It’s all about the song, so let the song dictate the sound. That’s how Justin “Corky” Cortelyou approaches each project from tracking to mix. From an early age, it was music that has drove Justin. In high school, He was playing trombone in college symphonies. At the age of 17 he was chosen to represent the US at the Sydney Youth Musicale. There he performed with both the Ovation's Youth Symphony and Florida Youth Symphony Orchestra at a number of amazing venues including the Sydney Opera House.
Justin hails from Greensburg, Pennsylvania, just outside of Pittsburgh. He was always involved in music. He played trombone in jazz ensembles, brass quartets, symphonies, and wind ensembles and also played guitar in local rock and metal bands. It was his love of both music and gear that paved his way to a career as an engineer.
Justin studied music and engineering at Middle Tennessee State University. He shadowed bluegrass legend Bil VornDick (Marty Robbins, Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss) and then worked with mixing guru Chuck Ainlay (Dixie Chicks, Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert). He was thrown head first into the night manager position at Sound Stage Studios where he gathered an all around knowledge of the record making process. He was then hired by master mixer Mike Shipley (Def Leppard, Shania Twain, Maroon 5, Aerosmith). Mike moved Justin to Los Angeles where he watched and learned from one of the best of all time in Shipley.
During the mix session of Clear Static’s record, Justin met producer, songwriter, and musician, Tommy Henriksen. He partnered with Tommy developing artists, negotiating record deals with Warner Bros., Geffen, and Interscope, touring, and doing front of house. In 2008, Tommy and Justin moved their operations to Nashville, TN where they teamed up with legendary producer, Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, KISS).
Alongside Bob Ezrin, Justin worked with some of the biggest artists in history including Paul McCartney, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp, Phish, Ke$ha, and Kiss to name just a few. Working out of Ezrin’s Anarchy Studio, Justin’s work has gone on to gain international acclaim. His accolades include numerous #1’s and sales records.
Justin has also had one foot in Nashville’s country music scene. In 2014, Justin engineered and mixed Jerrod Niemann’s High Noon record. The first single, “Drink To That All Night” scored a 2 week #1 at country radio and earned an RIAA Platinum certification.
Justin continues to engineer and mix in all genres. From the Mongolian rock band Hanggai to Phish, from Alice Cooper to Taylor Swift, Justin brings his unique musicality to each project and draws from his pedigree to inject creativity and energy into every record.