Rich Costey photo by Katy Alverson                                                            

Rich Costey began his career in music as a musician --
playing guitar in bands while he was in high school -- but his interest in recording quickly won out over his interest in performing. After completing school, Rich produced bands in Boston and New York for various independent labels, and engineered for other producers such as
modern composer
Philip Glass.

Rich moved to Los Angeles and teamed up with Jon Brion
(who he had met and worked with in Boston) to record and mix Fiona Apple's second album, "After The Pawn..."

After the release of that record, Rich received a call from legendary producer, Rick Rubin (Beastie Boys, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers) who co-founded Def Jam Records and later started American Recordings. Rubin was impressed with the sonics of Fiona's album, and soon Rich began mixing Rick Rubin projects including Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave and The Mars Volta.

In addition to his work as a mixer, Rich has produced critically acclaimed albums for Muse, Cave-In, Mew, and Franz Ferdinand.

P=produced
CP
=coproduced
E
=engineered
M
=mixed

Some highlights from his production / mixing career include:

  Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better... (P-E-M)
  
     including the first single "Do You Want To"
     
  #1 debut in the UK, #8 in the US
      #3 Album of the Year - NME
      "Do You Want To" voted one of the Top 10 Singles of the Year - Rolling Stone
      One of Critics' Top 10 Albums of 2005 - Robert Hilburn & Richard Cromelin
      One of the Top 50 Records of 2005 - Rolling Stone
      Platinum in UK
   

  The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute (M)
       #4 album in the US, #1 album in Norway
      Top 10 at Alternative Radio "The Widow"
      One of the Top 50 Records of 2005 - Rolling Stone

  Weezer - "Beverly Hills" from Make Believe (M)
      as well as "We Are All On Drugs" and "Pardon Me"

     
 #1 at Alternative Radio
      Platinum in US
      Gold in Canada

 Bloc Party - Silent Alarm (M)
      #3 debut on the UK album chart
      Album of the Year - NME, WOXY
      #2 Album of the Year - Pitchfork

      #6 Album of the Year - Spin
      One of Critics' Top 10 Albums of 2005 - Kevin Bronson
      #12 song of 2005 "Banquet" - XFM Radio
      Gold in UK

  Muse - Absolution (P-E-M)
       #1 album in UK and France, #1 UK single
       #1 song of 2005 "Hysteria" - XFM Radio
       Platinum in UK

 Doves - "Some Cities" (M)
       title track for the album, which went #1 in the UK

  My Chemical Romance - "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" and "Helena" (M)
       as well as several other tracks from Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
       winner "Best Album of 2005" Kerrang! Awards
     
  Platinum in US and Canada

  Three Days Grace - "I Hate Everything About You" and "Just Like You" (M)
       from their self-titled debut
       #1 at Rock Radio
       Platinum in US and Canada

  Jimmy Eat World - Futures (M)
       dubbed one of the "Best Albums of 2004" by Blender
       Gold in US and Canada


  The Mars Volta - De-Loused In The Comatorium (M)
       voted #2 "Best Album of 2003" by Kerrang! Magazine critics
       Gold in Canada


 Audioslave - Audioslave (M)
       nominated for 2 Grammys (2004)
          including "Best Rock Album" and "Best Hard Rock Performance"

       #1 most played artist at Alternative Radio (2003)
       2x Platinum in US
       Platinum in Canada  
       Gold in UK


 P.O.D. - Payable On Death (M)
       certified Platinum

  Mew - Frengers (P-E-M)
       voted "Album of the Year" at the Danish Music Critics Awards (2003)
       certified Gold in Denmark

 Rage Against The Machine - Renegades (M)
       Platinum in US

 Fiona Apple - When The Pawn... (E-Prg-M)
       nominated for 2 Grammys (2001)
           including "Best Alternative Music Album" and "Best Female Rock Vocal Performance"
       certified Platinum


  Jurassic 5 - Quality Control (M)
       certified Gold


PRODUCTION / MIX credits

- The Mars Volta - currently mixing their forthcoming album (M)
- The Noisettes - several tracks from forthcoming album (M)
- Brazilian Girls - several tracks from forthcoming album (M)
- Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better... (Domino) (P-E-M)
- Nine Inch Nails - several songs from With Teeth (Interscope) (E)
     album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200
- Weezer - "Beverly Hills", "We Are All On Drugs" and "Pardon Me"
     from Make Believe (Geffen) (M)
- Seether - "Remedy" from Karma and Effect (Wind-Up) (M)
- World Leader Pretend - several songs from Punches (WB) (M)
- The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute (Strummer/Universal) (M)
     #1 album in Norway and UK, #4 in the US
- Doves - "Some Cities" & "Walk In Fire" from Some Cities (Capitol) (M)
     #1 album in the UK
- Muse - Absolution (Taste Media) (P-E-M)
     #1 album in the UK and France, #1 UK single
      
voted #4 Best Album of 2003 by Kerrang! Magazine critics
    
 certified platinum in UK
- Bloc Party - Silent Alarm (Atlantic) (M)
     album debuted at #3 on the UK album chart
- Jimmy Eat World - Futures (Interscope) (M) gold
- Finch - "Bitemarks & Bloodstains", "Ink" and "Miro" from Say Hello To Sunshine (Geffen) (M)
- Shout Out Louds - "Please Please Please", "Shut Your Eyes" and "The Comeback"
      from Howl Howl Gaff Gaff(Capitol) (M)
- The Secret Machines - Now Here Is Nowhere (Warner Brothers) (M)
- Nine Black Alps - Everything Is (Universal International) (M)
    "Just Friends" debuted at #1 in the UK
- YourCodeNameIs: Milo - forthcoming album 17 (Polydor) (M)
- The Living Things - Ahead of the Lions (Zomba) (M)
- Duke Spirit - Lion Rip (Universal) (M)
- The Used and My Chemical Romance - live recording of MTV2's 2$Bill Show
     including the single "Under Pressure" (M)
- My Chemical Romance - several tracks from Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge         
     (Warner Brothers) (M) platinum
- New Order - "Krafty" from Waiting For The Siren's Call (Warner) (M)
- Franz Ferdinand - "This Fire" from the special edition of their debut album (Epic) (P-M) platinum
- The (International) Noise Conspiracy - Armed Love (Burning Heart / American) (M)
- 22-20s - self-titled debut album (Heavenly/EMI UK) (M)
- Head Automatica - "Please Please Please" from Decadence (Warner Brothers) (M)
- Maximo Park - several tracks from debut album including the single
     "Apply Some Pressure" (Warp) (M)
- A.F.I. - "Head Like A Hole" for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (Rockstar) (M)
- Supergrass - "Kiss Of Life" and "Bitch" from Supergrass is 10 (EMI Records Ltd) (M)
- Clinic - "Circle Of Fifths" from Winchester Cathedral (Domino) (M)
- Polyphonic Spree - Together We're Heavy (Hollywood) (M)
- The Datsuns - several tracks from Outta Sight Outta Mind (V2) (M)
- The Leaves - The Angela Test (Island) (M)
- Ash - Meltdown (EastWest) (M)
- Self - forthcoming album (Dreamworks) (M)
- Injected - several tracks for forthcoming album (Island/Def Jam) (M)
- The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium (Strummer / Universal) (M)
     Voted #2 Best Album of 2003 by Kerrang! Magazine critics
- Three Days Grace - “I Hate Everything About You” & “Just Like You”
     from self-titled debut (Jive) (M) platinum in US and Canada
- Audioslave - self-titled album (Epic) (M)
     2x platinum
- Rage Against The Machine - Renegades (Epic) (M) platinum
- Rage Against The Machine - Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium (Epic) (M)
- P.O.D. - Payable on Death (Atlantic) (M) platinum
- Thornley - "So Far So Good" "Keep A Good Man Down" "Come Again"
     from Come Again (Roadrunner) (M)
- Sons and Daughters - "Johnny Cash" from Love The Cup (Ba Da Bing) (M)
- Pillar - title track from Fireproof (MCA) (M)
- Blue Man Group - “Sing Along” featuring Dave Matthews &
     “White Rabbit” featuring Esthero from The Complex (BMG) (M)
- Finch - radio mix of "What it is to Burn" (Drive-Thru/MCA) (M)
- (hed) p.e. - several songs from Blackout (Jive) (M)
- Hoobastank - “Right Before Your Eyes” from the Daredevil soundtrack (Wind-Up) (P-E-M)
- Box Car Racer - self-titled debut album (MCA) (M)
- Cave-In - Antenna (RCA) (P-E-M)
     voted #3 Best Album of 2003 by Kerrang! Magazine critics
- Mew - Frengers (Epic UK) (P-E-M)
    voted "Album of the Year" at the Danish Music Critics Awards (2003)
     gold in Denmark

- Dave Navarro - Trust No One (Capitol) (P-E-Prg-M-guitar)
- Sum 41 - “It’s What We’re All About” from the 'Spiderman' soundtrack (Sony) (M)
- Scapegoat Wax - several tracks from SWAX (Hollywood) (AP-M-guitar)
- The Apex Theory - several songs from Topsy Turvy and self-titled EP (Dreamworks) (M)
- Otep - Jihad EP (Capitol) (P-E-M)
- Moth - Provisions, Fiction and Gear (Virgin) (M)
- Injected - Burn It Black (Island/DefJam) (M)
- Rival Schools - United By Fate (Island/DefJam) (M)
- American Head Charge - The War Of Art (American) (M)
- System Of A Down and Wu Tang Clan - "Shame" from the "Loud Rocks" compilation (Loud) (M)
- Breaking Benjamin - "So Cold" from We Are Not Alone (Hollywood) (M) platinum
- Earshot - Two (Warner Brothers) (M)
- Three Days Grace - "Never Too Late" from forthcoming album (M)
- Bad Ronald - “Let’s Begin (Rock Mix)” from Bad Ronald (Warner Bros.) (M-guitar)
- Tom Morello, Chad Smith and Wu-Tang Clan - "Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nothin'..."
     from the "Loud Rocks" compilation (Loud) (M)
- Paloalto - Paloalto (American/Columbia) (M)
- Fiona Apple - When the Pawn... (Clean Slate/Epic) (E-Prg-M)
      nominated for 2 Grammys (2001)

- Fiona Apple - "Across the Universe" from Pleasantville soundtrack (Work) (Prg-M)
- Jurassic 5 - Quality Control (Interscope) (M) gold
- Jurassic 5 - one track from Concrete and Clay EP (Interscope) (M)
- The Apex Theory - self titled EP (Dreamworks) (M)
- Ice Cube - two tracks from War and Peace Vol. 1 (Lynch Mob) (M)
- Angelique - several tracks from Present (RedAnt) (P-E-Prg-M)
- Plastiscene - Seeing Stars (Mojo/Universal) (P-E-Prg)
- Madder Rose - 2 Tracks from "Tragic Magic" (Tag/Atlantic) (Co-P-E-Prg-M)
- Ditch Croaker - The Secrets of the Mule (Reprise) (Co-P-E-M)
- Lilys - Eccsame the Photon Band (Spinart) (P-E-Prg-M)
- PolarBear - 2 Tracks (Slash) (P-E-M)
- Bowery Electric - Beat (Kranky) (P-E-Prg-M)
- Sam Black Church - SuperChrist (Taang!) (P-E-M)
- Sam Black Church - That Which Does Not Kill Us... (P-E-M)
- Swirlies - What to Do About Them (Taang!) (P-E-Prg-M)
- Swirlies - Blonder Tongue Audio Baton (Taang!) (P-E-Prg-M)
- Swirlies - They Spent Their Wild Youthful Days in the... (Taang!) (P-E-Prg-M)
- Swirlies - Strictly East Coast Sneaky Flute Music (Taang!) (P-E-Prg-M)
- Sebadoh - "Flame" from "The Sebadoh" LP (Sub Pop) (Prg-M)
- Philip Glass - The Witches of Venice (La Scala Opera Co.) (E-Prg-M)
- Bowery Electric - Bowery Electric (Kranky) (M)
- Pavement - "We Dance" from "Wowee Zowee" (Matador) (M)
- The Apples in Stereo - "Tidal Wave" (SpinArt) (M)
- Cornershop - "Good Shit" remix w/Numark (Warner Bros.) (E-M)
- Cheap Trick - "Surrender" remix for Small Soldiers Soundtrack (DreamWorks) (E-Prg-M)
- Moonshake - "Exotic Siren Song" remix (CZ Records) (E-Prg-M)

ENGINEERING credits

- Jon Brion - Meaningless (artistdirect.com) (E)
- Philip Glass/Aphex Twin - "Donkey Rhubarb 3" (Warp/Sire) (E)
- Philip Glass/Brian Eno/David Bowie - Heroes Symphony (Point/Polygram) (E)
- Philip Glass - civiL warS - (Elektra/Nonesuch) (E)
- Philip Glass - La Belle et La Bete (Elektra/Nonesuch) (E)
- The Dambuilders - "Burn This Bridge" (Elektra) (E-Prg)
- David Bowie - "London Town" remix (Virgin) (E)
- The Golden Palominos - various releases (Restless) (E)

P=produced / CP=coproduced / Prg =programming / E=engineered / M=mixed

 

                                                      

 
For more information on any of these producers or mixers, contact Frank McDonough at frank@mcdman.com
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