Joe Chiccarelli, a native of Boston, Massachusetts is a music producer, mixer and engineer who has been active since the 1980s. He has produced albums by Stan Ridgway, Oingo Boingo, Sandra Bernhard, My Morning Jacket, Counting Crows, The Shins, Augie March, Manchester Orchestra, Minus the Bear, Boy & Bear, Kurt Elling, Saints Of Valory, and Big Talk. Other artists include Elton John, Rufus Wainright, U2, Beck, Meresha, Etta James, Jamie Cullum, Al Stewart, Tori Amos, The Strokes, The Killers, Morrissey, Cafe Tacuba, Cage The Elephant, Julieta Venegas, Pink Martini, Christina Perri, Glenn Frey and Jason Mraz. He also engineered Frank Zappa's albums Sheik Yerbouti, Joe's Garage Acts I, II & III and Tinseltown Rebellion, and engineered the White Stripes 2007 album Icky Thump. He also engineered The Raconteurs "Consolers of The Lonely" for which he received his eighth Grammy award, for Best Engineered Album of 2008.
Chiccarelli got his first taste of the studio through a cousin who owned Boston's Fleetwood Studio. He also worked as an engineer at Music Designers Recording Studio in Boston. Chiccarelli moved west in the late '70s where he scored an assistant engineer gig at L.A.'s Cherokee Studios. He got his career break engineering Frank Zappa's album Sheik Yerbouti (1979). In an interview with HitQuarters, Chiccarelli said: "[Zappa's] engineer couldn't make the session and so he decided to take a chance on me. I'm so thankful ever since that day because he gave me a career."
He is credited with discovering singer Tori Amos and signing her first band, Y Kant Tori Read, to a label deal. However, Chiccarelli refuted this in an interview with HitQuarters saying, "That's a myth. Tori was already signed to Atlantic Records as a solo artist when I got involved." In 1998, he mixed the Latin album Un Tributo (a José José), a tribute to José José.
Chiccarelli produced Minus the Bear's album Omni, released May 4, 2010. He produced four tracks on The Strokes' fourth album, Angles. He also produced the Double Platinum debut album from Australian group Boy & Bear. The band received Five ARIA awards for the album. He also engineered and mixed track's on Morrissey's Swords album.
In 2011, Chiccarelli produced Jason Mraz's fourth album Love Is a Four Letter Word, released April 17, 2012 and Alanis Morissette's upcoming Havoc and Bright Lights as well as upcoming album Songs of Patience for Alberta Cross. In 2012 he produced what became a Gold album, Departures, for Australian artist Bernard Fanning as well as tracks for Dwight Yoakam. His 2013 album projects include Divine Fits, Hellogoodbye, Saints Of Valory, Plain White T's, Need To Breathe, The Madden Brothers, and Oxbow. In 2014 he has produced Morrissey's latest album, World Peace is None of Your Business as well as five songs on Spoon's album They Want My Soul, and tracks with The Rocketboys, Ivan & Alyosha, JEFF the Brotherhood and Victorian Halls. In 2015 he produced a duets album for Doug Seegers and Jill Johnson, becoming a Platinum Number One album in Sweden. Album releases in 2016 include new albums from Oxbow, Buffalo Sunn, Cherry Glazerr, Night Riots,Broken Social Scene and SPEAK.
1980s and 1990s Poco – Under the Gun – Engineer/Mix/Record
No Nukes – Engineer/Mix/Record
Frank Zappa – Tinseltown Rebellion (1981) – Engineer
Frank Zappa – Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar and Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar Some More (1981) – Engineer/Mix/Record
Oingo Boingo – Only a Lad – Produce/Engineer
Juice Newton – Juice – Engineer/Record
Del Shannon – Drop Down and Get Me – Engineer/Mix
Robert Williams – Buy My Record EP – Producer
Poco – Blue and Gray – Engineer
Red Rider – As Far as Siam – Engineer/Mix/Record
Willie Phoenix – Willie Phoenix – Produce/Engineer
Juice Newton – Quiet Lies – Engineer/Record
Oingo Boingo – Nothing to Fear – Producer/Engineer/Recording
Fast Times at Ridgemont High – Producer
Red Rider – Neruda – Engineer/Record
Toronto – Girls Night Out – Mixing
Juice Newton – Dirty Looks – Mixing
Ray Manzarek – Carmina Burana – Mixing/Mixing Engineer
Frank Zappa – Baby Snakes – Mixing
Glenn Frey – The Allnighter – Mixing
Van Stephenson – Righteous Anger – Engineer/Mixing/Record
Carla Olson / The Textones – Midnight Mission – Engineer/Mixing
Romeo Void – Instincts – Mixing
Poco – Inamorata – Producer/Engineer
Bangles – All Over the Place – Mixing
Vision Quest (Original Soundtrack) – Engineer/Mixing/Record
Pat Benatar – Seven the Hard Way – Producer/Engineer
Vince DiCola – Rocky IV (soundtrack) – Producer, Engineer
Lone Justice – Lone Justice – Engineer/Overdub Engineer/Recording
Taxxi – Expose – Engineer
Todd Sharp – Who Am I? – Mixing
Agent Orange – This Is the Voice – Mixing
The Lover Speaks – The Lover Speaks – Engineer/Mixing/Record
Stan Ridgway – The Big Heat – Producer/Engineer/Mixing
Lone Justice – Shelter – Engineer/Mixing/Associate Producer
Tonio K. – Romeo Unchained – Engineer
Juice Newton – Old Flame – Engineer/Recording
Robert Tepper – No Easy Way Out – Producer
George Thorogood / George Thorogood & the Destroyers – Nadine – Engineer/Mixing/Record
Bob Geldof – Deep in the Heart of Nowhere – Engineer/Mixing/Recording
Cobra – Producer
Julie Brown – Trapped in the Body of a White Girl – Producer
Alison Moyet – Raindancing – Engineer/Recording
Jellybean – Just Visiting This Planet – Engineer/Recording
Breakfast Club – Breakfast Club – Engineer
The Dream Syndicate – 50 in a 25 Zone – Mixing
Y Kant Tori Read – Y Kant Tori Read (1988) – Producer/Engineer
Tom Cochrane / Tom Cochrane & Red Rider – Victory Day – Mixing
Joan Baez – Recently – Engineer/Mixing
Al Stewart – Last Days of the Century – Producer
Treat Her Right – Tied to the Tracks – Mixing
Joan Baez – Speaking of Dreams – Mixing
Stan Ridgway – Mosquitos – Producer
James Horner – Field of Dreams – Mixing
Oingo Boingo – Best of Oingo Boingo: Skeletons in the Closet – Producer
Luba – All of Nothing – Producer
Robert Tepper – Modern Madness – Producer
George Thorogood / George Thorogood & the Destroyers – Better Than The Rest – Engineer/Mixing/Record
Hugh Cornwell – Nosferatu – Engineer/Mixing/Record
Frank Zappa – Sheik Yerbouti (1979) – Engineer/Remixing/Overdubing
Frank Zappa – Joe's Garage (1979) – Engineer/Mixing/Record
Stephen Bishop – Bish – Assistant/Engineer
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Dirt Band – Engineer/Mixing/Record
Journey – Infinity – Engineer/Record
Poco – Legend – Engineer/Mixing
Allen Toussaint – Motion – Assistant/Engineer
Bee Gees – [[Saturday Night Fever [original soundtrack]]] – Engineer/Record
José José – Un Tributo (a José José) (1998) – Mixing
Congo Norvell – The Dope, The Lies, The Vaseline (1996) – Producer/Engineer/Mixing
2007The Shins – Produce/Record/Mix
The White Stripes- Record/Mix
The Raconteurs – Record/Mix
2008Georgia (Atlantic)- Engineered
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (Holywood)- Engineered
My Morning Jacket (ATO) – Produce/Record
2009Adam Stephens (Saddle Creek) – Produce/Record/Mix
Middle Class Rut (Bright Antenna) – Mix
Ely Guera (Homey) – Mix
Minus the Bear (Dangerbird) – Produce/Record/Mix
Gin Wigmore (Universal) – Record/Mix
Cory Chisel (RCA) – Produce/Record/Mix
Dredg (Universal Germany) – Mix
Camera Can't Lie (Atlantic) – Record
Ponderosa (New West) – Produce/Record
Sondre Lerche (Rounder) – Mix
Mika (Universal) – Record
2010The Strokes (RCA) – Produce/Record
Young The Giant (Roadrunner) – Produce/Record/Mix
Juan Campodonicoare (Universal Latin) – Record
Ilse DeLange (Universal Holland) – Record
Eleni Mandell (YepRoc) – Produce/Record/Mix
Rachel Yamagata (Warner) – Produce/Record/Mix
Big Talk (Anti) – Produce/Record/Mix
The Killers Xmas single (Island) – Co-Produce
Manchester Orchestra (Columbia) – Mix
2011Christina Perri (Atlantic) – Produce/Record
Alberta Cross (Ark) – Produce/Record
Boy & Bear (Universal) – Produce/Mix
Tiziano Ferro (EMI Italy) – Record
Jason Mraz (Atlantic) – Produce/Record
Dwight Yoakam (Warner) – Co-produce/Record
2012Keaton Henson (Sony UK)-Produce/Mix
Cafe Tacuba (Universal) -Co-Produce/Mix
Dropkick Murphys (Born & Bred) -Mix
Alanis Morissette (Collective Sounds) – Produce/Mix
Eleni Mandell (Yep Roc) – Produced/Mix
Saints Of Valory – "Neon Eyes" (Atlantic) – Engineer/Producer
Divine Fits – "Ain't That The Way" (Merge) – Engineer/Producer
Russian Red (Sony) – Produce/Record
Plain White T's – "Should've Gone to Bed" (Hollywood) – Engineer/Produce
Bernard Fanning – Departures – Mixing/Producer
2014Spoon (Loma Vista/Universal) – Produce/Record
Real Estate "Talking Backwards" (Domino) – Mix
NeedToBreathe (Atlantic) – Produce/Record
Saints Of Valory (Atlantic) – Produce/Record
Morrissey (Harvest/Capitol) – Produce/Mix
The Madden Brothers (Capitol) – Produce/Mix
2015The Front Bottoms – "Laugh Till I Cry", "Summer Shandy" on Back on Top (Atlantic) – Mixing/Production
Jeff The Brotherhood (Warner Bros.) – Produce/Record
Ivan & Alyosha (Dualtone) – Produce/Mix
On An On – And the Wave Has Two Sides(RollCall) – Producer/Engineer/Mixing
Victorian Halls – Hyperalgesia (Victory) – Mixing
2016Doug Seegers (Universal) – Produce/Mix
Bleached (Secretly Canadian) – Produce/Record
Milow (Universal) – Produce/Record
The Arkells (Universal) – Produce/Record
The Augustines (Universal) – Produce/Mix
2017Morrissey (BMG) - Produce/Mix
Cherry Glazerr (Secretly Canadian) – Produce/Record
Jamie Lawson (Warner UK) – Produce/Mix
Flogging Molly (Concord) – Produce/Mix
Broken Social Scene (Universal) – Produce/Record
Wildling (Warner Bros) – Produce/Record
Oxbow (HydraHead) – Produce/Mix
Night Riots (Sumerian) – Produce/Mix
2003 Best Latin Rock/Alt Album Café Tacuba "Cuatro Caminos"
2007 Alternative Album The White Stripes "Icky Thump"
2009 Best Engineered Album Non-Classical – The Raconteurs "Consolers of the Lonely"
2000 Best Rock Album Cafe Tacuba "Reves"
2001 Best Rock Solo Vocal Album Juanes "Fijate Bien"
2003 Best Rock Solo Album Juanes "Un Dia Normal"
2003 Album of The Year Juanes "Un Dia Normal"
2004 Best Alternative Album Café Tacuba "Cuatro Caminos"
2010 Best Alternative Album Ely Guerra "Hombres Invisible"
2013 Best Instrumental Album Bajofondo "Presente"
Best Alternative Album – The White Stripes "Icky Thump" (Grammy winner)
Best Alternative Album – The Shins "Wincing The Night Away"
Best Jazz Vocal Album – Kurt Elling "Nightmoves"
Best Engineered Album Non-Classical – The Raconteurs "Consolers of the Lonely"
Best Engineered Album Non-Classical – Cafe Tacuba "Reves YoSoy"
Best Engineered Album Non-Classical – Jason Mraz "Love is a Four Letter Word"
Best Rock Album – The Raconteurs "Consolers of the Lonely"
Best Alternative Album – My Morning Jacket's "Evil Urges"
Producer of The Year" 2007- The Shins, Kurt Elling, Oxbow