Fantasy Studios at Zaentz Media Center


Jesse Nichols


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.