Joe Chicarelli

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Joe Chiccarelli, a native of Boston, Massachusetts is a music producer, mixer and engineer who has been active since the 1980s.[1] He has produced albums by Stan Ridgway, Oingo Boingo, Sandra Bernhard, My Morning Jacket, Counting Crows, The Shins, Augie March, Manchester Orchestra, Minus the Bear, Boy & Bear, Kurt Elling, Saints Of Valory, and Big Talk. Other artists include Elton John, Rufus Wainright, U2, Beck, Meresha, Etta James, Jamie Cullum, Al Stewart, Tori Amos, The Strokes, The Killers, Morrissey, Cafe Tacuba, Cage The Elephant, Julieta Venegas, Pink Martini, Christina Perri, Glenn Frey and Jason Mraz. He also engineered Frank Zappa's albums Sheik Yerbouti, Joe's Garage Acts I, II & III and Tinseltown Rebellion, and engineered the White Stripes 2007 album Icky Thump. He also engineered The Raconteurs "Consolers of The Lonely" for which he received his eighth Grammy award, for Best Engineered Album of 2008.


Chiccarelli got his first taste of the studio through a cousin who owned Boston's Fleetwood Studio. He also worked as an engineer at Music Designers Recording Studio in Boston. Chiccarelli moved west in the late '70s where he scored an assistant engineer gig at L.A.'s Cherokee Studios.[1] He got his career break engineering Frank Zappa's album Sheik Yerbouti (1979).[2] In an interview with HitQuarters, Chiccarelli said: "[Zappa's] engineer couldn't make the session and so he decided to take a chance on me. I'm so thankful ever since that day because he gave me a career."[2]

He is credited with discovering singer Tori Amos and signing her first band, Y Kant Tori Read, to a label deal.[3] However, Chiccarelli refuted this in an interview with HitQuarters saying, "That's a myth. Tori was already signed to Atlantic Records as a solo artist when I got involved."[2] In 1998, he mixed the Latin album Un Tributo (a José José), a tribute to José José.

Chiccarelli produced Minus the Bear's album Omni, released May 4, 2010.[4] He produced four tracks on The Strokes' fourth album, Angles. He also produced the Double Platinum debut album from Australian group Boy & Bear. The band received Five ARIA awards for the album.[5] He also engineered and mixed track's on Morrissey's Swords album.

In 2011, Chiccarelli produced Jason Mraz's fourth album Love Is a Four Letter Word, released April 17, 2012[6] and Alanis Morissette's upcoming Havoc and Bright Lights[7] as well as upcoming album Songs of Patience for Alberta Cross.[8] In 2012 he produced what became a Gold album, Departures, for Australian artist Bernard Fanning as well as tracks for Dwight Yoakam. His 2013 album projects include Divine Fits, Hellogoodbye, Saints Of Valory, Plain White T's, Need To Breathe, The Madden Brothers, and Oxbow. In 2014 he has produced Morrissey's latest album, World Peace is None of Your Business as well as five songs on Spoon's album They Want My Soul, and tracks with The Rocketboys, Ivan & Alyosha, JEFF the Brotherhood and Victorian Halls. In 2015 he produced a duets album for Doug Seegers and Jill Johnson, becoming a Platinum Number One album in Sweden. Album releases in 2016 include new albums from Oxbow, Buffalo Sunn, Cherry Glazerr, Night Riots,Broken Social Scene and SPEAK.

Selected Discography

1980s and 1990s [9]


  • The Shins – Produce/Record/Mix
  • The White Stripes- Record/Mix
  • The Raconteurs – Record/Mix


  • Georgia (Atlantic)- Engineered
  • Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (Holywood)- Engineered
  • My Morning Jacket (ATO) – Produce/Record


  • Adam Stephens (Saddle Creek) – Produce/Record/Mix
  • Middle Class Rut (Bright Antenna) – Mix
  • Ely Guera (Homey) – Mix
  • Minus the Bear (Dangerbird) – Produce/Record/Mix
  • Gin Wigmore (Universal) – Record/Mix
  • Cory Chisel (RCA) – Produce/Record/Mix
  • Dredg (Universal Germany) – Mix
  • Camera Can't Lie (Atlantic) – Record
  • Ponderosa (New West) – Produce/Record
  • Sondre Lerche (Rounder) – Mix
  • Mika (Universal) – Record


  • The Strokes (RCA) – Produce/Record
  • Young The Giant (Roadrunner) – Produce/Record/Mix
  • Juan Campodonicoare (Universal Latin) – Record
  • Ilse DeLange (Universal Holland) – Record
  • Eleni Mandell (YepRoc) – Produce/Record/Mix
  • Rachel Yamagata (Warner) – Produce/Record/Mix
  • Big Talk (Anti) – Produce/Record/Mix
  • The Killers Xmas single (Island) – Co-Produce
  • Manchester Orchestra (Columbia) – Mix


  • Christina Perri (Atlantic) – Produce/Record
  • Alberta Cross (Ark) – Produce/Record
  • Boy & Bear (Universal) – Produce/Mix
  • Tiziano Ferro (EMI Italy) – Record
  • Jason Mraz (Atlantic) – Produce/Record
  • Dwight Yoakam (Warner) – Co-produce/Record


  • Keaton Henson (Sony UK)-Produce/Mix
  • Cafe Tacuba (Universal) -Co-Produce/Mix
  • Dropkick Murphys (Born & Bred) -Mix
  • Alanis Morissette (Collective Sounds) – Produce/Mix
  • Eleni Mandell (Yep Roc) – Produced/Mix



  • Spoon (Loma Vista/Universal) – Produce/Record
  • Real Estate "Talking Backwards" (Domino) – Mix
  • NeedToBreathe (Atlantic) – Produce/Record
  • Saints Of Valory (Atlantic) – Produce/Record
  • Morrissey (Harvest/Capitol) – Produce/Mix
  • The Madden Brothers (Capitol) – Produce/Mix


  • The Front Bottoms – "Laugh Till I Cry", "Summer Shandy" on Back on Top (Atlantic) – Mixing/Production
  • Jeff The Brotherhood (Warner Bros.) – Produce/Record
  • Ivan & Alyosha (Dualtone) – Produce/Mix
  • On An OnAnd the Wave Has Two Sides(RollCall) – Producer/Engineer/Mixing
  • Victorian HallsHyperalgesia (Victory) – Mixing


  • Doug Seegers (Universal) – Produce/Mix
  • Bleached (Secretly Canadian) – Produce/Record
  • Milow (Universal) – Produce/Record
  • The Arkells (Universal) – Produce/Record
  • The Augustines (Universal) – Produce/Mix


  • Morrissey (BMG) - Produce/Mix
  • Cherry Glazerr (Secretly Canadian) – Produce/Record
  • Jamie Lawson (Warner UK) – Produce/Mix
  • Flogging Molly (Concord) – Produce/Mix
  • Broken Social Scene (Universal) – Produce/Record
  • Wildling (Warner Bros) – Produce/Record
  • Oxbow (HydraHead) – Produce/Mix
  • Night Riots (Sumerian) – Produce/Mix

Grammy Awards

  • 2003 Best Latin Rock/Alt Album Café Tacuba "Cuatro Caminos"
  • 2007 Alternative Album The White Stripes "Icky Thump"
  • 2009 Best Engineered Album Non-Classical – The Raconteurs "Consolers of the Lonely"

Latin Grammy Awards

  • 2000 Best Rock Album Cafe Tacuba "Reves"
  • 2001 Best Rock Solo Vocal Album Juanes "Fijate Bien"
  • 2003 Best Rock Solo Album Juanes "Un Dia Normal"
  • 2003 Album of The Year Juanes "Un Dia Normal"
  • 2004 Best Alternative Album Café Tacuba "Cuatro Caminos"
  • 2010 Best Alternative Album Ely Guerra "Hombres Invisible"
  • 2013 Best Instrumental Album Bajofondo "Presente"

Grammy Nominations

  • Best Alternative Album – The White Stripes "Icky Thump" (Grammy winner)
  • Best Alternative Album – The Shins "Wincing The Night Away"
  • Best Jazz Vocal Album – Kurt Elling "Nightmoves"
  • Best Engineered Album Non-Classical – The Raconteurs "Consolers of the Lonely"
  • Best Engineered Album Non-Classical – Cafe Tacuba "Reves YoSoy"
  • Best Engineered Album Non-Classical – Jason Mraz "Love is a Four Letter Word"
  • Best Rock Album – The Raconteurs "Consolers of the Lonely"
  • Best Alternative Album – My Morning Jacket's "Evil Urges"
  • Producer of The Year" 2007- The Shins, Kurt Elling, Oxbow


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