Rich Costey is an American record producer, mixer and engineer, whose credits include Sigur Rós, Frank Turner,Muse,Foster the People, and Santigold.
Costey grew up in Waterbury, Vermont. As a teenager, he worked at the Waterbury radio station WDEV and, in his free time, advantage of the station's production studio.
Costey attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston for a couple years. While working at Q Division Studios as an assistant, he learned about classic recording techniques and started working with producer Jon Brion whom he credits as an important influence and future collaborator.
After establishing a reputation in Boston as the go-to local producer for indie bands such as the Swirlies, Costey moved to New York in his early twenties. In 1995, he started working at Philip Glass's Looking Glass studio, and, within six months, was the facility's head engineer. At the same time, he worked with bands such as Bowery Electric and the Lilys at Michael Deming's Studio 45 in Hartford, Connecticut.
After he relocated to Los Angeles, Costey and Brion collaborated on the Fiona Apple track Brion was producing for the soundtrack to Pleasantville as well as contributing a remix of Cheap Trick's Surrender for the Small Soldiers soundtrack. He later engineered and mixed Fiona Apple's album When the Pawn....
His work on the Fiona album attracted the attention of producer Rick Rubin who loved the sound of When The Pawn.... Rubin hired Costey to mix Audioslave's 2002 self-titled debut and Rage Against The Machine's 2003 live album, Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium.
In 2003, Muse recruited Costey to produce their breakthrough third LP, Absolution. His most recent credits include Foster the People, Birdy, Young the Giant, Chvrches, Phantogram and Kimbra. He also produced Death Cab for Cutie's eighth studio album, Kintsugi, which was released on March 31, 2015.
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