Alan is a Grammy nominated mastering engineer and producer. He coproduced, mixed, and mastered “Winter Stories” by Judy Collins, named “The Best Folk Album of 2019” by Digital Journal. “Mountain Girl,” a single from the album, hit #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart. He mastered Catherine Russell’s “Alone Together,” a Grammy finalist and the most played album on jazz radio in 2019, and the ground-breaking “SYSTEM EP” by DJ Delia Beatriz, listed in Pitchfork’s 10-Best EDM albums of 2019.
As mastering engineer, Alan was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Engineered Album Non-Classical for his work on the international hit “Lagrimas Negras” by Bebo Valdes and Diego El Cigala. His recent track record for mastering includes credits on four Grammy nominees in 2016, four in 2017, four in 2018, and three in 2019, and four in 2020.
He coproduced, mixed and mastered “Silver Skies Blue,” a duet album by Judy Collins and Ari Hest, which was Grammy nominated for Best Folk Album in 2017, and followed with producing the long-awaited reunion album by Judy Collins and Stephen Stills in 2017.
In 2015, he co-produced, mixed, and mastered “Strangers Again,” featuring duets by Judy Collins with Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Jimmy Buffett, Michael McDonald, Don McLean, and Jeff Bridges. The album reached the Billboard top-100.
Alan got his start doing tech and assisting at NYC’s Electric Lady Studios, covering sessions for The Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Hall & Oates. Thereafter, he accepted a staff engineering position at A&R Recording, where he worked with legendary producer Phil Ramone and renowned musical artists Billy Joel, Kiss, and Judy Collins. He recorded and mixed musical scores for film directors David Mamet, Francis Coppola and Frank Oz, and top composers Elmer Bernstein and John Barry. He also fostered professional relationships that would come to last decades.
He went independent in 1996, continuing to work on music for records and feature films. He engineered and produced the soundtrack for the feature film adaptation of “The Fantasticks” directed by Francis Ford Coppola. He worked as music supervisor for Sesame Workshop, producing music and directing Muppet performers and celebrities for Sesame Street’s network television specials “Elmopalooza” and “Cinderelmo.” He garnered a Cable Ace Award for “Best Music Special,” as audio producer for “Child of Mine,” a film of live performances set in everyday locations by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, Carole King, Emmylou Harris, and Dionne Warwick.
“People ask what musical styles I work in, I answer there are only are two kinds of music – good and not so good. One week I’ll work with trap or dancehall, and the next, a Flamenco guitarist or Symphony Hall. Great sound is great sound no matter the style.”
In 1996, Alan established his own company, the internationally recognized Arf! Mastering – headquartered in the original space of Jimi Hendrix’s first studio.
His film score credits continued to flourish – he was the score mixer for “Birdcage” starring Robin Williams. He notably co-produced the main title song for the Rob Reiner film “And So It Goes” starring Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas – a cover of the classic “Both Sides Now,” written by Joni Mitchell.
However, for all his professional recognition – he counts among his favorite accomplishments that he “almost” managed to train a Siberian husky. He’s also an avid dancer who steps out of the cockpit of his “starship” regularly to recharge in local partner dance classes, which inform his understanding of music through movement.