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Charlie Chastain

Audio Production Instructor

cchastain@tweedrecording.com

Charlie Chastain began his musical journey at age 15 as a traveling singer/songwriter, often needing to be escorted by his father as he performed at dozens of venues and bars throughout the Southern United States. Charlie’s touring continued after high school and throughout his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia. It was during his time at UGA that Charlie discovered his love for audio engineering as well as making music. He could be found just as frequently behind the Front of House or Monitor console as he could as a performer on stage, and this led him to seek out further education in his new-found passion for audio production.

After completing his Telecommunications degree at the Grady College of Journalism at UGA in 2000, Charlie moved to Tempe, AZ, where he completed the Master Recording Program at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. Following graduation from CRAS, Charlie moved to New York, NY where he quickly moved up the ranks as an Assistant/Pro Tools Engineer at Clinton Recording Studios. The diverse, fast-paced recording scene in New York expanded his skill sets and broadened his experience in various genres, including jazz, pop, jingles, Broadway musicals, film and television scores.

Following his time in New York, Charlie briefly returned to Georgia, where he worked as a freelance recordist and mixing/mastering engineer. He often worked out of 12 Oaks Studios in Smyrna, GA on projects with iVideoSongs in Atlanta before moving to St. Petersburg, Russia in 2009. From 2009-2019 Charlie lived and worked throughout Europe, collaborating with artists in various cultures and genres while producing and engineering in diverse and complex circumstances. While in St. Petersburg, Charlie formally studied the Russian language and worked on numerous Russian-language projects. Charlie has worked on projects in Estonian, French, Norwegian, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, and German languages, as well.

Charlie’s spectrum of recording and producing contexts includes the famed studios at Abbey Road in London, a country cabin in North Georgia, a cabana on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, an ancient farmhouse in the south of France, a run-down Soviet warehouse in Saint Petersburg, Russia, hotel rooms in Turkey and Malaysia, and multiple production rooms in Russia, Estonia, Belgium, and Italy. This flexibility and ingenuity is one of core tenets that Charlie desires to instill in students attending Tweed Recording.

Additionally, his work with at-risk and refugee groups has given Charlie extensive experiences in recording and documenting the struggles of people in desperate situations, amplifying the voices of the voiceless. In addition to teaching at Tweed Recording, Charlie is the CoServe Consultant for Refugee/Migrant Aid for TMS Global, a worldwide charitable organization.

“I believe in the power of music. I’ve seen music build connections in spite of language and cultural barriers with street children and orphans and others in the former Soviet Union. One second there is no trust. Then you play a Beatles tune on your guitar and they can’t help but to see you as a friend.”

Charlie’s extensive travel and diverse experience has also provided him opportunities to work with a variety of artists, including B.B. King, R.E.M., Pierre Bensusan, Ringo Starr, Earl Klugh, Eko, The Curly Strings, Trad.Attack!, Tenfold Rabbit, and Elephants From Neptune. While living in Estonia, Charlie was involved in the production of the 2015 Rock Album of the Year (Elephants From Neptune’s “Pressure and Pleasure”) and the 2015 Pop Album of the Year (Karl-Erik Taukar’s “Vääramatu jõud”) for the Estonian Music Awards.

Charlie began teaching audio production to clients and friends in Northern Europe, Estonia, Russia, France, and Germany, which led to an adjunct professorship at Tartu University in Viljandi, Estonia. From 2016-2019, Charlie taught the Advanced Mastering and Introduction to Production courses. After returning to the United States in the Fall of 2019, he continued teaching music production at the Atlanta campus of SAE Institute before joining Tweed Recording in the Spring of 2020.

Charlie Chastain

Charlie Chastain Music

Charlie Chastain

Charlie Chastain Music

Charlie Chastain began his musical journey at age 15 as a traveling singer/songwriter, often needing to be escorted by his father as he performed at dozens of venues and bars throughout the Southern United States. Charlie’s touring continued after high school and throughout his undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia. It was during his time at UGA that Charlie discovered his love for audio engineering as well as making music. He could be found just as frequently behind the Front of House or Monitor console as he could as a performer on stage, and this led him to seek out further education in his new-found passion for audio production.

After completing his Telecommunications degree at the Grady College of Journalism at UGA in 2000, Charlie moved to Tempe, AZ, where he completed the Master Recording Program at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences. Following graduation from CRAS, Charlie moved to New York, NY where he quickly moved up the ranks as an Assistant/Pro Tools Engineer at Clinton Recording Studios. The diverse, fast-paced recording scene in New York expanded his skill sets and broadened his experience in various genres, including jazz, pop, jingles, Broadway musicals, film and television scores.

Following his time in New York, Charlie briefly returned to Georgia, where he worked as a freelance recordist and mixing/mastering engineer. He often worked out of 12 Oaks Studios in Smyrna, GA on projects with iVideoSongs in Atlanta before moving to St. Petersburg, Russia in 2009. From 2009-2019 Charlie lived and worked throughout Europe, collaborating with artists in various cultures and genres while producing and engineering in diverse and complex circumstances. While in St. Petersburg, Charlie formally studied the Russian language and worked on numerous Russian-language projects. Charlie has worked on projects in Estonian, French, Norwegian, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, and German languages, as well.

Charlie’s spectrum of recording and producing contexts includes the famed studios at Abbey Road in London, a country cabin in North Georgia, a cabana on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, an ancient farmhouse in the south of France, a run-down Soviet warehouse in Saint Petersburg, Russia, hotel rooms in Turkey and Malaysia, and multiple production rooms in Russia, Estonia, Belgium, and Italy. This flexibility and ingenuity is one of core tenets that Charlie desires to instill in students attending Tweed Recording.

Additionally, his work with at-risk and refugee groups has given Charlie extensive experiences in recording and documenting the struggles of people in desperate situations, amplifying the voices of the voiceless. In addition to teaching at Tweed Recording, Charlie is the CoServe Consultant for Refugee/Migrant Aid for TMS Global, a worldwide charitable organization.

“I believe in the power of music. I’ve seen music build connections in spite of language and cultural barriers with street children and orphans and others in the former Soviet Union. One second there is no trust. Then you play a Beatles tune on your guitar and they can’t help but to see you as a friend.”

Charlie’s extensive travel and diverse experience has also provided him opportunities to work with a variety of artists, including B.B. King, R.E.M., Pierre Bensusan, Ringo Starr, Earl Klugh, Eko, The Curly Strings, Trad.Attack!, Tenfold Rabbit, and Elephants From Neptune. While living in Estonia, Charlie was involved in the production of the 2015 Rock Album of the Year (Elephants From Neptune’s “Pressure and Pleasure”) and the 2015 Pop Album of the Year (Karl-Erik Taukar’s “Vääramatu jõud”) for the Estonian Music Awards.

Charlie began teaching audio production to clients and friends in Northern Europe, Estonia, Russia, France, and Germany, which led to an adjunct professorship at Tartu University in Viljandi, Estonia. From 2016-2019, Charlie taught the Advanced Mastering and Introduction to Production courses. After returning to the United States in the Fall of 2019, he continued teaching music production at the Atlanta campus of SAE Institute before joining Tweed Recording in the Spring of 2020.

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