Clear Track Studios was established in 2009 by Mike Johnson to be a relaxed and inspiring home for creative professionals of any musical style to accomplish any level of project
Founder / Chief Engineer / Tech
With Mike on the scene, it’s a world-class music-making experience every time. Mastermind of Clear Track Studios, Mike is a double-edge sword of advanced sound engineering ability and quick technical troubleshooting. Mike keeps every inch of the studios functioning smoothly and on the cutting edge of the industry. As a well-rounded musician from Connecticut, his depth of understanding of the instruments, plus 20 years engineering experience, helps ensure recording artists and engineers alike get an amazing sound without experiencing snags in any studios. He’s dedicated to keeping the focus on creativity, while achieving the best sound quality, whether for newer artists or music legends (John Legend, Chick Corea, John Blackwell, DJ Ravi Drums, Tides of Man, Save The Radio). Mike’s passion for music keeps him busy mixing, designing studios, and mentoring aspiring engineers to keep the art of sound recording alive with his own program and LA’s The Recording Connection.
Studio Manager / Executive Producer / Engineer / Songwriter / Programmer
His relaxed, friendly demeanor and innate talent of swiftly transforming a musical concept into a commercial performance makes Spencer a perfect creative director for up-and-coming artists and bands serious about their music career. Moving from California to Florida, he teamed up with Mike in 2008 to help start up Clear Track Studios’ production team, becoming an integral part of the studio. A brilliant pianist and songwriter, Spencer has written, recorded, produced and played for many artists and bands (Tilian Pearson, Tides of Man, Jeff Berlin, Hana-li, Save The Radio, Slowing Inertia). As a producer there’s no genre he can’t write, specializing in pop, dance-pop, modern rock, pop rock, indie rock, alternative, classical and jazz. Spencer is proof that a good producer doesn’t change who the artist is, but brings out their best inherent qualities to capture the true intent and feel of a project. For more info on Spencer Bradham, check out his site at: www.spencerbradham.com
Affiliate Engineer / Producer / Audio Instructor
James specializes in rock, metal, pop and jazz with 25+ years of experience under his belt and “music notes in his blood”. The Jersey native can do it all, having engineered many major acts, ranging from Heaven’s Edge, Fear of God, Cintron, Vivian Green to members of Boyz II Men, The Roots and Patti Labelle. He’s worked with and learned from engineering legend Shelly Yakus, Andy Wallace, Scott Hull, and Neil Kernon to name a few. He also loves teaching The Art of Sound Recording training course at the studio with Mike.
Affiliate Engineer / Producer
One of the most sought-after engineers in the area, Alex (@mixedbylex) lives a life devoted to music. From studio design to judging music conferences and talent shows, and being a part of as many artist’s creative studio experiences as possible. He has worked on audio recordings for Cassidy, Gucci Mane, Jowell Ortiz, Talib Kweli, Freeway, Cyhi Da Prynce, Kevin Gates, Young Dolph, Woop, Verse Simmonds, Young Jeezy, Field mobb, Justice League, Hollow Da Don, Styles P as well as done work for T.V. networks. As of 2015, we are so excited to have Alex busy in the studios at Clear Track!
Affiliate Engineer / Producer / Songwriter
As a multi-instrumentalist songwriter himself, Johnny’s encouraging mindset and gift as a producer makes him a great engineer to work with up-and-coming artists of any musical style, especially rock. “I enjoy helping emerging artists discover their sound genre and developing them into a good, solid act,” says Johnny. With a degree in music production, Johnny ventured to LA in 2007 to learn the ins and outs of the music industry at major Hollywood studios. In 2014 Johnny came to Clear Track to put his producer chops to work in our studios. He also teaches engineering part time at Sanford Brown University.
Affiliate Mastering Engineer
Shelly Yakus, co-founder and Chief Engineer at AfterMaster Audio Labs, has teamed up with Clear Track to master projects for artists using a revolutionary new mastering technology. Mr. Yakus is a renowned music producer, audio engineer/mixer, and recording studio designer and is widely considered one of the best engineers and mixers in the music industry. He has engineered and mixed recordings for some of the world’s best known artists, grossing over a billion dollars in sales (John Lennon, Stevie Nicks, Alice Cooper, Van Morrison, Tom Petty, Dire Straits, Blue Oyster Cult, Bob Seger, Amy Grant, Don Henley, U2 and Madonna, etc.). In 1999 he was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Shelly’s accomplishments could go on for pages, and we are beyond excited to have him, Ari Blitz and the team mastering our projects!
Affiliate Mastering Engineer
Ari is one of the music industry’s most up and coming engineers, and has teamed up with us to master projects coming out of Clear Track! After graduation from the Conservatory of Arts and Sciences in 2008, Ari immediately began his career working directly with legendary Audio Engineer Shelly Yakus (Tom Petty, John Lennon, U2). During this time, Ari was instrumental in assisting in the creating of the audio technologies used in Studio One Media’s MyStudio as well as the patent pending AfterMaster/ProMasterHD technologies. He has worked with some of the industry’s best including Lady Gaga, Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Tinie Tempah, Lazy Bone, Terry McDermott, Adam Lambert and Alice Cooper, among other recording stars.