Working with Ken was really fantastic. Our recording days moved efficiently and without drama - all despite a very packed schedule with many different musicians. The quality of sound that he got from a very diverse mix of instruments was really remarkable. Mixing was a similarly great experience: Ken has a fantastic ear and was able to deliver mixes that were balanced, clear and vivid. All deadlines were met easily and we’re thrilled with the final tracks. We can’t recommend Ken highly enough!
— Charlie Sohne; Rosser and Sohne (via Personal Testimony)

While recording Homerik's second studio album at Spin Recording Studios. Photo by Gus Philippas.

Consistency. Not a word you hear often in relation to musicians. Yet possibly one of the most important aspects of a person’s character if they are going to be a great team player. Whether we’re talking about reliability, professionalism, or the most important thing with a drummer, timekeeping. Ken has got it. Once in a session, he is willing, and able, to work with the creative team to find and lay down that groove in a rock solid manner.
— Andy Casella; The Pink Tacos (via Personal Testimony)

Graduating with honors from Queensborough Community College as a Music Production major, Ken also studied music, audio and physics at The City College of New York. He operates in New York City and collaborates with clients on both east and west coasts. Ken is extremely well-versed in capturing high-definition recordings and post-production ethics, as well as having strong musical skill. His experience from learning at studios such as Masterdisk, Harvestworks, and most recently at Spin Recording Studios and Big Yellow Duck have played a very important role into shaping his career. He is also currently the drummer for New York City rock band Four Trips Ahead and lead composer for Homerik.

My Red Vette. Photo by Gus Philippas.

My Red Vette. Photo by Gus Philippas.

Ken works with state of the art equipment. It is tailored for maximum efficiency, and is a very much personalized setup. His signal chain includes Benchmark converters, Bryston amplifiers, a Dunlavy and Miller & Kreisel speaker/subwoofer combo, RTW metering, RME interfacing, and Sennheiser headphones among other pieces of gear. They are all used to help Ken achieve the most desired sound, and is a pleasure to listen to.

Among Ken's recording talents, he is also a skilled drum technician. Working alongside Shawn Pelton from Saturday Night Live and The Cringe to Gilberto Santa Rosa performing live at Carnegie Hall - Ken has traveled across the nation to make things happen. He is dedicated to professionalism and being a positive source of energy for his team.

Photo taken at the Newport Folk Festival 2017 by Steve Remote.

Ken, The Mad Composer (Horseman of Conquest). Photo by Gus Philippas.

Ken, The Mad Composer (Horseman of Conquest). Photo by Gus Philippas.

The Mad Composer.

As a boy, Ken Candelas grew up in an artistic home where creativity was encouraged. His mother, Abigail Vallé, was a noted fashion designer whose fashion line, Altacalidad, was all the rage in Puerto Rico throughout the 1980's while his father, Hector Candelas, was an in-demand session and touring musician as well as musical director for noted artists such as Lissette Álvarez, Ednita Nazario and Menudo among others. During his teenage years, Ken studied fine art at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, the prestigious institution made popular by the iconic movie, “Fame”. He received several noted awards for his artwork and designs including the Milton Glaser Award and First Place in the Directory of N.Y.C. Public High Schools Design Competition. Upon graduation, Ken decided to pursue his deep interest in rhythm and music production, following in his father's footsteps.

Four Trips Ahead  performing at  Irving Plaza .

Four Trips Ahead performing at Irving Plaza.

Ken is a very knowledgeable musician. He takes pride in all of the work that he does in the audio field and was very helpful when my band came in to record drums for our new EP. He knew the space very well and was able to assist us with mic placement, as well as choosing the right microphones and gear to use when recording. He has a great ear and is very good at working with people.
— Raffi Froundjian; The Walking Tree (via Personal Testimony)

In action! Photo by Gus Philippas.

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