|Associated acts||Usher, Vampire Weekend, Blood Orange, Charli XCX, Alex Clare, Cass McCombs, Theophilus London, HAIM, Plain White T's|
Ariel Rechtshaid (born March 23, 1979) is an American record producer, audio engineer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. He is the former lead singer and guitarist of the ska/pop-punk band The Hippos, and the indie folk-rock group Foreign Born. He produced the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1-charting single, "Hey There Delilah", by Plain White T’s in 2007, and has since produced Murs, We Are Scientists, Cass McCombs, Glasser, Alex Clare, Sky Ferreira, Major Lazer, Charli XCX, Haim, and Vampire Weekend. Rechtshaid co-wrote Usher's 2012 single, "Climax", which won the 2013 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance.
Rechtshaid was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, a first generation American born to Israeli immigrants. Rechtshaid was enrolled at Hamilton High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The school specialized in performing arts but he did not fit into its competitive jazz program. Instead, he was part of a stage and video production crew for the theatre program and played in punk rock bands. One of his high school classmates was rapper Murs who he would later work with, record and produce.
As a high schooler growing up around Los Angeles, California, Rechtshaid formed the rock band The Hippos. He was fronted the band as the singer and guitarist with friends James Bairian on bass, Louis Castle on trumpet, Rich Zahniser and Danny Rukasin on trombones, and Kyle Briggs on drums. They self-released a cassette demo entitled Attack of the Killer Cheese and began playing shows around southern California, establishing themselves amongst a prolific ska scene including bands such as Reel Big Fish, No Doubt, Dance Hall Crashers, and The Aquabats. The band released 2 full-length albums and a collection of early demos. Their early work is best classified as part of the third wave of ska music, or as ska-punk, though in the later years of their career the band transitioned to a more pop rock sound utilizing synthesizers. The band broke up when Ariel was 19 years old.
Foreign Born began in San Francisco during the late summer months of 2003, but soon relocated to Los Angeles and Rechtshaid joined the band as a bassist and producer. They self-released their first 12" single ("We Had Pleasure" b/w "Escape"), and then their debut EP "In the Remote Woods" via StarTime International Records. While touring the US and UK with St. Vincent, Grizzly Bear, Vampire Weekend, Rogue Wave, Jason Collett, Cold War Kids, Giant Drag and We Are Scientists, they recorded their first full length album, On the Wing Now, in the fall/winter of 2005, self-released 500 or so copies that they sold on the previously mentioned tours, and officially released the album with Dim Mak on August 21, 2007. They were featured in Spin Magazine in October 2007. They released their latest album, Person to Person, on Secretly Canadian on June 23, 2009.
Producer and songwriter
Rechtshaid’s production and songwriting is found on a wide range of albums. He has written and produced with Usher, Blood Orange, Charli XcX, Sky Ferreira, Vampire Weekend, Haim, Plain White T’s, Cass McCombs, Theophilus London, Glasser, We Are Scientists, Major Lazer, Fool’s Gold, Foreign Born, Valencia, and Murs. He is also a partner in music publishing and production company Heavy Duty. Rechtshaid resides in Echo Park, Los Angeles.
With The Hippos
- 2003: The Hippos (a collection of early demos) Olympic Records (LP)
- 1999 August: Heads Are Gonna Roll Interscope (LP)
- 1998 March: Forget the World (LP)
With Foreign Born
- 2009 June: Person to Person, Secretly Canadian (LP)
- 2007 August: On the Wing Now, Dim Mak (LP)
- 2005 June: In the Remote Woods, StarTime International Records (EP)
As a Producer
|2013||Sky Ferreira||Night Time, My Time||Capitol|
|2013||Haim||Days Are Gone||Polydor/Columbia|
|2013||Vampire Weekend||Modern Vampires of the City||XL|
|2013||Charli XCX||True Romance||IAMSOUND|
|2013||Major Lazer||“You're No Good,” "Reach for the Stars" - Free the Universe||Secretly Canadian|
|2013||Little Boots||“Satellites” - Nocturnes||On Repeat|
|2013||Solange||True EP||Terrible Records|
|2012||No Doubt||Push and Shove||Interscope|
|2012||Sky Ferreira||“Everything is Embarrassing”||EMI|
|2012||Usher||“Climax” - Looking 4 Myself||RCA|
|2011||Theophilus London||Timez are Weird These Days||Sire|
|2011||Cass McCombs||Wit's End||Domino|
|2011||Blood Orange||Coastal Grooves||Domino|
|2011||Alex Clare||The Lateness of the Hour||Island UK|
|2011||Active Child||You Are All I See||Vagrant|
|2011||Cass McCombs||Humor Risk||Domino|
|2010||We Are Scientists||Barbara||PIAS Recordings|
|2010||Rolo Tomassi||Cosmology||Hassle Records|
|2009||Foreign Born||Person to Person||Secretly Canadian|
|2008||Valencia||We All Need a Reason to Believe||Columbia|
|2008||We Are Scientists||Brain Thrust Mastery||Virgin EMI|
|2007||Foreign Born||On the Wing Now||Dim Mak|
|2006||We Are Scientists||Crap Attack [Bonus DVD/PAL]||Virgin EMI|
|2006||Plain White T's||Hey There Delilah||Hollywood Records|
|2006||Plain White T's||Every Second Counts (Deluxe Edition)||Hollywood Records|
|2005||We Are Scientists||With Love and Squalor||Virgin EMI|
|2005||Plain White T's||All That We Needed||Fearless Records|
|2005||Foreign Born||In the Remote Woods||StarTime International|
|2003||Murs||The End of the Beginning||Definitive Jux|
- "Ring". Fördeflüsterer (in German). 30 December 2010. Retrieved 21 January 2011.