WHO WE ARE
“We were trying to do something that was outside the box and our own genre.
John didn’t try to change that. He saw us as we were and helped us be better. “
- Erinn Pete Lukes, Thunder & Rain
John is a musician’s musician, a songwriter’s songwriter, and a force in the studio.
An award winning singer songwriter in his own right, he left the touring life to be a studio musician. The more time he spent in recording studios, the more he discovered his passion for producing.
He has studied what makes songs work, what makes sound exciting, how sounds mix together to express emotion. Having been on the business end of a microphone, he understands how to get your best possible performance. And he speaks ‘musician’, so he can get the best parts from whoever plays on your project. With more than twenty years and hundreds of projects worth of experience, he knows how to make an artist’s vision a reality. He loves nothing better than helping songs grow to their full potential.
Chris is a musician first and foremost! He's an excellent drummer, which gives him a deep rooted feel for music. But he's a multi-instrumentalist, which gives him an understanding of many layers of production. He loves collaborative creativity and digging for tones and progressions that don't sound like anything else.
When he decided to become an engineer/producer, he chased that down with the same passion with which he learned to play. He has a BA in Audio Production from the Art Institute of Colorado. He's worked post production, movies, commercials, podcasts, and a ton of music projects. And he has a special flare for pairing music with picture.
Chris has a deep love of production. He's also a super nice guy and great to work with!
After nearly a decade as a prominent singer-songwriter on the Front Range of Colorado, Kyle made the leap to studio engineering at Cinder Sound in 2021.
The itinerant entrepreneur spent his formative years cutting his teeth as a podcast host, live sound engineer, a cappella music director, children's music educator, and even a tenor in a barbershop quartet. When friends started asking him to record their latest musical project, he got curious and dove headfirst into audio production.
With great communication skills, a deep understanding of music theory, real-life experience on both sides of the microphone, and a passion for great audio experiences, Kyle is an asset to any project.