Patchwerk Recordings was born out of Patchwerk founder and former CEO/ 13 year Atlanta Falcons Offensive Tackle Bob Whitfield's love of music. After financing studio time to record a demo for a high school friend and aspiring rapper Ras Kass, Bob began to realize the magnitude of Ras' talents and the potential to build a business around this burgeoning genre of music. He soon enlisted the help of college friend and entrepreneur BJ Kerr. Operations began in 1994 with the release of Ras' now classic first single "Remain Anonymous". The success of that single led to Patchwerk partnering with Priority Records in 1995 and the release of Ras' album Soul On Ice.
In mid 1995 Patchwerk expanded on their ambitions by opening a full service recording studio in Midtown Atlanta. The comfortable 3000 sq foot facility instantly gained a foothold in the market by attracting top producers from Atlanta's hottest camps including Organized Noize, SoSo Def, LaFace, Hitco and Noontime. In fact, on a Billboard Hot R&B singles chart at the time, 25 of the top 100 singles were recorded or mixed at Patchwerk Recording Studios. The studio featured a fully automated Otari Concept One console and 48-track 2" recording capabilities; and was home to four of the most sought after engineers in the south. Bob explains, "The studio is a tremendous asset in helping us achieve our mission of consistently discovering and developing the most refreshing and innovative producers, writers, and artists available.
It is a very lucrative investment as well. Over the first 10 years, Patchwerk earned quite a reputation, recording over 60 gold and platinum records. In the summer of 1999, Patchwerk built on the success by moving to its current 10,000 sq foot building that feature 2 totally isolated recording studios. The main room is the only one of its kind as it features the only SSL J 9000 console in Georgia. Futhermore, Studio 9000 features 3 isolated recording booths, a dedicated drum room, spacious lounge, and a kitchen. Upscale amenities such as private lounges, gourmet cooks, and a runner service are also available ensuring that Patchwerk continues to exceed the expectations of the most discerning clients. Studio COO Curtis Daniel states, "Our clients already love our warm, rich sound and with our unparalleled customer service we will soon reach our goal of establishing Patchwerk as the premier studio of the south".
Curtis also has long-term visions and is very excited about the future... "We are now in the growth stage of our business. The studio has done tremendously well for us and we are expanding on that. We have built substantial relationships with key players, built up our brand and laid a solid foundation. We're entering new genres of music working with such artists as Young Jeezy, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Sting, Annie Lennox, Ludacris, DTP, T.I., Akon, Rick Ross, 50 Cent, Beyonce, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, The Neptunes and labels such as Warner Bros, Disney, Universal, Columbia and Island Def Jam.
With an impressive roster of established and emerging acts displaying exceptional depth and diversity of music in the fully equipped studios, Patchwerk Recordings is set to lead the industry and establish itself as one of the paramount music companies of the new millennium.
Patchwerk Recording Studios...
"Where the Future is Sounding Better & Better"