, a native of New Orleans, has been working
in recording studios since 1996. A graduate of Tulane University,
Ben attended the Recording Engineering program at The Los
Angeles Recording School (née Workshop) from 1999-2000. Upon
finishing, he was hired as a staff engineer at the famous Sound City
Studios in Van Nuys, the subject of the recent film Sound City. At
Sound City, Ben worked on sessions with Ry Cooder, Ben Harper,
A Perfect Circle, New Found Glory, Betty Blowtorch, Rufus
Wainwright, The Go-Go’s, Autolux, Fu Manchu, and others. Ben
met Frank Black at Sound City, with whom he went on to produce
and record several albums. Ben later recorded and toured for 2
years with Black’s band The Pixies, as their monitor sound engineer,
for their reunion world tour (which was chronicled in the film Loud
Quiet Loud: A Film About the Pixies).
Ben moved back to New Orleans in 2005, just prior to Hurricane
Katrina. The subsequent devastation in New Orleans in the wake of
Katrina (and the mandatory evacuation) landed him in Dayton,OH, where he began engineering for The Breeders at Kim Deal’s private studio. After returning to New Orleans, Ben began managing and engineering at Studio in the Country in 2007. Ben helped bring the studio into the digital era, and oversaw for the first time in SITC’s history, the implementation of on-site accommodations. At SITC he has engineered sessions for Anders Osborne (American Patchwork), Dash Rip Rock (Black Liquor), Jamie Lynn Spears, ex-Dead Kennedys frontman Jello
Biafra, Blue Mountain, The Twilight Singers (Dynamite Steps), C.C. Adcock (recording portions of Grand Isle, the Grammy® nominated album by Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys) and many others. In 2013, Ben, along with engineer Jay Wesley, starred in an episode of the HBO series Treme, which was filmed at SITC.
Currently, Ben, along with multi-platinum producer Jeff Glixman (Kansas, Kiss, Georgia Satellites, ELO) and Debbie Farmer, are in the process of establishing The Studio in the Country Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to implement a recording arts grant for musicians.
Jay Wesley began his affiliation with SITC while in high school, interning and shadowing engineers in the control room. After earning a B.A. from The New
England School of Communications in 2009, Jay returned as an engineer and tech. He has worked on nearly every session since 2009, for artists including Edward
Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (Here), Garage a Trois (Always Be Happy But Stay Evil), Sasha Masakowski, Cyril Neville (Magic Honey), Kansas, Andrew Duhon’s
The Moorings (nominated for a 2014 Grammy® in the category of “Best Engineered Album”) and many others.
Jay was instrumental in assisting with the installation of SITC’s vintage Neve 8068 recording console, commissioned in December 2010. Jay has also toured as monitor
sound engineer for Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros on their Railroad Revival Tour (documented in the 2012 film Big Easy Express). Jay has also toured nationally
with Louisiana Music Hall-of-Famers Dash Rip Rock. Jay is a drummer and plays in the instrumental heavy metal band Riffer Madness.