David Royce Aron (born August 29, 1964) is a multi-platinum recording engineer, live and studio mixer, record producer and musician. Some of his past clients include 2 Pac, Snoop Dogg, Sublime, Wu-Tang Clan, Prince, Nate Dogg, Perry Farrell, Bobby Brown, Dr. Dre and U2. David is currently touring with Snoop Dogg while continuing to pursue educational and business ventures worldwide.
Born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Aron is the son of 1950s be-bop trumpet player Al Aron and 20 year band director Dorothy Marshall. Dave's musical journey began in Asbury Park, New Jersey where he played clarinet in the high school's marching and jazz bands. In his senior year, he was voted most musically talented. In 1982, after attending Rutgers University for a year, he enrolled in the University of Memphis' recording program where he split his time between the recording studios and the football field as a walk on tight end.
As his musical journey continued, Aron took an internship at WHBQ radio and Ardent Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. In 1987, he landed his first professional job at the world famous Sun Studios where he worked as studio manager and chief engineer. He quickly got a taste of working with a major artist when U2 recorded some songs for the Rattle and Hum album. In 1990, Aron moved to Los Angeles and found his first job at Music Grinder Recording. After a short stay, he found his first major career-break when he landed a staff engineer position at Larrabee Sound.
After working with multiple artists at Larrabee, he earned early credits working with Grammy Award -Winning artist, Prince, on "My Name is Prince", "Sexy M.F.", and an acoustic version of "7", which Dave mixed and was released as a single. This gained him a significant amount of clout and secured a flourishing career in the music industry. In 1993, Dave Aron began a long affiliation with Death Row Records. He served as engineer and mixer for Tupac Shakur's landmark album "All Eyez on Me", "Death Rows Greatest Hits", and worked on all of Snoop Dogg's albums from "Doggystyle" to "Paid the Cost to be the Boss". In addition, he also exclusively mixes all of Snoop Dogg's live performances. In 1996, when reggae-tinged rock band Sublime wanted a hip-hop producer at the desk for their major label self-titled debut "Sublime", they hired Aron. His influence can be heard on their single "What I Got" which reached #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart and helped sell over Five Million copies of their album. Dave also collaborated a Snoop Dogg and Sublime remix for "Doin Time" released in 2005.
Dave currently owns his own studio in Los Angeles located high in the Hollywood Hills. He continues to work as Snoop Dogg's live mixer. He is also working on a series of instructional mixing DVD's entitled "Platinum Hip Hop Mixing" and educational seminars to help educate the generations of tomorrow about music, mixing, engineering and the music industry.
Dave's credits include:
|1992||My Name Is Prince||Prince|
|1995||Dogg Food||Tha Dogg Pound|
|1996||All Eyez on Me||2Pac|
|1996||Death Row Greatest Hits||Various Artists|
|1999||Still I Rise||2Pac & the Outlawz|
|2000||Tha Eastsidaz||Tha Eastsidaz|
|2001||Duces n' Trays: The Old Fashioned Way||Tha Eastsidaz|
|2002||Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss||Snoop Dogg|
|2004||R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece||Snoop Dogg|
|2005||Naked Truth||Lil' Kim|
|2007||Double Up||R. Kelly|
|2007||Running Your Mouth||The Notorious B.I.G.|
|2008||Dubb Union||Dubb Union|