Dave Aron

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David Royce Aron (born August 29, 1964) is a multi-platinum recording engineer, live and studio mixer, record producer, and musician. Some of his past clients include 2 Pac, Snoop Dogg, Sublime, Wu-Tang Clan, Prince, Nate Dogg, Perry Farrell, Bobby Brown, Dr. Dre and U2. Aron is currently touring with Snoop Dogg while continuing to pursue educational and business ventures worldwide.

Early life[edit]

Aron was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, the son of 1950s be-bop trumpet player Al Aron and twenty year band director Dorothy Marshall. He played the clarinet in his high school's marching and jazz bands. In 1982, after attending Rutgers University for a year, he enrolled in the University of Memphis' recording program, where he split his time between the recording studios and the football field as a walk on tight end.


Aron took an internship at WHBQ radio and Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1987, he landed his first professional job at Sun Studios, where he worked as studio manager and chief engineer, eventually working with U2 when the band recorded some songs for their Rattle and Hum album. In 1990, Aron moved to Los Angeles and began working at Music Grinder Recording. He later landed a staff engineer position at Larrabee Sound.

After working with multiple artists at Larrabee, he worked with Prince on "My Name is Prince", "Sexy M.F.", and an acoustic version of "7", which Aron mixed and which was released as a single. In 1993, Aron began a long affiliation with Death Row Records. He served as engineer and mixer for Tupac Shakur's album All Eyez on Me, as well as Death Rows Greatest Hits, and all of Snoop Dogg's albums from Doggystyle to Paid the Cost to be the Boss. To date, he exclusively mixes all of Snoop Dogg's live performances. In 1996, reggae-tinged rock band Sublime hired Aron as the producer for their self-titled debut "Sublime". His influence can be heard on their single "What I Got" which reached #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart and helped sell over five million copies of their album. He also collaborated on a Snoop Dogg and Sublime remix for "Doin Time", released in 2005.

Aron currently owns Hollywood Way Studios in Burbank, located high in the Hollywood Hills. He is also working on a series of instructional mixing DVD's entitled Platinum Hip Hop Mixing, and educational seminars to help teach the generations of tomorrow about music, mixing, engineering and the music industry.

Select discography[edit]

Aron's credits include:

Year Album/Song Artist
1992 7 Prince
1992 My Name Is Prince Prince
1995 Dogg Food Tha Dogg Pound
1995 Friday Original Soundtrack
1996 All Eyez on Me 2Pac
1996 Death Row Greatest Hits Various Artists
1996 Sublime Sublime
1997 Gridlock'd Original Soundtrack
1999 Still I Rise 2Pac & the Outlawz
2000 Tha Eastsidaz Tha Eastsidaz
2001 Duces n' Trays: The Old Fashioned Way Tha Eastsidaz
2002 Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss Snoop Dogg
2004 R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece Snoop Dogg
2005 Naked Truth Lil' Kim
2007 Double Up R. Kelly
2007 Running Your Mouth The Notorious B.I.G.
2008 Dubb Union Dubb Union
2014 NO GUTS, NO GLORY moe.

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