Ryoji@Looking Glass

Ryoji Hata

Music Producer & Consultant

Ryoji Hata, a Japanese native from the coastal city of Oiso, decided to move
to the U.S. in 1991. He started his life in the U.S. as an exchange student at North Western College. After moving back to Japan for 6 months, he moved to Florida and
attended Full Sail Center for Recording Arts (Currently Full Sail University) in 1994 graduating with a specialized associated degree.

In 1995, he started work as a general assistant at Looking Glass Studios, in
New York City. He began assisting in recording / mixing sessions for
producers and engineers such as Kevin Killen, Rich Costey, Mark Plati,
Eddie Kramer, Al Schmitt, and Tony Visconti. He worked on projects for
artists like David Bowie, The Cure, Duncan Sheik, and Dave Navarro. He
also worked under studio owner, Philip Glass, on projects such as Marin
Scorsese’s film “Kundun”, and ”Einstein on the Beach” for a Pepsi
Commercial remake.

In 2000, Ryoji began work as a freelance recording / mixing engineer. He
worked on a soundtrack single called “Hart of mine” for a movie “Keeping
the Faith” (starting Ben Stiller, Edward Norton in his directorial debut and
Jenna Elfman). He then went to work for grammy award winning songwriter
Itaal Shur and helped make his solo album “milk and honey” in 2001. In
2006, He was recruited by a Japanese record label to return to Japan and
work on an album for the band Undergraph. The album made a commercial
success and ranked 4th in Japanese charts. Currently, He produces and
engineers the music for the artist Kayla Cariaga.

Along with his studio work, in 2006 he worked for a NY City classical music
venue called the Bitter End as a chief engineer. Simultaneously, Ryoji started
to work for studio musicians like Will Lee, James Genus, Keith Carlock,
Shawn Pelton and Oz Noy. In 2011, He toured as FOH Engineer and worked
for Simon Phillips, Pino Palladino, Philippe Saisse’s “PSP”, and “Hiromi”
for The New Port Jazz Festival. In 2014, he also worked for a Grammy
nominated blues band, “Heritage Blues Orchestra”, as FOH. As Ryoji built his network in the live sound engineering world, he started to work as a live recording engineer recording bands’ live performances. He recorded performances such as Vamps at Irving Plaza in 2009, and Japanese entertainer icon / soul singer Akiko Wada’s 40th anniversary performance at the Apollo Theater in 2010.

In 2018, he worked for Akiko again for her 50th anniversary performance at
Budokan in Tokyo in addition to mixing her performance for TV broadcasting company WOWOW. In 2012, he began learning the advanced technique of mastering engineering from Grammy nominated mastering engineer Tatsuya Sato at Sterling Sound (Now, at Mastering Palace). He started to gain his mastering clients like
Music Producer Brady Watt among other artists.