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OF ARI "R.E. THUGGZ" RASKIN
Recording/mix engineer, producer and guitarist Ari Raskin has been a visible figure in the NYC recording scene since 2000, contributing to a variety of projects ranging from chart-topping pop and hip hop albums to indy rock and jam band to major label jazz records. He earned the position of Chief Engineer at the world-renowned Chung King Studios -- at the time the largest commercial music recording studio on the east coast, his home base until it closed its doors in early 2010. Today, Ari can be found working out of his private studio in Chelsea, Manhattan or at many of the numerous recording facilities in and around the New York City area.
NOTABLE QUOTES FROM VARIOUS CLIENTS
Ari Raskin has recorded, mixed, programmed or played guitar for:
RIHANNA, ONEREPUBLIC, KENDRICK LAMAR, MIGOS, LIL WAYNE, WILL.I.AM, TREY SONGZ, MARK RONSON, JOHN LEGEND, KID CUDI, DRAKE, TRAVI$ SCOTT, WYCLEF JEAN, MURDA BEATZ, CYNDI LAUPER, MARY J. BLIGE, MAXWELL, LIL MAMA, BARACK OBAMA, MICHAEL JACKSON, OH LAND, J.DILLA & ILLA J, RYAN LESLIE, FERGIE, T.I., KAT DELUNA, LINKIN PARK, RITA ORA, NELLY, LAURYN HILL, I LOVE MAKONNEN, THEOPHILUS LONDON, ROBIN THICKE, JUSTIN BIEBER, JIM JONSIN, THE ROOTS, KERI HILSON, RICK ROSS, RATATAT, MARIO, MESHELL N'DEGEOCELLO, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, BRAND NEW HEAVIES, KANYE WEST, SWIZZ BEATZ, ELLI ESPI, WHITNEY HOUSTON, KEYSHIA COLE, JADAKISS, HURRICANE CHRIS, KEANE, KARMIN, JUELZ SANTANA, JEREMIH, WAKA FLOCKA, TEDDY GEIGER, SINEAD O'CONNOR, BEENIE MAN, DAY26, FAITH EVANS, MACANO, WE ARE THE FURY, 50 CENT, CIARA, DANITY KANE, SOULIVE, KUDU, MA$E, RICKY MARTIN, FISHBONE, J-LIVE, MOS DEF, LIL KIM, RO JAMES XIX, LAUREN FRAWLEY, POLO DA DON, FOXY BROWN, LETTUCE, K'NAAN, JOAN OSBOURNE, N'DEA DAVENPORT, AMANDA DIVA, KESHIA COLE, JENNA ANDREWS, DALEY, CONSEQUENCE, SUAI, BROADWAY CARES, LYNN PINTO, AZ, KAKI KING, JOHNNY GILL, PUSHA T, LUKE JAMES, ERIC HUDSON, CLAUDE KELLY, D.DOT, BUSTA RHYMES, CHRISTINA MILIAN, MUSHROOM, MAINO, DJ DRAMA, DANNY AIELLO, MARSHA AMBROSIA of FLOETRY, MALI, OLLY MURS, DJ NUMARK, FATLIP, TWEEZIE, TOBY GAD, DAVE HODGES, ERIC KRASNO, TOM MOULTON, JAZMINE SULLIVAN, TWISTA, BIG SEAN, FREDDIE JACKSON, FOXY BROWN, TALIB KWELI, EVERLAST, ANGIE STONE, UGK, LEDISI, NO ID, SY SMITH, DJ NUMARK, ORANGE BOY, FRENCHIE, LEX LUGER, ERIN BARRA, DIAMOND D, T-BONE WOLK, STEVE HOLLY, EASY MO BEE, TALI, SNOW THA PRODUCT, MISS WILLIAMS, DAVE HODGES, TOBY GAD, PRETTY RICKY, FAT JOE, MELI'SA MORGAN, COMMON, PRESTIGE WORLDWIDE, LIL DURK, RAZAH, TAMIA, CHAMILLIONAIRE, KALEBER, AMANDA DIVA, GUY SEBASTIAN, FYRE DEPT, FABOLOUS, DJ QUIK, EVERLAST, AMERIE, Y.G.O, RAZAH, KATE EARL, WYNTER GORDON, RICKY HIL, STARK SANDS, JAY BERLINER, BOXIE, PIMP C, MANUEL SIRE, DEX LAUPER, DAVAUGHN, JULIETTE JONES, AURORA BARNES, ADAM STRUM, MATT KILMER, ALAN GRUBNER, TEKASHI 6IX9INE, FETTY WAP, MYSTO&PIZZI, NICOLE WRAY, AARON NEVILLE, SHANNONE HOLT, THREE 6 MAFIA, CRISTAL, ANN NESBY, DEANTONI PARKS, LONDON SOUND LAB, NOVA, BREAK SCIENCE, BIRDMAN, SERGIO MENDES, DJ PREMIER, LEWIS LOGIC, THE HUMBLE GRAPES, REAL LIVE SHOW, ALLYSA GRAHAM, O.A.R., GREGG WATTENBERG, YOUNG STEFF, ADAM DEITCH, BAJAH, JENNIE LAWS, UNIQUE, DANTE THOMAS, GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, RICH PENA, SHY GLIZZY, THE FYRE DEPT, KEVIN POWELL, CULTURAL BASTARDS/AARON BURRISON, ROB LEWIS, B.A., Q-TIP, THE D.E.Y., MOBY, CASSIDY, JUNIOR REED, KEVIN MICHAELS, I.AM.SNOWANGEL, CHRIS "DADDY" DAVE, CHRISTIAN McBRIDE, RON BLAKE, TAMIA, BACKSTREET BOYS, SHELLS, F1JO, BOBBY LYLE, BOBBI HUMPHREY, QUAVO, OFFSET, TENACIOUS D, JAGGED EDGE, KEELY B, BLACK EYED PEAS, THE CLIPSE, BILAL, CHRIS McCLENNEY, YOUNG THUG, THE FUGEES
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"It's like, what makes the flower unique is not just that it's got these petals and colors but how it can take the sunlight and make chlorophyll... And Ari does that; sometimes I forget I'm on Pro Tools 'cause it sounds so nice and warm."
Meshell N'Degeocello, Recording Magazine Aug 2005
"I have literally the best engineer in the world. He hears music, not just hip hop."
"@REThuggz is the best engineer on the east coast"
"Wynter" Diana Gordon, twitter 2009
"Hey! He's fast with the Pro Tools!"
"Turn that shit up!"
(Heard at almost every session, regarding the monitor volume knob)
"It's a hit! Smash!"
(Heard at the end of every session, except jazz sessions)