Laboratory Owner, Studio A Resident Producer, Engineer
Neil, a Bay Area Native, grew up surrounded by music. He began playing at a young age, and discovered his passion for the recording process after seeing how his father composed, arranged, and produced his own records in the 80’s and 90’s.
Neil holds a B.S in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he specialized in Computing and Human Perception. After over a decade in tech (Google, Raytheon, Amazon) and finance (Calypso, Opulent Lite), Neil switched gears and took over engineering and production work at the world famous Studio D at Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco from 2009 to 2011.
In 2011, Neil was named successor to the long enduring Bayview Studios in the East Bay. After renovations and updates were complete, the studio reopened in mid-2011 as Airship Laboratories.
At Airship Laboratories, Neil brings his interdisciplinary experience and background to production and engineering. Neil has collaborated with producers, songwriters, film directors, dance companies, and many musicians. He has worked with artists such as Zakir Hussain, Larry Coryell, George Brooks, Alam Khan, Jim Santi Owen, Salar Nader, Osam Ezzeldin, Selva Ganesh, The Chitresh Das Dance Company, Farah Yasmeen Shaikh, Midi Matilda, Cosmic Machine, The Greening, and many others.
Studio B Resident Producer, Engineer
Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles Music Academy, and is the former Editor-in-Chief and current Senior Contributing Editor of Bass Player magazine. A first-call bassist and keyboardist, Jonathan’s playing and/or production credits include Stanley Jordan, Brain, Cathedrals, Oz Noy, Miguel Migs, Cyrus Chestnut, Cathedrals, MoeTar, and many more.
A global authority on the bass industry and music technology generally, Jonathan is the Airship’s in-house gear guru and repair expert.
In addition to Jonathan's extensive performing experience, he's a sought-after clinician and teacher. He's a former Artist-In-Residence at LAMA, is a current faculty member of the Los Angeles College of Music, and has taught clinics and lectured at Stanford University, Musician's Institute, Crossroads, Bass Player LIVE!, and the Jazz School.
Argentinean arranger and music producer Nahuel Bronzini has lived in the Bay Area, working with his production company Studio Burgundio, since 2010. He is a member of the Producers and Engineers Committee for the SF Grammy Chapter and member at large for the AES SF Chapter.
Nahuel’s work focuses on blending acoustic instrumentation into pop and folk productions, making use of chamber-style ensembles, like string quartets and horn sections, to complement the work of solo artists and bands.
A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Escuela de Música Contemporánea in Argentina, Nahuel studied audio and acoustics at Argentina’s Universidad de Tres de Febrero.
His most recent work is an album titled The String Quartet Experience, a collaboration with eight solo artists from the Bay Area, East Coast, Argentina, and Mexico. It fuses traditional singer-songwriter style with his own arrangements for string quartet.
Elle Sun was born in San Francisco, CA, and raised by her grandparents in Shanghai before coming back to the Bay Area. A lover of music and technology, Elle started studying piano at the age of 7 and stopped short of pursuing a degree in music theory to explore other interests. Elle studied at UC Berkeley and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration and dual concentrations in Business Technology and Social Entrepreneurship from the Haas School of Business.
Upon graduating, Elle worked as a technology consultant at Deloitte Consulting LLP and specialized in Information Management. Several years and travel projects later, Elle realized two things: 1) Never fly without socks 2) Music makes the world a hopeful place. So Elle began moonlighting as a singer-songwriter and eventually quit consulting, traveled to 16 countries in 2 years, and performed with incredible artists from Argentina, Belize, Canada, Cuba, Ghana, and the US.
Elle is now the Studio Manager at Airship Laboratories, where she applies her background and experience to studio operations, marketing, and media content. Music is her joy. It is how she shares stories and makes life zesty. Since starting at Airship Laboratories, Elle has continued to write, sing, and live out her passions. She keeps the Airship buoyant by supporting our artists who create music that resonates with people and makes you feel alive.
Nima met Neil after his move to San Francisco from Los Angeles. A self-taught recording engineer, Nima’s day job is at an underwater ROV start-up, building super-cool open-source subs running on an Arduino platform. He leverages the same passion for technology at the Airship; a jack-of-all-trades, Nima is always around to tackle a troubling tech problem and ensure our clients have a smooth session.