Mario Caldato, Jr.

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Mario Caldato, Jr.
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Background information
Also known as Mario C.
Born (1961-02-24) February 24, 1961 (age 54)
São Paulo, Brazil
Occupation(s) Producer, engineer, mixing
Instruments Keyboard, Bass, other misc. instruments
Associated acts Beastie Boys,
Jack Johnson,
Marcelo D2,
Seu Jorge

Mario Caldato, Jr. (also known as Mario C.) is a Brazilian/American record producer and studio engineer best known for his work with Beastie Boys and Jack Johnson in the US, and with Marcelo D2 and Seu Jorge in Brazil. He is the winner of three Latin Grammys to date, along with several nominations and multi-platinum and gold records to his credit.


Born 24th February, 1961 in São Paulo, Brazil, Mario Caldato, Jr. is the son of Italian father Mario, Sr. and Brazilian mother Guiomar. In 1963 Mario and his family moved to the United States, settling in Los Angeles. As a young boy, Caldato received a Sears Silvertone organ as a gift, and began taking piano lessons. These lessons came to an abrupt end when he was slapped by his teacher for not practicing. The incident did not however deter Caldato's budding interest in music. He was further inspired by a 1972 performance by Duke Ellington at El Camino College in Torrance, California.

As a teenager Caldato played keyboards and percussion in various local bands including Soul Sticks, Wake, Phaze, and Phaze II. In 1979 he purchased a cassette deck and recorded the band of his friend "Money" Mark Nishita at Harbor College in Wilmington CA. After building several recording studios and visiting Jamaica for 1983's Reggae Sunsplash Festival, he produced The Jungle Bugs' 7" single and then an EP for Alice I Wonder with the help of Brian "Sly" Foxworthy.

In 1985, Caldato started a PA and DJ rental company with Mike Nishita, brother of "Money" Mark Nishita. A year later he met DJ Matt Dike at legendary downtown L.A. nightclub Power Tools. At Dike's request, Caldato built a recording studio in Dike's Hollywood apartment, transforming a closet into a vocal booth. It was at Dike's home studio that Caldato engineered and helped co-produce Tone Loc and Young MC's hit singles and albums for Dike and Mike Ross' label Delicious Vinyl. It was also at Dike's apartment that Caldato first met the New York rap group Beastie Boys.

Work with Beastie Boys / Grand Royal[edit]

In 1988-89 Caldato engineered the Beastie Boys second album Paul's Boutique. Caldato is visible in footage of the album's release party atop the Capitol Records building. Deemed a commercial failure at the time, Paul's Boutique is now considered an unimpeachable cult classic. The album began Caldato's long-term professional association with Beastie Boys, co-producing their multi-platinum classics Check Your Head, Ill Communication and Hello Nasty. His name became well-known to Beastie fans via the shout-outs "that's a record 'cause of Mario" on the song "Root Down" and "Mario C likes to keep it clean!" on the hit single "Intergalactic." During his early association with the Beastie Boys, Caldato also produced DJ Hurricane's 1st album The Hurra for Grand Royal. With Adam Horovitz, he produced two albums for the hardcore punk band D.F.L. for Grand Royal. Caldato also toured extensively worldwide with Beastie Boys during Check Your Head and Ill Communication mixing their sound live (sometimes in a quadrophonic setting), his style inspired in part by legendary dub reggae pioneers King Tubby and Lee "Scratch" Perry.

Work with Other Artists in North America / Europe / Australia[edit]

Caldato's long-standing friendship with Money Mark has resulted in Mario engineering, producing and mixing much of Mark's solo output, including the albums Push The Button (Mo' Wax, 1998), Change Is Coming (Emperor Norton, 2001), and Brand New By Tomorrow (Brushfire, 2007). Caldato has also produced three Jack Johnson albums On & On, In Between Dreams and Johnson's fourth Billboard Number One album From Here to Now to You. He has also worked with Beck, Bjork, Blur, Cibo Matto, The Cult, Day One, Los Lobos & John Lee Hooker, Manu Chao, Mother Tongue's self-titled debut, Molotov, Super Furry Animals, Gruff Rhys, The John Butler Trio and Yoko Ono. In 2008, he mixed the self-titled debut EP of One Day as a Lion, a project comprising Zack de la Rocha (of Rage Against the Machine) and Jon Theodore (previously of The Mars Volta).[1] In 2008, he produced the 2nd album of Joseph d'Anvers, a talented French songwriter, called Les Jours Sauvages, featuring appearances by Money Mark, Vanessa da Mata, Moreno Veloso and Kassin & Domenico. In 2012 he mixed the debut by Kids These Days, "Traphouse Rock," recorded by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.[2]

Work with Artists in South America[edit]

The Portuguese-speaking Caldato spends significant time in Brasil, where his personal heritage infuses his music projects. He has produced many Brazilian artists, including Planet Hemp, Marcelo D2, Seu Jorge, Nação Zumbi, Bebel Gilberto, Marisa Monte, Vanessa da Mata, and Mallu Magalhães. In 2008 he mixed the debut album of the Argentinian group Banda de Turistas titled Magico Corazon Radiofonico, one of the new revelations of the Latin scene. In 2010 Caldato mixed and co-produced the Seu Jorge and Almaz self-titled album released by Now-Again Records. Caldato organized, recorded and produced a charitable album with Anglo-Brazilian collaboratory supergroup, The Bottletop Band. In 2014 he was responsible for mixing Criolo second album Convoque seu Buda and also Filipe Ret, Revel LP and Ana Cañas To na Vida LP in 2015.

Production, Mixing and Engineering credits for LPs and EPs[edit]

1989 Tone Loc (Loc'ed after Dark) 🇺🇸 eng, mix

1989 Young MC (Stone Cold Rhymin') 🇺🇸 eng, mix

1989 Def Jef (Just a Poet with Soul) 🇺🇸 eng, mix

1989 Beastie Boys (Paul’s Boutique) 🇺🇸 eng, mix

1992 Beastie Boys (Check Your Head) 🇺🇸 co-prod w/ Beastie Boys, eng, mix

1994 Beastie Boys (Ill Communication) 🇺🇸 co-prod w/ Beastie Boys, eng, mix

1994 D.F.L. (My Crazy Life) 🇺🇸 EP prod, eng, mix

1994 Mother Tongue (Mother Tongue) 🇺🇸 prod, eng, mix

1994 Pure (Some other kind of Meat) 🇺🇸 🇫🇷 mix

1995 Beastie Boys (Aglio e Olio) 🇺🇸 EP co-prod w/ Beastie Boys, eng, mix

1995 D.F.L. Proud to be 🇺🇸 mix

1995 DJ Hurricane (The Hurra) 🇺🇸 prod, eng, mix

1996 Beastie Boys (The In Sounds from Way Out) 🇺🇸 co-prod w/ Beastie Boys, eng, mix

1997 Planet Hemp (Os Caes Ladram mas a Caravana nao Para) 🇧🇷 prod, eng, mix

1998 Beastie Boys (Hello Nasty) 🇺🇸 co-prod w/ Beastie Boys, eng, mix

1998 Money Mark 1/2 of (Push the Button) 🇺🇸 prod, eng, mix

1998 Tejo Beat 10 various Portuguese artists (Tejo Beat) 🇵🇹 prod, eng, mix

1999 1000 Clowns (Freelance Bubble Head) 🇺🇸 mix

1999 Arno 1/2 of (European Cowboy/a Poil Commercial) 🇧🇪 prod, eng, mix

1999 Beastie Boys (The Sounds of Science Anthology) 🇺🇸 co-prod w/ Beastie Boys, eng, mix

1999 Hot Sauce Johnson (Truck Stop Jug Hop) 🇺🇸 mix

1999 Molotov (Apocalypshit) 🇲🇽 prod, mix

1999 Nawfel (Nawfel) 🇫🇷 mix

2000 Day One (Ordinary Man) 🇬🇧 prod, eng, mix

2000 Morgan 1/2 of (Organized) 🇬🇧 co-prod w/ Morgan, mix

2000 Mundo Livre S/A (Por Pouco) 🇧🇷 mix

2000 Planet Hemp (A Invasao do Sagaz Homem Fumaca) 🇧🇷 prod, eng, mix

2000 Silmarils (Vegas 76) 🇫🇷prod, mix

2001 Money Mark (Change is Coming) 🇺🇸 mix

2001 Planet Hemp (MTV ao Vivo) 🇧🇷 prod, mix

2001 Scapegoat Wax 1/2 of (Okeeblow/SWAX) 🇺🇸 prod, mix

2002 Mother Tongue (Streetlight) 🇺🇸 mix

2002 Seu Jorge (Samba Esporte Fino/Carolina) 🇧🇷 prod, eng, mix

2003 Jack Johnson (On & On) 🇺🇸 prod, mix

2003 Marcelo D2 (A Procura da Batida Perfeita) 🇧🇷 prod, eng, mix

2003 Super Furry Animals (Phantom Power) 🇬🇧 mix

2004 Donavon Frankenreiter (Donavon Frankenreiter) 🇺🇸 co-prod w/ Jack Johnson, eng, mix

2004 G Love (The Hustle) 🇺🇸 prod, eng, mix

2004 Marcelo D2 (MTV Acustico) 🇧🇷 prod, mix

2005 Beastie Boys 1/2 of (Solid Gold) 🇺🇸 co-prod w/ Beastie Boys, eng, mix

2005 Day One (Probably Art) 🇬🇧 prod, eng, mix

2005 Jack Johnson (In Between Dreams) 🇺🇸 prod, mix

2005 Super Furry Animals (Lovekraft) 🇬🇧 prod, eng, mix

2006 Marcelo D2 (Meu Samba e Assim) 🇧🇷 prod, eng, mix

2006 Marisa Monte (Universo ao Meu Redor) 🇧🇷 co-prod w/ Marisa, eng, mix

2006 Willie Bobo (Lost and Found) 🇺🇸 mix

2007 Gruff Rhys (Candylion) 🇬🇧 add-prod, mix

2007 John Butler Trio (Grand National) 🇦🇺 prod, eng, mix

2007 Manu Chao (La Radiolina) 🇫🇷🇪🇸 eng, mix

2007 Money Mark (Brand New by Tomorrow) 🇺🇸 prod, eng, mix

2007 Nação Zumbi (Fume de Tudo) 🇧🇷 prod, eng, mix

2007 Nawfel (The War of Sound) 🇫🇷 mix

2007 Orquestra Imperial (Carnaval so Ano Que Vem) 🇧🇷 co-prod w/ Kassin & Berna, eng, mix

2007 Vanessa da Mata (Sim) 🇧🇷 co-prod w/ Kassin, eng, mix

2008 Banda de Turistas (Magico Corazon Radiofonico) 🇦🇷 mix

2008 Chico Cesar (Francisco Forro y Frevo) 🇧🇷 mix

2008 Dirty Heads (Any Port in a Storm) 🇺🇸 mix

2008 Joseph d Anvers (Les Jours Sauvages) 🇫🇷 prod, eng, mix

2008 Mallu Magalhaes (Mallu Magalhaes) 🇧🇷 prod, eng, mix

2008 Marcelo D2 (Arte do Barulho) 🇧🇷 prod, eng, mix

2008 One Day as a Lion (One Day as a Lion) 🇺🇸 EP eng, mix

2008 Salsedo (Wine and Pasta) 🇫🇷 co prod w/ David mix

2009 Ana Carolina 1/2 of (Nove) 🇧🇷 co-prod w/ Kassin, eng, mix

2009 Brothers of Brazil (Punkanova) 🇧🇷 prod, eng, mix

2009 Manaca (Manaca) 🇧🇷 prod, mix

2009 Marcio Local (Sem Nenhum Problema/Márcio Local Says Don Day ...) 🇧🇷 prod, mix

2009 The Slew (100%) 🇺🇸 mix

2009 Vanessa da Mata (Multishow ao Vivo) 🇧🇷 co-prod w/ Kassin, mix

2010 Bombolessé (Movimento) 🇨🇦 mix

2010 Flobots (Survival Story) 🇺🇸 prod, mix

2010 Seu Jorge and Almaz (Seu Jorge and Almaz) 🇧🇷 co-prod w/ Almaz, eng, mix

2010 Vanessa da Mata (Bicicletas, Bolos e Outras Alegrias) 🇧🇷 mix

2011 Bambas Dois (Bambas Dois) 🇧🇷 mix

2011 The Bottetop Band (Dream Service) 🇬🇧 🇧🇷 prod, eng, mix

2011 Charlotte OC’Conner (For Kenny) 🇬🇧 prod, eng, mix

2011 Domenico (Cine Prive) 🇧🇷 mix

2011 Gruff Rhys (Hotel Shampoo) 🇬🇧 add-prod, eng, mix

2011 Rene Lopez (E.L.S.) 🇺🇸 prod, eng, mix

2011 Seu Jorge (Musica para Churrasco vol 1) 🇧🇷 prod, mix

2011 Sublime and Rome (Your Truly) 🇺🇸 mix

2011 Zee Avi (Ghostbird) 🇲🇾 prod, eng, mix

2012 Dirty Heads (Cabin by the Sea) 🇺🇸 co-prod w/ Louie R, eng, mix

2012 Kids These Days (Traphouse Rock) 🇺🇸 mix

2012 Los Sebosos Postizos (Interpretem Jorge Ben) 🇧🇷 prod, eng, mix

2013 Jack Johnson (From Here to Now to You) 🇺🇸 prod, mix

2013 Marcelo D2 (Nada Pode Me Para) 🇧🇷 prod, eng, mix

2014 Amanda Brecker (Way to Be) 🇺🇸🇧🇷 co-prod w/ Jesse Harris, eng, mix

2014 Bebel Gilberto (Tudo) 🇧🇷 prod, eng, mix

2014 Criolo (Convoque Seu Buda) 🇧🇷 mix

2014 Stéphane San Juan (Systeme de Som) 🇫🇷🇧🇷 mix

2014 Vanessa da Mata (Segue o Som) 🇧🇷 mix

2015 Ana Cañas (To na Vida) 🇧🇷 add-prod, mix

2015 Day One (Intellectual Property) 🇬🇧 prod, eng, mix

2015 Ethan Tucker (Misunderstood) 🇺🇸 prod, eng, mix

2015 Filipe Ret (Revel) 🇧🇷 mix

2015 Seu Jorge (Musica para Churrasco vol 2) 🇧🇷 co-prod w/ Seu Jorge, eng, mix


2006 Latin Grammy, Best Samba/Pagode Album: Marisa Monte, Universo Ao Meu Redor (EMI)

2007 Latin Grammy, Best Contemporary Pop Album: Vanessa da Mata, Sim (Sony BMG)

2011 Latin Grammy, Best Contemporary Pop Album: Seu Jorge, Músicas Para Churrasco Vol. 1 (Cafuné)


  1. ^ ANTI- One Day as a Lion
  2. ^ "Review: Kids These Days, 'Traphouse Rock'". Retrieved 8 April 2015. 

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