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David Z Rivkin, Engineer

Performed or Recorded With:

Eric Clapton
Etta James
Collective Soul
Fine Young Cannibals
Jonny Land
Big Head Todd & The Monsters

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David Z Rivkin, Engineer

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David Z, also known as David Rivkin, is an award-winning producer, engineer, mixer, and writer who has an ability, as well as a knack, for finding and developing independent, cutting-edge artists into hugely impactful stars. Whether it be with Prince on "Purple Rain," the Fine Young Cannibals on "The Raw and the Cooked," Jonny Lang's "Lie to Me," Kenny Wayne Shepherd on "Ledbetter Heights," or Big Head Todd & the Monsters' "Sister Sweetly," all had their careers take off by their early work with David. Currently based in Nashville, TN, David has honed his craft through a wide variety of projects and genres, ranging from Storyville to Frank Black to Buddy Guy to Leo Kottke to Gov't Mule to Angelique Kidjo to his Grammy-winning work with Etta James. In addition, his interest in arranging and songwriting continues his co-writing experience early on with Gram Parsons, which everyone from Elvis Costello to Yo La Tengo has covered. Recently, two David Z projects garnered significant awards - the Kottke/Gordon record, "Sixty Six Steps," released in late August on RCA Victor, won the JAMMY award for Studio Album of the Year, and Tab Benoit's Album, "Fever for the Bayou," won the Handy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. In addition, June 2006 finds the release of the David Zmixed Frank Black album, "Fastman, Radierman," on Back Porch Records/Virgin.

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