Jesse

Jesse Nichols

Engineer 

Jesse Nichols dove into the local Sacramento, CA music scene in his late teens playing in bands, recording, and touring. Shortly thereafter he decided to dedicate himself to learning the process of “making records.” In late 1999 he relocated to Oakland, CA and enrolled at the newly opened Ex’pression Center for New Media in Emeryville. Fourteen months later he emerged with a perfect GPA, tons of praise from the teaching staff, and an Associates Degree in Applied Science, all of which helped him land a staff engineer position at Fantasy Studios in 2001.

Since then Jesse has worked with such artists as Iggy and the Stooges, Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, Duran Duran, Doves, Death Valley High, Magik Magik Orchestra, Sarah Maclaughlin, Journey, White Stripes, Allman Brothers, Santana, Los Lonely Boys, and many, many more. He’s even had the pleasure of mixing tracks from musical legends like Cal Tjader, Otis Redding, and Rufus Thomas long after they’ve passed on. Other feathers in his cap include movie scores for films such as Grizzly Man, countless advertisements for top companies like T-Mobile, Yahoo!, and Certs, and extensive involvement with audio for motion pictures, television, and video games. Jesse has been involved in just about every type of recording session imaginable; multi-room, video linked tracking sessions, ADR sessions with actors like Robyn Wright and Rita Moreno, Voice Over sessions with talent like Danny Glover and Michael Pollan, Foley work on such films as Casanova and Happily Never After, live shows for San Francisco’s KFOG, and recording a multitude of various Pixar animated characters from Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Ratatouille to name a few.

His expertise in tracking, mixing, and producing makes him extremely versatile in any and all studio situations. And while he continues to write, play, and tour, Fantasy Studios has been his home away from home for well over a decade now.

 

 

Adam

Adam Muñoz

Engineer 

Adam Muñoz has been an engineer in the Bay Area since 1991. Having joined the Fantasy Studios team as a full-time House Engineer in 2008 Adam has had the opportunity to engineer sessions for many local and national recording artists. Adam has worked with artists like Herbie Hancock, Dave Mathews, Snarky Puppy, Jason Moran, Joanna Newsom, Bomba Estereo, Sean Paul, Lyle Lovett, Six Pence None the Richer, Hank Williams III, Otis Redding and Vince Guaraldi. Adam’s long-time relationship with Bill Frisell and producer Lee Townsend resulted in a 2015 GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

Adam came to Fantasy after many years as an independent engineer working out of some of the finest studios in the San Francisco and abroad, including the famed Different Fur Recording. As a staff engineer at Different Fur and Brilliant Studios, Adam worked on many notable sessions for artists like Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Chris Isaak, Bonnie Raitt, The Cranberries, Paula Cole and on George Winston’s Grammy Award-winning project “Forest.”

With a background that includes ADR/VO, Foley, lock-to-picture sessions and orchestral film scores, Adam’s versatility as an engineer has lent itself to the fast-paced environment of Fantasy Studios.

http://www.adammunoz.com

 

 

Alberto

Alberto Hernandez

Engineer 

Born in Mexico City, Alberto Hernandez has had the opportunity to be immersed in various cultures and has been directly exposed to various unconventional musical genres. In 1989 he and his family uprooted and headed to the greater Los Angeles area. While living in L.A. he was trained in saxophone and classical guitar. Alberto has played with a variety of bands from Southern California which afforded him the opportunity of touring the west coast a myriad of times.

In 2001, on a whim, Alberto decided to move to San Francisco. While in San Francisco the recording bug bit Alberto and he decided that rather than performing he’d prefer to be on the other side of the glass. Alberto built a small home studio and started recording various projects at home with friends.

Eventually he decided to take a more serious approach to recording and went back to school attending Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. While at Ex’pression, Alberto worked at a small studio in San Francisco called Headchange Studios. Additionally, Alberto worked briefly as an intern at Studio 880.

In August of 2008 Alberto started working at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley California. Alberto has worked with a plethora of artists and through a wide spectrum of genres. Artists Alberto has worked with include but are not limited to: Journey, Lil Wayne, Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, Danny Glover, Michael Pollan, George Winston, etc.

 

 

RKirby

Robert Kirby

Staff Assistant 

Robert Kirby grew up near San Jose, CA and has been enjoying music for his entire life. Having parents that played Eric Clapton, Neil Young, The Talking Heads and many others, quality music surrounded him as a child. His mother even took him to see Page and Plant for one of his first concerts.

His interest in audio engineering developed when he took the Intro to Computer Music class at San Diego City College. When he finally found out what it took to make a record in Pro Tools, he was hooked. He took all of the classes that the program had to offer and decided to continue his education back in the Bay Area. The Foothill College Music Technology program was instrumental in his ascension towards a greater understanding of audio engineering. At Foothill, he spent hundreds of hours in the studio learning what it took to make a great recording.

Robert strengthened his understanding of recording technology with a Bachelor’s degree from the Digital Audio Technology program at Cogswell Polytechnical College. Cogswell provided the necessary skills to take the next big step towards a career in audio engineering. While there, mentors including Tim Duncan, Julius Dobos, and David Manley were crucial in his development towards becoming a well-rounded engineer.

Robert first started at Fantasy Studios in August of 2014 as part of the internship program. As an intern, he supplemented what he learned in the classroom with practical, on-the-job training. Robert established himself as a mature, diligent worker and knowledgeable resource to his fellow interns and, in April of 2015, was invited to join the crew full-time as Staff Assistant.

As full-time Staff Assistant, Robert has engineered sessions for CNN, Snarky Puppy, Ancestree and more. Robert also manages the Fantasy Studios internship program.