How Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado Became One of Indie Rock’s Most In-Demand Producers

But deep within the distinctly uncool area that produced the Valley Girl stereotype, Foxygen multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Rado slowly began to leave his mark on the overall sound of 2010s indie rock, one tape recording at a time. Now, only four years after he bought a compressor and used it completely wrong throughout the entirety of Foxygen’s …And Star Power — he had heard that Todd Rundgren used to press all of the buttons in at the same time — Rado has become one of the most in-demand producers in his genre, pumping out acclaimed records from Father John Misty, The Lemon Twigs, Whitney, Alex Cameron and more, most of which hail from his Woodland Hills garage.

Rado suddenly found himself at the center of mid-2010s indie rock. He became incredibly in demand, unable to keep up with the rigors of being in a touring band while saying yes to everyone he wanted to work with, having to turn down multiple enticing offers due to time constraints.

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