Equal parts producer, engineer, musician and “techie”, Joshua “Cartier” Cutsinger began his professional career at Gravity Studios in Chicago, working with clients such as: Johnny Reznick (Goo Goo Dolls), Tub Ring, and Nash Kato (Urge Overkill). His freelance clients in Chicago included: Rachael Yamagata, Mavis Staples, Absentstar, Daniel’s Window, James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) and Mary Timony (Helium) as well as a long standing series of critically-acclaimed children's records by Ralph’s World (Disney Records). Not only did he serve as engineer, recording a wide variety of instruments from Tuba, Dobro and Vibraphones to Musical Saw and Bazuki, but he went on to Produce albums of international acclaim and earn several Grammy nominations.
Creative, diligent, and devoted to his clients, Joshua realized that many clients could not afford to work in a large studio. This inspired Joshua to begin designing and developing his own space in 1999, long before the dawn of the personal studio era. Hayloft Studios has been the natural outgrowth of Joshua’s producing and engineering work. Today it is known as a one-of-a-kind recording environment with a wide tonal palate of vintage microphones, outboard gear, instruments and the latest in modern technology.
Since making the inevitable trek to Los Angeles in early 2007, Joshua has taken his career to new heights, working with artists of the highest calibre including: Bob Dylan, Sting, K.D. Lang, P!nk, Rivers Cuomo, Ry Cooder and Van Dyke Parks. He has also honed his engineering & producing skills working with several in-demand Producers and Engineers including: Bob Clearmountain, Tony Maserati, John Hanlon, Ken Sluiter, Gavin Lurssen and Tony Berg.
Joshua’s experience interfacing with a variety of clients, both independent and corporate, along with his knowledge of recording, computers and all things technical has established him as the “go-to-guy” for client’s technical problems. This in turn, led to various consultant roles creating and implementing recording studios for clients through the years, both in Chicago and the Los Angeles area. In addition to his capacity as a consultant, he has also been enlisted as a guest demonstrator for Softube at the convention for the Audio Engineering Society. Joshua has even taken the time to lend a hand to the next generation of Producers and Engineers by developing the curriculum and teaching a course in Audio Electronics II at the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles.