RPSNYC co founder Tony Drootin is a seasoned music industry veteran with years of experience in engineering, studio operations, and music creation. Tony is currently partners in a commercial recording studio facility named Area 51 NYC. The facility offers a diverse list of services such as recording, mixing in stereo and surround, mix to picture, voice over work, spoken word recording, and mastering.
Tony began working at Unique Recording Studios shortly after graduating college with a degree in Percussion Performance. He worked at Unique Recording for 13 years, 8 of those years as the facilities manager. Unique Recording was a melting pot of new technology and music with artists such as Billy Ocean, Steve Winwood, David Bowie, The System, Jay Z, KRS 1, Tu Pac, LL Cool J, The Fat Boys, Kool & The Gang, Roberta Flack, James Brown, Dan Hartman, Milton Nacimento, Michael McDonald, Stewart Copeland, Enrique Iglesias and many more working in it’s rooms. Tony formed his own management company representing engineers and producers who were working with the top artists in the industry. In addition he was actively coordinating album projects for Japanese artists in the states. In 1998 Tony became manager of studio operations at the prestigious Sony Music Studios on West 54th Street in Manhattan. He also merged his management business with the facility. He continued as Director of Audio operations for 9 years. He managed the sales and operations of the studios, as well as a large support staff. Tony was instrumental in making Sony Music Studios a worldwide premier destination. His new company, Area 51 NYC, LLC currently operates a three-room recording and mastering facility on 51st Street in Manhattan. He is also currently the Director of Studio Operations at Daddy’s House Recording Studios in Manhattan for owner Sean “P Diddy” Combs. Tony recently became a member of the Board Of Directors for the Hip Hop Public Health organization. The organization recently released the acclaimed Songs for a Healthier America LP in conjunction with Partnership for a Healthy America and Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative.