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 in the Tampa Bay area, central FL and LA.
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. Having built an ideal studio facility and creative team to make use of it, 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 or LA’s The Recording Connection.
Head Producer / Songwriter / Engineer
His relaxed 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. An utterly brilliant pianist and songwriter, Spencer has written, recorded, produced and played for many, many emerging artists (Tillian Pearson, Mackenzie Daigle, Hana-li) and bands (Win Win Winter, Drake and Sofia, 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 / Songwriter / Engineer
Tina Turner, Justin Timberlake, the Backstreet Boys, N Sync and Reba 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. Writing songs and artist development is a role Little relishes more than any other — helping new talent find their voices. “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.”
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 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.
Affiliate Engineer / Producer
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
Dave, aka “Pezz”, has been producing bands since 2006 and has 14 years experience as an engineer. Starting from humble beginnings up North as a DJ, Pezz’s specialties are with electronic sequencing and beat production for any genre as well as mixing. He received a Gold Record for his work with Trans Continental records, has worked with Michael Goldwasser and numerous bands (The Hip Abduction, Burning Tree, Trust For Liars) and remixed work for many notable stars (Beyonce, Kat Deluna, and Jessica Simpson). Masterful with melodies and hooks, he always captures a great sound and is able to help anyone’s creative project come to life for any genre of music. In his own words, “All music is built on the same foundation of chord structure and rhythm, so why limit yourself to any specific genre?”
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, and working with many, many Hip-Hop and rap artists in South Florida and Atlanta (Future, YC, Cold Heart, Neo Da Matrix), Matt understands the construction and concept of the art more than most. He’s proved himself a hard worker with a dedicated attitude and a knack for making any session a great one.
Raised in a musical family in South Florida, Reuben was influenced by music producers such as Timbaland, Dr. Dre and The Neptunes, quickly learning how to create his own sound and gaining recognition with up-and-coming artists and major acts (Shaggy, Trina, Qwote, DJ Khaled, Plies, Hustle Man, Wayne Wonder). After relocating to Tampa Bay, Reuben hooked up with Clear Track, specializing in music/beat production for Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop and R&B/Pop. His kind demeanor and innate talent for his craft make Reuben a valuable member of Clear Track’s Production Team.
Affiliate Engineer / Producer
Ashley Howe is a multi-award-winning Sound/Post Production Recording/Mixing Engineer with many accolades in the television, music and movie industries. With over 38 years of diversified experience in the audio industry, he has worked as a producer and engineer in over 250 recording television and movie studios. Ashley has an extensive career in post production with Disney abc winning multiple Emmy and industry awards. Ashley’s strong dedication to achieving audio excellence within all mediums, while keeping up-to-date with evolving technology makes him a confident choice to work on your film, television or music production project.