Sean Slade (b. November 14, 1957, Lansing, Michigan) is a record producer, engineer, and mixer. In 1985, he co-founded Boston's Fort Apache Studios with Paul Q. Kolderie, Jim Fitting, and Joe Harvard. Previously, Slade, Kolderie, and Fitting were in a band called Sex Execs. The studio originated in Roxbury, but later relocated to Cambridge.
Slade and Kolderie co-produced Radiohead's debut album, Pablo Honey, which was released 1993. They were pivotal in convincing EMI Records to release "Creep" as the band's debut single prior to the album's release. The song initially failed to achieve commercial success, but after the album release in early 1993, "Creep" was re-released and became a worldwide smash.
Slade has produced and/or mixed recordings by such artists as Hole, Warren Zevon, Pixies, The Lemonheads, Juliana Hatfield, Morphine, Big Dipper, Dinosaur Jr., Uncle Tupelo, Tracy Bonham, Spacehog, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Suddenly, Tammy!, Lou Reed, The Boo Radleys, New Collisions, Sebadoh, Lush, the Go-Go's, The Dictators, Beth Sorrentino, Weezer, Kim Boekbinder, The Dresden Dolls, and Buffalo Tom.
Slade graduated from Yale University in 1978, and later relocated to Boston. He played rhythm guitar and occasionally sang and wrote songs for the Boston indie band Men & Volts. He is currently a faculty member at the Berklee College of Music, the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University, and the New England Institute of Art.
- "A Pop Diary" (iTunes Podcast, December 1, 2009): Sean Slade, producer and engineer discusses how records are made
- Sean Slade Discography at Discogs.com
- Sean Slade lecture to the student chapter of the Audio Engineering Society of Emerson College, April 23, 2010 (attendee rough transcript)