.
Rafa is nominated
in 2017 for 2 Grammy's for Best Latin Pop Album & Best Rock/Urban/Alternative
is currently serving as Governor for the Los Angeles Chapter of
the Grammy's, as well as been appointed Chairman of the Producers
& Engineers Wing at the Grammy's, and Vice-Chairman & Founding
Member of the CPI (Circulo de Productores e Ingenieros), the equivalent
organization representing Producers & Engineers in Latin America,
Brazil, Spain & Portugal.
As a musician, engineer and producer Rafa connects easily with artists
and has tremendous respect for creating a studio vibe that's performance-friendly
for both new and established talent.
for music began at an early age playing guitar and attending recording
sessions in his native Spain. After four years in Medical school,
Rafa chose to pursue his life-long passion: Music. A live sound
stint with folk, jazz and world artists in Northern Spain and South
of France led him to the United States where he attended Full Sail
University in order to expand his knowledge and abilities. He graduated
with a Valedictorian Award for achievements and excellence. Soon
after he landed an engineering position at the legendary Ocean Way
Recording Studios in Hollywood and Record One Studios in Los Angeles.
Rafa had the unique opportunity to work with world reknowned artists
on a daily basis: from Natalie Cole to the Black Crows, Celine Dion,
Greenday, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank
Sinatra, the pre-recording of The Academy Awards and worked on numerous
movies. Rafa's intuition to move to Los Angeles proved to be one
of the most rewarding synergies of his life.
is best known for working on pop, rock and R&B projects, he
has recorded and mixed just about any genre of music you can imagine:
orchestral recordings, big band, R&B, dance, gospel, soul, rap,
choral, film/TV soundtracks and movie scores like "Any given
Sunday", "102 Dalmatians", "Michael Jordan-
To the Max", "Biker Boyz", Tyler Perry's "Madea's
Family Reunion", Johnny Depp's "The Rum Diary" and
Over the years
Rafa has developed professional and personal relationships with
many artists that he has grown to respect.
"At the end of the day, it comes down to a simple studio philosophy
- I'm there to make sure the artist is able to realize his vision,
intensely collaborate in the creative process and have fun in the
founded Fishbone Music Productions in 2001. He built his studio
from ground up with artist's need in mind. "Afterhours"
was designed by Com-po-site architectural firm, who's behind the
design of very reputable studios like The Record Plant, David Lynch
Studios and many other world-class facilities. "It helps me
to be more flexible with today's recording budgets and create a
safe place for artists to work without having to worry about the
clock," says Sardina, who specified the acoustics and gear
installation details of his studio in Los Angeles, California. He
also frequents major studios around the world. "Basically,
I go where the projects take me
Sardina's Gear of Preference: Augspurger Speakers, Avedis Audio,
Bricasti, Focusrite, Sennheiser, Plug-In Alliance, McDSP, iZotope,
Waves, SPL & DUY Plug-ins, Neumann, Apogee converters, and Solid
State Logic mixers.
Sardina at After Hours, Woodland Hills, CA photo: Ed Freeman
Hours Studio Spotlight at studioexpresso
Sardina PlugIn Alliance Interview
Mixing Dilemmas -- Blair Jackson MIX Interview with Sardina Feb
version posted here
Rafa talks about the process of working for film
"Session File" (June '02) - Read here!
Rafa talks with
Lisa Roy at Cello Studios
Cover (Oct '01) story --- Read here!
Plug-ins , JBL
LSR line of professional studio speakers, Apogee
AD 8000 SE Special Edition , Trak2