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Life & Work with Andrew Chavez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Chavez.

Hi Andrew, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I started out playing Alto Sax in elementary through junior year in high school. I also started DJ’ing in high school. So that took over after I stopped playing sax. A DJ friend of mine asked me if I wanted to go with him to tour MI in Hollywood to check out their engineering program. I didn’t even know what an engineer was at the time. So we went and my mind was blown. I signed up, ran through the course and graduated in 1997. From there, I ended up landing a job as a runner and later an assistant engineer at Enterprise Recording Studio. This is where I met Linda Perry. I started working with her when she was mixing the Pink Album “Missundaztood” with Dave Pensado. This started a 12 year run of working with Linda day in and day out from about 2003-2015. In these years, I really developed my engineering chops. We recorded everything from single vocals to full bands to 36 piece string dates at Capitol Records. We recorded almost everything under the sun.

After the 12 years with Linda, I decided it was time to venture out. I ended up meeting my now current business partner (who will remain nameless). Let’s call him JohnDoe. Anyway, he was running an independent studio out in Noho. I liked his business motto and what he had going. So when it was time for him to expand, I jumped in and we opened Weddington. A four-room powerhouse of a studio in Noho. He got us into the old Noho firehouse of the 1920’s. We have since remodeled it and built four amazing rooms at really great rates with world-class recording equipment. Coming from the bigger studios and working for Linda, I knew what equipment to put in our rooms that would compete with the big boys but at a very doable price for all recording budgets. Today I run Weddington with JohnDoe. I also am still recording and mixing records.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has been a fun, challenging, sometimes exhausting road. Challenges have mostly been dealing with the industry stuff. The process of making, recording, and mixing music is the fun part. The challenges come with dealing with the personalities/egos/politics of the music industry.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in recording and mixing records. I guess what I’m known for are recording female vocals. Most people that call me nowadays call me for this. I’ve been lucky enough to record the legends like Xtina, Alicia Keys, Gwen Stefani, and more recently artists like Miley Cyrus, Skip Marley, and Jessie Reyez. What set me apart from others I believe is my professionalism, etiquette, and my follow through.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I love Los Angeles. Born and raised.

Contact Info:

  • Email: arkcreative@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @drewchavez13
  • Twitter: @drewchavez77

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1 Comment

  1. Rudy 0 studio

    September 15, 2021 at 16:16

    Great story!! Your path shall lead to bigger and bigger things!!

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