the crew

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Marlon Ray, Managing Partner | Director of Operations

Marlon has over 17 years experience in high stakes project management, developing and leading innovative strategies for new technologies and content distribution. Music has always played a dominant role in a majority of the projects that Marlon has been involved in all those years. Reviving this legacy studio together with partner Itai Shapira was a no-brainer and very much a passion driven venture.

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Itai Shapira, Managing Partner | Chief Engineer | Producer

Itai is a Grammy nominated engineer and producer/musician from Los Angeles. Born and raised in the city, Itai holds an integral place in the thriving music community that exists there. Under the tutelage of Grammy Award Winning Producer Larry Klein, Itai had the honor of working with great artists such as Herbie Hancock, Melody Gardot and Thomas Dybdahl (whose album “What’s Left Is Forever” was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Engineered Album in 2014, of which Itai was nominated).

In 2013, Itai showed up to a recording session for the debut Rhye album “Woman” and from there his life changed, as he traversed the globe with the band as their bassist/guitarist, spanning tours throughout 6 continents and countless cities and festivals worldwide.

Itai’s album credits include co-production work for Selah Sue (Because Music), Lion Babe (Interscope) and Kadhja Bonet (Fat Possum). As a co-writer, you can hear some of his recent work on Yuna’s “Chapters” (Verve Records) album which made the top 10 R&B albums list on Billboard in 2016. He co-wrote the song “Best Love”.

Now, as Chief Engineer and spearheading operations at The Complex with partner Marlon Ray, Itai is ready to start filling some bigger shoes, working currently on productions with Rhye, Kadhja Bonet (assistant production) as well as his own artist project GENESEA (a duo group with Kadhja Bonet), with releases from that project planned for early 2018. Itai is also beginning his foray into post production, having just engineered some ADR for the Netflix feature film “Barry” which was released in December 2016.

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Rowan Smy, Studio Tech | Engineer | Producer

Rowan Smy is a sound engineer and music producer, originally from Sydney, Australia. Having spent over a decade in Europe, where he owns and runs Tricone Studios, in Berlin’s famous “Funkhaus” complex, Rowan has had the fortune of working with musicians, engineers and producers from all over the globe. Some of his more memorable experiences include Matt Butler (Paul McCartney), Carla Bozulich, Brian Viglione (Violent Femmes/Dresden Dolls/NIN), Ken Stringfellow (The Posies/REM), Taj Singleton (Bad Brains), Australian bands “ME” and “Other Animals” and icelandic pop group “Nydonsk”.

Rowan is also a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter and although his musical taste leans towards guitar based styles, he prefers not to limit himself to any one genre. He has recorded, produced, mixed and written for artists in rap, hip-hop, R&B, pop, jazz, soul, acapella, indie, punk, blues, rock, hard rock, metal and many other styles.

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Noah Dresner, Assistant Engineer

Noah has been involved in creating and recording music from a young age. After graduating from Belmont University with a degree in Music Business and Production, he moved back to his hometown of Los Angeles to intern with producer Val Garay. Noah has also worked with producers and engineers such as Ron Fair, Larry Klein, and others.

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Gal Bushy, Assistant Engineer

Gal Bushy is an engineer, producer, and guitarist native to the Los Angeles area. Although he specializes in guitar and drum tracking, vocal editing, and mixing pop, hip-hop, and rock, Gal has also completed post-mixes for an indie feature and a handful of shorts. After graduating from SAE Institute in 2015, Gal began studying under various engineers and producers in the Los Angeles area before freelancing and assisting. In addition to engineering and producing, Gal has been playing guitar for over 15 years, primarily in the styles of rock, blues, and pop.