Rob Schnapf exudes a contentment and inner joy that comes from 20 years being right where he belongs. Producer, engineer, mixer, and musician currently stationed in his MANT studio next door to Kingsize Sound Labs in L.A., Schnapf has earned this satisfaction through his acclaimed work with Beck, Mavis Staples, Elliott Smith, the Vines, the Foo Fighters, Richard Thompson, Moby, Guided By Voices, and Tokyo Police Club, as well as his co-production with Booker T. Jones of Jones' Potato Hole and The Road From Memphis, both Grammy-winning albums. Schnapf's more recent credits include projects by Kurt Vile (b'lieve i'm going down), Cass McCombs (Mangy Love) the Bronx (V), Joyce Manor (Cody), and Richard Edwards (Lemon Cotton Candy Sunset).
Schnapf spent much of the '90s and early 2000s working out of Sunset Sound before transitioning to his own MANT studios, logging long sessions for big label projects. These days, he has more artistic and budgetary control over his work than ever, but is still motivated most by his relationship with the music and the good people who make it. "I'm not a big fan of the transactional relationship, so I like working on stuff where I like the people, or I'm moved by the music," he says. "One of the awesome things about this job is that you get to have these intimate relationships with people that are based on the art..."
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