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 39)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter, audio engineer, mixing engineer
Instruments
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]

Career[edit]

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]

Songwriting and Production Credits[edit]

Title Year Artist(s) Album Credits Written with Produced with
"Armor for Sleep" 2003 Armor for Sleep Dream to Make Believe Producer - -
"Dream to Make Believe" - -
"All Warm" - -
"Being Your Walls" - -
"My Town" - -
"The Wanderers Guild" - -
"Frost and Front Steps" - -
"Phantoms Now" - -
"Raindrops" - -
"Kind of Perfect" - -
"Slip Like Space" - -
"Pointless Forever" - -
"Apotheke" 2004 Solea Solea - -
"Mercy Was Here" - -
"Underneath it All" - -
"Frankie Machine" - -
"I'm Waiting" - -
"Where You Belong" - -
"So Far Gone" - -
"Shuffle" - -
"Leaving Today" - -
"Make It Last" - -
"The Last Word" - -
"All That We Needed" 2005 Plain White T's All That We Needed - Loren Israel
"Revenge" - Loren Israel
"Take Me Away" - Loren Israel
"My Only One" - Loren Israel
"Sad Story" - Loren Israel
"Breakdown" - Loren Israel
"What More Do You Want?" - Loren Israel
"Lazy Day Afternoon" - Loren Israel
"Anything" - Loren Israel
"Sing My Best" - Loren Israel
"Faster" - Loren Israel
"Last Call" - loren Israel
"Hey There Delilah" - Sean O'Keefe
"Nobody Move, Nobody
Get Hurt"
We Are Scientists With Love and Squalor - -
"The Scene is Dead" - -
"Inaction" - -
"Can't Lose" - -
"Callbacks" - -
"Cash Low" - -
"It's a Hit" - -
"The Great Escape" - -
"Textbook" - -
"Lousy Reputation" - -
"Worth the Wait" - -
"What's the Word" - -
"History Repeats" - -
"Mucho Mas" - -
"Hey There Delilah" 2006 Plain White T's Every Second Counts - Sean O'Keefe
"Suspicious Character" The Blood Arm Lie Lover Lie - The Blood Arm
"Stay Put!" - The Blood Arm
"Accidental Soul" - The Blood Arm
"Angela" - The Blood Arm
"The Chasers" - The Blood Arm
"Going to Arizona" - The Blood Arm
"Do I Have Your Attention?"
(solo / with Anais)
- The Blood Arm
"Mass Murder" - The Blood Arm
"Visionaries" - The Blood Arm
"PS I Love You But Don't
Miss You"
- The Blood Arm
"Dolores Delivers a Glorious
Death"
- The Blood Arm
"Pen Dragon" - The Blood Arm
"The Killer at Large" - The Blood Arm
"After Hours" 2008 We Are Scientists Brain Thrust Mastery - -
"Ghouts" - -
"Let's See It" - -
"Lethal Enforcer" - -
"Impatience" - -
"Tonight" - -
"Spoken For" - -
"Altered Beast" - -
"Chick Lit" - -
"Dinosaurs" - -
"That's What Counts" - -
"Best Behaviour" - -
"Dig Dug" - -
"Gauntlet" - -
"Dance Off" - -
"New Me" - -
"Get Off" - -
"Better Be Prepared" Valencia We All Need a Reason
to Believe
- -
"Holiday" - -
"Where Did You Go?" - -
"Head in Hands" - -
"Carry On" - -
"All at Once" - -
"Safe to Say" - -
"Listen Up" - -
"I Can't See Myself" - -
"The Good Life" - -
"Free" - -
"Dreams-Come-True-Girl"
(featuring Karen Black)
2009 Cass McCombs Catacombs - Cass McCombs
"Prima Donna" - Cass McCombs
"You Saved My Life" - Cass McCombs
"Don't Vote" - Cass McCombs
"The Executioner's Song" - Cass McCombs
"Harmonia" - Cass McCombs
"My Sister, My Spouse" - Cass McCombs
"Lionkiller Got Married" - Cass McCombs
"Eavesdropping on the
Competition"
- Cass McCombs
"Jonsey Boy" - Cass McCombs
"One Way to Go" - Cass McCombs
"Rules Don't Stop" 2010 We Are Scientists Barbara - -
"Katzenklavier" Rolo Tomassi Cosmology - Diplo
"Agamemnon" - Diplo
"House House Casanova" - Diplo
"Party Wounds" - Diplo
"Unromance" - Diplo
"French Motel" - Diplo
"Kasia" - Diplo
"Sakia" - Diplo
"Tongue in Chic" - Diplo
"Cosmology" - Diplo
"Nice Guys" We Are Scientists Barbara - -
"I Don't Bite" - -
"Jack & Ginger" - -
"Pittsburgh" - -
"Ambition" - -
"Break It Up" - -
"Foreign Kicks" - -
"You Should Learn" - -
"Central AC" - -
"Goal! England!" - -
"Down the Hall" - -
"Pound for Pound" - -
"Apply" Glasser Ring - Glasser
"Home" - Glasser
"Glad" - Glasser
"Plane Temp" - Glasser
"T" - Glasser, The Subliminal Kid, Van Rivers
"Tremel" - Glasser, The Subliminal Kid, Van Rivers
"Mirrorage" - Glasser
"Treasure of We" - Glasser
"Clamour" - Glasser
"County Line" 2011 Cass McCombs Wit's End - Cass McCombs
"The Lonely Doll" - Cass McCombs
"Buried Alive" - Cass McCombs
"Saturday Song" - Cass McCombs
"Memory's Stain" - Cass McCombs
"Hermit's Cave" - Cass McCombs
"Pleasant Shadow Song" - Cass McCombs
"A Knock Upon the Door" - Cass McCombs
"Stay Away" Charli XCX True Romance Co-writer/Producer Charlotte Aitchison -
"Up All Night" Alex Clare The Lateness of the Hour Additional producer - Diplo, Switch, Mike Spencer
"Relax My Beloved" - Diplo, Switch
"Too Close" - Diplo, Switch
"Hummingbird" - Diplo, Switch, Mike Spencer
"Tightrope" - Diplo, Switch, Mike Spencer
"Whispering" - Diplo, Switch, Mike Spencer
"Love You" - Diplo, Switch, Mike Spencer
"Sanctuary" - Diplo, Switch
"Why Even Try"
(featuring Sara Quinn)
Theophilus London Timez Are Weird These Days Co-writer/Producer Theophilus London, Justin Raisen, Sara Quinn -
"Stop It" Theophilus London -
"Forget It" Blood Orange Coastal Grooves Producer - Blood Orange
"Sutphin Boulevard" - Blood Orange
"I'm Sorry We Lied" - Blood Orange
"Can We Go Inside Now?" - Blood Orange
"S'cooted" - Blood Orange
"Complete Failure" - Blood Orange
"Instantly Blank (The
Goodness)"
- Blood Orange
"The Complete Knock" - Blood Orange
"Are You Sure You're Really
Busy?"
- Blood Orange
"Champagne Coast" - Blood Orange
"Said No" - Blood Orange
"You Are All I See" Active Child You Are All I See - -
"Hanging On" Co-writer/Producer Patrick Grossi -
"Playing House"
(featuring How to Dress Well)
Producer - -
"See Thru Eyes" - -
"High Priestess" - -
"Ivy" Co-writer/Producer Patrick Grossi -
"Way Too Fast" Producer - -
"Ancient Eye" - -
"Shield & Sword" - -
"Johnny Belinda" - -
"Call Me Tonight" - -
"Diamond Heart" - -
"Body Heat (So Far Away)" - -
"Love Thine Enemy" Cass McCombs Humor Risk - Cass McCombs
"The Living Word" - Cass McCombs
"The Same Thing" - Cass McCombs
"To Every Man His Chimera" - Cass McCombs
"Robin Egg Blue" - Cass McCombs
"Mystery Mail" - Cass McCombs
"Meet Me at the Mallequin
Gallery"
- Cass McCombs
"Nuclear Seasons" Charli XCX True Romance Co-writer/Producer Charlotte Aitchison, Justin Raisen -
"Climax" 2012 Usher Looking 4 Myself Co-writer Usher Raymond IV, Thomas Pentz, Elijah Blake -
"Thought of You" Justin Bieber Believe Co-writer/Producer Justin Bieber, Thomas Pentz, Eric Bellinger Jr. Diplo, Kuk Harrell
"You're the One" Charli XCX True Romance Additional producer - Patrik Berger
"Push and Shove"
(featuring Busy Signal & Major
Lazer
)
No Doubt Push and Shove Co-writer/Additional producer Gwen Stefani, Tony Kanal, Thomas Dumont, Beanno Gordon, Thomas Pentz, David Taylor Mark "Spike" Stent, Major Lazer
"Forever" Haim Days Are Gone Additional producer - Ludwig Goransson
"Lost in My Bedroom" Sky Ferreira Ghost EP Co-writer/Producer Sky Ferreira, Justin Raisen, Daniel Nigro -
"Everything Is Embarrassing" Sky Ferreira, Devonte Hynes Blood Orange
"Here Comes the King"
(featuring Angela Hunte)
Snoop Dogg Reincarnated Calvin Broadus, Thomas Pentz, Raoul Gonzalez, Angela Hunte Major Lazer, 6Blocc
"Lighters Up"
(featuring Mavado & Popcaan)
Co-writer Calvin Broadus, Thomas Pentz, Andrew Bain, Wayne Henry, Andrew Hershey -
"Falling" 2013 Haim Days Are Gone Producer - -
"Diane Young" Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City - Rostam
"No Guns Allowed"
(featuring Drake & Cori B)
Snoop Dogg Reincarnated Co-writer/Producer Calvin Broadus, Thomas Pentz, Andrew Bain, Wayne Henry, Andrew Hershey, Angela Hunte, Zach Condon, Aubrey Graham Major Lazer, Dre Skull, Zach Condon
"Ashtrays and Heartbreaks"
(featuring Miley Cyrus)
Calvin Broadus, Thomas Pentz, Andrew Hershey, Angela Hunte Major Lazer, Dre Skull
"Take My Hand" Charli XCX True Romance Charlotte Aitchison, Justin Raisen -
"Set Me Free" Charlotte Aitchison, Dimitri Tikovoi Dimitri Tikovoi
"Black Roses" Charlotte Aitchison, Justin Raisen -
"How Can I" Charlotte Aitchison, Justin Raisen -
"Lock You Up" Charlotte Aitchison -
"You're No Good"
(featuring Santigold, Vybz Kartel,
Danielle Haim & Yasmin)
Major Lazer Free the Universe Thomas Pentz, David Taylor, Santi White, Adidja Palmer, Yasmin Shahmir Major Lazer
"Rebel Way" Snoop Dogg Reincarnated Co-writer Calvin Broadus, Thomas Pentz, Andrew Bain, Wayne Henry, Andrew Hershey -
"So Long"
(featuring Angela Hunte)
Calvin Broadus, Thomas Pentz, Andrew Bain, Wayne Henry, Angela Hunte, Laurent Alfred, David Goldfine -
"Get Away"
(featuring Angela Hunte)
Co-writer/Producer Calvin Broadus, Thomas Pentz, Angela Hunte, Elan Atias Major Lazer
"Fruit Juice"
(featuring Mr. Vegas)
Calvin Broadus, Thomas Pentz, Andrew Bain, Noel Davey, Wayne Henry, Lloyd James, Clifford Smith, Ian Smith Major Lazer
"Torn Apart"
(featuring Rita Ora)
Calvin Broadus, Thomas Pentz, Jonathan Hill, David Taylor Major Lazer, John Hill
"Satellite" Little Boots Nocturnes Victoria Hasketh Tim Goldsworthy
"Hush" Victoria Hasketh Tim Goldsworthy
"Ya Hey" Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City Producer - Rostam
"Step" - Rostam
"Obvious Bicycle" - Rostam
"Unbelievers" - Rostam
"Don't Lie" - Rostam
"Hannah Haunt" - Rostam
"Everlasting Arms" - Rostam
"Finger Back" - Rostam
"Worship You" - Rostam
"Hudson" - Rostam
"Young Lion" - Rostam
"The Wire" Haim Days Are Gone - -
"You're Not the One" Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time Co-writer/Producer Sky Ferreira, Justin Raisen, Daniel Nigro Justin Raisen
"Honey & I" Haim Days Are Gone Producer - -
"Days Are Gone" - -
"My Song 5"
(solo / featuring ASAP Rocky)
Co-writer/Producer Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim -
"Go Slow" Additional producer - Ludwig Goransson
"Let Me Go" Producer - -
"Running If You Call My
Name"
Co-writer/Producer Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim -
"Boys" Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time Sky Ferreira, Justin Raisen Justin Raisen
"Ain't Your Right" Sky Ferreira, Justin Raisen, Jordan Benik Justin Raisen
"24 Hours" Sky Ferreira, Justin Raisen Justin Raisen
"Nobody Asked Me (If I
Was Okay)"
Sky Ferreira, Justin Raisen, Jeremiah Raisen Justin Raisen
"I Blame Myself" Sky Ferreira, Justin Raisen, Daniel Nigro, Jordan Benik Justin Raisen
"Omanko" Sky Ferreira, Justin Raisen Justin Raisen
"Heavy Metal Heart" Sky Ferreira, Justin Raisen Justin Raisen
"Kristine" Sky Ferreira, Justin Raisen, Ashlee Gardner Justin Raisen
"I Will" Sky Ferreira, Justin Raisen, Daniel Nigro Justin Raisen
"Love in Stereo" Sky Ferreira, Justin Raisen, Jeremiah Raisen, Daniel Nigro Justin Raisen
"Night Time, My Time" Producer - Justin Raisen
"If Only" 2014 Kylie Minogue Kiss Me Once Co-writer/Producer Justin Raisen, Daniel Nigro -
"Do You Even Know?" Rae Morris Unguarded Producer - -
"Closer" - -
"Pray to God"
(featuring Haim)
Calvin Harris Motion Co-writer/Additional producer Adam Wiles, Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim Calvin Harris
"Kingdom"
(with Simon Le Bon)
Charli XCX The Hunger Games:
Mockingjay Pt. I
Producer - Rostam
"Ring Off" Beyoncé Beyoncé: Platinum Edition Additional producer - Beyoncé, Mike Caren, Cook Classics, Hit-Boy, HazeBanga, Preach Bal4, Mike Dean, Derek Dexie
"Doing It"
(solo / featuring Rita Ora)
Charli XCX Sucker Co-writer/Producer Charlotte Aitchison, Jarrad Rogers, Jonnali Parmenius, Matthew Burns Mr. Rogers
"Living for Love" Madonna Rebel Heart Madonna Ciccone, Thomas Pentz, Maureen McDonald, Toby Gad, Uzoechi Emenike Madonna, Diplo
"Skin" 2015 Rae Morris Unguarded Producer - -
"For You" Co-writer/Producer Rachel Morris, Simon Robbs -
"Don't Go" Producer - -
"This Time" - -
"Not Knowing" - -
"Bitch I'm Madonna"
(featuring Nicki Minaj)
Madonna Rebel Heart Co-writer Madonna Ciccone, Thomas Pentz, Maureen McDonald, Toby Gad, Sophie Xeon, Onika Maraj -
"Veni Vidi Vici"
(featuring Nas)
Madonna Ciccone, Thomas Pentz, Maureen McDonald, Toby Gad, Nasir Jones, Joel Ma, Dustin McLean -
"Without You"
(featuring Danielle Haim)
Tobias Jesso Jr. Goon Producer - -
"Can't Deny My Love" Brandon Flowers The Desired Effect - Brandon Flowers
"All That" Carly Rae Jepsen E-MO-TION Co-writer/Producer Carly Rae Jepsen, Devonte Hynes Blood Orange
"Still Want You" Brandon Flowers The Desired Effect Producer - Brandon Flowers
"Lonely Town" - Brandon Flowers
"I Can Change" - Brandon Flowers
"Better in the Morning" Little Boots Working Girl Co-writer/Producer Viktoria Hasketh -
"Dreams Come True" Brandon Flowers The Desired Effect Producer - Brandon Flowers
"Between Me and You" - Brandon Flowers
"Diggin' Up the Heart" - Brandon Flowers
"Never Get You Right" - Brandon Flowers
"Untangled Love" - Brandon Flowers
"The Desired Effect" - Brandon Flowers
"When I Needed You" Carly Rae Jepsen E-MO-TION Co-writer/Producer Carly Rae Jepsen, Daniel Nigro, Nathaniel Campany, Tavish Crowe Dan Nigro
"Gomenasai" Kelela Hallucinogen EP Co-writer/Additional producer Kelela Mizanekristos, Samuel Dew, Asma Maroof, Daniel Penida MA Nguzu, NA Nguzu
"Rewind" Co-writer Kelela Mizanekristos, Jeremiah Raisen, Samuel Obey, Philip Gamble, Ezra Rubin -
"When We Were Young" Adele 25 Producer - -
"Why Do You Love Me" - -
"Want You Back" 2017 Haim Something to Tell You Co-writer/Producer Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim BloodPop
"Little of Your Love" Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim Rostam
"Nothing's Wrong" Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim -
"Ready for You" Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim, George Lewis Jr. Twin Shadow
"Something to Tell You" Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim -
"You Never Knew" Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim, Devonte Hynes -
"Kept Me Crying" Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim, Rostam Batmanglij Rostam
"Found It in Silence" Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim Rostam
"Right Now" Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim -
"Night So Long" Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim -
"Waitin'" Kelela Take Me Apart Additional producer - Jam City, Kwes
"Blue Light" - Dubbel Dutch, Bok Bok, Terror Danjah, Asma Maroof
"Take Me Apart" - Al Shux, Jam City, Arca, Loric Sih, Kwes
"Enough" - Jam City, Kwes
"Better" Producer - Mocky, Bok Bok, Kwes
"Onanon" Additional producer - Arca
"Altadena" - Jam City, Kwes
"Lights of Home" U2 Songs of Experience Co-writer Paul Hewson, Danielle Haim, Alana Haim, Este Haim -
"The Good Side" 2018 Troye Sivan Bloom Co-writer/Producer Troye Mellet, Brett McLaughlin, Alexandra Hughes, Bram Inscore, Jack Latham Bram Inscore, Jam City
"Bringing the House Down" Cloves One Big Nothing Kaity Dunstan, Finlay Dow-Smith, Justin Parker -
"Someone Out There" Rae Morris Someone Out There Producer - Fryars, Fred Gibson
"Animal" Troye Sivan Bloom Co-writer/Producer Troye Mellet, Brett McLaughlin, Alexandra Hughes, Bram Inscore, Jack Latham Bram Inscore, Jam City, Buddy Ross, The Haxan Cloak

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)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "56th GRAMMY Awards: Full Winners List". Billboard. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Powell, Mike. ""The Band Leader"". grantland.com. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  3. ^ Battan, Carrie. ""Update: Ariel Rechtshaid"". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Frere-Jones, Sasha. ""Lend Me Your Ears"". newyorker.com. the New Yorker. 
  5. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Ariel Rechtshaid". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  6. ^ Aaron Frank. "Ariel Rechtshaid Is the Indie Super-Producer". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Heavy Duty". heavydutymusic.com. 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. 

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