Van Halen, Gov’t Mule, Roger Waters, The Black Crowes, Shawn Colvin, John Mellencamp, R.E.M.and Jewel are some of the artists this Multiple Grammy-winning producer/engineer/mixer has had the joy of working with his over four decades in the recording studio.
Ross’ wide varied experience and taste opened up all creative doors and usual and unusual possibilities. He’s never allowed himself to be pigeonholed or trapped in any one musical genre as his studio work runs the gamut from the heavy metal insanity of Motley Crue and Coal Chamber to the Grammy-winning Keb’ Mo’ release Slow Down to recent releases by Van Halen, Grammy winning Ziggy Marley and Grammy winning Taj’Mo’.
Growing up in NY during the influential punk scene of the 70’s, Ross began his musical career as a guitarist/singer/ songwriter, playing in the wild downtown New York clubs. With good fortune paving his way to California, he had the rare opportunity to hook up with both the San Francisco Bay area’s exploding New Wave music scene and Southern Cal’s seminal rock scene. Natural evolution took him from doing live production and sound on the road with Jackson Browne, David Lindley, Fleetwood Mac and Little Feat into a world class producer, mixer and recording engineer.
Hoax Productions was established in 1986 as a vehicle for Ross to have the freedom to promote and produce top names as well as newly discovered talent.
Some of his accomplishments are:
In the 90s Ross won Grammy’s as an engineer and mixer with Quincy Jones and Keb’ Mo’.
In 2007 Ross won the Grammy for Best Reggae Record of the Year, for his production, mix and engineering work on Ziggy Marley’s Love Is My Religion.
2012 brought the release of, A Different Kind of Truth, the new record from Van Halen, first with David Lee Roth since 1984 and the first Van Halen record in 16 years, co-produced, engineered and mixed by Ross.
In 2104, his work on the highly acclaimed release of Keb’ Mo’s, Blues Americana, brought a Best Engineering Grammy nomination along with a Best Americana Grammy nomination.
In 2014 Ross was also humbled, flattered and honored to win the Best Tracking Engineer of the year award at the very first Pensado Awards.
2018 has brought another Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues for the new TajMo record, a collaboration with Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’.
May 2018 will bring the release of a brand new record with legendary iconic artist Rita Coolidge, produced /engineered and mixed by Ross.
Versatility, absolute belief in the artists’ vision and his complete commitment to bringing that vision to the final master are all representative of Ross’ strengths and abilities.