Open main menu

Opened in 2003, "ID Labs" (also Stylized as "I.D. Labs") is a commercial recording studio and production facility owned and operated by Pittsburgh based recording engineer, mixer, and producer Eric "E" Dan. [1] Most known for his extensive work with hip-hop artists Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller, Dan has recorded, mixed and/or produced several Gold and Platinum certified release throughout his 20 year career in the music business. [2]

As a studio, ID Labs has served as a home to other influential producers from Pittsburgh including Big Jerm, Sledgren, Sayez, Christo, Nice Rec, and others.[3] E. Dan, Big Jerm, and Sayez have occasionally produced collectively under the name ID Labs.[4]

CareerEdit

E. Dan began his career working as a DJ and recording engineer, and performing in and producing for the hip-hop group Strict Flow.[5] He opened the original ID Labs studio in 2004, in Pittsburgh's Lawrenceville neighborhood.[6] Big Jerm began making beats in high school, and attended audio engineering school in New York. Dan and Jerm met in 2008, when Jerm was dropping off recording session files at ID Labs for work he had been doing with Wiz Khalifa. The two began making beats together, while Jerm interned at the studio. Sayez joined forces with the pair in 2010.[7]

ID Labs began working with Khalifa during the creation of one of the rapper’s early mixtapes. Dan offered Khalifa a job at the studio sweeping floors and answering phones, in exchange for extra recording time.[8] The team recognized Khalifa’s talent, and began what would become a long-term working relationship. To date, ID Labs have produced a large percentage of Khalifa’s commercially released material, including 6 tracks on Rolling Papers and 7 tracks on O.N.I.F.C..[9]

Big Jerm met Mac Miller in 2009 via Myspace. Miller began recording at ID Labs studio, which MTV.com states was "pivotal in Mac's development".[10] The team produced the majority of Miller’s debut album Blue Slide Park, and have produced a substantial portion of his other work.

In addition to Khalifa and Miller, ID Labs have worked with Snoop Dogg, Fall Out Boy, Juicy J, Ludacris, Freddie Gibbs and Rockie Fresh.

Production DiscographyEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "[iNterview] 1/3 of The ID Labs Production Powerhouse: Big Jerm". istandardproducers.com.
  2. ^ "'Burgh recording studios each carving out a niche". triblive.com. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Mac Miller Shows Off His Favorite Pittsburgh Studio". mtv.com.
  4. ^ "Producer's Corner: E. Dan & Big Jerm (I.D. Labs)". hiphopdx.com. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Producer's Corner: E. Dan & Big Jerm (I.D. Labs)". hiphopdx.com. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  6. ^ "ID Labs Studios prepares to move across the river". www.pghcitypaper.com. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  7. ^ "[iNterview] 1/3 of The ID Labs Production Powerhouse: Big Jerm". istandardproducers.com.
  8. ^ "'Burgh recording studios each carving out a niche". triblive.com. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  9. ^ "ID Labs Breaks Down Wiz Khalifa's O.N.I.F.C." www.xxlmag.com. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Mac Miller Shows Off His Favorite Pittsburgh Studio". www.mtv.com. Retrieved 11 March 2016.

External linksEdit