Ryan Greene

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Ryan Greene
BornUnited States
Occupation(s)record producer, recording engineer
WebsiteOfficial website

Ryan Greene is an American record producer, sound engineer, former owner of Crush Recording Studios in Scottsdale, Arizona and founder of Area 52 Entertainment in Los Angeles, California.[1] In an over 25-year-long career he has worked with many artists including Jay-Z, Lita Ford,[2] Tonic, Mr. Big, Wilson Phillips, Megadeth,[3][4] NOFX,[3][5] Alice Cooper, Cheap Trick, Usher,[6] Patti LaBelle, Dishwalla and Gladys Knight. He has worked on over 250 musical projects and has been described as an "A-list producer".[3][7]


Ryan Greene started his musical career as a drummer in local Los Angeles bands. He became a live engineer at the age of 15. At age 19 he started working at MCA Music Publishing Studio as a tape duplicator. Greene was eventually promoted directly to first engineer. He was the youngest engineer at MCA. While employed by MCA he worked together with people like Glen Ballard, Diane Warren and Desmond Child.[8] From 1988 to 1996, Greene worked at EMI music publishing as chief engineer[9] where he did all the pre-production for Megadeth's best selling album Countdown to Extinction, released in 1992. It sold over a million copies. This eventually lead Greene to working with Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson's band F5.[10] In 1994, he worked with Brett Gurewitz owner of Epitaph Records and founding member of the punk rock band Bad Religion on a demo recording for Bad Religion.[8] Brett Gurewitz hooked Ryan Greene up with the punk rock band NOFX and he produced their record Punk in Drublic the same year. The record sold more than a half million worldwide on its way to being certified gold and became NOFX's best selling record.[8]

In 1997, Greene started Motor Studios in San Francisco together with Fat Mike owner of Fat Wreck Chords and frontman/singer/bass player of NOFX.[8][11][12] Greene produced over 40 punk and rock bands for Fat Wreck Chords such as Lagwagon,[13] No Use for a Name, Good Riddance, Pulley, Strung Out, Propagandhi, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Dickies and was instrumental in coining the successful sound of the 1990s skate punk.[12][14]

Sometime during the recording of The Real Mckenzies' 2005 album 10,000 Shots, Greene had a dispute with Fat Mike. After 40 projects, their business relationship ended.[15]

In 2005, Ryan Greene founded the Crush Recording Studios in Scottsdale, Arizona.[11] In January 2009 Greene sold Crush Recording and opened his new recording facility Area 52 Entertainment.[16]

Greene has also engineered and mixed songs for the video games Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock,[2][3] Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, Rock Revolution, and Rock Band.[1]

In 2010, Greene opened a recording complex, Validus Recording, and was named 'Producer Of The Year’ by the Los Angeles Music Awards.[17]

In 2011, he released a drum sample replacement library called Ryan Greene Alt Drums.[18]

Selected discography[edit]


  1. ^ a b Low, Andrew (21 December 2010). "Interview: Ryan Greene - Area 52 entertainment". audioprointernational.com. Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ a b Hoffman, Michelle (3 April 2008). "Scottsdale studio shapes video game soundtrack". azcentral.com. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d e Sanford, Jay Allen (July 30, 2008). "Let It Ride on Greene". San Diego Reader. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  4. ^ a b Doherty, Charlie (April 26, 2011). "Music Review: Megadeth - Rust In Peace Live (CD + DVD)". Seattle Post Intelligencer. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
  5. ^ Jordan, Isamu (March 26, 2004). "Seattle's Jill Cohn opens up at Spike Coffee House". Spokesman-Review.
  6. ^ a b Usher: Here I Stand credits at AllMusic. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  7. ^ Kellner, Jason (November 17, 2006). "Local artists put their music on disc". Reno Gazette - Journal.
  8. ^ a b c d e Johnson, Heather (2004). "Ryan Greene: Producing Pop-punk Music in Double-time". Mix. Archived from the original on 2014-02-08. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ a b de Benedictis, Paul (18 December 2009). "Guitar Heroes Steve Ouimette and Ryan Greene Get Dangerous". MixOnline.com. Retrieved 11 March 2013. Cite error: The named reference "mix3" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  10. ^ Sharpe-Young, Garry. (2005). New Wave of American Heavy Metal. Zonda Books Limited. p. 139. ISBN 0958268401.
  11. ^ a b Johnson, Heather (2004). "Ryan Greene Has a New Crush: Rock Producer/Engineer Opens Scottsdale Studio". Mix. Archived from the original on 2014-01-09. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  12. ^ a b Kelley, Brendan Joel (26 January 2006). "Greene Party". phoenixnewtimes.com. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
  13. ^ Giant Robot (11–13). 1998. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  14. ^ "Reviews". Maximum Rocknroll (228). May 2002.
  15. ^ Walter, Chris (March 12, 2015). Under the Kilt: the Real McKenzies Exposed. GFY Press. ISBN 978-1-927053-21-8.
  16. ^ Walter, Chris (March 1, 2015). Under the Kilt: the Real McKenzies Exposed. GFY Press. ISBN 978-1-927053-21-8.
  17. ^ "Los Angeles Producer Ryan Greene Picked as 'Producer of the Year' By the LA Music Awards". Your Music Magazine. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 20 March 2013.
  18. ^ HCNews (27 January 2012). "Propellerhead Releases Ryan Greene Alt Drums ReFills for Reason". harmonycentral.com. Retrieved 11 March 2013.
  19. ^ "Advertisement". Billboard: 89. May 27, 1995.
  20. ^ "Back From Ashes Completes Work On New Ep". Blabbermouth.net. 2009-01-02. Retrieved 2014-01-20.
  21. ^ bravewords.com. "> News > BACK FROM ASHES Team With Producer Ryan Greene For Upcoming Release". Bravewords.com. Retrieved 2014-01-20.
  22. ^ Bigwig: Invitation to Tragedy credits at AllMusic. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  23. ^ Dishwalla: Dishwalla credits at AllMusic. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  24. ^ Lita Ford: Greatest Hits Live! credits at AllMusic. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  25. ^ Verna, Paul (February 16, 1997). "Reviews & Previews". Billboard: 67.
  26. ^ Verna, Paul (December 7, 1996). "Nerf Herder Flies from My To Arista: Van Halen Lament Attracts Major-Label Attention". Billboard: 8.
  27. ^ Flick, Larry (April 11, 1995). "Reviews & Previews". Billboard: 88.

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