O’Brien’s big break came in 1990, when he engineered (and played guitar and bass on) Black Crowes’ debut Shake Your Money Maker. Since then, the production credits have come thick and fast, with recent projects including AC/DC’s Black Ice, Pearl Jam’s Backspacer and Bruce Springsteen’s Working On A Dream. If The Boss is calling you, you must be doing something right.
Why you love him:
“Rage Against the Machine's Evil Empire and The Battle Of Los Angeles are so clear: the kick actually kicks you; the snare is so clear you can hear the reverb off it; the guitar sounds raw and live and so do the vocals; the bass you can hear so clearly.” (Thanks, Calvinios)