Ariel Rechtshaid

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Ariel Rechtshaid
Ariel Rechtshaid in 2013
Ariel Rechtshaid in 2013
Background information
Born (1979-03-23) March 23, 1979 (age 41)
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] the Adele album 25, [2] and again for the Vampire Weekend album Father of the Bride.[3] 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.[4] He attended Hamilton High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District, where he would form his first band, the Hippos.[5] One of Rechtshaid's high school classmates was rapper Murs with whom he would later record and produce.[6]


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 cassette demos titled Spreading the Cheese and 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.[7]

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.[8][9][10] He is also a partner in music publishing and production company Heavy Duty.[11]

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.[12] In August 2017, it was reported that he is in a relationship with Haim frontwoman Danielle Haim.[13]


Producer and writer discography[edit]

Year Artist Title Appearance
2020 HAIM "Los Angeles"

"The Steps"

"I Know Alone"

"Up From A Dream"


"3 AM"

"Don't Wanna"

"Another Try"

"Leaning On You"

"I've Been Down"

"Man from the Magazine"

"All That Ever Mattered"


"Now I'm In It- Bonus Track"

"Hallelujah- Bonus Track"

"Summer Girl- Bonus Track"

Women in Music Pt. III
2019 Vampire Weekend "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

Father of the Bride
2017 U2 "Lights of Home" Songs of Experience
Kelela Take Me Apart Warp Records
HAIM "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"

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
Brandon Flowers The Desired Effect Island
Carly Rae Jepsen "All That", "When I Needed You" - E•MO•TION Interscope
Tobias Jesso Jr. "Without You" - Goon True Panther Sounds
Rae Morris Unguarded Atlantic
Madonna "Living for Love" - Rebel Heart Interscope
2014 Charli XCX "Doing It" featuring Rita Ora - Sucker Atlantic
Beyoncé "Ring Off" - Beyoncé Columbia
Charli XCX "Kingdom" featuring Simon Le Bon - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Republic
Calvin Harris "Pray to God" featuring HAIM - Motion Columbia, Fly Eye
Rae Morris "Do You Even Know?", "Closer" Atlantic
Kylie Minogue "If Only", "Golden Boy" - Kiss Me Once Parlophone
2013 Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time Capitol
Jagga "Brutal Beauty"
HAIM Days Are Gone Polydor/Columbia
Mikky Ekko "Kids" RCA
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City XL
HAIM Falling EP Polydor/Columbia
Charli XCX True Romance Atlantic
YADi "The Blow" Warner Bros. Records
Snoop Lion Reincarnated RCA
Major Lazer "You're No Good", "Reach for the Stars" - Free the Universe Secretly Canadian
Little Boots "Satellite" - Nocturnes On Repeat
Solange Knowles True (EP) Terrible
2012 No Doubt "Push and Shove" featuring Busy Signal and Major Lazer - Push and Shove Interscope
Sky Ferreira "Everything is Embarrassing" EMI
Charli XCX You're The One (EP) IAMSOUND, Atlantic
Usher "Climax" - Looking 4 Myself RCA
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
Cass McCombs Wit's End Domino
Blood Orange Coastal Grooves Domino
Alex Clare The Lateness of the Hour Island
Active Child You Are All I See" Vagrant
Cass McCombs Humor Risk Domino
2010 We Are Scientists Barbara PIAS Recordings
Rolo Tomassi Cosmology Hassle
Glasser Ring True Panther Sounds
2009 Cass McCombs Catacombs Domino
Foreign Born Person to Person Secretly Canadian
2008 Valencia We All Need a Reason to Believe Columbia Records
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
The Blood Arm Lie Lover Lie City Rockers/Because Music
Plain White T's Hey There Delilah Hollywood Records
Plain White T's Every Second Counts Hollywood Records
2005 We Are Scientists With Love and Squalor Virgin EMI
Plain White T's All That We Needed Fearless
Foreign Born In the Remote Woods StarTime International
2004 Solea Solea Textbook Music
2003 Murs The End of the Beginning Definitive Jux
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)


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  4. ^ Powell, Mike. ""The Band Leader"". Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  5. ^ Battan, Carrie. ""Update: Ariel Rechtshaid"". Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  6. ^ Frere-Jones, Sasha. ""Lend Me Your Ears"". the New Yorker.
  7. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Ariel Rechtshaid". Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  8. ^ Aaron Frank. "Ariel Rechtshaid Is the Indie Super-Producer". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  9. ^ Havens, Lyndsey (June 22, 2020). "Inside Haim's Most Daring and Raw Album Yet: 'It Was Literally Us Looking in a Mirror'". Billboard. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  10. ^ Spanos, Brittany (June 15, 2020). "Haim Bottle L.A. Lightning on the Provocative 'Women in Music Pt. III'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 7, 2020.
  11. ^ "Heavy Duty". Retrieved 17 June 2015.
  12. ^ Murphy, Sarah (2017-07-07). "Ariel Rechtshaid Reveals He Was Battling Testicular Cancer While Recording HAIM's New Record". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2017-07-09.
  13. ^ Reilly, Nick (4 August 2017). "Haim's second album was put on hold after Ariel Rechtshaid's cancer battle". NME. TI Media. Retrieved 9 October 2019.