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
Associated actsBiffy Clyro, Swirlies, Muse, Foo Fighters, Frank Turner, Foster the People, TV on the Radio, Santigold, The Shins, Interpol, Jane's Addiction, Mastodon, The Mars Volta, At the Drive-In, Glasvegas, Fiona Apple,

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]

Rich Costey is managed by Lucas Keller and Chelsea Avery at Milk & Honey for the world.


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]


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  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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