Prolific composer and producer Raz Mesinai aka Badawi aka “The Ghost Producer” has been working professionally in NYC’s electronic, dub, hip hop, free jazz, and experimental music scenes since the 1980’s.
Mesinai developed his own unique sound by building his own sound systems and studios starting in 1983, and later set off his career by selling his productions on cassette only in the streets of NYC under the cassette-only labels – “Psy Co.” and “Ruff Riddim Productions” (1988-1993) producing on average at least one album a week since then till today, Mesinai has released over one hundred albums under various monikers such as Badawi, Sub Dub, Psy Co, Lady Man, Ghost Producer, and Raz Mesinai, both independently and on such legendary labels as ROIR, Asphodel, Tzadik, Island, and many others.
As a teacher, Mesinai has given lectures and master classes at UCSD, Bard College, NYU, The New School, DubSpot, Dartmouth and currently teaches exclusively at the Underground Producers Alliance, an artist development agency and art school for individuals to learn advanced techniques in music production, sound design, performance, and engineering, tailored to suit their needs and co-founded by colleagues Scotty Hard (Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul), and includes mentors Honeychild Coleman (The Slits, The 1865), Juma Sultan (Jimi Hendrix), HPrizm aka High Priest (Anti Pop Consortium) and many more.
One of the first certified trainers of Ableton Live, Mesinai specializes in teaching mid-level to professional producers extended techniques in sound design, arranging, composition, mixing, mastering, and extended techniques in music production and has taught renowned seasoned professionals how to adapt Ableton Live into their own workflows, including Green Lantern (Eminem), Prince Paul (De La Soul), Falty DL, Shackleton, Lori Anderson, and many others.
As a composer, Mesinai’s compositions have been featured at Lincoln Center (String Quartet For Four Turntables), Carnegie Hall (“CrossFader” performed by The Kronos Quartet), and many other prestigious venues. Mesinai has also composed music for several blockbuster films by such directors as Darren Aronofsky, Ridley Scott, and Jonathan Demme and was a Sundance Composers Lab Fellow in 2004.