You’re ready to take your music career up a notch.

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Maybe you have an album but not the one you love, or more importantly not the one that’s getting you seen and heard by a bigger audience. You know that a skillfully produced, inspiring album is the important investment you need to make to take your music to the next level.

This is where I come in. As your producer, we’ll sit down together and map out your vision. I’ll listen to your music and give you feedback. We’ll have fun in the studio as I record, mix, and produce a professional album that you’ll be proud to sell and share with the world.

The important thing is that you, the artist, feel comfortable, in your element, and have a good headphone mix to deliver your best performance.  

Here’s my story: I began making records 25 years ago on a four-track recorder in my basement in the Midwest. Now, I record the Bay Area's emerging musicians in a cutting edge Oakland recording studio. Along the way I've worked with many top notch musicians, including recording and mixing established bands in the KFOG Playspace, The Independent for YouTube and the Sweetwater Music Hall.  One of my favorite recording projects was working with Front Country, a local Americana band. I produced their first EP, which helped put them on the map and it’s great to see them touring the world now as internationally acclaimed artists. Being involved with emerging artists at the root level brings me great joy and satisfaction as a music producer.

I offer a modern recording experience in a friendly, relaxed environment. For full band sessions, we record at either Bird & Egg or Santo, traditional studios. For smaller sessions, my home studio, The Petting Zoo, offers an inspiring getaway just a stone’s throw from San Francisco.

The first step is for you and me to talk about your music and make sure we’re a good match. Contact me and we'll set up a time to chat.

"The Petting Zoo Studio Has Become My Go-To Pre-Production And Production Studio In Oakland." ~Deborah Crooks - Singer-Songwriter