Kyle Cadena is an audio engineer, and guitarist currently based out of Cincinnati, OH. Kyle graduated with a degree in Sound Engineering from William Paterson University. After graduation, he was an assistant engineer at House of Loud Recording Studios in Elmwood Park, NJ. At HOL, Kyle had the privledge to work with owner/producer David Bendeth, and engineers Dan Korneff, Kato Khandwala and John Bender, recording bands such as Paramore, Hawk Nelson, Silvertide and Dark New Day. At House of Loud, not only did Kyle learn the tools of the trade, but he learned the invaluable skill of relating with musicians and functioning in a professional environment. Kyle’s calm and positive personality allowed the musicians to stay focused and creative in the studio.
Taking what he learned at William Paterson and following his time at House of Loud, Kyle started working with artists at his own studio in the Ironbound section of Newark, Ironbound Sound Studios. He wanted to create an environment that was a comfortable and productive place for musicians to develop their ideas to their full potential. Kyle comes from a family, who was very active in the music world, and his attitude toward music and recording is rooted in this tradition. His grandfather Ozzie Cadena (Producer & Supervisor for Savoy & Prestige Records) talked of working at Rudy Van Gelder’s studio and how the “musicians always come first.” His grandfather’s ideals have come shining through in Kyle, who truly inspires artists to reach their musical goals and to make the best possible recordings.
At Ironbound Sound Studios, he recorded and produced, "The Jazz Capital of the World" with Carla Lilien on purejazzradio.com. Not only has Kyle been active in his studio, but he was also hired to record and play guitar with producer and multi-instrumentalist Evan Taylor, based out of New York City. Together, they performed on the albums, Gimme Gimmie Gimmie: Reinterpreting Black Flag, Bernie Worrell: Standards, and the Chapin Sisters: A Date with the Everly Brothers. Kyle has also assisted on live standup recordings for Louis C.K., Craig Ferguson, Kevin Hart and Bill Burr, with recording engineer Jon D’Uva, whom he met at House of Loud Recording Studios.
In 2011, Kyle joined Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame keyboardist Bernie Worrell, an original member of Parliament Funkadelic, as one of the guitarists in the Bernie Worrell Orchestra. During that time, he was also hired to perform with another RNR HOF keyboardist, Jimmy Destri of Blondie, in Jimmy Destri and the Sound Grenade. His uncle Dez is a huge musical inspiration in his life. Dez became one of the singers for the hardcore band, Black Flag and years later joined the horror punk band, The Misfits. With his parents support cultivating his passion for music, his Dad's musical friends visiting the house, he grew up learning from experienced musicians.
Channeling his experience, not only was Kyle running his own studio, and performing with a variety of bands, but he wanted to pass along his musical knowledge to a younger generation. He taught guitar privately in northern New Jersey and at Elefante Music in New Providence, NJ for over 8 years.
During 2014-2016, Kyle's audio projects have been with Riverside Digital Productions, working on educational audio books and mobile audio/video productions. For all of his music ventures he worked out of The Den at Smacktone Studios.
At the start of 2017, moving from the east coast to the midwest has been an excited change. Kyle currently works at The Music Resource Center - Cincinnati, as the new Studio Director. It is a non-profit, after school program for kids 7-12th grade. The center is a hidden gem in Cincinnati, that gives teenagers a place to learn how to record, play an instrument and be creative. He is excited about the opportunity to pass along his knowledge of audio and musical experiences to the younger generations.
Photography courtesy of Chris Davis.