Peter Katis
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Peter Katis
Peter Katis
Katis at Tarquin Studios
Background information
BornApril 1966 (age 52)
New York City, New York
GenresAlternative rock, indie rock
Record producer, audio engineer, mixer, musician
WebsiteTarquin Studios

Peter Katis is a Grammy Award-winning American record producer, audio engineer, mixer, and musician.

Katis is best known for working with alternative and indie rock bands. He works primarily out of his own residential studio, Tarquin Studios, in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Personal life

Peter Katis was born in New York City in April 1966. He is the eldest son of Dr. Lauma Katis and Dr. James Katis, both psychiatrists. His brothers are Tom Katis and Tarquin Katis.

Katis attended New Canaan Country School and Greenwich High School, both in Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Vermont having majored in Visual Arts and minored in English. He also attended and then taught studio production classes at SUNY Purchase in New York.

Katis lives in Fairfield, Connecticut with his wife, Ann Risen Katis, and their son, Will.

Music career

Katis's music career began in the late 1980s with The Philistines Jr., an experimental pop band composed of Katis (vocals, guitar, keyboards), his brother Tarquin (bass), and their friend Adam Pierce (drums). The band's first gig was an opening spot for Phish in front of a sparse crowd on the campus of the University of Vermont.[1]

The Philistines Jr.'s early albums - Greenwich, CT (1991) and The Continuing Struggle of The Philistines Jr. (1993) - received critical acclaim and charted on college radio stations across North America. The band also received frequent airplay from John Peel on his BBC Radio 1 program. Upon hearing their first album, Peel telephoned the band "just to say how much he liked the record" and invited them to record a Peel Session in London. The band completed three Peel Sessions and concurrent UK tours.[2]

Later albums include The Sinking of the S.S. Danehower (1995), Analog vs. Digital -or- We Don't Get The Respect We Deserve in Today's Scientific Community (2000), If A Band Plays in the Woods...? (2010), and If a Lot of Bands Play in the Woods...? (2011).

Over time, the band's members have participated in numerous musical side projects, including The Zambonis, The Happiest Guys in the World, James Kochalka Superstar, The Pants, and The Pork Guys.

The Philistines Jr. continue to perform live and release new music.

In 2017, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Katis-produced Interpol album Turn On the Bright Lights, the band released a cover of the song NYC. Guest vocalists on the song were Tarquin's children, Henry and Helen.[3]

Music production career

While recording songs for his own band in an ad-hoc studio set up in his parents' basement, Katis realized he had an affinity for production. "My favorite part of being a musician was producing a record", said Katis.[4]

In 1989 he began taking continuing education classes at SUNY Purchase in studio production, which further developed his recording skills. Katis then worked as an intern, an assistant, and then as an engineer in various recording studios in New York City. As his career progressed, Katis began being asked by his friends in other bands -- including Mommyheads, Oneida, Guster, and Mercury Rev -- to help record their albums.

By 1998, Katis's demand as a producer, audio engineer, and mixer had grown to the point where he needed a dedicated production space. He bought a 7,000 square foot Victorian home in Bridgeport, Connecticut and transformed it into Tarquin Studios, a residence and recording studio for musicians. Katis has since worked with dozens of artists (see Associated Acts and Discography) at Tarquin Studios.

In 2017, Katis and Chris Frantz of Talking Heads launched a concert series for emerging artists at The Fairfield Theater Company.[5]

The National

Katis has worked with The National on seven of their albums: Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (2003), Cherry Tree (2004), Alligator (2005), Boxer (2007), High Violet (2010), Trouble Will Find Me (2013), and Sleep Well Beast (2017).

Illustrating his close connection with the band, the cover of Boxer features a photo of The National playing at Katis's wedding reception.

In January 2018, Sleep Well Beast received the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Album.[6] Katis co-produced and mixed the album.


Katis also has a long-standing relationship with Interpol. He recorded and mixed the band's critically acclaimed[7] debut album Turn on the Bright Lights (2002), followed by Antics (2004). He also worked with lead singer Paul Banks on Julian Plenti is... Skyscraper (2009), Julian Plenti Lives... (2012), and Banks (2012).

Gang of Youths

Katis mixed The Positions (2015) and Go Farther in Lightness (2017) for the Australian band Gang of Youths. The latter album debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart and was nominated for 8 awards at the ARIA Music Awards of 2017, winning four: Album Of The Year, Best Group, Best Rock Album, and Producer of the Year.[8]


Credits adapted from Allmusic.

Title Year Artist Credits
Bottle It In 2018 Kurt Vile Producer
On The Corner Where You Live The Paper Kites Producer
Lost Friends Middle Kids Mixing
The World We Built 2017 The Wild Reeds Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Go Farther In Lightness Gang of Youths Mixing
Mysterium Hammock Mixing
Only the Lonely Colony House Engineer, Additional Production, Mixing
Near to the Wild Heart of Life Japandroids Mixing, Additional Production
"So Numb" Sannhet Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Sleep Well Beast The National Producer, Mixing
There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light Stars Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation
This Is Your Life 2016 Augustines Producer, Mixing
Synthia The Jezabels Mixing
It's Not About the Witches T.O.L.D. Mixing
Everything and Nothing Hammock Mixing
Arms Bell X1 Mixing
And Then Like Lions Blind Pilot Mixing
You're Going to Make It 2015 Mates of State Mixing
The Positions Gang of Youths Mixing
Then Came the Morning The Lone Bellow Mixing
Jackrabbit San Fermin Producer, Engineer, Mixing
B'lieve I'm Goin Down... Kurt Vile Mixing
After It All Delta Rae Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation, Additional Production, Producer
Youth Culture Forever 2014 PAWS Mixing
Ruckers Hill Husky Gawenda / Husky Mixing
Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave The Twilight Sad Mixing, Additional Production
Honeyblood Honeyblood Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Electronic Percussion
Augustines Augustines Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation
Trouble Will Find Me 2013 The National Mixing
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Empty123 Mixing
Let's Be Still The Head and the Heart Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation, Additional Production
Hummingbird Local Natives Mixing
Chop Chop Bell X1 Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Breach The Kissaway Trail Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Guitar, Synthesizer
Traveler 2012 Trey Anastasio Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Vocals, String Arrangements, Instrumentation
Tramp Sharon Van Etten Engineer, Mixing
Shallow Bed Dry the River Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Live: England vs. France Mice Parade Mixing
Julian Plenti Lives Paul Banks Producer, Mixing, Instrumentation
Five Minute Major (In D Minor) The Zambonis Engineer, Mixing
Circles Around the Sun Dispatch Producer, Engineer
Banks Paul Banks Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation
Animal Joy Shearwater Guest Artist, Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Celeste
We Bought a Zoo [Original Soundtrack] 2011 Jónsi Producer
Prisoner The Jezabels Mixing
Outside Tapes 'n Tapes Engineer, Mixing, Additional Production
Mountaintops Mates of State Engineer
In the Pit of the Stomach We Were Promised Jetpacks Mixing, Additional Production
Fire Needs Air Dazzled Kid Mixing
Deserter's Songs: Instrumental Mercury Rev Engineer, Mixing
What It Means to Be Left-Handed 2010 Mice Parade Engineer, Mixing
The Winter of Mixed Drinks Frightened Rabbit Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation, Additional Production
Sleep Mountain The Kissaway Trail Producer, Mixing
Let's Go Coconuts! The Macaroons Engineer
How to Train Your Dragon [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] John Powell Drum Engineering, Percussion Engineer
High Violet The National Engineer, Mixing, Additional Production, Producer
Going the Distance Empty123 Producer
Go Jónsi Producer, Engineer
Everything Under the Sun Jukebox the Ghost Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Easy Wonderful Guster Engineer, Mixing
Up End Atom: A Tribute to Atom & His Package 2009 Empty123 Producer, Engineer
These Four Walls We Were Promised Jetpacks Producer, Various Instruments, Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation
Strict Joy The Swell Season Producer, ARP Synthesizer, Percussion, Performer, Featured Artist
Silver Starling Silver Starling Mixing
Reservoir Fanfarlo Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation
Love Hate and Then There's You The Von Bondies Engineer, Audio Engineer
Julian Plenti Is Skyscraper Paul Banks / Julian Plenti Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Additional Music
Dark Was the Night: Red Hot Compilation Empty123 Engineer, Mixing
Ciao My Shining Star: The Songs Of Mark Mulcahy Empty123 Producer
Up with the Sun 2008 Titles ARP Synthesizer
Teeth Lost, Hearts Won The Grates Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Guitar, Keyboards
Summer Palace Sunny Day Sets Fire Producer, Mixing
Secrets Are Sinister Longwave Producer, Engineer, Audio Engineer, Mixing
Re-Arrange Us Mates of State Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Guitar, Vocals (Background), Bass
Heavenly Bender Sam Champion Mixing
Fight on the Ice The Zambonis Composer
Elephant Shell Tokyo Police Club Producer, Mixing
DeLeon De Leon Engineer
A Skin, A Night & The Virginia EP The National Engineer, Mixing
5 Zusammen Verschwinden Karpatenhund Mixing
Mice Parade 2007 Mice Parade Assistant Engineer</small
Marginalia Nurse & Soldier Producer, Engineer, Mixing</small
I'll Follow You Oakley Hall Engineer, Mixing
Fourteen Autumns & Fifteen Winters The Twilight Sad Mixing
Boxer The National Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Anjula Anjula Prasad Mixing
Tremors 2006 Humanzi Producer, Mixing
Spread Your Evil Wings and Fly James Kochalka Superstar Composer
Peoples HiM Engineer
Gravity Won't Get You High The Grates Mixing
Diet Pills & Magazines Humanzi Mixing
Catastrophe Keeps Us Together Rainer Maria Producer, Engineer, Mixing
19-20-20 The Grates Mixing
Trilateral Commission 2005 Jimi Tunnell Assistant Engineer
Tree City Robbers on High Street Producer, Engineer, Mixing
The Loyal Tiger Lou Mixing
The Loving Sounds of Static Mobius Band Producer, Mixing
The Golden Republic The Golden Republic Producer, Engineer, Audio Engineer, Audio Production
Our Most Beloved [CD & DVD] James Kochalka Superstar Producer, Main Personnel
Nights Wave [EP] Mice Parade Mixing, Overdubs
Lit Up The National Engineer, Mixing
Hanukkah Rocks The Leevees Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Guitar, Instrumentation
DoublePlays: All Is Dream/Deserter's Songs Mercury Rev Engineer
City vs. Country Mobius Band Engineer, Mixing, Audio Production
C'mere Interpol Engineer, Mixing
Bem-Vinda Vontade Mice Parade Engineer, Audio Engineer, Mixing, Overdubs
Alligator The National Producer, Engineer, Audio Engineer, Mixing, Audio Production, Vocals
The O.C. Mix 2 2004 Empty123 Engineer
My Body: The Pistol Les Baton Rouge Producer, Engineer
Matador at Fifteen Empty123 Engineer
Lightning and the Sun Katy Mae Engineer, Keyboards
Life of the Party [EP] Longwave Mixing
Fine Lines Robbers on High Street Engineer
Cherry Tree The National Engineer
Antics Interpol Engineer, Audio Engineer, Mixing
Aghast Agape The Prosaics Producer, Engineer, Audio Engineer, Audio Production
Yes New York 2003 Empty123 Engineer
Wild Card Jim Allen Engineer
The Instinct Denali Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Mastering
The Black EP Interpol Engineer, Mixing
Stars at Noon Sea Ray Engineer, Mixing
Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers The National Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Maybe This Christmas, Too Empty123 Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Heather Satanicide Engineer, Audio Engineer
A Winter's Night: The Best of Nettwerk Christmas Albums Empty123 Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Turn on the Bright Lights 2002 Interpol Engineer, Mixing
Pushbutton Parfait Raymond Scott Orchestrette Engineer, Mastering
On a Wire The Get Up Kids Engineer, Mixing
MTV Road Rules: Don't Make Me Pull This Thing Over, Vol. 1 Empty123 Mixing
Interpol [ EP] Interpol Engineer, Mixing
For the Kids [Nettwerk] Empty123 Producer, Engineer, Vocals (Background), Instrumentation
Each One Teach One Oneida Engineer, Mixing
Atheists, Reconsider Liars / Oneida Engineer
All Roads Lead to Salzburg Mice Parade Engineer, Mixing, Overdubs
The Operating Theater 2001 Brian Dewan Engineer, Mixing
The Ghost of Fashion Clem Snide Mixing
Mokoondi Mice Parade Engineer, Mixing, Overdub Engineer
I Blame You Michael Shelley Mixing, Recorder
Elza Elza Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Instrumentation
Don't Trust Whitey James Kochalka Superstar Producer, Mixing, Mastering, Recording
Anthem of the Moon Oneida Engineer, Mixing
Analog vs. Digital The Philistines Jr. Producer, Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards, Artwork, Composer
All Is Dream Mercury Rev Engineer
Ur-Klang Search 2000 The Dylan Group Engineer
Steel Rod Oneida Mixing
Put-Outs Sing the Hits Put-Outs Mixing
Now Is the Time: Live at the Knitting Factory Alex Blake Engineer, Pre-Mastering Engineer
Kiss Without Makeup Franklin Bruno Engineer, Mixing
Eat Crow Pants Producer, Engineer, Guitar, Fender Rhodes, Farfisa Organ, Mastering, Layout Design
Come on Everybody Let's Rock Oneida Mixing
Ramda 1999 Mice Parade Engineer
More Adventures in Lying Down The Dylan Group Engineer
Enemy Hogs Oneida Engineer, Mixing
Welcome to the Jungle 1998 Jim Rome Composer
Too Many Movies Michael Shelley Engineer
The True Meaning of Boodleybaye Mice Parade Engineer
Survival of the Illest: Live from 125 NYC Empty123 Digital Editing
Heartdrops The Heartdrops Engineer
Dreams Gone Sour The Absolute Zeros Producer, Recorder
Deserter's Songs Mercury Rev Engineer
After the Morning Katie McMahon Engineer
Show & Tell: A Stormy Remembrance of TV Themes 1997 Empty123 Engineer
Pop Pie Empty123 Producer, Engineer
Play-Off Fever! The Zambonis Engineer
Monkey vs. Robot James Kochalka Superstar Producer, Engineer, Audio Engineer, Audio Production, Main Personnel, Various Instruments, Vocals (Background), Layout Design, Layout Concept
Half Empty Michael Shelley Producer, Engineer, Mixing
Dylan Group & H.I.M. The Dylan Group Engineer
Cradle the Balls Satanicide
The Sinking of the S.S. Danehower 1996 The Philistines Jr. Producer, Engineer
Resonance Found at the Core of a Bubble Empty123 Engineer
Happiest Guys in the World Happiest Guys in the World Engineer, Mixing
After School Special Iris Engineer
100% Hockey...and Other Stuff The Zambonis Engineer, Illustrations, Artwork
Thumper 1995 Thumper Engineer, Audio Engineer
The True Story James Kochalka Superstar Producer, Engineer
Bingham's Hole The Mommyheads Producer
1st Bubble Core Records Sampler Empty123 Engineer
When the Doves Cry: The Music of Prince 1994 Bob Belden Assistant Engineer


  1. ^ "Peter Katis and Phish: "You Can Have Fun Without Being Silly"". Archived from the original on 14 September 2014. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "The Philistines Jr". Archived from the original on 2 March 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Premiere: The Philistines Jr. - 'NYC'". Archived from the original on 7 September 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Pater Katis on the Magic of Tarquin Studios - Take Magazine". 6 November 2017. Archived from the original on 2 March 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Fairfield Theatre Company hosts Emerging Artist concert series". 19 April 2017. Archived from the original on 2 March 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "The National Win Best Alt. Music Album". 28 January 2018. Archived from the original on 2 March 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Interpol: Turn On the Bright Lights Album Review - Pitchfork". Archived from the original on 24 August 2017. Retrieved 2018.
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