Bob Stark

Producer/Mixer/Recordist

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I am an independent producer residing in Portland, OR.

There have been wonderful clients over the years… from the glory days of punk with Poison Idea to the incredibly lush orchestrations of The Chuck Israels Jazz Orchestra. A few artists and bands that I have enjoyed working with over the years include… Esperanza Spalding, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, McKinley, Michael Shrieve, Tracy Grammer, David Torn, Missy Higgins, Michael Brecker, Everclear, Bill Frisell, Douglas September, Peter Asher, Craig Carothers, Doug Smith, Heatmiser, Intervision, The Bylines, Quarterflash, Upper Left Trio, John Nilsen, Vayo Raimondo, ValGardena, Tom Grant, Darrell Grant, Mordy Ferber, Tunnel 6… and several up and coming artists ( I hope )… Taylor John Williams, LeAnne Robinson, Nicole Glover, Jacob Westfall, Tahirah Asha Memory. My apologies to all that are not on this brief list. You all are cherished as clients and friends in a business that generally consists of one month intense friendships every three years.

I'd love to hear about your project. Click the 'Contact' button above to get in touch.

AllMusic verified credits for Bob Stark
  • The Ocular Concern
  • Steve Martin
  • Edie Brickell
  • Dave Carter
  • Tracy Grammer
  • Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer
  • Esperanza Spalding
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Jessica Williams
  • Tunnel Six
  • Tunnel Six
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Doug Smith
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • Todd Bishop
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Mark Hanson
  • Mark Hanson
  • Everclear
  • Mark Hanson
  • Mark Hanson
  • Missy Higgins
  • Missy Higgins
  • Kevin Deitz
  • Kevin Deitz
  • Kevin Deitz
  • Kevin Deitz
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Doug Smith
  • Tom Grant
  • Tom Grant
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Clay Giberson
  • Clay Giberson
  • Clay Giberson
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • The Schneiderman Sisters & Friends
  • The Schneiderman Sisters & Friends
  • Dave Milne
  • Dave Milne
  • Dave Milne
  • Intervision
  • Intervision
  • Intervision
  • Intervision
  • Intervision
  • Intervision
  • Intervision
  • Intervision
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Upper Left Trio
  • Upper Left Trio
  • Darrell Grant
  • Christopher Woitach
  • Christopher Woitach
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • Upper Left Trio
  • Upper Left Trio
  • Barbara Lusch
  • Tracy Grammer
  • Tracy Grammer
  • Tracy Grammer
  • Tracy Grammer
  • Intervision 5
  • Intervision 5
  • Intervision 5
  • Intervision 5
  • Intervision 5
  • Intervision 5
  • Margaret Slovak
  • Margaret Slovak
  • David Nevue
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • Jamey Hampton
  • Jamey Hampton
  • Jamey Hampton
  • Jamey Hampton
  • Tom Varley
  • Tom Varley
  • Gordon Lee
  • Gordon Lee
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • Armonica
  • Armonica
  • Go by Train
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Kids' Pain Relief Project
  • Kids' Pain Relief Project
  • Kids' Pain Relief Project
  • Tom Grant
  • Tom Grant
  • Trail Band
  • Trail Band
  • David Nevue
  • Stephanie Schneiderman
  • Stephanie Schneiderman
  • Stephanie Schneiderman
  • Stephanie Schneiderman
  • Stephanie Schneiderman
  • Stephanie Schneiderman
  • Clay Giberson
  • Clay Giberson
  • Doug Smith
  • Upper Left Trio
  • Upper Left Trio
  • McKinley
  • McKinley
  • McKinley
  • McKinley
  • McKinley
  • McKinley
  • McKinley
  • Stereo Crush
  • Stereo Crush
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Theresa Demerest
  • Theresa Demerest
  • David Nevue
  • Dan Faehnle
  • Dan Faehnle
  • Dan Faehnle
  • Trail Band
  • Trail Band
  • Myrrh Larsen
  • Myrrh Larsen
  • Myrrh Larsen
  • Myrrh Larsen
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Mary Kadderly
  • Misty River
  • Misty River
  • Michael Allen Harrison
  • Here Comes Everybody
  • Here Comes Everybody
  • Dave Carter
  • Tracy Grammer
  • Paul Chasman
  • Trail Band
  • Trail Band
  • David Nevue
  • Tom Grant
  • Jessica Williams
  • Jessica Williams
  • Dan Balmer
  • Dan Balmer
  • Dan Balmer
  • Philmore
  • Philmore
  • Philmore
  • Philmore
  • Philmore
  • Philmore
  • Sally Harmon
  • Tall Jazz
  • Dan Balmer
  • Dan Balmer
  • Trail Band
  • Trail Band
  • Sally Harmon
  • Rebecca Kilgore
  • Rebecca Kilgore
  • Rebecca Kilgore
  • Trail Band
  • Trail Band
  • Trail Band
  • Sally Harmon
  • Tall Jazz
  • Sally Harmon
  • Sally Harmon
  • Sally Harmon
  • Sally Harmon
  • Acoustic Guitar Summit
  • Trail Band
  • Trail Band
  • Trail Band
  • Trail Band
  • Dave Leslie
  • Dave Leslie
  • Dado Moroni
  • Sally Harmon
  • Sally Harmon
  • Sally Harmon
  • Sally Harmon
  • John Doan
  • McKinley
  • F-5
  • F-5
  • F-5
  • Dave Leslie
  • Douglas September
  • Douglas September
  • Douglas September
  • John Doan
  • John Doan
  • John Doan
  • Jessica Williams
  • Jessica Williams
  • Tom Grant
  • Tom Grant
  • Tom Grant
  • Tom Grant
  • Tom Grant
  • Val Gardena
  • Val Gardena
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  • Val Gardena
  • Nightnoise
  • Jessica Williams
  • Al-Andalus
  • Al-Andalus
  • Jessica Williams
  • Liz Story
  • Poison Idea
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • Dan Balmer
  • Dan Balmer
  • Dan Balmer
  • Dan Balmer
  • Dan Balmer
  • Jessica Williams
  • Jessica Williams
  • Jessica Williams
  • Sally Harmon
  • Gary Hobbs
  • Val Gardena
  • Poison Idea
  • Dirk Damonte
  • Dirk Damonte
  • David Friesen
  • Heatmiser
  • Antonio
  • Brothers of the Baladi
  • Jessica Williams
  • Sally Harmon
  • Gordon Lee
  • Val Gardena
  • Val Gardena
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  • Val Gardena
  • Sally Harmon
  • Jessica Williams
  • Jessica Williams
  • David Friesen
  • David Friesen
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  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • David Friesen
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Michael Allen Harrison
  • Heatmiser
  • Heatmiser
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  • Bryan Lloyd
  • Rebecca Kilgore
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
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  • Dave Frishberg
  • Sally Harmon
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Tom Grant
  • Tom Grant
  • Poison Idea
  • Poison Idea
  • 16 Volt
  • Poison Idea
  • Poison Idea
  • Poison Idea
  • Hard-Ons
  • Dan Balmer
  • Dan Balmer
  • Hearing Voices
  • Hearing Voices
  • Hearing Voices
  • Hearing Voices
  • Poison Idea
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • Leroy Vinnegar
  • Rumors of the Big Wave
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • Dan Balmer
  • Poison Idea
  • Poison Idea
  • Fletcher Henderson
  • Dan Balmer
  • Johnny & the Distractions
  • Johnny & the Distractions
  • Jessie Marquez
  • Jessie Marquez
  • Jessie Marquez
  • The Noted
  • Doug Smith
  • Mark Hanson
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
  • The Kora Band
  • The Kora Band
  • Robert Moore
  • Robert Moore
  • Robert Moore
  • Robert Moore
  • Robert Moore
  • Doug Smith
  • Vayo
  • Vayo
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  • Christopher James
  • Christopher James
  • Christopher James
  • Christopher James
  • Christopher James
  • Christopher James
  • Christopher James
  • Christopher James
  • Tom Grant
  • Todd Bishop
  • Todd Bishop
  • Todd Bishop
  • Upper Left Trio
  • Upper Left Trio
  • Jim Olsen
  • Jim Olsen
  • Jim Olsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen
  • John Nilsen

Interview with Bob Stark

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: Esperanza Spalding - City of Roses... it won a grammy and I was tracking engineer.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I am working on mixes for Americana artist Tracy Grammer, producing Pop/AC writer and artist Kit Taylor, producing classical/ambient artist Christopher James.

  5. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  6. A: Digital - Sonically it passed analog (tape) years ago. Besides that, we're all using an analog path to record to the computer and to listen from the computer. I can create all the distortions and noises that tape used to do at my whim versus at the whim of the tape machine...

  7. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  8. A: 1) What is your dream venue that you want to play? 2) Why are you doing your project and do you have a business plan to recoup? 3) Are your songs undeniably great?

  9. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  10. A: Tough Question... 1) Lipinski 707 Monitor System 2) Cathedral Pipes Notre Dame 3) McAllister MP2 Mic Pre 4) MacPro loaded with Protools 5) Grace 904 Monitor System the developers can bring a generator and the rest of the gear...

  11. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  12. A: 1) Jonatha Brooke - I've always admired her songwriting. 2) Taylor Swift - There's a lot of unexplored possibilities for her. 3) Sting - well... because Sting!

  13. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  14. A: I work in a modest room that is tailored to accurate listening. Whilst I have a nice selection of pres, processing, microphones etc., the end result is based on the aesthetic that works for the client.

  15. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  16. A: Inspiring Musicians - David Torn, Janelle Monáe, Prince, Zawinul, Brian Eno, Jonatha Brooke, Taylor Swift Inspiring Production - Max Martin, Kevin Killen, George Massenburg

  17. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  18. A: The most common work I do is to mold songs to their best possible potential.

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