Rich Costey

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Rich Costey
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresAlternative rock, experimental rock, indie rock, post-punk revival, art rock, electronica
Occupation(s)Record producer, mixer, engineer
Years active1995–present

Rich Costey is an American record producer, mixer and engineer, who works in several musical genres, including hip-hop, rock, pop, indie, and electronica.[1] As a producer, Costey's credits include Sigur Rós, Frank Turner,[2] Muse,[3] Foster the People, Swirlies, Santigold and Biffy Clyro. He has occasionally worked as a DJ and musician on these albums as well.[4]


At age 16, Costey became a disc jockey on a local radio station before going on to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston. While working at Q Division Studios as an assistant, he learned about classic recording techniques and started working with producer Jon Brion whom he credits as an important influence and future collaborator.[1] His first steady gig as a producer was with Boston indie band Swirlies whose repertoire expanded from American shoegaze rock into dance music and electronica under Costey's tutelage. The albums and EPs Costey made with Swirlies helped establish him as a go-to producer for indie bands and brought him to work with Sebadoh, Madder Rose, and Pavement during the 1990s.[4]

After college Costey moved to New York City, and in 1995 started working at Philip Glass's Looking Glass studio. Within six months Costey was the facility's head engineer. At the same time, he worked with bands such as Bowery Electric and the Lilys at Michael Deming's Studio 45 in Hartford, Connecticut.[1]

After he relocated to Los Angeles, Costey and Brion collaborated on the Fiona Apple track Brion was producing for the soundtrack to Pleasantville as well as contributing a remix of Cheap Trick's "Surrender" for the Small Soldiers soundtrack. He later engineered and mixed Fiona Apple's album When the Pawn....[4] His work on the Fiona album attracted the attention of producer Rick Rubin who loved the sound of When The Pawn... and hired Costey to mix Audioslave's 2002 self-titled debut and Rage Against the Machine's 2003 live album, Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium.[1]

In 2003, Muse recruited Costey to produce their breakthrough third LP, Absolution. His most recent credits include Foster the People, Birdy, Young the Giant, Chvrches, Phantogram and Kimbra. He also produced Death Cab for Cutie's eighth studio album, Kintsugi, which was released on March 31, 2015.[5]


In 2008, the Foo Fighters album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, which Costey mixed, won the award for Best Rock Album at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards.[6][7] The album also won Best International Album at the 2008 Brit Awards.[8]


Producing, engineering, mixing[edit]

Year Artist Album Credit(s)
1992 Swirlies What to Do About Them Producer, engineer, mixing
1993 Swirlies Blonder Tongue Audio Baton Producer, engineer, mixing
1994 Swirlies Brokedick Car Engineer
The Golden Palominos Pure Engineer
Sam Black Church Sam Black Church Engineer
1995 Fudge Southside Speedway Engineer
Poole Alaska Days Producer, mixing
Bowery Electric Bowery Electric Mixing
Aphex Twin Donkey Rhubarb Engineer
Crowsdell Dreamette Engineer
Lilys Eccsame the Photon Band Producer, engineer, mixing, programming
The Apples in Stereo Fun Trick Noisemaker Mixing
Philip Glass La Belle et la Bête Engineer
Sam Black Church Superchrist Producer, engineer, mixing
Pavement Wowee Zowee Mixing
1996 Swirlies They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days in the Glittering World of the Salons Producer, engineer, mixing, programming
Swirlies Sneaky Flute Music Producer, engineer, programming
Bowery Electric Beat Producer, engineer, mixing, programming
Trampoline I Want One of Everybody Producer, mixing
Ditch Croaker Secrets of the Mule Producer, engineer, mixing
The Technical Jed The Oswald Cup Producer
1997 Blind Light Absence of Time Engineer
The Dambuilders Against the Stars Engineer, programming
PermaFrost In Harm's Way Producer, engineer, mixing, programming, keyboards
Semi-Gloss Teenie Engineer, mixing
Madder Rose Tragic Magic Engineer, mixing, programming, keyboards
1998 Lucia Hwong Goddess Awakening, Vol. 1 Engineer
Angelique Present Producer, engineer, mixing, programming
Plastiscene Seeing Stars Producer, engineer, programming
Ice Cube War & Peace Vol. 1 (The War Disc) Mixing
1999 Fiona Apple When the Pawn... Engineer, mixing, programming
Lucia Hwong Goddess Celestial Realms, Vol. 2 Engineer
Muse Showbiz Producer, mixing
Philip Glass The Civil Wars: A Tree Is Best Measured When It Is Down Engineer
Sebadoh The Sebadoh Mixing, programming
2000 Jurassic 5 Quality Control Mixing
Rage Against the Machine Renegades Mixing
Paloalto Sonny Mixing
2001 Otep Jihad Producer, engineer, mixing
Jon Brion Meaningless Engineer
Muse Origin of Symmetry Mixing
The Apex Theory The Apex Theory Mixing
Spokane The Proud Graduates Mixing
American Head Charge The War of Art Mixing
Dave Navarro Trust No One Producer, engineer, mixing, programming, guitar, keyboards, vibraphone
Rival Schools United by Fate Mixing
2002 Audioslave Audioslave Mixing
Box Car Racer Box Car Racer Mixing
Injected Burn It Black Mixing, keyboards
Pillar Fireproof Mixing
Moth Provisions, Fiction and Gear Mixing
Scapegoat Wax SWAX Producer, mixing, guitar
The Apex Theory Topsy-Turvy Mixing
2003 Muse Absolution Producer, engineer, mixing
Mew Frengers Producer, engineer, mixing
Cave In Antenna Producer, engineer, mixing
The Mars Volta De-Loused in the Comatorium Mixing
Rage Against the Machine Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium Mixing
P.O.D. Payable on Death Mixing
Blue Man Group The Complex Mixing
Three Days Grace Three Days Grace Mixing
2004 Secret Machines Now Here Is Nowhere Mixing
The Polyphonic Spree Together We're Heavy Mixing
The (International) Noise Conspiracy Armed Love Engineer, mixing
Thornley Come Again Mixing
The Duke Spirit Cuts Across the Land Mixing
Jimmy Eat World Futures Engineer, mixing
Ash Meltdown Mixing
My Chemical Romance Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge Mixing
Earshot Two Mixing
Breaking Benjamin We Are Not Alone Mixing
2005 Franz Ferdinand You Could Have It So Much Better Producer, mixing
Doves Some Cities Mixing
The Mars Volta Frances the Mute Mixing
Bloc Party Silent Alarm Mixing
Weezer Make Believe Mixing
22-20s 22-20s Mixing
Maxïmo Park A Certain Trigger Mixing
Nine Black Alps Everything Is Mixing
Shout Out Louds Howl Howl Gaff Gaff Mixing
Seether Karma and Effect Mixing
World Leader Pretend Punches Mixing
Finch Say Hello to Sunshine Mixing
New Order Waiting for the Sirens' Call Mixing
2006 Muse Black Holes and Revelations Producer, engineer, mixing
The Mars Volta Amputechture Mixing
Mastodon Blood Mountain Mixing
Brand New The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me Mixing
My Chemical Romance Life on the Murder Scene Mixing
Philip Glass The Witches of Venice Mixing
P.O.D. Testify Engineer, mixing
2007 Interpol Our Love to Admire Producer, engineer, mixing
Apocalyptica I Don't Care Mixing
Blonde Redhead 23 Mixing
Against Me! New Wave Mixing
Foo Fighters Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace Mixing
The Wombats A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation Mixing
Hot Hot Heat Happiness Ltd. Mixing
The View Hats Off to the Buskers Mixing
Steve Aoki Pillowface and His Airplane Chronicles Producer
Strata Strata Presents the End of the World Mixing
2008 Glasvegas Glasvegas Producer, engineer, mixing
The Mars Volta The Bedlam in Goliath Mixing
Does It Offend You, Yeah? You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into Mixing
Muse HAARP Mixing
Weezer Weezer Mixing
The Subways All or Nothing Mixing
Supergrass Diamond Hoo Ha Mixing
Friendly Fires Friendly Fires Engineer, mixing
2009 Mew No More Stories... Producer, mixing
The Rumble Strips Welcome to the Walk Alone Mixing
Arctic Monkeys Humbug Mixing
AFI Crash Love Mixing
The Big Pink A Brief History of Love Mixing
Weezer Raditude Mixing
Juliette Lewis Terra Incognita Mixing
The Mars Volta Octahedron Mixing
2010 Circa Survive Blue Sky Noise Mixing
Serj Tankian Imperfect Harmonies Mixing
Violent Soho Violent Soho Mixing
2011 Jane's Addiction The Great Escape Artist Producer, engineer, mixing[9]
Birdy Birdy Producer, engineer, mixing
The Cars Move Like This Mixing
TV on the Radio Nine Types of Light Mixing
Little Comets In Search of Elusive Little Comets Mixing
Mona Mona Mixing
The Wombats This Modern Glitch Producer, mixing
Foster the People Torches Producer, mixing
Panic! at the Disco Vices & Virtues Mixing
2012 Grace Potter and the Nocturnals The Lion the Beast the Beat Mixing
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals The Lion the Beast the Beat Mixing
Santigold Master of My Make-Believe Mixing
The Shins Port of Morrow Mixing
Deftones Koi No Yokan Mixing
Alt-J "Fitzpleasure" Mixing
The Wallflowers Glad All Over Mixing
Plan B Ill Manors Mixing
Miguel Kaleidoscope Dream Mixing
Fun. Some Nights Mixing
Pink The Truth About Love Mixing
Muse The 2nd Law Mixing
Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball Mixing
2013 Frank Turner Tape Deck Heart Producer, engineer, mixing, guitar, vocals[2]
Birdy Fire Within Producer, mixing, percussion
Primal Scream More Light Mixing
Gossip A Joyful Noise Mixing
Wavves Afraid of Heights Mixing
Major Lazer Free the Universe Mixing
Sigur Rós Kveikur Mixing
The Strypes Snapshot Mixing
Chvrches The Bones of What You Believe Mixing
HAIM Days Are Gone Mixing
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City Mixing
Snoop Lion Reincarnated Mixing
Charli XCX True Romance Mixing
2014 Kimbra The Golden Echo Producer, mixing
Young the Giant Mind over Matter Mixing
Phantogram Voices Mixing
Foster the People Supermodel Mixing
Jenny Lewis The Voyager Mixing
Pulled Apart by Horses Blood Mixing
Flying Lotus You're Dead! Mixing
Bush Man on the Run Mixing
2015 Death Cab for Cutie Kintsugi Producer, engineer, mixing
Of Monsters and Men Beneath the Skin Producer, mixing, mandolin, keyboards
Muse Drones Producer, mixing
Mew + - Mixing
Boots Aquaria Mixing
Santigold 99¢ Mixing
The Libertines Anthems for Doomed Youth Mixing
Carly Rae Jepsen E-MO-TION Mixing
Robert DeLong In the Cards Mixing
2016 Biffy Clyro Ellipsis Producer, engineer, mixing
Phantogram Three Mixing
Bastille Wild World Mixing
2017 At the Drive-In In•ter a•li•a Mixing
Barns Courtney The Dull Drums EP Mixing
Kasabian For Crying Out Loud Mixing
Blondie Pollinator Mixing
San Fermin Belong Mixing
Foster the People Sacred Hearts Club Mixing
Joywave Content Mixing
The Killers Wonderful Wonderful Mixing
HAIM Something to Tell You Mixing
ZZ Ward The Storm Mixing
2018 Muse Simulation Theory Producer, engineer, mixing, mastering
Death Cab for Cutie Thank You for Today Producer, mixing
The Wombats Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life Mixing
Snow Patrol Wildness Mixing
Bodyslam Krai Keu Rao Mixing
Daughtry Cage to Rattle Mixing
2019 Sam Fender Hypersonic Missiles Producer, mixing
SWMRS Berkeley's On Fire Producer, mixing
Blink-182 Nine Mixing
Death Cab for Cutie The Blue EP Producer, mixing
Of Monsters and Men Fever Dream Producer, mixing
2020 Biffy Clyro A Celebration of Endings Producer, mixing
Sea Girls Open Up Your Head Mixing
Keith Urban The Speed of Now, Vol. 1 Engineer, mixing
2021 Pale Waves Who Am I? Producer, mixing
Rostam Changephobia Mixing
Grizfolk Grizfolk Producer, engineer, mixing
Angels & Airwaves Lifeforms Producer, engineer, mixing
Sam Fender Seventeen Going Under Mixing
2022 Frank Turner FTHC Producer, mixing, guitar, percussion
Billy Talent Crisis of Faith Mixing
Korn Requiem Mixing


  1. ^ a b c d "Rich Costey". Threee. Archived from the original on November 30, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Heisel, Scott (May 1, 2013). "Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart". Alternative Press.
  3. ^ "CMJ New Music Monthly 2003". CMJ New Music. CMJ Network, Inc. (123–124). 2003. ISSN 1074-6978.
  4. ^ a b c "Rich Costey: Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  5. ^ Gibbard, Ben; Harmer, Nick; McGerr, Jason (October 23, 2014). "Death Cab For Cutie Preview Their Final Album With Chris Walla". Stereogum (Interview). Interviewed by T. Cole Rachel. Retrieved October 24, 2014.
  6. ^ "Grammy 2008 Winners List". MTV. February 10, 2008.
  7. ^ Heisel, Scott (November 30, 2011). "Skrillex, Foo Fighters, Bon Iver, Sum 41, Radiohead, Coldplay get Grammy nods". Alternative Press. Retrieved December 1, 2011.
  8. ^ "Foo Fighters win BRITs 2012 International Group award". BRIT Awards. February 21, 2012. Archived from the original on May 29, 2012. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
  9. ^ Aditham, Kiran (June 22, 2010). "Jane's Addiction Taps Rich Costey to Produce Next Album". Prefix. Retrieved January 28, 2021.

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