RYAN HEWITT

PRODUCER | ENGINEER | MIXER

Ryan Hewitt is a Grammy award-winning engineer and an esteemed mixer and producer with a growing list of songwriting credits who is currently based in Nashville, Tennessee. For more than 20 years, Ryan has worked with chart-topping clients that span the scope of musical genres. Just this year, he’s mixed pop country songs by Little Big Town, produced bluegrass phenoms like Molly Tuttle, and engineered legacy composers like Burt Bacharach and Harry Connick Jr. Ryan has earned No. 1 records with The Avett Brothers, The Lumineers, Red Hot Chili Peppers, blink-182, and Needtobreathe; other notable clients have included The Dixie Chicks, Lady Gaga, Brandi Carlile, and Johnny Cash.

Biography

Ryan grew up in the music business thanks to his father, renowned mobile recording engineer David Hewitt. As a teenager, he polished fuel tanks, coiled cables, and pushed cases around venues, just to absorb as much of the industry and atmosphere as possible. Most importantly, Ryan learned and adopted his father’s famous saying: “On the road, you only have one chance to get it right.” It’s a sentiment that still guides his meticulous work ethic and astute observational techniques, making sure every magical music moment is captured during the recording process.

 

Having earned a degree in electrical engineering at Tufts University in Boston, Ryan moved to New York City to work with famed engineers like Michael Brauer and Phil Ramone at Sony Music Studios. From there, he moved cross-country to Los Angeles’ Cello Studios (now EastWest Studios), chasing opportunities with Rick Rubin and The Red Hot Chili Peppers and ultimately engineering and mixing the band’s No. 1, triple-platinum, and Grammy award-winning 2006 double album Stadium Arcadium.

 

In the studio, Ryan’s work mirrors the artistic sentiments of the musicians who collaborate with him. His sharp, almost visceral musical instincts, technical mastery, and strong sense of empathy combine in unprecedented ways to help bands achieve their signature sound.

 

As Molly Tuttle recalls, “Ryan was really great because he wouldn’t tell me exactly what to do. He wouldn’t say, ‘You should change this word to this word,’ but he would point out parts that he thought I should work on. So it was really inspiring to me to be pushed as a writer in that way.”

 

Passionate about helping clients best realize their art, Ryan always rushes to facilitate new musical ideas and creative partnerships. Whether producing, engineering, or mixing, Ryan embraces these multi-faceted roles in ways that elevate artists to their highest potential — a job that proves both personally and professionally fulfilling.

Selected Discography

ARTIST

ALBUM

CREDITS

ARTIST

Fairground Saints

ALBUM

Forthcoming Album (Sony Music Nashville)

CREDITS

M

ARTIST

Turnpike Troubadours

ALBUM

A Long Way From Your Heart

CREDITS

P, E, M

ARTIST

The Lumineers

ALBUM

Cleopatra (Dualtone)

CREDITS

E, M

ARTIST

Red Hot Chili Peppers

ALBUM

Stadium Arcadium (Warner Brothers)

CREDITS

E, M

ARTIST

The Black Lilies

ALBUM

Hard to Please (Thirty Tigers)

CREDITS

P, E, M

ARTIST

Angus and Julia Stone

ALBUM

Angus and Julia Stone (American/ Virgin/ EMI)

CREDITS

E, M

ARTIST

The Avett Brothers

ALBUM

Magpie and The Dandelion (American)

CREDITS

E, M

ARTIST

Harry Connick Jr.

ALBUM

Every Man Should Know (Colombia)

CREDITS

M

ARTIST

Tom Morello/Night Watchman

ALBUM

Union Town EP (New West)

CREDITS

M

ARTIST

The Avett Brothers

ALBUM

The Carpenter (American)

CREDITS

E, M

ARTIST

Johnny Cash

ALBUM

American VI: Ain't No Grave (Mercury)

CREDITS

M

ARTIST

Jamie Cullum

ALBUM

The Pursuit (Decca)

CREDITS

E, M

*Credit Key: P – Producer, E – Engineer, M – Mixer, W – Writer

Featured Audio

1. Peace "Power" (Ignition Records) - P, E, M

3:02

2. Angus and Julia Stone "Little Whiskey" (American/ Virgin/ EMI) - E, M

3:36

3. Dan Wilson "However Long" (Ballroom Music) - M

4:03

4. Harry Connick, Jr. "Smile" (Columbia) - M

3:34

5. Red Hot Chili Peppers "Tell Me Baby" (Warner Bros) - E, M

4:08

6. The Avett Brothers "I And Love And You" (American)- E, M

4:58

7. The Lumineers "Ophelia" (Dualtone) - E,M

2:40

8. Third Eye Blind "Company of Strangers" (Mega Collider) - M

3:22

9. Turnpike Troubadours "The Housefire" (Bossier City) - P, E, M

3:40

10. Slayer "Playing With Dolls" (American) - P, E, M

4:32

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