DAVID J HOLMAN
David J. Holman is a Gold & Multi-Platinum record producer and mixing engineer whose credits include No Doubt’s smash hit Tragic Kingdom and Bush’s Sixteen Stone. Other highlights from his discography include Unwritten Law, Adema, Olivia Newton-John, (Grease – film and album, Physical, Xanadu – film and album, Olivia Newton-John HBO Special) and Everclear. Despite his major label pedigree, David has always been “indie friendly” and he typically works with several up-and-coming artists every year. David’s private studio boasts the best of both analog and digital technologies, and features a massive vintage analog outboard collection and large format analog console to complement a state-of-the-art Pro Tools HD system.
Tucked away in the Hollywood Hills in a particular portal of creative energy is the Zen-like environment of Cactus Music Factory. Many famous, and striving to be famous musicians and singers have graced the environment of the factory’s all at once quiet, yet incredibly inspirational space. It is a room where there is no sense of time; where the world is shut out from the fragile creative process. A place where inspiration can ruminate yet grow quickly all at the same time.
Upon entering the studio, a red chair and couch welcomes creativity with abundant energy and the dimmable warm studio lights invites a cozy timeless space. The studio was designed for the best possible acoustics to enhance the quality of vocals as well as instruments like no other. Vintage as well as state-of-the-art recording gear and plugins afford the recording artist an unlimited array of sounds. The sound quality is crafted by longtime engineer/mixer David J. Holman, a gold and platinum albums recipient, who is also available for producing as well. Make an appointment to discuss your next project and hear first hand how the next level of sound, mixing and production will enhance your creative endeavors.
“I worked with him on the No Doubt ‘Tragic Kingdom’ record where his expertise transformed the tracked recordings into a 20 million selling album. His universal attention to detail without compromising the emotional content the artist is trying to convey can only come from a seasoned professional. He owns his own state of the art studio which allows him continuity throughout his work along with a relaxed atmosphere that doesn’t always exist in most modern studios. This allows the client to focus on the work at hand without distraction or pressure. A joy to work with.”
– Tony Ferguson, VP A&R Interscope Records
“What makes David J. Holman great to work with is that he recognizes the intrinsic emotional seed inside each song. He’s not about stamping his own identity, or some bag of signature tricks on it. He’s about using his vast technical skill kit and creative sensitivity to nurture and grow that unique seed to ultimate fruition. He always gets the best out of me and my songs.”
– Leanne Kingwell, Artist
“He’s the wizard on the hill.”
– Gwen Stefani, Artist
“Living day in and day out making a record on top of the hill was an incredible experience. David is full of ideas and energy and he makes it clear that a spiritual connection is important from the very first session. We actually spoke on the phone for hours before I stepped foot in the studio, and we were both jiving and feeling like we could communicate and arrive at a unified vision. I felt empowered each day and would work with David again in a second. He’s a master of sound and emotion and has stood the test of time understanding artists from then and now.
– Evan Russell Saffer, Artist