Ariel Rechtshaid in 2013
March 23, 1979 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Record producer, songwriter, audio engineer, mixing engineer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, percussion|
|Associated acts||Adele, HAIM, Brandon Flowers, Vampire Weekend, Usher, Diplo, Snoop Lion, Sky Ferreira, Blood Orange, Charli XCX, Alex Clare, Cass McCombs, Tobias Jesso Jr., The Hippos, Carly Rae Jepsen, Hurts|
Ariel Rechtshaid (born March 23, 1979) is an American record producer, audio engineer, mixing engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. His production, songwriting, and mixing credits include Brandon Flowers, HAIM, Vampire Weekend, Madonna, Tobias Jesso Jr., Usher, Adele, Cass McCombs, Solange Knowles, Murs, Sky Ferreira, We Are Scientists, Kylie Minogue, Glasser, Alex Clare, and Major Lazer. Rechtshaid co-wrote and produced 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. He also produced the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1-charting single "Hey There Delilah" by the Plain White T's in 2007. Rechtshaid is the former lead singer and guitarist of the ska/pop-punk band The Hippos and the bassist and producer of indie folk-rock group Foreign Born.
Rechtshaid was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, a first-generation American born to Israeli immigrants. He attended Hamilton High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he would form his first band, the Hippos.  One of Rechtshaid's high school classmates was rapper Murs with whom he would later record and produce.
Rechtshaid would help form the band in 1995, while he and other members were still in high school. He fronted the band as the singer and guitarist with friends James Bairian on bass, Louis Castle on trumpet, Brandon Bairian on percussion, Roman Fleysher on saxophone, Danny Rukasin on trombone, and Kyle Briggs on drums. They began play shows around southern California, and recorded and self-released a cassette demo titled Attack of the Killer Cheese. Shortly after this they were joined by Rich Zahniser on trombone. Despite their proximity to the Orange County ska scene, they found themselves shut out since they were from Los Angeles. Still through perseverance and talent they established themselves among a ska scene including bands such as Reel Big Fish, No Doubt, Dance Hall Crashers, and The Aquabats. The band would go on to release two full-length albums on Fueled By Ramen/Vagrant Records and Interscope, as well as a self-released third full length consisting of demos produced by Rechtshaid from their later years.
Rechtshaid joined the band as a bassist and producer in Los Angeles in late 2003. They self-released their first 12" single ("We Had Pleasure" b/w "Escape"), followed by 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, and officially released the album with Dim Mak on August 21, 2007. They released their second album, Person to Person, on Secretly Canadian on June 23, 2009.
Production, writing, and mixing
Rechtshaid's production, songwriting, and mixing is found on a wide range of albums and genres. He has written with and produced for 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, Foreign Born, Valencia, and Murs. He is also a partner in music publishing and production company Heavy Duty.
Producer and writer discography
With The Hippos
- 2003: The Hippos, Olympic Records (LP)
- 1999 August: Heads Are Gonna Roll, Interscope (LP)
- 1997 February: Forget the World Fueled By Ramen/Stiff Dog/Vagrant Records (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)
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