Clear Track Studios was established in 2009 by Mike Johnson to be a relaxed and inspiring home for musicians and artists to create high-quality music with creative professionals. The studios are now busier than ever, with the help of friendly, experienced and talented producer/engineers.
Executive Director / Producer / Songwriter / Engineer
Tina Turner, Ryan Tedder, Justin Timberlake, the Backstreet Boys, N’ Sync, Reba: these are just a few of the names multi-platinum, award-winning songwriter/producer Anthony Little has worked with throughout the span of his diverse and impressive career. From songwriting and production to jingle writing, artist development and music business management, he exudes equal amounts of passion and enthusiasm for every element of the business he touches. Currently Little is signed with LA – based Radar Music and is working to develop several hot new young artists. He is also Executive Director of Clear Track Recording Studios and Production Company in Clearwater, FL. Writing songs and artist development is a role Little relishes more than any other — helping new talent find their voice. Little notes, “It’s a new age in the music industry, and I think it provides a great opportunity for guys like myself who are passionate about working with artists on every level. We’re excited to make big waves in the Tampa Bay music scene with Anthony on board!
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 over 15 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 (Jeff Berlin, John Legend, Chick Corea, John Blackwell). Mike’s passion for music keeps him busy mixing in studio A, as well as mentoring aspiring engineers to keep the art of sound recording alive with his own program and LA’s The Recording Connection.
Affiliate Producer / Songwriter / Engineer
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 emerging artists (Tillian Pearson, Mackenzie Daigle, Hana-li) and bands (Win Win Winter, Tides of Man). 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.
Affiliate Producer / Engineer
Jacob is one of the most sought after producers and engineers coming up in the industry; working with artists like Projected, Shaken, Maggie Koerner, Brian Blade, and many more. Having toured with bands during his teenage years, Jacob’s passion for being in the studio outweighed his desire to tour, and landed him a job at one of the most prestigious recording and mixing studios in LA. In 2011, Jacob relocated to Florida, where he worked with artists and bands, crafting his own methods along the way. Regardless of genre, Jacob’s humble approach and creative talents ensure the highest level of audio quality and production, all while maintaining the integrity of your sound. As he puts it, “Being able to collaborate with a band or artist from the ground floor, to me, is one of the most important pieces of the recording and mixing process. From pre-production, all the way to the final mix down, my job is to make sure that you are best represented by the vision of your project, and hopefully we will achieve that every time.”
Affiliate Engineer / Producer
Born in NY and growing up in Southwest FL, Matt came to Clear Track with 5 years recording experience to apprentice as an engineer in the Spring of 2012. Having been immersed in the Hip-Hop world for over fifteen years (Future, YC, Cold Heart), Matt understands the construction and concept of the art more than most. Over 2013 Matt has expanded his skills, and currently engineers all sorts of projects in various genres including rock. He has proved himself a hard working engineer, with a dedicated attitude and a knack for making any session a great one.
Affiliate Engineer / Producer
Greg traveled from Moscow to apprentice at the studios in early 2013. He’d already produced and mixed radio hits in Russia, and wanted to expand his skills and train with Chief Engineer Mike Johnson in a world-class room. Already advanced in pop, R&B and hip-hop song production and mixing, Greg enhanced those skills to become a valuable songwriter and mixing engineer at Clear Track. We’re very glad he has now moved to the U.S. and can work out of the studios.
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 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.