Tommy Joyner, founder and engineer, established MilkBoy in 1994 as a rough-and-tumble punk and hip-hop recording studio in North Philadelphia. As head of MilkBoy's engineers, Joyner is now responsible for production on over 100 records and demos each year, has added numerous composition jobs for film and television, and continues to perform as a drummer and side-musician both live and in the studio. He has played drums in Digable Planets and recorded Dave Matthews.
Jamie Lokoff, principle owner and composer, grew up on the Main Line but received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Miami 1987. He moved to New York to pursue an acting career, but developed a musical career instead. As a writer and composer, Lokoff wrote jingles, produced bands, and composed music for off-Broadway theater, television, radio, and film. Lokoff composed the theme cue for Discovery HD Theatre and wrote the score for boxer Bobby Czyz's biopic "Split Decision: The Bobby Czyz Story."
Patti Wilson attended Ithaca College's Park School of Communications where she studied as a Television and Radio major. After graduating in 2003, Patti started interning at MilkBoy in the fall of that year, wanting to work at a local studio with local musicians. She originally started as an engineering assistant, but later took up her role on the business end of the studio, working as "the glue that holds MilkBoy Together".
Caitlin McCullough, studio manager, had been running Larry Gold's 'The Studio' for the past 7 years before joining the MilkBoy team in early 2012. Although a Philly native, she studied Music Recording and Production at New York's Institute of Audio Research. Caitlin runs the studio doing everything from booking sessions to handling all the financials. Her understanding and knowledge of running Philadelphia's most prestigious recording studio has helped her put together sessions for independent artists and major label clients.
Cody Cichowski, engineer, grew up in Maine, but studied for an Associates Degree in Recording Arts from FullSail Real World Education in Orlando. He has worked at MilkBoy for 11 years and risen from an intern to become a senior engineer. This budding film composer is also a first-call SFX creator and surround mix engineer for our many film clients. Cody is a multi-instrumentalist, an expert foley walker and a talented electronics tinkerer. He continues his quest to build the best possible computer out of trashed components.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, producer/engineer Joe Gallagher came to MilkBoy in 2005. "JoeLogic" has since worked alongside many local and globally renowned artists, including singers Patti Labelle, Jazmine Sullivan, Janet Jackson and Mary J. Blige, rappers Meek Mill, Chill Moody and Freeway, as well as jazz musician Ernest Stuart. He received his first Grammy in 2011 for his assistance on Usher's Raymond vs. Raymond. Joe offers clients a vast knowledge of popular music and a wealth of services from beat-making and collaborative composition to skillful engineering and songwriting assistance.
Joel Metzler has been with MilkBoy since 2006. Showing up at the age of 19, Joel spent his first years at MilkBoy learning the craft and being a part of every session he could. Joel has worked with a slue of great local acts including The Great Unknown, Ben Smith, Scot Sax, Kalob Griffin Band, Pat Smith, and Sharon Little. Joel also has worked on projects along side such producing/engineer greats Don Was and Mark Howard. In addition to the studio, Joel also heads up the live sound at our venue in downtown Philadelphia.
Tim Sonnefeld, producer/engineer, is a University of the Arts in Philadelphia grad, studying performance for upright bass and guitar. Before working at MilkBoy he toured with his band Town Hall and conducted freelance production at various studios in the area. Tim is our staff arranger and produces albums from a musician's perspective. When Tim is not working at MilkBoy he is still fully immersed in musical projects whether by himself, or with his band Gang.
Jeff graduated from Temple University with a degree in TV/Film media, and landed his first industry job running the school's film sound mixing studio. Jeff is one of the original studio crew dating back to 1996, and his production credits span various musical genres (R&B, Rap, Gospel, Jazz, Classical, Rock) and industries, including theatrical sound design, radio commercials, video and film audio post-production, studio design and tech maintenance.
Jeff recorded and mixed most of Schooly D's first EP, which some credit as the first real gansta rap record, and has fond memories of working with such notables as Patti Labelle, Teddy Pendergrass, Justin Timberlake, Sigourney Weaver, Eddie Murphy, Gerald Lavert, Michael and Kevin Bacon, the Philadelphia Mummers, Bedouin Soundclash, Kid Cudi, Cool C, and Pepe the King Prawn (of Muppet fame).
Ryan Moys has over 14 years experience recording professionally in recording studios throughout New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia. His work ranges from Philly locals such as East Hundred, Marc Silver and The Stonethrowers, to Jazmine Sullivan and Jill Scott. From indie rock to gospel to R&B, Ryan has experience in many different genres recording, mixing, and producing. In 2009, Ryan received a Grammy for his work on Kirk Franklin's, Fight of My Life, for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album.
Montez Roberts has been an engineer and producer at The Studio since the early 2000s. As a former MC, he travelled on tour with The Roots but has settled down in Philadelphia, where he was born, doing what he does best - making music. In 2011 alone, Montez worked on Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosious, and The Roots' album. However, his discography reads a long list from Kanye West to Neyo to R. Kelly and many, many more. Currently, he is in the studio working and producing The Wurx, a Philly based hip hop group.
Karl Petersen, engineer/producer, has been with Milkboy for over 5 years. His discography spans from major label artists such as Usher and Miley Cyrus to local indie bands and everywhere in between. Currently, he is working on an LP with the Pittsburgh based band Legs Like Tree Trunks. If he isn't working on music he's probably watching scrubs reruns on Netflix.