Neal H Pogue

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Neal H Pogue is an American producer, audio engineer and mixer from Roselle, New Jersey, based in Los Angeles, CA. Pogue is a Grammy Award winner, having won for his work as engineer and mixer on Outkast's Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2004)[1] – which won the Album of the Year category. Pogue has also produced for artists such as M.I.A, Nelly Furtado, Earth, Wind & Fire and has mixed for artists such as TLC, Pink, Nicki Minaj, Janelle Monáe, and Tyler the Creator.[2] Having engineered for TLC's Grammy nominated 11-time platinum single "Waterfalls," Pogue also arranged the horns on Waterfalls under the pseudonym "Shock." Pogue has gone on to work with many prominent names in music.

Life and career[edit]

Pogue started out as a drummer at a young age. He took his dreams of becoming a tour drummer to Los Angeles, California in 1984. After numerous attempts of breaking into the industry as a musician, Pogue enrolled at Sound Master Recording, a local school for audio engineering.[3] After school, through a mutual friend Pogue interned at a studio owned by Michael Jackson's younger brother Randy Jackson, he was then awarded with the opportunity to be an assistant engineer on Jackson's Randy & The Gypsy's album. Pogue assisted there for a year. During Pogue's internship, he met Larrabee Sound Studios owner Kevin Mills and interned under him for 1 year due to Mills' encouragement that Pogue should go out on his own. In 1990 while doing various recording and mixing gigs in LA, he came in contact with Bobby Brown through the late Louil Sials Jr. whom was an MCA Records Executive A&R at the time. Brown whom was living in Atlanta, GA at the time suggested that Pogue work there with him on his self-titled BOBBY. While working in Atlanta, Pogue fell in love with the city and decided to move him and his family there in 1992. While in Atlanta, through recording artist Pebbles, Pogue met the newly formed production company Organized Noize whom at the time had the LaFace Records bound unsigned hip-hop duo Outkast. Through his relationship with LaFace Records he came in contact and worked with Toni Braxtion, Goodie Mob, TLC, and Outkast, who he would go on to engineer multiple successful albums for. Pogue went on to start his own production company, Fulton Yard Unlimited with partner Walter McKennie, whom he has worked with M.I.A. , Nelly Furtado, En Vogue and Earth Wind & Fire.

Pogue currently resides in Los Angeles where he's continued a prolific mixing career including working on albums for R&B/HipHop duo THEY., Swedish artist Robyn's #1 charted album Honey, "Tonya" for Brockhampton's Iridescence and Macy Gray for whom he mixed her latest album, Ruby.

Career Highlights[edit]

Working with Outkast[edit]

In 1993, Pogue began working on Outkast's initial effort Southernplayalisticadillacmusik.[4] After Outkast's initial effort released in 1994, Pogue mixed two songs from TLC's 1995 album Crazy Sexy Cool, one being the smash hit Waterfalls which followed by Pogue mixing the hit single "Elevators" on Outkast's second studio album ATLiens in 1996, then mixing Aquemini in 1998. In 2000, Pogue mixed hit singles "Ms. Jackson" and B.O.B from the album Stankonia.[5] In 2002, Andre 3000 came to Pogue with new music for what was soon to be Outkast's Grammy Award-winning album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, Andre played Pogue a demo version of "Hey Ya." Pogue convinced Andre 3000 to choose "Hey Ya" as Speakerboxxx/The Love Below's lead single.[6] The genre-bending song went on to become one of the most iconic songs of the 2000's appearing on multiple charts including Billboard's Adult Top 40, the US Alternative Songs Chart, and Billboard's Hot 100 where it sat at #1 for nine weeks.[7] While working in collaboration with Outkast, Pogue mixed tracks such as “She Lives in My Lap,” “She’s Alive,” “Prototype,” “Take Off Your Cool” featuring Grammy Award-winner Norah Jones, “Spread” and “Vibrate.”[8]

Working with Earth, Wind & Fire[edit]

In 2012, Pogue worked on the production, mixing, instrumentation and composing of Earth, Wind & Fire's 20th studio album Now, Then & Forever that was released on September 13, 2013.[9] Pogue co-wrote on the song "Sign On". Pogue sent a track to Oscar nominated and Grammy Award winning songwriter Siedah Garrett, which would become the lead single "My Promise". Pogue recorded the demo with Garrett, then sent it to Earth, Wind & Fire.The album charted as number 11 on the US Billboard 200, and charted as number 6 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.[10][11][12]

Discography[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neal H. Pogue". GRAMMY.com. 2018-05-22. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  2. ^ Weiss, David. "Neal H Pogue: Instinctual Mixing for Tyler the Creator". sonicscoop.com. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  3. ^ "Producer Profile". studioexpresso. Retrieved April 12, 2014.
  4. ^ "Release "Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik" by OutKast - MusicBrainz". musicbrainz.org. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  5. ^ Carmichael, Rodney. "The Making of OutKast's Aquemini". Retrieved April 12, 2014.
  6. ^ JOPSON, NIGEL. "Neil Pogue" (PDF). Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  7. ^ "The Secret History of Outkast's 'Speakerboxxx/The Love Below:' the Last Truly Great Double Album". Okayplayer. 2018-09-22. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
  8. ^ "Norah Jones Discog". Discogs. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  9. ^ Williams, Brennan. "Earth, Wind & Fire 'Now, Then & Forever': Verdine White Talks New Album, Premieres 'Night of My Life'". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 12, 2014.
  10. ^ Gallo, Anthony. "Pogue Mixes EWF with AGA". ProSound Network. Retrieved April 12, 2014.
  11. ^ PRWEB. "Fulton Yard Unlimited Helps Bring Earth, Wind & Fire Back to the Charts". PRWEB. Retrieved April 12, 2014.
  12. ^ PRNewswire (September 18, 2013). "Earth, Wind & Fire's New Studio Album, Now, Then & Forever, Debuts at No. 11 on Billboard 200 And No. 5 on the Top R&B Charts". Retrieved April 12, 2014.
  13. ^ "Neal Pogue - Discography". www.nealhpogue.com. Retrieved November 26, 2018.