Interview Archive page: published 2002

Al Schmitt

Legendary record producer and recording engineer

Watch our exclusive video interview with one of the World's most talented record producers who won his first Grammy when he was a teenager.

Eleven times Grammy winning engineer Al Schmitt has had a fairy tale career spanning four decades. He has received Grammys for his work as an outstanding recording engineer with such talented musicians as Henry Mancini, Steely Dan, George Benson, Toto, Natalie Cole and Quincy Jones. Al Schmitt engineered and produced one of Sam Cooke's last recordings. Altogether, Al's talents have helped win artists over 160 gold and platinum albums.

Al Schmitt has worked as recording engineer and record producer with so many artists that it's impossible to list them all but you get the idea, Madonna, Anita Baker, Frank Sinatra, Diane Krall, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Luther Vandross etc etc!

We caught up with Al while he was working at Capitol, one of the World's top recording studios in LA. Claris Sayadian-Dodge from interviewd Al and we hope that you enjoy the in depth video!

Special thanks to Capitol Studios and the team that filmed the interview at Capitol, Johnny Jaskot Producer/Director, Brian Sferrazzo Camera 1, and Eric Slater Camera 2 and lights. Special thanks to Claris of StudioExpresso for arranging and hosting this interview at Capitol Studios.

Interview with Al Schmitt talking about his unique style.

Al Schmitt talks on camera at Capitol Studios

Bonus video: Watch Al popping in to Studio C with Studio Manager Paula to chat with producer Jimbo Barton.