United States of America
HAVE COLLABORATED WITH
Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Juice WRLD, Calvin Harris, DJ Khaled, Rhapsody, Jay Rock, Diddy, 21 Savage, Pusha T, Katie Perry, Fifth Hamony, Thunderkat, and many others.
Blake Harden has been a professional audio engineer since 2005. His introduction to the major label music industry, and working with the world’s elite musicians, came as soon as he landed in Atlanta. Through friends, he met and began working closely with award winning Broadway music composer, Justin Ellington, on projects ranging in genre from free jazz (Kebbi Williams), to funk-driven musicals (Five Fingers Of Funk) , to live Afrobeat albums (Muisiki Scales); all the way to mainstream Pop, R&B, and Hip Hop, with Bangladesh Productions (Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Beyoncé, Kelis, 8Ball and MJG,). Soon after, Blake found himself engineering all over Atlanta, both in the studio and live events (Fishbone, The Nightwatchman, Johnny Winters, and many more). In 2007, he got an internship at Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta, GA. There, he trained under, assisted, and worked alongside, a lot of great engineers, producers, and musicians; gathering an eclectic range of recording techniques, as well as credits. From live acts at our Solar Powered Music Festivals, to major recording acts like Usher, Tech N9ne, Sevendust, Juvenile, Nappy Roots, STS, Yelawolf, The Justice League, Mayday Parade, Manchester Orchestra, Bob Baldwin, Ike Stubblefield, YonRico Scott, Jimmy Herring, Col. Bruce Hampton, Sonny Emory, Lil’ John Roberts, Jeff Sipe, Killer Mike, Immortal Technique, Jackie Chain, Rehab, Struggle Jennings, Rittz, Bow Wow, and many more.
In 2013, Blake and his wife relocated to Los Angeles, CA. Utilizing his network of a few highly talented, close friends, he made his way into becoming a go-to freelance engineer in Los Angeles. Eventually, he was working consistently on some of the biggest major label projects in the world, garnering many Billboard Number 1’s, over 20 Grammy Nominations and 2 wins, as well as dozens of Gold and Platinum selling albums from artists like Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, Juice WRLD, Calvin Harris, DJ Khaled, Rhapsody, Jay Rock, Diddy, 21 Savage, Pusha T, Katie Perry, Fifth Hamony, and Thunderkat.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Blake partnered up with fellow engineer and producer, Shane Smith (Los Lobos, Robert Francis, Kim Deal), and punk rock producer and guitar legend, Greg Hetson (Circle Jerks, Bad Religion, Red Kross, Punk Rock Karaoke), at Hetson Sound. They started remote mixing and producing records right away. Newer and legendary Punk Rock groups, Independent Pop and Hip Hop, Electronic, Metal, and American; really anything that they found interesting. Acts such as Punk Rock Karaoke with Tony Hawk, The Humblers, Winsome and Winsome, The Savage Patch Kidds, Sylvan LaCue, The Modifiers, Robert Francis and The End Times, Pistol For Ringo, and others.
Currently, Blake resides with his family in Phoenix, AZ, where he mixes and produces from home, as well as commutes back and forth to Hetson Sound and other Los Angeles based studios. Most of the creating he is doing currently is music for NFT’s. His interest in web3, utility-based smart contracts, and tokenomics, has shifted his primary focus to consulting and creating platforms for artists, as well as other positions within the music industry, to improve record keeping and ensure that everyone is fairly and immediately credited and compensated for their contributions.
MY THOUGHTS ON GECKO®
“The GECKO® SRM 2020 is an amazingly transparent microphone that I find beneficial on every source I've used it on. The low noise floor and beautiful detail keeps the microphone out of the way, and allows me to focus in and capture the sound I'm looking for.
Whether it be on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, or drums, the SRM 2020 always finds its way onto my recordings!”