Peter Katis

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Peter Katis
Background information
Born 1966
Occupation(s) Producer, Audio engineer, Musician
Years active 1990–Present

Peter Katis is an American record producer, engineer, mixer and musician.

Working primarily out of his own residential studio[1] (Tarquin Studios)[2] in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Katis is best known for producing alternative and indie rock bands, especially for Fat Cat Records.


Katis attended New Canaan Country School in New Canaan, Connecticut. Starting in the early 1990s with a studio in his parent's[clarification needed] basement,[3] Katis worked with various groups including The Mommyheads, Oneida, Guster and Mercury Rev.

In 2001, Katis recorded and mixed Interpol's critically acclaimed[4] debut LP Turn on the Bright Lights[5] followed by their second effort Antics[6] in 2004 and Paul Banks' solo project Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper in 2009. That same year, he also produced Jukebox the Ghost's second album, Everything Under the Sun.

Katis has a longstanding relationship with the New York band The National for whom he has co-produced albums since 2002 including 2005's Alligator[7] and 2007's international breakthrough[8] Boxer.[9] The cover of Boxer is a photograph of The National playing at Katis' wedding.[10]

More recent productions include albums for Scottish bands Frightened Rabbit, The Twilight Sad, and We Were Promised Jetpacks, the debut LP from London's Fanfarlo, Strict Joy by Ireland's The Swell Season,[11] Go by Jónsi Birgisson (of Sigur Rós fame) as well as albums by Australia's The Grates and Locas in Love from Germany. Katis is a long-time associate of cartoonist and musician James Kochalka, having produced several of his albums. He is a founding member of "the world's only all hockey rock band"; however, The Zambonis are not the only hockey-themed band. Others include Two Man Advantage and Canada's Hanson Brothers. Started in 1991 with his brother Tarquin Katis and friend Dave Schneider; though he and Tarquin are no longer in the band, The Zambonis continue to play nothing but hockey songs.[12] Together with Tarquin and drummer Adam Pierce of Mice Parade he still releases critically acclaimed records as The Philistines Jr., most recently 2010's If a Band Plays in the Woods...? and a version of the album on which other high-profile artists cover all of the album's songs (If A Lot of Bands Play in the Woods...? in November 2011).

Katis also co-produced Traveler, Trey Anastasio's forthcoming solo album.


  1. ^ "Peter Katis Interview Part One « The Calcutta Blog". Archived from the original on January 26, 2010. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  2. ^ "Tarquin Studios". Tarquin Records. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  3. ^ Roach, Pemberton. "((( The Continuing Struggle of... > Overview )))". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Album Reviews: Interpol: Turn On the Bright Lights". Pitchfork. 2002-08-18. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  5. ^ "Interpol Biography". Matador Records. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  6. ^ "Album Reviews: Interpol: Slow Hands / Evil / C'Mere". Pitchfork. 2005-04-21. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  7. ^ "The National - Alligator - Review". Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  8. ^ Phares, Heather (2007-05-22). "((( Boxer > Overview )))". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  9. ^ Gordon, Scott. "Matt Berninger of The National | Music | Interview". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2010-01-27. 
  10. ^ "The National's Berninger Talks Boxer, Baseball, CYHSY". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved December 20, 2008. 
  11. ^ Carr, David (2009-10-18). "Romance Fades, Partnership Endures". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  12. ^ "The Zambonis". Retrieved 23 May 2010. 

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