Bob Clearmountain

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Born January 15, 1953 in Connecticut, versatile Bob Clearmountain took to electronics and music at a young age. After playing bass in several local bands as a teen, Clearmountain was introduced to the world of recording when his band cut a demo at New York’s Media Sound studio. After the band split, he returned to the studio in search of a job. Starting as a delivery boy, within hours on his first day at work, Clearmountain got promoted and was working as an assistant engineer on a Duke Ellington session.

In 1977, Clearmountain became the chief recording engineer at Power Station Studios, now owned by Berklee School of Music. With early work for bands like Chic and Sister Sledge, Clearmountain’s reputation grew quickly throughout the ’80s, and he began mixing records for the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Roxy Music. 1984 proved to be a watershed year in Clearmountain’s career, when he co-produced Bryan Adams’ Reckless, Hall & Oates’ Big Bam Boom and mixed Bruce Springsteen’s classic Born in the U.S.A. Clearmountain continued to work with top artists, co-producing The Pretenders’ Get Close and Simple Minds’ Once Upon A Time with Jimmy Iovine. and mixing INXS, Huey Lewis & the News, Willy DeVille, Tears for Fears and many others for the rest of the decade and into the next.

In 1994, Clearmountain built a studio in his Los Angeles home. Having racked up three Grammy awards, two Emmys and 10 Mix magazine TEC awards (seven for Best Recording Engineer, two for Best Broadcast Engineer and the Les Paul Award, for those who set the highest standards of excellence in audio technology), Clearmountain continues to work with the best in the business.

Recent mixing projects include Bruce Springsteen’s "Western Stars" film, the "Bruce on Broadway" Netflix special, “Wrecking Ball” and “High Hopes” albums, Toto's "40 Trips Around the Sun" album & concert video and The Rolling Stones’ “Havana Moon" video.

Bob and his wife, Betty Bennett (owner & CEO of Apogee Electronics) currently host radio shows for local Santa Monica radio station KCRW at their Apogee Studio that resides in the Apogee building in Santa Monica.