Ariel Rechtshaid

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Ariel Rechtshaid
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Ariel Rechtshaid in 2013
Background information
Born (1979-03-23) March 23, 1979 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation(s)Record producer, songwriter, audio engineer, mixing engineer
Associated acts

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 HAIM, Vampire Weekend, Madonna, Usher, Adele, Brandon Flowers, Charli XCX, Kelela, Cass McCombs, Solange Knowles, Tobias Jesso Jr., Murs, Sky Ferreira, We Are Scientists, Kylie Minogue, U2, 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.[1] 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.

Early life[edit]

Rechtshaid was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, a first-generation American born to Israeli immigrants.[2] He attended Hamilton High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he would form his first band, the Hippos.[3] One of Rechtshaid's high school classmates was rapper Murs with whom he would later record and produce.[4]


The Hippos[edit]

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 to 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.[5]

Foreign Born[edit]

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[edit]

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.[6] He is also a partner in music publishing and production company Heavy Duty.[7]

Personal life[edit]

During the production of Haim's second studio album Something to Tell You (2017), Rechtshaid was diagnosed with stage I testicular cancer.[8]


Producer & Writer Discography[edit]

Vampire Weekend Father of the Bride (2019)

"Harmony Hall"


"Hold You Now" feat. Danielle Haim


"This Life"

"Big Blue"

"How Long?"


"Jerusalem, New York, Berlin"

"Unbearably White"

"Rich Man"

"Married in a Gold Rush" feat. Danielle Haim

"My Mistake"

"Sunflower" feat. Steve Lacy


"Spring Snow"

"Flower Moon" feat. Steve Lacy

G Flip (2019)

"I Am Not Afraid"

James Bay Oh My Messy Mind (2019)


Hozier Wasteland, Baby! (2019)

"To Noise Making (Sing)"


Troye Sivan Bloom (2018)



"The Good Side"

Lady Bird - Soundtrack from the Motion Picture (2018)

"Little of Your Love"

Rae Morris Someone Out There (2018)

"Someone Out There"

HAIM Something to Tell You (2017)

"Right Now"

"Nothing's Wrong"

"Little of Your Love"

"You Never Knew"

"Kept Me Crying"

"Found It In Silence"

"Ready For You"

"Something to Tell You"

"Night So Long"

"Want You Back"

U2 Songs of Experience (2017)

"Lights of Home"

Kelela Take Me Apart (2017)

Adele 25 (2015)

"When We Were Young"

HAIM "Cause I'm a Man (Remix)" (2015)

Little Boots Working Girl (2015)

"Better in the Morning"

Brandon Flowers The Desired Effect (2015)

"Dreams Come True"

"Can't Deny My Love"

"I Can Change"

"Still Want You"

"Untangled Love"

"The Way It's Been"

"Between Me And You"

"Lonely Town"

"Diggin' Up The Heart"

"Never Get You Right"

Carly Rae Jepsen E·MO·TION (2015)

"All That"

"When I Needed You"

Cass McCombs A Folk Set Apart (2015)

"Minimum Wage"

"Poet's Day"

"An Other"

"Catacombs Cow Cow Boogie"

"The State Will Take Care Of Me"

"Empty Promises"

"Three Men Sitting On A Hollow Log"

"Traffic Of Souls"

Lower Dens Escape From Evil (2015)


Tobias Jesso Jr. Goon (2015)

"Without You"

Rae Morris Unguarded (2015)



"For You"

"Don't Go"

"Do You Even Know?"

"This Time"

"Not Knowing"

Madonna Rebel Heart (2015)

"Living for Love"

Charlie XCX Sucker (2014)

"Doing It" feat. Rita Ora

Beyoncé Beyoncé (2014)

"Ring Off"

Charlie XCX The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014)

"Kingdom" feat. Simon Le Bon

Divergent - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2014)

"Hanging On - I See MONSTAS Remix"

Calvin Harris Motion (2014)

"Pray to God" feat. HAIM

Kylie Minogue Kiss Me Once (2014)

"If Only"

"Golden Boy"

Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time (2013)

Birdy Fire Within (2013)

"Strange Birds"

Jagga "Brutal Beauty" (2013)

Mt. Wolf Hypolight EP (2013)


HAIM Days Are Gone (2013)

Mikky Ekko "Kids" (2013)

Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City (2013)

HAIM Falling EP (2013)

Charlie XCX True Romance (2013)

"Nuclear Seasons"

"Take My Hand"

"Stay Away"

"Set Me Free (Feel My Pain)"

"Black Roses"

"How Can I"

"Lock You Up"

YADi "The Blow" (2013)

Snoop Lion Reincarnated (2013)

Major Lazer Free the Universe (2013)

"You're No Good"

"Reach for the Stars"

Little Boots Nocturnes (2013)


No Doubt Push and Shove (2012)

"Push and Shove" feat. Busy Signal & Major Lazer

Sky Ferreira "Everything is Embarrassing" (2012)

Charlie XCX You're The One EP (2012)

Usher Looking 4 Myself (2012)


Justin Bieber Believe (2012)

"Thought of You"

Theophilus London Timez Are Weird These Days (2011)

"Why Even Try" feat. Sara Quin

"Stop It"

Cass McCombs Wit's End (2011)

Blood Orange Coastal Grooves (2011)

Alex Clare The Lateness of the Hour (2011)

"Up All Night"

"Relax My Beloved"


"I Love You"

"Too Close"

"Humming Bird"

"Tight Rope"


Active Child You Are All I See (2011)

Cass McCombs Humor Risk (2011)

"Love Thine Enemy"

"The Living Word"

"The Same Thing"

"To Every Man His Chimera"

"Robin Egg Blue"

"Mystery Mail"

"Meet Me At The Mannequin Gallery"

We Are Scientists Barbara (2010)

Rolo Tomassi Cosmology (2010)

Glasser Ring (2010)

Cass McCombs Catacombs (2009)

Foreign Born Person to Person (2009)

Valencia We All Need a Reason to Believe (2008)

We Are Scientists Brain Thrust Mastery (2008)

Foreign Born On the Wing Now (2007)

The Blood Arm Lie Lover Lie (2006)

Plain White T's Every Second Counts (2006)

We Are Scientists With Love and Squalor (2005)

Plain White T's All That We Needed (2005)

Foreign Born In the Remote Woods (2005)

Solea Solea (2004)

Murs The End of the Beginnning (2003)

Armor for Sleep Dream to Make Believe (2003)

With The Hippos[edit]

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)


  1. ^ "56th GRAMMY Awards: Full Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  2. ^ Powell, Mike. ""The Band Leader"". Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  3. ^ Battan, Carrie. ""Update: Ariel Rechtshaid"". Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  4. ^ Frere-Jones, Sasha. ""Lend Me Your Ears"". the New Yorker.
  5. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Ariel Rechtshaid". Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  6. ^ Aaron Frank. "Ariel Rechtshaid Is the Indie Super-Producer". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Heavy Duty". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  8. ^ Murphy, Sarah (2017-07-07). "Ariel Rechtshaid Reveals He Was Battling Testicular Cancer While Recording HAIM's New Record". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2017-07-09.