Meet the Board: Matt Hennessy

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Matt is Owner and Head Producer/Engineer at VSOP Studios on Chicago’s West Side. Trained as a jazz musician during his youth and then formally at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Hennessy began working as an intern in studios in Chicago during high school. While attending Berklee, he began working professionally in Boston area studios. After returning to Chicago in 2000, Matt joined the staff at Chicago Trax studios working with DMX and R. Kelly. Recently, projects included productions, mixing and mastering with Twista, Mariah Carey, Ludacris and The Legendary Traxster. Hennessy is currently the Owner and Head Producer/Engineer at VSOP Studios on Chicago’s West Side.

What was your first live music experience?

Dizzy Gillespie at the Rialto Theater.  Absolutely blew my mind,  Sonny Rollins played that night as well.  Still one of the best nights of music in my life.

What is your favorite GRAMMY moment?

Whitney in '94 is a standout.  Kendrick and Imagine Dragons, Prince and Beyonce in '04, Pink hanging from the rafters was dope.  I've seen video of Michael Jackson in '88 doing "The Way You Make Me Feel" that's bananas.  

Why did you choose your profession?

After realizing that I really enjoyed the process of making albums most of all, I found that by being a producer/engineer I could make many records a year as instead of 1 album every 2 years as a performer.  This was very appealing to me.

What are your 2 favorite albums?

Tough one. Right now its John Coltrane - A Love Supreme and Dr. Dre - The Chronic


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