Join us for this clinic with Leslie Brathwaite, the mix engineer of Pharrell Williams's smash hit, "Happy." He will be interviewed by Prince Charles Alexander, a professor in the Music Production and Engineering Department.
Winner of several Grammy awards, Brathwaite is originally from the Virgin Islands, where a vibrant local music scene made a great impression on him. He started out with a small multitrack recorder and a studio he set up in his bedroom. To expand his horizons and learn more about recording, he went to Full Sail in Florida, where he attended the recording arts program and graduated in 1992. Following this, Brathwaite moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where big-name producers like Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri, Babyface, and LA Reid were building a big scene. Brathwaite found a job working with Austin at his studio, DARP. He then moved to Patchwork Studios in 2001 and to Akon's studio facility, Music Box, in 2012. While working in these three studios over the last 22 years, Brathwaite has amassed an astonishing amount of credits. Allmusic.com lists a whopping 349 credits, including Outkast, Boyz II Men, Cypress Hill, Toni Braxton, and Björk, among many others.