Rafa Sardina

BIO

Los Angeles based, 12-time Grammy-winner, producer/mixer/engineer Rafa Sardina has built an eclectic and impressive client list in the recent years: Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello & The Roots, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Placido Domingo, Celine Dion, Harry Conick Jr, Josh Groban, Mariah Carey, Shakira, Dr. Dre, Dru Hill, Armando Manzanero, David Morales, Jessy Moss, Luis Miguel, Paco de Lucía, Chris Botti, Susan Boyle, Katherine Jenkins, Zaz, Sheryl Crow, Soul Coughing, Beyonce, Beto Cuevas, Kevon Edmonds, Kina, Eric Marienthal, Juanes, Angie Stone, René Pérez from Calle 13, Illya Kuriaki & The Valderramas, blues legends Al Blake & Fred Kaplan, Michael Buble, Juan Gabriel, Jumaane Smith, Jackie Evancho, Naturally7, Cristian Castro, Clare Fischer Big Band, D’Angelo, Alejandro Sanz and Macy Gray among many others. He has received 35 Grammy Nominations, both American and Latin, for his work with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Luis Miguel, Clare Fischer Big Band, Illya Kuriaki & The Valderramas, and Alejandro Sanz.

As a musician, engineer and producer Rafa connects easily with artists and has tremendous respect for creating a studio vibe that's performance-friendly for both new and established talent.

Rafa’s love for music began at an early age playing guitar and attending recording sessions in his native Spain. After four years in Medical school, Rafa chose to pursue his life-long passion: Music.  A live sound stint with folk, jazz and world artists in northern Spain and the south of France led him to the United States. Soon after he landed an engineering position at the legendary Ocean Way Recording Studios in Hollywood and Record One Studios in Sherman Oaks. Rafa had the unique opportunity to work with world reknowned artists on a daily basis - from Natalie Cole to the Black Crows, Celine Dion, Greenday, Madonna, The Rolling Stones, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Sinatra, the pre-recording of The Academy Awards and worked on numerous movies. Rafa’s intuition to move to Los Angeles proved to be one of the most rewarding synergies of his life.

Though Sardina is best known for working on pop, rock and R&B projects, he has recorded and mixed just about any genre of music you can imagine: orchestral recordings, big band, R&B, dance, gospel, soul, rap, choral, film/TV soundtracks and movie scores like “Any given Sunday”, “102 Dalmatians”, “Michael Jordan - To the Max”, “Biker Boyz”, Tyler Perry’s “Madea’s Family Reunion”, Johnny Depp’s  “The Rum Diary” and many more.

Over the years Rafa has developed professional and personal relationships with many artists that he has grown to respect.
"At the end of the day, it comes down to a simple studio philosophy - I'm there to make sure the artist is able to realize his vision and have fun in the process.”

Rafa founded Fishbone Productions in 2001. He built “Afterhours Studios” from the ground up with artists' needs in mind. “It helps me to be more flexible with today’s recording budgets and create a safe place for artists to work without having to worry about the clock,” says Sardina, who specified the acoustics and gear installation details of his studio in Los Angeles, California. He also frequents major studios around the world. “Basically, I go where the projects take me…”

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