Trevor Muzzy: Recording Nicki Minaj

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Top producer RedOne has had hits with dozens of artists, but relies on one man to "finish” tracks like Nicki Minaj's 'Starships': engineer Trevor Muzzy.

In recent years, Nadir Khayat, aka RedOne, has been involved in the writing and production of several dozen international hit songs by the likes of Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull, Enrique Iglesias, Mika, Nicole Scherzinger, Mary J Blige, Usher, Akon, Nicki Minaj, Alexandra Burke and many others. The Moroccan-born Swede moved to the US in 2006, and currently lives in LA, where he works up his tracks in several studios, aided by Team Red, a group of additional songwriters and producers and one engineer, mixer and occasional guitarist.

The engineer, mixer and guitarist in question is called Trevor Muzzy. Since joining RedOne's team in 2009, Muzzy has worked on almost all the producer's major hits, and was nominated for a 2012 Grammy for his work on Lady Gaga's Born This Way album. This year alone, so far, RedOne has had three major 2012 US and UK hits. Muzzy engineered parts of Far East Movement's 'Live My Life', mixed Jennifer Lopez's 'Dance Again', and recorded and edited vocals for and mixed Nicki Minaj's 'Starships', as well as the other three songs RedOne co-wrote and co-produced on Minaj's recent US and UK number one album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.

~ Sound On Sound, Aug 2012

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