If you’ve been enjoying the recent releases of Rush and Dream Theater, a driving force behind the soundÂ of those projects is one of the hottest engineers around today: Rich Chycki. Richard is an engineerÂ and mixer whose clients include such rock royalty as Rush, Aerosmith, Dream Theater, Def Leppard, MickÂ Jagger and Skillet!
Chycki has an uncanny knack for making rock tracks both hard-hitting and hit-radio-friendly. â€œIâ€™m a musicÂ fan, first and foremost,â€ he says. â€œI have to be drawn to the personae, the songs, the sound and theÂ excitement. Good music is good music, regardless of genre.â€
At last count, Chycki has earned upwards of 75 gold and platinum sales awards worldwide.Rich Chycki began hisÂ engineering journey as a guitar player, working in studios in Toronto, Canada. He relocated to LosÂ Angeles, recording and mixing in some of the worldâ€™s finest studios like Ocean Way, Henson, Capitol, TheÂ Record Plant, and in Londonâ€™s Power Station Studios. He subsequently added artists like Pink, Seal,Â Shawn Colvin and Dolores Oâ€™Riordan from The Cranberries to his resumÃ©. While he uses Toronto as hisÂ home base, Chyckiâ€™s client list centers in the USA and Europe.
Known for his pioneering mix work in 5.1 surround, prog icons Rush entrusted Chycki to remix the multimillionÂ selling 2112, their career pinnacle Moving Pictures, as well as A Farewell To Kings, Signals,Â Snakes & Arrows and Fly By Night in surround. In fact, 24 of Rushâ€™s last 26 gold and platinum salesÂ awards in North America over the past 9 years have been awarded to him in appreciation of his surroundÂ mix work on their live DVDs. While rock acts Dream Theater, Skillet, Simple Plan and Our Lady PeaceÂ have also tapped his surround mix talents, other genres have caught word, most notably for DVDÂ releases with P. Diddy/Tyrese/Shaggy and Sean Paul.
Richardâ€™s approach to album-making scores strong support from the artists. In a recent interview JohnÂ Petrucci, Dream Theater says, â€œHe’s got a great attitude; he’s hysterically funny, so there was a lightÂ atmosphere in the studio … and I think that contributed to the kind of album that came out â€¦â€ He adds,Â â€œHe has so much experience as a producer and an engineer and mixer â€¦ he worked harder than I’veÂ ever seen anyone work in the studio.” !
On working with engineer Richard Chycki, Rushâ€™s Alex Lifeson has said, â€œRich is very settled in with theÂ way that he hears the band â€¦. [He] is such a great engineer.â€ And Neil Peart has said, â€œI have neverÂ enjoyed the recording process so much, nor been so satisfied with the results.â€ !