Drew Vandenberg is an engineer, producer and label owner based out of Athens, Georgia. He got his start working at the world-renowned Chase Park Transduction studios when he was 16, learning the finer points of the craft from studio founder David Barbe. He left his hometown for a time to get a degree in recording arts from Indiana University. While in Bloomington, Drew met an incredible group of artists and musicians that influenced his trajectory and who he is still connected to today.
Upon returning to Athens, Drew hit the ground running. Within the first 2 years of returning, he assisted on the Grammy Award winning Potato Hole by the legendary Booker T. Jones and mixed the Grammy nominated comedy album, My Weakness is Strong by Patton Oswalt. Over the past 12 years since his return home he has gotten the opportunity to work on pivotal records with Faye Webster, Ra Ra Riot, Toro y Moi, of Montreal, Stella Donnelly, Kishi Bashi, Cracker, Tall Tall Trees, Fred Thomas, Mothers, Deerhunter, Futurebirds, and many more.
Vandenberg loves Athens. He has consciously decided to remain there rather than live in a larger city. “It’s been said a million times before, but I believe Athens is a very special place”, Vandenberg says, “It’s smaller so some people are skeptical at first, but I’ve hosted artists from all over the world here and most of them feel the same inspiration I do. I think it’s a great alternative to the traditional record making cities.” While he really enjoys living in Athens with his brilliant wife, Catherine, Drew also relishes the opportunities he gets to work in other studios and meet engineers and musicians across the county. In addition to recording and producing in 2019 he started the charity, Athens Resonates, that raises money for music and mental health programs in Athens by selling limited edition, live to 1/2″ 2-track, 7″ records.