Sonic Iguana Producers and Engineers
Mass Giorgini – Producer & Masterer
Mass Giorgini founded Sonic Iguana Studios in 1990, primarily as a vehicle to record his own band. However, he soon began working with other bands and discovered that he enjoyed recording music as much as creating it. By the summer of 1992, the recordings he had made of his own band of the time, Rattail Grenadier, attracted the attention of some other musicians within the Midwest punk scene. Before long, Sonic Iguana Studios had carved out its niche as the punk rock recording studio of the Midwest. Since 1990, Mass Giorgini has worked with many high-profile artists and producers, including producers Paul Mahern (Iggy Pop, the Blake Babies, John Mellencamp) and Anjali Dutt (Oasis, Swervedriver, My Bloody Valentine, the Boo Radleys) and artists such as Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt (both of Green Day), John Strohm (the Lemonheads, Velo-Deluxe, and Antenna). However, where Mass Giorgini has truly made his mark is in the genre of his first love and true calling – pop-punk.
PRODUCTION CREDITS INCLUDE: ANTI-FLAG, RISE AGAINST, SCREECHING WEASEL, SQUIRTGUN, ALKALINE TRIO, COMMON RIDER, EYELINERS, RIVERDALES, METHADONES, LILLINGTONS, THE CODE, MORAL CRUX, the QUEERS, GROOVIE GHOULIES, TEEN IDOLS, and many more.
Phillip Hill- Producer/Engineer
Phillip has been involved with Sonic Iguana since 1996, when his former band the Teen Idols first came to work in the studio. Phillip grew up on Music Row in Nashville, and in fact, his mother Phyllis is an employee of Sun Records — the label that launched legends such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, among others. Phillip began studying the recording arts in high school, winning awards along the way. At Sonic Iguana, he has engineered albums for artists such as the Manges (Italian pop-punk legends), Common Rider, Los Pepiniyoz, the Queers, Screeching Weasel, Squirtgun, and also his own band, the Teen Idols.
Phillip Hill Engineer Rate: $20 per hour
Luke McNeill – Engineer
Luke has worked at Sonic Iguana since 2001. He has engineered and worked on many projects by bands such as: Teen Idols, Common Rider, Riverdales, Squirtgun, Groovie Ghoulies, Even In Blackouts, Horace Pinker, Beatnik Termites, etc. He has also acted as producer and engineer for national releases by The Copyrights and The Vice Dolls. In addition, Luke has played drums in many punk rock bands over the past decade.
Luke graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Audio
Engineering. The curriculum there is focused primarily on Pro-Tools and
hard-disk recording. Because Sonic Iguana has extensive hard-disk recording capabilities, Luke fits right in.
Luke McNeill Engineer Rate: $20 per hour
Dan Wleklinski – Producer/Engineer
Dan Wleklinski is probably better known as the guitarist from the band 88 Fingers Louie, who have recorded the vast majority of their output at Sonic Iguana Studios. During the recording of their most recent album, Back on the Streets, which initiated in the spring of 1998, Dan began training as a recording engineer, assisting producer Mass Giorgini. Since that time, Dan has assistant engineered on several Sonic Iguana-recorded releases, including the Teen Idols’ Pucker Up album, the latest Eyeliners album, and some new Squirtgun tracks. Dan Wleklinski even did some engineering work on the Common Rider album Last Wave Rockers. The services of “Mr. Precision” were also heavily utilized on the Hypno-Punko release by the Vindictives. With the Vindictives, Dan did much primary engineering, vocal comp-ing, automation, and even some mix work. Dan also recently served as co-producer and co-first engineer on the latest album by the Ohio punk band Legbone.
Dan Wleklinski Engineer Rate: $20 per hour