CRC names Dave Dakich as new General Manager

Dave Dakich at CRC, June 2019

Dave Dakich at CRC, June 2019

industry vet
becomes the
third GM in the
studio’s storied
44-year history

Chicago Recording Company has named Dave Dakich as its new General Manager.

A veteran of the Chicago independent music scene, Dakich spent four years as CRC’s Director of Business Development before becoming the third General Manager in the company’s 44-year history. He credits the company’s “unique blend of culture and talent” for creating a “special environment” that keeps employees happy and inspires clients to come back again and again.

“The production staff led by EP Rose Razal is one of the best in the business,” he says. “Music Studio Manager Sarah Hamilton and Post Producer Michael Azzato are instrumental in making production run smoothly.”

As General Manager, Dakich is “proudly and humbly” following in the footsteps of Chris Shepard and Hank Neuberger. His new responsibilities include overseeing CRC’s ten studios in both of their downtown locations.

One of the largest independent recording studios in the country, CRC has helped to make music that can be heard around the world. Among the artists who have recorded there are Coldplay, Sting, Pharrell Williams, Michael Jackson, Smashing Pumpkins, Wilco, Lady Gaga, Chance the Rapper, Guns N’ Roses, Ed Sheeran, and Mavis Staples.

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According to Dakich, the success results from a combination of its world-class studios, expertise, passion, and discretion.

Dakich with Nile Rogers and Chic at CRC's Studio 4
Dakich with Nile Rogers and Chic at CRC’s Studio 4

“We would love to name-drop the amazing bands that record here on a daily basis,” he says. “But CRC has always been a creative safe house for artists and clients, and we respect their privacy.”

Besides recording music, CRC also handles all aspects of post-production for commercials, feature films, digital, and the constantly evolving world of immersive 360 sound.

As a former Music Executive Producer for the commercial music scene, Dakich has a lifelong passion for music – both as a musician and a music fan. His recent collaboration with Chicago-based drummer, composer, and producer David Steele has resulted in a pair of instrumental albums. Two tracks from the duo — Dig It and Squealing Pigs — have been recently used as music cues for NBC’s The Voice.