Ken Chastain

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Kenneth Lee Chastain (born October 15, 1964, Hanover, New Hampshire), is a musician, engineer, and producer currently living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.[1] He is featured on percussion on Ziggy Marley's Love Is My Religion album and many other well-known artists' works.[2] Chastain also composes, produces, engineers, and mixes for TV and film projects, most notably the movie Sweet Land.


Chastain was born in New Hampshire, and lived in France and Morocco with his Peace Corps parents before moving to Minnesota. He played Suzuki cello and was a soloist in the Metropolitan Boys Choir in the Twin Cities. He went on to the University of Minnesota and the Berklee College of Music in Boston to study music, audio engineering and film scoring.

He plays bass, guitar, keyboards, trumpet, harmonica, Chapman Stick, theremin, and percussion.[3]

Pixel Farm[edit]

As head of audio post-production at Pixel Farm Minneapolis, and chief engineer and composer for Pixel Farm Music, Ken Chastain scores music, sound designs, and mixes award-winning television commercials and films. Recent award-winning commercials include Garmin's Super Bowl XLII offering “Napoleon” and United Airlines' "Dragon".

Commercials for: Porsche / Goodyear / Purina / Coca-Cola / Garmin / Best Buy / Target / BMW / United Airlines

Film credits:

In the music world Chastain can be heard playing on records from Switchfoot and Mike Doughty to Grammy Award-winning Ziggy Marley.

Music credits: Ziggy Marley / Dan Wilson / Mandy Moore / Mike Doughty / Clay Aiken / Andrew W.K. / Pink / Backstreet Boys / Semisonic / Glen Phillips / Switchfoot

Appearances: The Tonight Show NBC / The Larry Sanders Show HBO / South by Southwest / Sundance Film Festival



Artist Title Record Company Credit
Ziggy Marley Love Is My Religion TuffGong Worldwide EM
Stuart D’Rozario Songs About Now SAN EPM
Har Mar Superstar The Handler Record collection EM
Mike Doughty Haughty Melodic ATO EM
Switchfoot Nothing Is Sound Sparrow Records EM
Evan and Jaron Evan and Jaron Columbia EM
TerraMara FourBlocksToHennepin Redhead EPM
Pink Try This LaFace EM
Mandy Moore Coverage EPIC EM
Backstreet Boys Never Gone Jive Records EM
Andrew W.K. I Get Wet Island Records E
Semisonic All About Chemistry MCA M
The Rembrandts LP Atlantic E
The Honeydogs Here’s Luck Palm Pictures M
Nick Lachey Dear Santa LGM EM
Iffy Biota Bondo FoodChain Records M
Rhythm Jones Al America GSM EPM
TerraMara Dragonfly Redhead EPM
The Januaries The Januaries Foodchain M
Johnny Clueless What's Your Flavour Boxof Records EPM
FLIPP Blow It Out Your Ass Rock Steady EPM
Greazy Meal Gravy TRG records EPM
Greazy Meal Visualize World Greaze TRG records EPM
Greazy Meal Digitalize World Greaze TRG records EPM
Asche & Spencer Unsupervised Recreation A&S EM
Tangletown Freakshow Zinc records M
Willie Wisely She October records EPM
Willie Wisely Turbosherbert October records EM
Honeywagon Finger Twister Mache House EPM
Mango Jam Flux Shanachie records EPM
Tina and the B-sides Live 1st Ave T CD M
Marlee MaCleod Vertigo TRG records M
Various Mpls artists Mpls Does Denver October records EPM
Beat the Clock Self-titled Booty rock records EPM
Beat the Clock Funk Bus Booty rock / Gark Records EPM
Eclectic Stew Temple of Doom (single) Phillips compact disc EPM
Funky Ass Loops New Power Generation East West CD ROM M
Smoov Grooves New Power Generation East West CD ROM M
Trip Shakespeare Volt EP Clean E
BUG! BUG! October records E
Johnny Clueless Too Late Too Loud Oarfin records M
Native Sons Lost in Time October records EM
Bone Club Beautiful Rocket sound record co. E
Raye No Limits to Love Metro records EM
Legion of Boom Self-titled Metro records EPM
The Andersons A Minnesota Christmas Gold-n-boy records EM
40 Thieves Self-titled Metro records E
G. B. Leighton One Time One Life Metro records M
Bill Bruce Young Harold Visits Skeleton crew records EM
Casablanca Orch CBO Metro records E
The Other Side A Month of Sundays Metro records EPM
Garth Homeward Bound Acoustic Innovations E
903 Takin Care of Business 903 Productions inc. EPM
Marc Allen Self-titled Mars records EM
One Horse Power Dream house records E
Scott Aveles Aveles Metro records EM
Jack Richter The Richter Scale Metro records EM
The Nielson White Band Self-titled Metro records E
Natalie Allen Smokin Metro / Natco records EM
Trouble Shooter Borderline Metro records EM


  1. ^ Beckstrom, Maja. "Family fun in the Twin Cities: your fall guide". Twin Cities. Retrieved 22 May 2015.
  2. ^ "Now, let's really hear it for Ken Chastain on tambourine!". St. Paul Pioneer Press. 27 May 2007. p. E1. Retrieved 5 August 2011.
  3. ^ . 1 July 2011 Missing or empty |title= (help)

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