Ariel Rechtshaid

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Ariel Rechtshaid
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Background information
Born March 23, 1979
Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.
Occupation(s) record producer, songwriter, audio engineer
Associated acts Brandon Flowers, HAIM, Usher, Vampire Weekend, Diplo, Major Lazer, Justin Bieber, Snoop Lion, Sky Ferreira, Blood Orange, Charli XCX, Alex Clare, Cass McCombs, Theophilus London, Plain White T's, The Hippos

Ariel Rechtshaid (born March 23, 1979) is an American Grammy-winning record producer,[1] 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,[2] and has since produced for Kylie Minogue, Murs, We Are Scientists, Cass McCombs, Glasser, Alex Clare, Sky Ferreira, Major Lazer, Charli XCX, Usher, Justin Bieber, 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 nominated for the 2014 Grammy Award for Producer of the Year and won a Grammy for his production on the Vampire Weekend album Modern Vampires of the City. On the 24th of November the re-release of BEYONCÉ (Platinum Edition) will feature the song "Ring Off", which has been produced by Ariel. According to DrownedMadonna, Ariel Rechshaid is now working with Madonna on her upcoming album.[3]

Early life[edit]

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.[citation needed] 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 with whom he would later work, record and produce.

The Hippos[edit]

Main article: The Hippos

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[edit]

Main article: Foreign Born

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[edit]

Rechtshaid's production and songwriting is found on a wide range of albums. He has written and produced with Madonna, Kylie Minogue, 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.[4] He is also a partner in music publishing and production company Heavy Duty. Rechtshaid resides in Echo Park, Los Angeles.


With The Hippos[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • 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)

Producer and writer discography[edit]

Release year Artist Album Label
2015 Brandon Flowers The Desired Effect Island
2015 Rae Morris Unguarded Atlantic
2015 Madonna "Living for Love"- Rebel Heart Interscope Records
2014 Charli XCX "Doing It"- Sucker Atlantic
2014 Beyoncé "Ring Off" - BEYONCÉ Columbia
2014 Charli XCX "Kingdom" featuring Simon Le Bon - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Republic
2014 Calvin Harris "Pray to God" featuring HAIM - Motion Columbia, Fly Eye
2014 Rae Morris "Do You Even Know?", "Closer" Atlantic Records
2014 Kylie Minogue "If Only", "Golden Boy" - Kiss Me Once Parlophone
2013 Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time Capitol
2013 Jagga "Brutal Beauty"
2013 Haim Days Are Gone Polydor/Columbia
2013 Mikky Ekko "Kids" RCA
2013 Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City XL
2013 Haim Falling EP Polydor/Columbia
2013 Charli XCX True Romance IAMSOUND
2013 YADi "The Blow" Warner
2013 Snoop Lion Reincarnated RCA
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 Knowles 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
2010 Glasser Ring True Panther/Matador
2009 Cass McCombs Catacombs Domino
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
2004 Solea Solea Textbook Music
2003 Murs The End of the Beginning Definitive Jux


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