Bunker co-owner Aaron produces, mixes and engineers a wide assortment of music. He has worked with Danger Mouse, Black Thought, Questlove, tUnE-yArDs, Brad Meldhau, Vijay Iyer, Black Taxi, Ambulance Ltd, Charlie Hunter, Dave Eggar, Jojo Mayer & Nerve, Now Vs Now, Wayne Krantz, Ben Allison, Steve Cardenas, Kim Petras, Spires, Small Multiples, White Prism, The City and Horses, Orly, Jeremy Pelt, Steve Turre, Russ Titleman, Gary Katz, Justin Gerrish and many more. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work tracking and mixing music for the documentary film ‘In a Dream’. Recent productions for NZ artists include Tama Waipara, Fredericks Brown, Esther Stephens and The Means. Aaron has toured throughout the USA and Europe playing guitar and bass with such diverse artists as Nicole Atkins (Columbia), JDT (Rope-a-Dope), Ambulance Ltd (TVT), Natalie Walker (Dorado), Wakey!Wakey! (Family Records). Originally from Auckland, New Zealand Aaron has lived in the USA since 1998.
Aaron’s website can be visited here.
Bunker co-owner John Davis has been active in the NYC independent music scene as a musician, producer, and engineer since 1999. John is perhaps best known for his work with Jojo Mayer in their live EDM band Nerve, and their pioneering work fusing acoustic and electronic sounds through reverse engineering. Not restricted to electronic music in his output or engineering capacities, John is extremely adept at recording and mixing almost any style of music. At the Bunker, John has recorded artists as diverse as Tom Harrell, Esperanza Spalding, Chad Smith, Stranger, Salt Cathedral, Tony Trischka, Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers), Mehliana (Brad Mehldau and Mark Guliana), Netherlands, Wes Hutchinson, and many more ranging from jazz to classical to rock and EDM. In addition to album projects, John also recorded and mixed the scores for 3 critically acclaimed films in 2012: ‘How To Survive a Plague’, ‘Birders’, and ‘Narco Cultura’. In 2013 John has been producing and mixing records for bands such as Salt Cathedral, Controller, Stranger, Wes Hutchinson, and is still finding time to cook food and hang out with his wife and cats.
Booking Manager/Staff Engineer
Andy Plovnick has been helping his friends make cool records and tapes under less-than-ideal circumstances since he got his first 4-track recorder as a teenager. Now he’s happy to be applying that experience in an optimum recording environment. He also manages booking for the studio and is first point of contact for the studio.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in audio engineering, Todd got his start in New York at Sear Sound. There he worked on sessions for Yoko Ono, Andrew Bird, and Wilco’s Nels Cline.
Todd has a passion for music and electronics. You can find him at the Bunker making records or troubleshooting at the tech bench. Since joining the Bunker, he has worked with a variety of artists such as Jose James, Son Lux, John Patitucci, and Toshi Reagon. Visit Todd’s website.
After studying Bass Performance at the University of North Texas Jazz Program, Nolan moved to Dallas where he began work at Bass Propulsion Laboratories studios as a session player. He soon became their Chief Engineer, recording over 100 records with signed and independent artists over the course of the next 7 years. Other credits include extensive voice-over editing, an occasional mix for Guitar Hero, as well as touring the US and Europe with a wide variety of bands. Some current projects include Brooklyn’s up and coming “Denitia and Sene”, plus two of his own collaborative projects “Little Black Dress” and “The Blessed Isles”. He tends to favor spicy foods when the dinner order is placed.
Nolan’s website is here.
Freelance Producer/Studio Friend
Brad is a NYC-based freelance producer, writer, arranger, and guitarist who uses The Bunker as a home base. Although an in-demand performing and recording guitarist (José James, Laura Izibor, Sasha Allen, Backstreet Boys, Chester Gregory, and many others) Brad is also increasingly sought after for his production work–in 2013, he has produced projects at Bunker for Kimberly Nichole, Sly5thAve (Truth Revolution Records), Jen Dale, and his own organ trio featuring Tyshawn Sorey and Pat Bianchi.
A longtime enthusiast of analog and vacuum tube technology, Brad can often be seen building or tweaking some of the one-of-a-kind custom gear that sets The Bunker apart.
Brad can be contacted via the studio email contact form.