producer Rafa Sardina began his recording career
doing sound for live shows in Spain. Later he
became an assistant engineer at Hollywood's Ocean
Way Recording and Record One studios.
During the last five years Rafa's engineering
career has produced an eclectic, but impressive,
client list: Macy Gray, Dru Hill, Mariah Carey,
Luis Miguel, Juan Gabriel, Soul Coughing, Angie
Stone, Rahat Fateh, Ali Khan, Indian legend Yesudas,
score for Oliver Stone film "Any Given Sunday"
, IMAX movie "Michael Jordanæ- To The MAX", Walt
Disney movie "102 Dalmatians" among others.
Angeles based ten-time Grammy-winner mixer/engineer
Rafa Sardina has built an eclectic and impressive
client list in the recent years: Macy Gray, Stevie
Wonder, Dr Dre, Dru Hill, Jessy Moss, Mariah Carey,
Luis Miguel, Sheryl Crow, Soul Coughing, Marc
Antoine, Angie Stone and Alejandro Sanz, among
others. As a musician (bass and guitar), arranger
and producer Rafa connects easily with artists
and has tremendous respect for creating a studio
vibe that's performance-friendly for both new
and established talent. Rafa has had the pleasure
of working with top flight musicians including
Vinnie Colaiuta, Luis Conte, Michael Landau, Anthony
Jackson, to name a few. He has worked with numerous
high-profile artists and producers including Dr
Dre, Juan Carlos Paz Y Puente, Camara Kambon,
Lulu Perez, Babyface, Scott Litt, Joe Harley,
and David Foster.
known for pop/rock and R&B sounds, Sardina's
passion for audio began when he was doing live
sound for folk, world and jazz music in Northern
Spain and the South of France. He served his engineering
apprenticeship at Hollywood's Ocean Way and Record
One studios where he landed his first independent
engineering gig with Warner mega star Luis Miguel.
He has since collaborated with him on seven albums.
mixed the top 10 album for Antonio Orozco's third
and debut cd on Universal Music. According to
label sources, Orozco's cd entered the charts
at Nº 1 in Spain and has maintained its Top 10
position to-date. Rafa engineered Meditteraneo
for Rendez Vous artist Marc Antoine and is currently
in the studio co-producing with Cheche Alara.
In February 2006, Sardina received his 10th
Grammy for Luis Miguel's Mexico en la
Piel at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. Last year
Warner superstar, Alejandro Sanz' album "No
Es Lo Mismo," recorded by Sardina, won Record
of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year,
Best Male Pop Vocal Album and last but not least,
it took a trophy for Best-engineered album. This
year, Mr Sanz won Best song and Best Record of
the year for "Tu No Tienes Alma," recorded
by Sardina who earned two Latin Grammy Awards
in 2000 for Album of the Year and Best Pop Album
by Luis Miguel --"Amarte Es Un Placer"
for WEA Intl.
Subsequent Grammy nominations for
Miguel's albums have followed in the years 2001
to 2003 and most recently for "33" in
is equally at home working at world-class studios
like Abbey Road, Chalice and Record Plant as he
is in his "HD" ProTools studio, After
Hours, where he does pre-production and artist
studio philosophy is simple - I'm there to make
sure the artist is having fun. I see my work much
like a photographer's, as transparent as possible
when required but always providing the creative
edge to affect the song and performance in a positive
way. To achieve that goal, I like to create a
comfortable and inspiring environment using the
best acoustics and tools available."
List of Recent Projects
Dru Hill - "Enter The Dru"
Luis Miguel - "Amarte Es Un Placer" - Winner
Latin Grammy’s 2000
Luis Miguel - "Romances" - Winner of a Grammy
Macy Gray - "New Tracks"
Soul Coughing - "Super Bon Bon" Remix
Angie Stone - "New track"
Oliver Stone Movie - "Any Given Sunday"
IMAX Movie & Soundtrack - "Michael Jordan
- To The Max"
Luis Miguel - "Vivo" - Nominated to a Grammy 2001
Walt Disney Pictures Movie & Soundtrack -
RAFA SARDINA - AWARDS
THE RECORDING ACADEMY
Certificate for "Best Latin Pop
Performance" - 1997
Luis Miguel - "Romances"
1ST LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS:
GRAMMY for ALBUM OF THE YEAR
GRAMMY for BEST POP ALBUM
Grammy Certificate for "Best Pop Performance"
Luis Miguel - "Tu Mirada"
RAFA SARDINA - CONTACT
Phone: 1-818-990-3031 USA
1-877-645-9777 Toll free USA
Fax: 1-818-990-3361 USA
21216 De La Guerra Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91364 / USA
thanks goes to Claris at C-Management
for arranging this interview!