Chris Dugan

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Chris Dugan is an Audio Engineer, Photographer, Videographer, and Musician.


Chris Dugan (born May 11, 1973) is an American engineer and producer. He is also a drummer, videographer, and photographer.

Dugan began his musical pursuits as a drummer. Needing to be resourceful, he learned to do basic recordings for his high school bands. Engineering was an instinctual progression and it was the purist recording styles of the 60s and 70s that really inspired him. In 1996, he opened Nu-Tone Studios in Pittsburg, Ca with fellow engineer Willie Samuels. Nu-Tone quickly became an indie band favorite, drawing the local rock scene and labels like Lookout, Adeline, and Alternative Tentacles. In 2003, The Effection, with Dugan as the band’s drummer, released the album “Soundtrack To A Moment” on Adeline Records. In 2002, Dugan began engineering for Green Day out of JingleTown Recording in Oakland, Ca, at that time called Studio 880. In 2010, he won his first Grammy with Green Day's "21st Century Breakdown" winning Best Rock Album.

Dugan currently resides in Oakland, Ca. In August 2013, he married Mari Tanaka, JingleTown Recording's studio manager.


Dugan has worked with bands such as U2, Iggy Pop, Green Day, and Smash Mouth. He has also work with producers Rob Cavallo, Butch Vig, Bob Ezrin, and Jeff Saltzman. In 2010, he won the Grammy for Best Rock Album of the Year for engineering Green Day’s “21st Century Breakdown.” In 2011, he won the Grammy for Best Musical Show Album for engineering Green Day’s "American_Idiot: The Original Broadway Cast Recording.”

Partial discography[edit]

Year Artist Release Producer Engineer Mixing
2002 The Enemies Seize The Day Yes Yes Yes
The Frustrators Achtung Jackass Yes Yes
2003 The Network Money Money 2020 Yes Yes
Iggy Pop Skull Ring Yes Yes
2004 Green Day American Idiot Yes
The Phenomenauts Re-Entry Yes Yes Yes
Lars Frederiksen & the Bastards Viking Yes
2006 U2 and Green Day The Saints Are Coming Yes
Smash Mouth Summer Girl Yes
2007 Lillix Inside The Hollow Yes
2008 Foxboro Hot Tubs Stop Drop and Roll!!! Yes Yes
2009 Green Day 21st Century Breakdown Yes
Last Night on Earth: Live in Tokyo Yes
2010 American Idiot Broadway Cast & Green Day American Idiot – Original Broadway Cast Recording Yes
2011 Green Day Awesome As Fuck Yes
2012 ¡Uno! Yes
¡Dos! Yes
¡Tré! Yes
2013 Billie Joe Armstrong & Norah Jones Foreverly Yes Yes
2013 Thirteen Days Wanna Be Fameass (single) Yes
2014 Thirteen Days Goodbye To Yesterday Yes
2014 Green Day Demolicious Yes
2016 Revolution Radio Yes

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