Peter Katis

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Peter Katis
Katis in 2016
Katis in 2016
Background information
BornApril 1966 (age 56)
New York City, United States
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock
Occupation(s)Record producer, audio engineer, mixer, musician
Years active1990–present
Formerly ofThe Philistines Jr.
WebsiteTarquin Studios

Peter Katis is an American Grammy Award-winning record producer, audio engineer, mixer, and musician.

Katis is best known for working with alternative and indie rock bands. He works primarily out of his own residential studio, Tarquin Studios, in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Personal life[edit]

Peter Katis was born in New York City in April 1966. He is the eldest son of Dr. Lauma Katis and Dr. James Katis, both psychiatrists. His brothers are Tom and Tarquin.

Katis attended New Canaan Country School and Greenwich High School, both in Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Vermont having majored in Visual Arts and minored in English. He also attended and then taught studio production classes at SUNY Purchase in New York.

Katis lives in Fairfield, Connecticut, with his wife, Ann Risen Katis, and their son, Will.

Music career[edit]

Peter Katis's music career began in the late 1980s with The Philistines Jr., an experimental pop band composed of Katis (vocals, guitar, keyboards), his brother Tarquin Katis (vocals, bass), and their friend Adam Pierce (drums). The band's first gig was an opening spot for Phish in front of a sparse crowd on the campus of the University of Vermont.[1]

The Philistines Jr.'s early albums - Greenwich, CT (1991) and The Continuing Struggle of The Philistines Jr. (1993)—received critical acclaim and charted on college radio stations across North America. The band also received frequent airplay from John Peel on his BBC Radio 1 program. Upon hearing their first album, Peel telephoned the band "just to say how much he liked the record" and invited them to record a Peel Session in London. The band completed three Peel Sessions and concurrent UK tours.[2]

Subsequent albums by The Philistines Jr. include The Sinking of the S.S. Danehower (1996), Analog vs. Digital -or- We Don't Get The Respect We Deserve in Today's Scientific Community (2000), If A Band Plays in the Woods...? (2010), If a Lot of Bands Play in the Woods...? (2011), and "Help!" (2019).

Over time, Katis has also participated in a number of musical side projects, including The Zambonis, The Happiest Guys in the World, The Pants, and James Kochalka Superstar.

Music production career[edit]

While recording songs for his own band in an ad-hoc studio set up in his parents' basement, Katis realized he had an affinity for production. "My favorite part of being a musician was producing a record," said Katis.[3]

In 1989 he began taking continuing education classes at SUNY Purchase in studio production, which further developed his recording skills. Katis then worked as an intern, an assistant, and then as an engineer in various recording studios in New York City. As his career progressed, Katis began being asked by his friends in other bands—including Mommyheads, Oneida, Guster, and Mercury Rev—to help record their albums.

By 1998, Katis's demand as a producer, audio engineer, and mixer had grown to the point where he needed a dedicated production space. He bought a 7,000 square foot Victorian home in Bridgeport, Connecticut and transformed it into Tarquin Studios, a residence and recording studio for musicians. Katis has since worked with dozens of artists (see Associated Acts and Discography) at Tarquin Studios.[4]

In 2017, Katis and Chris Frantz of Talking Heads launched a concert series for emerging artists at The Fairfield Theater Company.[5]

Death Cab for Cutie[edit]

Katis produced Death Cab for Cutie's The Blue EP (2019). The video for the song £Blue Bloods",[6] was filmed at Tarquin Studios.[7][8][9]

Frightened Rabbit[edit]

Katis produced Frightened Rabbit's 2008 breakthrough album The Midnight Organ Fight, as well as the 2010 follow-up The Winter of Mixed Drinks. To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of TMOF, Frightened Rabbit released Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit's Midnight Organ Fight. Katis's own band, The Philistine's Jr., contributed to the album by covering the song "Bright Pink Bookmark". The album, released in 2019, has also become a tribute to Frightened Rabbit's lead singer Scott Hutchison.[10][11]

Gang of Youths[edit]

Katis mixed The Positions (2015) and Go Farther in Lightness (2017) for the Australian band Gang of Youths. The former album debited at No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart and was nominated for 5 ARIA Music Awards. The latter album debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart and was nominated for 8 ARIA Music Awards, winning four: Album of the Year, Best Group, Best Rock Album, and Producer of the Year.[12]

Katis's band, The Philistine's Jr., opened for Gang of Youths on several west coast dates of their 2018 American tour.


Katis also has a long-standing relationship with Interpol. He recorded and mixed the band's critically acclaimed[13] debut album Turn on the Bright Lights (2002), followed by Antics (2004). He also worked with lead singer Paul Banks on Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper (2009), Julian Plenti Lives... (2012), and Banks (2012).

The National[edit]

Katis has worked with The National on eight of their albums: Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (2003), Cherry Tree (2004), Alligator (2005), Boxer (2007), High Violet (2010), Trouble Will Find Me (2013), Sleep Well Beast (2017), and I Am Easy to Find (2019). Trouble Will Find Me received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. Sleep Well Beast received the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.[14] Katis co-produced and mixed the album.

Illustrating his close personal connection to the band, the cover of Boxer features a photo of The National playing at Katis's wedding reception.


Year Title Artist Credits
2019 Help! The Philistine's Jr. Lyrics, Performer, Producer, Engineer, Mixing
The Blue EP Death Cab for Cutie Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit's Midnight Organ Fight Frightened Rabbit Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Engineer, Mixing, Recording
I Am Easy To Find The National Mixing
Natural, Everyday Degradation Remo Drive Engineer, Mixing
Problems The Get Up Kids Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Ruthless The Moth and The Flame Performer, Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Bobbie Gentry The Delta Sweetie Revisited Mercury Rev Mixing
2018 Bottle It In Kurt Vile Producer
Before The Sun Goes Down The New Respects Mixing
On the Corner Where You Live The Paper Kites Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Lost Friends Middle Kids Mixing
2017 The World We Built The Wild Reeds Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Go Farther In Lightness Gang of Youths Mixing
Hammock Hammock Mixing
Only the Lonely Colony House Additional Production, Engineer, Mixing
Near to the Wild Heart of Life Japandroids Mixing, Additional Production, Mixing
So Numb Sannhet Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Sleep Well Beast The National Producer, Mixing
There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light Stars Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation
2016 This Is Your Life Augustines Producer, Mixing
Synthia The Jezabels Mixing
It's Not About the Witches T.O.L.D. Mixing
Everything and Nothing Hammock Mixing
Arms Bell X1 Mixing
And Then Like Lions Blind Pilot Mixing
2015 You're Going to Make It Mates of State Mixing
The Positions Gang of Youths Mixing
Then Came the Morning The Lone Bellow Mixing
Jackrabbit San Fermin Producer, Engineer, Mixing
B'lieve I'm Goin Down... Kurt Vile Mixing
After It All Delta Rae Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation
2014 Youth Culture Forever PAWS Mixing
Ruckers Hill Husky Gawenda / Husky Mixing
Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave The Twilight Sad Additional Production, Mixing
Honeyblood Honeyblood Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Electronic Percussion
Augustines Augustines Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation
2013 Trouble Will Find Me The National Mixing
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Mixing
Let's Be Still The Head and the Heart Additional Production, Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation
Hummingbird Local Natives Mixing
Chop Chop Bell X1 Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Breach The Kissaway Trail Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Guitar, Synthesizer
2012 Traveler Trey Anastasio Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Vocals, String Arrangements, Instrumentation
Tramp Sharon Van Etten Engineer, Mixing
Shallow Bed Dry the River Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Live: England vs. France Mice Parade Mixing
Julian Plenti Lives Paul Banks Producer, Mixing, Instrumentation
Five Minute Major (In D Minor) The Zambonis Engineer, Mixing
Circles Around the Sun Dispatch Producer, Engineer
Banks Paul Banks Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation
Animal Joy Shearwater Guest Artist, Producer, Engineer, Mixing
2011 We Bought a Zoo [Original Soundtrack] Jónsi Producer
Prisoner The Jezabels Mixing
Outside Tapes 'n Tapes Additional Production, Engineer, Mixing
Mountaintops Mates of State Engineer
In the Pit of the Stomach We Were Promised Jetpacks Additional Production, Mixing
Fire Needs Air Dazzled Kid Mixing
Deserter's Songs: Instrumental Mercury Rev Engineer, Mixing
2010 What It Means to Be Left-Handed Mice Parade Engineer, Mixing
The Winter of Mixed Drinks Frightened Rabbit Additional Production, Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation
Sleep Mountain The Kissaway Trail Producer, Mixing
Let's Go Coconuts! The Macaroons Engineer
How to Train Your Dragon: Music from the Motion Picture John Powell Drum Engineering, Percussion Engineer
High Violet The National Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Going the Distance Producer
Go Jónsi Producer, Engineer
Everything Under the Sun Jukebox the Ghost Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Easy Wonderful Guster Engineer, Mixing
2009 Up End Atom: A Tribute to Atom & His Package Producer, Engineer
These Four Walls We Were Promised Jetpacks Producer, Various Instruments, Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation
Strict Joy The Swell Season Producer, ARP Synthesizer, Percussion, Performer, Featured Artist
Silver Starling Silver Starling Mixing
Reservoir Fanfarlo Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation
Love, Hate and Then There's You The Von Bondies Engineer, Audio Engineer
Julian Plenti Is... Skyscraper Paul Banks / Julian Plenti Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Additional Music
Dark Was the Night: Red Hot Compilation Engineer, Mixing
Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs of Mark Mulcahy Mark Mulcahy Producer
2008 Up with the Sun Titles ARP Synthesizer
Teeth Lost, Hearts Won The Grates Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Guitar, Keyboards
Summer Palace Sunny Day Sets Fire Producer, Mixing
Secrets Are Sinister Longwave Producer, Engineer, Audio Engineer, Mixing
Re-Arrange Us Mates of State Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Guitar, Vocals (Background), Bass
Heavenly Bender Sam Champion Mixing
Fight on the Ice The Zambonis Composer
Elephant Shell Tokyo Police Club Producer, Mixing
DeLeon DeLeon Engineer
A Skin, A Night & The Virginia EP The National Engineer, Mixing
5 Zusammen Verschwinden Karpatenhund Mixing
2007 Mice Parade Mice Parade Assistant Engineer
Marginalia Nurse & Soldier Producer, Engineer, Mixing
I'll Follow You Oakley Hall Engineer, Mixing
Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters The Twilight Sad Mixing
Boxer The National Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Anjula Anjula Prasad Mixing
2006 Tremors Humanzi Producer, Mixing
Spread Your Evil Wings and Fly James Kochalka Superstar Composer
Peoples HiM Engineer
Gravity Won't Get You High The Grates Mixing
Diet Pills & Magazines Humanzi Mixing
Catastrophe Keeps Us Together Rainer Maria Producer, Engineer, Mixing
19-20-20 The Grates Mixing
2005 Trilateral Commission Jimi Tunnell Assistant Engineer
Tree City Robbers on High Street Producer, Engineer, Mixing
The Loyal Tiger Lou Mixing
The Loving Sounds of Static Mobius Band Producer, Mixing
The Golden Republic The Golden Republic Producer, Engineer, Audio Engineer, Audio Production
Our Most Beloved James Kochalka Superstar Producer, Main Personnel
Nights Wave EP Mice Parade Mixing, Overdubs
Lit Up The National Engineer, Mixing
Hanukkah Rocks The LeeVees Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Guitar, Instrumentation
DoublePlays: All Is Dream/Deserter's Songs Mercury Rev Engineer
City vs. Country Mobius Band Engineer, Mixing, Audio Production
C'mere Interpol Engineer, Mixing
Bem-Vinda Vontade Mice Parade Engineer, Audio Engineer, Mixing, Overdubs
Alligator The National Producer, Engineer, Audio Engineer, Mixing, Audio Production, Vocals
2004 The O.C. Mix 2 Engineer
My Body: The Pistol Les Baton Rouge Producer, Engineer
Matador at Fifteen Engineer
Lightning and the Sun Katy Mae Engineer, Keyboards
Life of the Party [EP] Longwave Mixing
Fine Lines Robbers on High Street Engineer
Cherry Tree The National Engineer
Antics Interpol Engineer, Audio Engineer, Mixing
Aghast Agape The Prosaics Producer, Engineer, Audio Engineer, Audio Production
2003 Yes New York Engineer
Wild Card Jim Allen Engineer
The Instinct Denali Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Mastering
The Black EP Interpol Engineer, Mixing
Stars at Noon Sea Ray Engineer, Mixing
Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers The National Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Maybe This Christmas Too? Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Heather Satanicide Engineer, Audio Engineer
A Winter's Night: The Best of Nettwerk Christmas Albums Producer, Engineer, Mixing
2002 Turn on the Bright Lights Interpol Engineer, Mixing
Pushbutton Parfait Raymond Scott Orchestrette Engineer, Mastering
On a Wire The Get Up Kids Engineer, Mixing
MTV Road Rules: Don't Make Me Pull This Thing Over, Vol. 1 Mixing
Interpol Interpol Engineer, Mixing
For the Kids [Nettwerk] Producer, Engineer, Vocals (Background), Instrumentation
Each One Teach One Oneida Engineer, Mixing
Atheists, Reconsider Liars / Oneida Engineer
All Roads Lead to Salzburg Mice Parade Engineer, Mixing, Overdubs
2001 The Operating Theater Brian Dewan Engineer, Mixing
The Ghost of Fashion Clem Snide Mixing
Mokoondi Mice Parade Engineer, Mixing, Overdub Engineer
I Blame You Michael Shelley Mixing, Recorder
Elza Elza Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation
Don't Trust Whitey James Kochalka Superstar Producer, Mixing, Mastering, Recording
Anthem of the Moon Oneida Engineer, Mixing
Analog vs. Digital The Philistines Jr. Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Artwork, Composer
All Is Dream Mercury Rev Engineer
2000 Ur-Klang Search The Dylan Group Engineer
Steel Rod Oneida Mixing
Put-Outs Sing the Hits Put-Outs Mixing
Now Is the Time: Live at the Knitting Factory Alex Blake Engineer, Pre-Mastering Engineer
Kiss Without Makeup Franklin Bruno Engineer, Mixing
Eat Crow Pants Producer, Engineer, Mastering, Various Instruments, Layout Design
Come on Everybody Let's Rock Oneida Mixing
1999 Ramda Mice Parade Engineer
More Adventures in Lying Down The Dylan Group Engineer
Enemy Hogs Oneida Engineer, Mixing
1998 Welcome to the Jungle Jim Rome Composer
Too Many Movies Michael Shelley Engineer
The True Meaning of Boodleybaye Mice Parade Engineer
Survival of the Illest: Live from 125 NYC Digital Editing
Heartdrops The Heartdrops Engineer
Dreams Gone Sour The Absolute Zeros Producer, Recorder
Deserter's Songs Mercury Rev Engineer
After the Morning Katie McMahon Engineer
1997 Show & Tell: A Stormy Remembrance of TV Themes Engineer
Pop Pie Producer, Engineer
Play-Off Fever! The Zambonis Engineer
Monkey vs. Robot James Kochalka Superstar Producer, Engineer, Various Instruments, Vocals (Background), Layout Design
Half Empty Michael Shelley Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Dylan Group & H.I.M. The Dylan Group Engineer
Cradle the Balls Satanicide
1996 The Sinking of the S.S. Danehower The Philistines Jr. Lyrics, Performer, Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Resonance Found at the Core of a Bubble Engineer
Happiest Guys in the World Happiest Guys in the World Engineer, Mixing
After School Special Iris Engineer
100% Hockey...and Other Stuff The Zambonis Engineer, Illustrations, Artwork
1995 Thumper Thumper Engineer, Audio Engineer
The True Story James Kochalka Superstar Producer, Engineer
Bingham's Hole The Mommyheads Producer
1st Bubble Core Records Sampler Engineer
1994 When the Doves Cry: The Music of Prince Bob Belden Assistant Engineer
1993 The Continuing Struggle of The Philistine's Jr. The Philistine's Jr. Lyrics, Performer, Producer, Engineer, Mixing
1991 Greenwich, CT The Philistine's Jr. Lyrics, Performer, Producer, Engineer, Mixing



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