Joe Chiccarelli

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Joe Chiccarelli is an American record producer, mixer and engineer, who is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, and has been active since the 1980s.[1] He has produced albums by Stan Ridgway, Morrissey, Oingo Boingo, Spoon, The Shins, Sandra Bernhard, My Morning Jacket, Counting Crows, Augie March, Manchester Orchestra, Minus the Bear, Boy & Bear, Kurt Elling, Saints of Valory, and Big Talk. Other artists include Elton John, Rufus Wainwright, U2, Alanis Morissette, Beck, Etta James, Jamie Cullum, Al Stewart, Tori Amos, The Strokes, The Killers, Cage The Elephant, Cafe Tacuba, Pink Martini, The Shelters, Christina Perri, Third Eye Blind,All American Rejects, Vanessa Carlton, Rachael Yamagata, Michael Buble', Glenn Frey and Jason Mraz.

Chiccarelli also engineered Frank Zappa's albums Sheik Yerbouti, Joe's Garage Acts I, II & III and Tinseltown Rebellion, and engineered the White Stripes 2007 album Icky Thump. He also engineered The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely, for which he received his eighth of ten Grammy awards, for Best Engineered Album of 2008.[2] He is responsible for album sales well over 50 million.


Chiccarelli got his first taste of the studio through a cousin who owned Boston's Fleetwood Studio. He also worked as an engineer at Music Designers Recording Studio in Boston. Chiccarelli moved west where he scored an assistant engineer gig at L.A.'s Cherokee Studios.[1] He got his career break engineering Frank Zappa's album Sheik Yerbouti. In an interview with HitQuarters, Chiccarelli said: "[Zappa's] engineer couldn't make the session and so he decided to take a chance on me. I'm so thankful ever since that day because he gave me a career."[3]

He is credited with discovering singer Tori Amos and signing her first band, Y Kant Tori Read, to a label deal.[4] However, Chiccarelli refuted this in an interview with HitQuarters saying, "That's a myth. Tori was already signed to Atlantic Records as a solo artist when I got involved."[3] In 1998, he mixed the Latin album Un Tributo (a José José), a tribute to José José.

In 2009 Chiccarelli produced sessions for Brandi Carlile as well as Minus the Bear's album Omni, released on May 4, 2010.[5] He produced four tracks on The Strokes' fourth album, Angles. He also produced the debut album from Australian group Boy & Bear. The band received five ARIA awards for the album.[6] He also engineered and mixed tracks on Morrissey's Swords album.

In 2011, Chiccarelli produced Jason Mraz's fourth album Love Is a Four Letter Word, released April 17, 2012[7] and Alanis Morissette's upcoming Havoc and Bright Lights[8] as well as the album Songs of Patience for Alberta Cross.[9] In 2012 he produced what became a Gold album, Departures, for Australian artist Bernard Fanning as well as tracks for Dwight Yoakam. His 2013 album projects include Divine Fits, Hellogoodbye, Saints Of Valory, Plain White T's, Need To Breathe, The Madden Brothers, Number One Charting Australian Album "Greeting from California", and Oxbow. In 2014 he has produced Morrissey's album, World Peace is None of Your Business as well as five songs on Spoon's album They Want My Soul, and tracks with The Rocketboys, Ivan & Alyosha, JEFF the Brotherhood and Victorian Halls. In 2015 he produced a duets album for Doug Seegers and Jill Johnson, becoming a Platinum Number One album in Sweden.

Album releases in 2016 included releases from Oxbow, Buffalo Sunn, Bleached, Cherry Glazerr, Night Riots, SPEAK and Broken Social Scene. Album sessions in 2017 included Flogging Molly, Jamie Lawson, The Wonders Years, Vance Joy and Morrissey. Album sessions in 2018 included debut album for Rare Americans, new albums for Broken Social Scene, Charly Bliss, Half Moon Run, Morrissey, The Shelters and Run River North. 2019 sessions included Morrissey, The Falls, The Jacks, Rare Americans, Little Dragon, Taylor Janzen and the Juno Award winning album for Half Moon Run's "A Blemish In The Great Light". 2020 Sessions include Didirri, The Dumes, Duncan Laurence, Jagwar Twin, Liily, and Classless Act. 2021 sessions include new albums for The Districts, Michael Bublé and Cayucas. 2022 sessions include Middle Class Rut, Oxbow, Orianthi, Tegan & Sara, The Blue Stones, Robert Randolph and Liz Brasher.

Selected discography[edit]









  • Eleni Mandell (YepRoc) – I Can See the Future (Produce/Record/Mix)
  • Keaton Henson (Sony UK) – Produce/Mix
  • Cafe Tacuba (Universal) – Co-Produce/Mix
  • Dropkick Murphys (Born & Bred) – Mix
  • Alanis Morissette (Collective Sounds) – Produce/Mix
  • Eleni Mandell (Yep Roc) – Produced/Mix



  • Spoon (Loma Vista/Universal) – Produce/Record
  • Real Estate "Talking Backwards" (Domino) – Mix
  • NeedToBreathe (Atlantic) – Produce/Record
  • Saints Of Valory (Atlantic) – Produce/Record
  • Morrissey (Harvest/Capitol) – Produce/Mix
  • The Madden Brothers (Capitol) – Produce/Mix



  • Doug Seegers (Universal) – Produce/Mix
  • Bleached (Secretly Canadian) – Produce/Record
  • Milow (Universal) – Produce/Record
  • The Arkells (Universal) – Produce/Record
  • The Augustines (Universal) – Produce/Mix


  • Morrissey (BMG) - Produce/Mix
  • Cherry Glazerr (Secretly Canadian) – Produce/Record
  • Jamie Lawson (Warner UK) – Produce/Mix
  • Flogging Molly (Concord) – Produce/Mix
  • Broken Social Scene (Universal) – Produce/Record
  • Wildling (Warner Bros) – Produce/Record
  • Oxbow - Thin Black Duke (HydraHead) – Produce/Mix
  • Night Riots (Sumerian) – Produce/Mix
  • Meresha (Sonic Dolphin) – Produce/Mix


  • The Wonder Year (Hopeless) - Produce/Record
  • Only Yours (Pirates Blend) - Produce/Record
  • Vance Joy (Atlantic)"Thinking of You " - Produce/Record
  • Morrissey (BMG) "Back On the Chain Gang" - Produce/Record/Mix
  • Ben Hazlewood (MintMusic) "Months & Miles" - Produce/Record
  • HelloGoodbye (Old Friends) - Mix


  • Broken Social Scene (Arts & Crafts)EP - Produce
  • Run River North (Nettwerk) "Hands Up" - Produce/Record
  • Morrissey (BMG) "California Son" - Produce/Record/Mix
  • Rare Americans (RA) - Produce/Record
  • Charly Bliss (Barsuk) "Young Enough" - Produce/Record
  • The Shelters (Warner Bros) "Jupiter Sidecar" - Produce/Record


  • Morrissey (BMG) "I Am Not a Dog on a Chain" - Produce/Record/Mix
  • The Jacks (Universal) "Remember You" - Produce/Record
  • Half Moon Run (Glassnote) "A Blemish in The Great Light" - Produce/Record
  • Taylor Janzen (Glassnote) "Ruined Plans" - Produce/Record


  • The Districts (Fat Possum) "Great American Painting" - Produce/Record/Mix
  • Half Moon Run (Glassnote) "Seasons of Change"EP - Produce/Record
  • Liily (Flush) - Produce/Record

1980s and 1990s[10]

Grammy Awards[edit]

  • 2003 Best Latin Rock/Alt Album Café Tacuba "Cuatro Caminos"
  • 2007 Alternative Album The White Stripes "Icky Thump"
  • 2009 Best Engineered Album Non-Classical – The Raconteurs "Consolers of the Lonely"

Latin Grammy Awards[edit]

  • 2000 Best Rock Album Cafe Tacuba "Reves"
  • 2001 Best Rock Solo Vocal Album Juanes "Fijate Bien"
  • 2003 Best Rock Solo Album Juanes "Un Dia Normal"
  • 2003 Album of The Year Juanes "Un Dia Normal"
  • 2004 Best Alternative Album Café Tacuba "Cuatro Caminos"
  • 2010 Best Alternative Album Ely Guerra "Hombres Invisible"
  • 2013 Best Instrumental Album Bajofondo "Presente"

Grammy nominations[edit]

  • Best Alternative Album – The White Stripes "Icky Thump" (Grammy winner)
  • Best Alternative Album – The Shins "Wincing The Night Away"
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album – Kurt Elling "Nightmoves"
  • Best Engineered Album Non-Classical – The Raconteurs "Consolers of the Lonely"
  • Best Engineered Album Non-Classical - Lorrie Morgan "My Heart"
  • Best Engineered Album Non-Classical – Cafe Tacuba "Reves YoSoy"
  • Best Engineered Album Non-Classical – Jason Mraz "Love is a Four Letter Word"
  • Best Rock Album – The Raconteurs "Consolers of the Lonely"
  • Best Alternative Album – My Morning Jacket's "Evil Urges"
  • Producer of The Year" 2007- The Shins, Kurt Elling, Oxbow


  1. ^ a b "Joe Chiccarelli Bio". Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Grammy Awards".
  3. ^ a b Bouwman, Kimbel (June 14, 2010). "Interview with JOE CHICCARELLI, producer for The Strokes, The Shins, The White Stripes, Frank Zappa". HitQuarters. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  4. ^ Rogers, Kalen (1994). Tori Amos: all these years : the authorized illustrated biography. Omnibus Press. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-7119-4827-3. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Minus the Bear's New LP OMNI Out May 4th". Dangerbird. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Animal Magnetism". Time Off Magazine. 3 August 2011. Archived from the original on 7 October 2011. Retrieved Aug 4, 2011.
  7. ^ "Jason Mraz new album Produced by Joe Chiccarelli". Next Wave Management. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  8. ^ "Alanis Morissette's New Album produced by Joe Chiccarelli". Next Wave Management. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  9. ^ "About Alberta Cross". Archived from the original on August 29, 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  10. ^ "Joe Chiccarelli - Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 20 November 2017.