January 13, 1963 |
|Occupation(s)||Producer, Mix Engineer, Musician|
|Instruments||Electric Bass, Guitar, Drums|
|Years active||1985 - Present|
|Associated acts||Will Smith, Christina Aguilera, Kirk Franklin, Pink, LeAnn Rimes, Mary Mary, Jonathan McReynolds, Musiq Soulchild, Janet Jackson, Keiko Matsui, Coolio, Ray Charles, Kelly Clarkson, Usher, American Idol, Johnny Mathis, Stevie Wonder, Paula Abdul, Diana Ross, En Vogue, Ice Cube, The Four Tops, Yolanda Adams, The Temptations, 3LW, K-Ci & JoJo, Madonna, Club Nouveau, Calloway, Chuckii Booker, Teddy Pendergrass, Aaliyah, Hilary Duff, Jesse McCartney, Ricky Martin, The Corrs, Luther Vandross|
Rob Chiarelli (born January 13, 1963) is an American record producer, mix engineer, musician, published author and multiple Grammy Award winner. Widely recognized as a music producer for Will Smith and Men in Black II (2002), Chiarelli's work appears on numerous Gold and Platinum albums and motion picture soundtracks, including nine GRAMMY winners.
Chiarelli was born in Newton, MA and raised in Waltham, MA. He started playing the drums when he was ten years old. By junior high school, he was performing in school bands and participating in the Massachusetts All-State Jazz Ensemble and the Greater Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra. By age 17, he had received the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award (twice) and numerous awards from the International Association of Jazz Educators (formerly the National Association for Jazz Education, NAJE). Chiarelli graduated from Waltham High School in 1981 and attended the University of Miami School of Music on a scholarship, where he studied under the direction of Don Coffman, Fred Wickstrom and Vince Maggio. He formed his own band Inferno which recorded with producer Gary Vandy and included members Tim Mitchell (guitar), Dag Kolsrud (keyboards), Rick Margitza (sax), Mike Mangini (drums), Ed Calle (sax) and Mike Lambert (trumpet).
After moving to Los Angeles, CA in 1989, Chiarelli joined Paramount Recording Studios as an assistant engineer and quickly worked his way up to a first chair recording and mix engineer. His professional breakthrough came with legendary producer Jay King while working with the Grammy-winning R&B group Club Nouveau. Impressed with Chiarelli's work, King asked him to mix the entire Nouveau album, which reached #12 on the Billboard R&B Charts. While working on Club Nouveau at Aire LA Studios in Glendale, CA, Chiarelli met mix engineer/mentor Craig Burbidge and worked on numerous hit records from artists such as Calloway, Chuckii Booker and Teddy Pendergrass.
In 1991 Chiarelli founded Final Mix, Inc., a music production company specializing in contemporary music and artist development. Chiarelli was also CEO of Metro Beat Records, a joint venture with Semaphore Records from 1993 until 1996. In 1997, Chiarelli formed 3.6 Records, a Joint Venture Record Label distributed by BMG/Red Ant and located in West Hollywood, CA.
In 2008, Chiarelli co-founded Gauge Precision Instruments, Inc. (originally Gauge, Inc.), a manufacturer of audio electronics and accessories for professional and consumer markets. In 2013, Final Mix, Inc. expanded to include music software development.
Mixing & Production
As a mix engineer and record producer, Chiarelli has worked with such well known artists as Will Smith, Christina Aguilera, LeAnn Rimes, Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary, Janet Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Keiko Matsui, Coolio, Ray Charles, American Idol, Pink, Johnny Mathis, Paula Abdul, Diana Ross, En Vogue, Ice Cube, The Four Tops, Yolanda Adams, The Temptations, 3LW, K-Ci & JoJo, Madonna, Aaliyah, Hilary Duff, Jesse McCartney, Ricky Martin, The Corrs, Luther Vandross, Erin Boheme, Demetrius Ross and Charlie Wilson.
As a Musician
Chiarelli is a classically trained musician; his principal instruments include both the electric bass and orchestral percussion. As a musician his work can be heard on the recordings of Keiko Matsui, Will Smith, Hilary Duff, Waldemar Bastos, Jesse McCartney, Tatayana Ali, Teddy Pendergrass, Ray Charles, Jennifer Paige and The Corrs.
As a songwriter his work has appeared on Erin Boheme (Concord Records), Sunz of Man (BMG/SONY) and on the motion picture soundtrack of Love Stinks, a 1999 comedy starring French Stewart, Bridgette Wilson, Bill Bellamy and Tyra Banks.
In 2009, Chiarelli's first book The Electric Bass Bible: Volume 1 Dexterity Exercises was published by Cherry Lane Music Publishing Company, Inc., a division of Hal Leonard.
Clinician & Speaker
Chiarelli has been a featured speaker & clinician at Berklee College of Music, University of Illinois, TAXI, The Grammy Museum, FSU (Florida State University), MEIEA (Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association), NXNE (North by Northeast Music Convention), Los Angeles Recording School, The International Digital Rights Foundation, Hank Shocklee’s Remix Hotel, California Lawyers for the Arts, The Trebas Institute & The Sacramento Music Conference.
Societies & Guilds
- Audio Engineering Society
- AFM Local 47 Musicians Union
- Guitar Center Pro Advisory Board 
- Commissioner (2010-2011 Westlake Pony Baseball)
- Board of Director for The Great Leap Foundation
- 1989: No Borders by Keiko Matsui - Engineer
- 1990: Wake Up by Shalamar - Mixing
- 1991: Night Waltz by Keiko Matsui - Engineer
- 1992: Cherry Blossom by Keiko Matsui - Engineer, Mixing, Programming, Drum Programming
- 1993: A Little More Magic by Teddy Pendergrass - Drum Programming, Engineer
- 1993: My World by Ray Charles - Drum Programming, Mixing, Drums
- 1993: Runaway Love (EP) by En Vogue - Mixing, Engineer
- 1993: Lethal Injection by Ice Cube - Mixing
- 1993: Doll by Keiko Matsui - Drum Programming, Programming
- 1994: The Lead and How to Swing It by Tom Jones - Mixing
- 1994: Mind, Body & Song by Jade - Engineer, Mixing, Remixing
- 1995: Do You Wanna Ride? by Adina Howard - Mixing
- 1995: For Lovers Only by The Temptations - Mixing
- 1996: 1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New) by Coolio - Mixing
- 1996: Dream Walk by Keiko Matsui - Drum Programming
- 1996: Mouse House: Disney's Dance Mixes by Disney - Programming, Arranger, Mixing, Engineer, Producer
- 1996: Most Requested Songs by Benny Mardones - Mixing, Drum Programming
- 1996: I'm Movin' On by CeCe Peniston - Mixing
- 1997: Waterbed Hev by Heavy D - Engineer, Mixing
- 1997: Greatest Hits by Ambrosia - Mixing
- 1997: Love Always" by K-Ci & JoJo - Mixing
- 1997: Much Love by Shola Ama - Mixing
- 1997: Forever by Bobby Brown - Mixing
- 1997: "Men in Black" by Will Smith - writing/arrangement
- 1997: Big Willie Style by Will Smith - Mixing, Drum Programming
- 1998: Talk on Corners by The Corrs - Mixing
- 1998: The Last Shall Be First" [Clean] by Sunz of Man - Engineer, Producer, Mixing
- 1998: Jennifer Paige by Jennifer Paige - Drum Programming, Remixing
- 1998: Kiss the Sky by Tatyana Ali - Programming, Keyboards, Mixing
- 1998: Naked Without You by Taylor Dayne - Mixing
- 1998: Mi Respuesta by Laura Pausini - Mixing
- 1998: They Never Saw Me Coming' by TQ - Mixing
- 1999: Willennium by Will Smith - Engineer, Mixing
- 1999: Christina Aguilera by Christina Aguilera
- 1999: "Ricky Martin" by Ricky Martin - Engineer
- 1999: Ghetto Hymns by Dave Hollister - Mixing, Engineer
- 1999: "It's Real" by K-Ci & JoJo - Mixing
- 1999: "Wild Wild West" [US CD Single]" by Will Smith - Mixing, Engineer
- 2000: "Aijuswanaseing" by Musiq Soulchild - Mixing
- 2000: "Love & Freedom" by BeBe Winans - Mixing
- 2000: "Remix Plus" by Christina Aguilera - Mixing
- 2000: "Sooner or Later" by BBMak - Mixing
- 2001: "Best of the Corrs" by The Corrs - Mixing, Remixing
- 2001: "Take You Out" by Luther Vandross - Mixing
- 2002: "Black Suits/Nod Ya Head" by Will Smith - Producer, Remix Producer, Mixing, Engineer
- 2002: "Born to Reign" by Will Smith - Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Guitar, Bass
- 2002: "Emotional" by K-Ci & JoJo - Mixing
- 2002: "From the Inside" by Laura Pausini - Mixing
- 2002: "Greatest Hits" by Will Smith - Producer, Remix Producer, Engineer, Mixing
- 2002: "Twisted Angel" by LeAnn Rimes - Mixing, Engineer
- 2003: "American Idol Season 2: All-Time Classic American Love Songs" by Various Artists - Mixing
- 2003: "Best of the Corrs/Unplugged" by The Corrs - Remixing, Mixing
- 2003: "Metamorphosis" by Hilary Duff - Mixing
- 2003: "Soulful" by Ruben Studdard - Mixing
- 2003: Cherry Blossom by Keiko Matsui - writing/arranging
- 2004: "American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics" by Various Artists - Mixing
- 2004: "Come Clean" by Hilary Duff - Mixing
- 2004: "Little Voice" by Hilary Duff - Mixing, Remixing
- 2004: "You Made Me" by Josh Todd - Mixing
- 2005: "20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection" by The Four Tops - Engineer
- 2005: "Any Other Girl" by Temmora - Mixing
- 2005: "Live: Beautiful Soul Tour" by Jesse McCartney - Mixing
- 2005: "Ultimate Aaliyah" by Aaliyah - Mixing
- 2006: "Christina Aguilera/Stripped" by Christina Aguilera - Mixing
- 2006: "What Love Is" by Erin Boheme - Composer
- 2007: "Collaborations" by Jill Scott - Mixing
- 2007: "Naked Brothers Band [Bonus Tracks]" by The Naked Brothers Band - Mixing
- 2007: The Best of Me by Yolanda Adams
- 2007: Moyo by Keiko Matsui
- 2008: The Sound by Mary Mary
- 2008: Bold Right Life by Kierra "Kiki” Sheard
- 2008: Best of Hilary Duff by Hilary Duff
- 2008: "In the Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2" by Various Artists - Mixing
- 2009: "Skinny Jeanz and a Mic" by New Boyz - Mixing
- 2009: "We Can Work It Out"
- 2010: "Big Time Rush" by Big Time Rush - Vocal Engineer, Mixing
- 2010: "Charice" by Charice - Mixing
- 2010: "Just Charlie" by Charlie Wilson - Mixing
- 2010: Too Cool To Care by New Boyz
- 2010: The Road by Keiko Matsui
- 2010: Kinanda by Stella Mwangi
- 2011: Hello Fear by Kirk Franklin - Mixing
- 2011: HurtLoveBox by Mark Ballas - Producer, Engineer, Mixing
- 2011: "Stereo Typical by Rizzle Kicks - Mixing
- 2011: Something Big by Mary Mary
- 2011: Shine On! Volume One 
- 2011: "American Idol: 10th Anniversary: The Hits, Vol. 1" by Various Artists - Mixing
- 2011: "Road..." by Keiko Matsui - Mixing, Engineer
- 2011: "Too Cool to Care" by New Boyz - Guitar (Bass), Pro-Tools, Mixing, Producer
- 2011: Stereo Typical by Rizzle Kicks - Mixing
- 2012: "Chasing Tigers" by Mim Grey - Mixing
- 2012: "Classics of My Soul" by Waldemar Bastos - Mixing
- 2012: "FYI" by Stefanie Scott - Producer
- 2012: "Go Get It" by Mary Mary - Mixing
- 2012: "Michael Lynche" by Michael Lynche - Composer, Engineer, Instrumentation, Mixing, Producer
- 2013: "Love, Charlie" by Charlie Wilson - Mixing
- 2013: "Roaring 20s" by Rizzle Kicks - Mixing
- 2013: "The Best Man" by Holiday - Mixing
- 2013: "Roaring 20s by Rizzle Kicks - Mixing
- 2014: "Jazz Funk & Soul by Lorber Loeb & Hart" - Mixing
- 2014: "Foreign Land by 3 Winans Brothers" Winans family - Mixing
- 2014: Unconditional Love by Ruben Studdard - Mixing
- 2014: Chicago Winds...The Saga Continues by Dave Hollister - Mixing, Engineer
- 2014: "Game Changer by Johnny Gill - Mixing
- 2014: "Fast Forward" by The Walls Group - Mixing
- 2014: "Help by Erica Campbell (musician) - Mixing
- 2015: "Say Hep Hep by Dessy Di Lauro" - Mixing
- 2015: "Summer Time Feeling (Single)" by Jermaine Jackson - Mixing
- 2015: Life Music: Stage Two by Jonathan McReynolds - Mixing
- 2015: Losing My Religion by Kirk Franklin - Mixing
- 2015: Help 2.0 by Erica Campbell (musician) - Mixing
- 1992: "Menace II Society" - Original Soundtrack - Engineer, Mixing
- 1992: "Deep Cover" - Original Soundtrack - Engineer, Mixing
- 1994: "Above the Rim" - Original Soundtrack - Mixing, Mixing Engineer
- 1994: "Street Fighter" - Original Soundtrack - Engineer
- 1994: "Mi Vida Loca" - Original Soundtrack - Mixing
- 1996: "Sunset Park" - Original Soundtrack - Mixing
- 1999: "Love Stinks" - Original Soundtrack - Producer
- 2000: "Love & Basketball" - Original Soundtrack - Mixing
- 2002: "All About the Benjamins" - Original Soundtrack - Mixing
- 2002: "Men in Black II" - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Mixing, Producer
- 2002: American Idol (season 1)
- 2003: American Idol (season 2)
- 2004: "Cinderella Story" - Original Soundtrack - Mixing
- 2006: "MTV Presents Laguna Beach: Summer Can Last Forever" - Original Soundtrack - Mixing
- 2011: "American Idol: 10th Anniversary: The Hits, Vol. 1" by Various Artists - Mixing
- 2011: "The Best Man (Motion Picture)" by Holiday - Mixing
- The Electric Bass Bible: Volume 1 Dexterity Exercises (2009)
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- "Julian Lennon, Tin Cup Gypsy, Donna Burke, Mark Ballas, Maxi Priest, Wendy Parr, Monday Michiru, Amber Lily, Tierney Sutton, Rie Fu and Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band – Shine On! Songs Volume One". Discogs. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 30 October 2011.
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