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
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 and writer discography[edit]

Year Artist Title Appearance
2018 Vampire Weekend "Harmony Hall" Father of the Bride
2017 U2 "Lights of Home" Songs of Experience
Kelela Take Me Apart Warp Records
HAIM "Right Now" Something to Tell You
"Want You Back"
2015 Adele "When We Were Young" 25
HAIM "Cause I'm a Man (Remix)" non-album
Little Boots "Better in the Morning" Working Girl
2015 Brandon Flowers The Desired Effect Island
2015 Carly Rae Jepsen "All That", "When I Needed You" - E•MO•TION Interscope
2015 Tobias Jesso Jr. "Without You" - Goon True Panther Sounds
2015 Rae Morris Unguarded Atlantic
2015 Madonna "Living for Love" - Rebel Heart Interscope
2014 Charli XCX "Doing It" featuring Rita Ora - 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
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 Atlantic
2013 YADi "The Blow" Warner Bros. Records
2013 Snoop Lion Reincarnated RCA
2013 Major Lazer "You're No Good", "Reach for the Stars" - Free the Universe Secretly Canadian
2013 Little Boots "Satellite" - Nocturnes On Repeat
2013 Solange Knowles True (EP) Terrible
2012 No Doubt "Push and Shove" featuring Busy Signal and Major Lazer - Push and Shove Interscope
2012 Sky Ferreira "Everything is Embarrassing" EMI
2012 Charli XCX You're The One (EP) IAMSOUND, Atlantic
2012 Usher "Climax" - Looking 4 Myself RCA
2012 Justin Bieber "Thought of You" - Believe Island
2011 Theophilus London "Why Even Try" featuring Sara Quin, "Stop It" - Timez Are Weird These Days Warner Bros. Records, Reprise
2011 Cass McCombs Wit's End Domino
2011 Blood Orange Coastal Grooves Domino
2011 Alex Clare The Lateness of the Hour Island
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
2010 Glasser Ring True Panther Sounds
2009 Cass McCombs Catacombs Domino
2009 Foreign Born Person to Person Secretly Canadian
2008 Valencia We All Need a Reason to Believe Columbia Records
2008 We Are Scientists Brain Thrust Mastery Virgin EMI
2007 Foreign Born On the Wing Now Dim Mak
2006 We Are Scientists Crap Attack Virgin EMI
2006 The Blood Arm Lie Lover Lie City Rockers/Because Music
2006 Plain White T's Hey There Delilah Hollywood Records
2006 Plain White T's Every Second Counts Hollywood Records
2005 We Are Scientists With Love and Squalor Virgin EMI
2005 Plain White T's All That We Needed Fearless
2005 Foreign Born In the Remote Woods StarTime International
2004 Solea Solea Textbook Music
2003 Murs The End of the Beginning Definitive Jux
2003 Armor for Sleep Dream to Make Believe Equal Vision

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.