born on 25/6/1949
Michael Francis Barbiero (born June 25, 1949), is an American record producer, mixer, engineer, songwriter and journalist.
Michael Barbiero has worked with a number of artists, such as Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Tesla, Cinderella, Blues Traveler, Ziggy Marley, Belouis Some, Cutting Crew, Counting Crows, Scorpions, John Lennon, The Velvet Underground, Alice Cooper, Cypress Hill, Three Doors Down, Thrice, Joe Cocker and Anthrax.
He started as a staff producer for Paramount Records, earning a Grammy nomination at the age of 23 for his production of the Serpico movie soundtrack album. He later went on to sign Stephanie Mills to her first recording contract. He then specialized as a remixer in the disco era, and employed his engineering talents on 12" remixes and singles for artists like Whitney Houston, Jackie Moore, Dan Hartman, Gonzales, The Spinners, Aretha Franklin, The Jacksons, Melba Moore, Joe Simon, Madonna, Earth, Wind and Fire, Mick Jagger and Simply Red.
Barbiero was a long-time collaborator with producer Steve Thompson. They started working on dance songs and later moved to rock. One of their first rock projects for Geffen Records (which now owns the Paramount Records catalog) was a band called City Kidd, who later became Tesla.
Since 1995 Michael has produced, mixed and/or engineered projects for The Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, Cowboy Mouth, Shakira, Vallejo, Counting Crows, Richy Nix, and Lostprophets among others, plus producing or co-producing with Warren Haynes, eleven projects with Gov't Mule, including the award-winning albums The Deepest End and Déjà Voodoo. He has also co-produced with Warren Haynes The Allman Brothers' Hittin' the Note studio album and, in 2003, their RIAA platinum certified DVD, Live at the Beacon Theater and live album, One Way Out. Michael has engineered, produced, and/or mixed projects that have been nominated for Grammy awards fourteen times, winning four times for: Blues Traveler ("Run-around" - 1994 - Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal), Ziggy Marley (Fallen Is Babylon - 1997- Best Reggae Album), Peter Frampton Fingerprints - 2006 - Best Pop Instrumental Album, and Cutting Crew (Broadcast 1986 - Best New Artist). More recently he has mixed songs for Danish recording artist Thomas Helmig, Maroon 5, Antigone Rising, Mike Farris, Roadrunner artists doubleDrive (2003), Alive in Wild Paint and Hinder. In 2005 and 2006, Michael contributed articles to Mix Magazine. He is the president of Ring Bearer Music Ltd. publishing, owner of Ring Bearer Music Studios and a longtime member of ASCAP.
- Infidel Biography. Infidel Records. Retrieved 2010-09-22.
- Slash 2007, Harper Collins, pg 177-180
- Serpico soundtrack. Vinyl Revinyl. Retrieved on 2010-02-22.
- Blues Traveler Grammy. Rock on the Net. Retrieved on 2010-02-22.
- Tech Tips from Americas Hottest mixer-Andy Wallace. Mix Magazine. Retrieved on 2010-04-07.
- Peter Frampton Releases Fingerprints instrumental album. Mix Magazine. Retrieved on 2010-04-07.
- Jeffery Lesser. Mix Magazine. Retrieved on 2010-04-07.
- Mix Magazine talks to Gina Fant-Saez-engineer/mixer/studio owner. Mix Magazine. Retrieved on 2010-04-07.