Hyde Street Studios
Michael Ward is the owner of Hyde Street Studios. He is also a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, living and working in the San Francisco Bay area since 1974. He has fronted many bands in that time which have been built around his unique singing, composition and lyrical approach. The music blends elements of R&B, country and world music into an insistently rhythmic stew with a distinctive narrative voice. At various times his working group has featured members of touring bands such as Frank Zappa, Ambrosia, Etta James, George Clinton, Bruce Hornsby and Steve Miller.
Michael's production credits include projects with: the BaAka pygmies from the Ituri Forest of Africa (on their first trip to America, recording compositions to be synchronized with a performance by the Lines Ballet), Pharaoh Sanders, Zakir Hussein, The Sacred Text Ensemble and Overtone Theater, rock bands The Potato Eaters and The Earthlings, and composers Beth Custer, Joshua Brody and O'Lan Jones as well as producing and arranging all of his own tracks.
Jack is committed to great sounds. He loves Neve consoles, German tube microphones, tape delays, and reverb chambers. As Manager of Hyde Street Studios, he oversees Studio A and Rancho Rivera as well as leasing other rooms in the building. Jack has put together an enthusiastic and impressive team of engineers, techs, and interns. He's cultivated a vibe at Hyde Street Studios.
Being an engineer and musician, Jack understands being on both sides of the glass. He hails from Wisconsin where he earned a baccalaureate degree in Music Industry and Recording. Jack joined Hyde Street Studios in 2011, engineering many recording and mixing sessions and also finding time to teach Audio Recording classes at SAE Institute. In 2014, Jack hung up his patch cables and took on the role of managing Hyde Street Studios.
In the studio, Jack has worked with: Earth, Wind, and Fire, Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta), Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), Jason Marsalis (Marsalis Jazz Family, Bela Fleck and the Marcus Roberts Trio), Riff Raff and Joe Mersa Marley (The Wailers), Clifton Davis, Smokovich, Bruce Cockburn, Dead Horses, Dave Shul (Michael Franti & Spearhead), Ana Victoria, Feed the Dog, Crashing Hotels, many others.