The facilities and equipment at Big Red would mean little without the talents of experienced professionals who bring it all to life. Big Red Rhythm: a collective of musicians and producers for hire. Independent engineers and producers are welcome
Owner, producer, and engineer
Co-founder of the group Nightnoise on the Windham Hill label, Billy toured the world for 7 years and is known for his violin and for his big acoustic music recordings. He produced 60 CDs in his Portland living room before building Big Red Studio. Since opening Big Red in 2000, BillyO has co-produced & recorded numerous projects, including the charting “Drum Hat Buddha” by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, “Blu de Genova” by Beppe Gambetta and “The Renaissance of the Steel String Guitar” by Dan Crary. He loves laughter in the studio and brings passion, and world- wide musical experience to every project.
3 RIAA Gold Records, Two “Indie” awards
Focus: Acoustic music of all varieties: Singer-Songwriter, Jam Bands, Folk, World Music, Jazz, Celtic, New Age, Classical and Reggae.
Assistant engineer, Videographer
Pete Wells has been with Big Red since Jan. 2017, first as an intern and now as Assistant Engineer. He graduated from the University of Oregon with a BA in Cinema Studies, plays drums and prides himself in getting big drum sounds at Big Red. Pete provides a sharp set of ears and digital editing skills. Outside of Big Red, Pete has a mobile studio that he utilizes to record live bands for video.
Independent producer and engineer
“Ears like a bat, and the patience of a monk!”
Nick Moon is a graduate of Full Sail. Nick worked as an assistant engineer under Steve Albini and others in Chicago and as a staff engineer at Reel Time Audio in Texas. Since moving to the Northwest he is sought after for his being a very meticulous engineer with the ability to stay focused for days. Attention to detail along with an easy going attitude are what people love about Nick.
Credits include: Gino Vannelli, Brave Combo, Sugar Bomb, The Retrofits, Jennifer Batten, Deep Blue Something, Alan Jones, Bernard Purdie, Liv Warfield, and many more!
Independent producer and engineer
“An analog approach in a digital world.”
Craig trained for 6 years in Los Angeles’ Record Plant studio, working with world renown artists and producers: Phil Ramone, Steve Miller, Joe Cocker (among many others). Turning freelance in 1995, Craig has been lucky to record many different styles of music in many parts of the world. He is known in the Portland area for his stint at Pound House Studio on Sauvie Island and for creating often with Billy at Big Red. He is currently based in Austin, TX and eating as many tamales as possible.
Focus: Rock en Español, big, beefy drums, organic mixing.
“Thank you for your patience, great ears & hard work! Look forward to the next time.”
“It is always a good time, capturing sound in a place that is so Amazing.”
“Hey! Awesome sounds, great feeling recording at your wonderful facility!”
“This place is a temple for music. Thank you.”
Belinda (Beliss) Underwood
“Thank you for your sensitivity and good sound. Great studio!”
“We are all smiling!! Amazing work, you are a genius.”
“Billy Oskay you are truly one of the finest producers of acoustic music there is.”
“Unf***ing believable microphones! Thanks for the vibe, the sound, the great room & your ears”
“Billy, you are a fine master of your art and it is a pleasure working with you.”