BIOS

Our team of world-class audio and studio professionals has performed and worked with hundreds of top artists, studios and music industry companies.

 

Richard Fisher 

Founder and CEO


Richard is a musician/composer, audio engineer, producer and computer technologist with a deep background in instrument processing, sound design of live as well as studio production.

Richard was the principal recording engineer and sound designer for the Grammy award winning World Music record of the year for The Global Drum Project.

He has toured internationally as a front of house engineer, recording engineer, tour manager, instrument and audio technician with Booker T Jones, Bonnie Raitt, Sean Lennon, Joan Jett, Graham Nash, Money Mark of the Beastie Boys, Bernie Worrell, , Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Zakir Hussain, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, The String Cheese Incident and Night Ranger.

In 1999 Richard was Executive Director of Audio Visual Production at the Woodshed Studio in Nashville, Tennessee, supervising both live recordings of in-house studio concerts as well as developing television shows for live filmed concerts from the Gibson Café and the Ryman Auditorium.

From 2001 to 2003, Richard supervised completion of In the Pocket Studios, a multi-million dollar recording studio in Forestville, California, managed the studio, was chief engineer for all in house recording projects, and supervised three Tom Waits recordings at this studio.

Richard was the Chief Audio Engineer and Sound Designer for Mickey Hart’s (Grateful Dead) production company from 2003 to 2008. During this time Richard oversaw maintenance and upkeep of Mickey Hart’s studio and performance technology including RAMU (Random Access Musical Universe). Richard created sound design for The Rhythm Devils segment of the 2004 Dead Tour as well as for Mickey Hart’s Hydra tour in 2005 and the 2006 Rhythm Devils tour.

Since ending his carreer working for other artists, Richard has focused his energy on bringing Dustone to the world as well as nurturing his son Joshua Miles from his home in the Napa Valley.


 

Arthur Kelm

Arthur Kelm is the VP/General Manager/Technical Director for the legendary Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA, and the CEO of Ground One, a consulting firm that addresses the specific power and grounding requirements of professional recording facilities and high end home installations. His list of clients reads like a who's who of the entertainment industry, including The first Oculus Post Production Studio, Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Barry Manilow, Bob Weir, Don Henley and more. He has been Director of Engineering for Record One, The Complex, Record Plant Studios, Skywalker Sound and consultant for Walt Disney Imagineering. 

  

Paul Dieter

Paul Dieter has been there and back.
Over the years, Paul has worked on projects with artists such as Jackson Browne, Crosby Stills and Nash, Fleetwood Mac, Linda Rondsadt, Toto, Shawn Colvin, John Trudell and many more, as well as sessions with legendary producers and engineers Ed Cherney, Glyn Johns, Phil Ramone and George Massenburg. 
Paul also recorded and mixed the theme song for the Fox Television / David E. Kelley show Ally McBeal, featuring Vonda Shepard. He has been nominated for Grammys and continues to work with Jackson Brown for over 25 years as his principal engineer and producer.
These are the hands and ears that Sting said, "That's the best live mix I've ever heard". High praise indeed.

 

 

Oz Fritz 

Oz Fritz has been a professional sound engineer for more than 25 years working in both recording studio and live concert environments. He was a Recording and mix engineer for the Grammy award winning Mule Variations By Tom Waits.

He has collaborated on over 60 projects with producer Bill Laswell that include L. Shankar, Material, Ginger Baker, Iggy Pop, The Ramones, Herbie Hancock, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Sonny Sharrock, William S. Burroughs , Bob Marley, Icehouse and Yothu Yindi. Other studio credits include John Cale, Ornette Coleman, D.J. Disk, Digital Underground, Jungle Brothers, Golden Palominos, Information Society, Meat Loaf, and Rick Derringer.

Over the years Oz has engineered releases by Paris Combo (went to #1 on the Billboard World Music charts), Wanda Jackson (featuring The Cramps, Elvis Costello and Dave Alvin), Tabla Beat Science featuring (Bill Laswell and Zakir Hussein), Oysterhead (Les Claypool, Stewart Copeland and Trey Anastasio from Phish), legendary Cuban pianist Pepecito Reyes, as well as Alice and Blood Money by Tom Waits, Anti-Pop by Primus, and Wicked Grin by John Hammond (produced by Tom Waits). He also mixed songs for a VH1 Storyteller’s show by Waits, and recorded and mixed half of Monsters and Robots by Buckethead. He recorded Havana Mood and Imaginary Cuba in Havana and engineered a couple of tracks on the gold record Lado B Lado A by the Brazillian pop group O Rappa all with producer Bill Laswell.

His live mixing credits (all front-of-house) include Tom Waits’ Mule Variations tour, Painkiller with Bill Laswell and John Zorn, Jack de Johnette, Material (Laswell, Foday Musa Suso and Ginger Baker), Third Rail (James Blood Ulmer, Bernie Worrell, Laswell and others), Jai Uttal and the Pagan Love Orchestra and, most recently, Tabla Beat Science featuring Laswell, Zakir Hussein, Sultan Khan and Gigi.

Oz was also the chief engineer on the Flying Mijinko tour, a cultural exchange series of concerts sponsored by the Japanese government. This tour, put together by Akira Sakata and featuring Bill Laswell, Foday Suso, Anton Fier and many others, played throughout Central Asia, China, Mongolia and Japan. A double live cd documenting the trip was recorded and mixed by Fritz.

 

Bob Bralove 

Bob Bralove has a master’s degree in composition and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Wayne Peterson focusing on composing orchestral and chamber works.

Bob Bralove was recruited out of college by Stevie Wonder’s chief engineer to write software programs. “I started writing software to make his machine speak to him,” Bralove said. Bob helped score the CBS remake of the television series “The Twilight Zone” and worked with Stevie Wonder for 8 years.

He evolved his skills in digital manipulation as Wonder’s sound designer and computer music director (“Woman in Red,” “In Square Circle”).

Bralove then became The Grateful Dead’s MIDI wizard, producer (“Infrared Roses,” “Built to Last”) and co-writer of Gold and Platinum selling songs, including “Picasso Moon,” "Way to Go Home" and “Easy Answers,” the rare tunes "Parallelogram," "Little Nemo in Nightland," and other works on the Grateful Dead  albums Infrared Roses and Built To Last.

In addition to his songwriting, producing, and MIDI programming activities for the Grateful Dead, Bralove is known for his performing and designing with the Grateful Dead and the avant-garde "Drums and Space" segments of their live shows with the Rhythm Devils. Through digital technology Bralove was able to make a guitar sound like a wind instrument. “If Jerry was playing the trumpet, that happened through my hands,” Bralove said.

Bralove was also a member and producer of the Psychedelic Keyboard Trio, along with former Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten and the late Vince Welnick, former keyboardist for the Grateful Dead and The Tubes.

 

Paul Branin 

Paul Branin, who plays sax and guitar is a fabulous musician who has been playing professionally since his teens.  While playing with Levon Helm, Paul has backed up Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and a host of others as well as playing with other members of The Band, Rick Danko and Garth Hudson. He has worked with jazz legends like Jimmy McGriff, Hank Crawford and Jack DeJonette. Paul has played with Orleans, Robbie DuPree plus numerous local and regional acts on both the East and West Coasts, and sits in with bands such as Cast of Clowns with former Jerry Garcia Band member Melvin Seals, and the Steve Kimock Band when they are in town.


 

Andrew Calvo 

Andrew Calvo is a bassist and keyboardist who has also worked with several leading technology companies including Avid/Digidesign, BIAS, KMI, Blank Software and O'Reilly Media.

Andrew is currently Director of Sales at Blue Note Napa, the premier west cost jazz club

 

 

 

Mike Freitas 

Michael (Mike) Freitas enjoys active careers as a performing and recording musician, as an audio editor, engineer, and producer, and as a technical writer specializing in the digital audio industry.

As a drummer and percussionist, Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in classical percussion performance and was a founding member of the legendary South Bay band "Dot 3" with whom he toured and recorded for nearly 10 years. Currently, Michael is drummer/percussionist for Dustone Cinema. Other artists with whom Michael has performed or recorded include George Clinton, Neosoreskin, Artemesia Black, Basement 3, and many others.

As an audio engineer, Michael has worked on albums by Bob Weir and Ratdog ("Evening Moods", "Live from Roseland"), Mickey Hart ("Mondo Head" with Kodo, and Chants for Peace by the Gyuto Monks), Steve Kimock ("East Meets West"), MIRV ("Dancing Naked in a Minefield") and engineered/assisted/edited/consulted on dozens of other projects in San Jose, San Francisco, and Sonoma County, CA.

For the past 20 years Michael has been a technical writer for a leading music technology company, learning and working with almost every aspect of DAWs and digital audio production. As a freelance writer, Michael has authored a coursebook on digital audio broadcasting (Digital AudioCraft, NFCB), and written user guides for Chandler/EMI/Abbey Road, Unique Recording Software, and others.

 

Mike Emerson 

Mike Emerson has performed and/or recorded extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Canada with a wide range of musicians---Elvin Bishop, Carlene Carter, Christine Lakeland, Percy Sledge, Zigaboo Modeliste, Tommy Castro, Chris Cain, Terry Haggerty, Harvey Mandel, Ivan Neville, Brady Blade, Tony Hall, Debbie Davies, James Armstrong, Mic Gillette (Tower of Power), Marc Russo (Yellow Jackets, Doobie Bros.), Will Ray (from the Hellecasters), David Grisman, Earl Thomas, Johnny Dyer, Daniel Castro and Thad Beckman, to name but a few. He has performed at some of the world's most prestigious festivals, including the Monterey Blues Festival, Chicago Blues Festival and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Wabi-sabi, the first independent release by the Mike Emerson Project, is an adventurous collection of instrumental songs in a variety of musical settings. The recording, finished in just 4 days, brings together the talents and magic of some of the San Francisco Bay Area's most visible musicians: Andre Bush and Chris Rossbach (guitars); T Moran and El John (drums&percussion); Kevin T. White, Matt Robinson and Eric Hayslett (bass); and Pat Miller (sax).

 

Joshua Miles  

 Cheif Technology Advisor 

Joshua Has been a drummer for 20 of his first 22 years of life. At the age of 12 he joined Zakir Hussain, Mickey Hart and Sammy Hagar on stage and has never looked back. Joshua spent his first year of college at the Berklee School of music in Boston, but moved on to Nashville so he could be where the music scene thrives.

Joshua started a carreer as an electronic musician and DJ while in Boston, and has continued to perform under the name CubeX. Joshua has moved back to Northern California to join his father to propel Dustone into the next phase of creative exploration.

 

Jazz Orion

Director of Talent Acquisition

 

Jazz Orion is the ultimate free spirit and pulse of the Dustone collective. His explosive personallity and outgoing tenacity are the perfect combination for introducing new music into the Dustone universe. Jazz has an ear for extrodinary talent and will be on the front line to bring new artists into the Dustone Family.

 

John (Jay) Bills

John (Jay) Bills is an enthusiast on many levels.  In particular, music has shaped his life throughout while his playing has been primarily recreational.  His passion for adventure and experiences is truly balanced with his foundation in business management, marketing, partnerships, hospitality management and special event production. Clients include: SF 49ers, SF Giants, Oakland A's, Oakland Raiders, Golden State Warriors, The Jimmy V Foundation, Bruce Cohn, Doobie Brothers Fall Classic, The Make A Wish Foundation and a number of Fortune 500 companies. His passion and enthusiasm for Dustone is second to none.