Nashville, TN (November 30, 2015)—Blackbird Studio has named music industry veteran Rolff Zwiep as its new manager.
“Rolff exemplifies the attitude and approach we have at Blackbird—professional but laid back, over-delivering every chance we get and doing everything we can to give people a great experience here,” said John McBride, owner and founder of Blackbird, which lays claim to being Tennessee’s largest commercial audio recording facility. “I am proud that he is part of our team. Rolff is a great guy, not just in business, but as a person.”
Zwiep has more than 30 years of experience in the Nashville music business. He came to Music City from his hometown of New Knoxville, OH in 1983. As a musician, he was hired by Picker’s Pickup, Nashville’s first cartage service, in 1984. Since then, he has worked for S.I.R., Drum Paradise, his own T.K.O. firm and Underground Sound as a stage manager, cartage professional and drum tech, as well as production manager for The Nashville Symphony from 1989-1994. Zwiep is a graduate of Leadership Music, and launched Blackbird’s equipment-rental business in 2004.
“Everything—all of the ability and knowledge I have gained—has led me to this,” said Zwiep of his appointment. “I guess you could call this a dream job.”
Blackbird Studio was founded by John McBride in 2002. It now incorporates nine studios, the full-service rental business, Little Champion Music Publishing, and Blackbird Academy. The Academy trains producers and engineers via bi-annual classes in live sound and recording, the latter program incorporating Blackbird Studios into the curriculum.
Blackbird Studio’s clients include such pop stars as Adele, Green Day, Pearl Jam, fun, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Megadeth, The Beastie Boys and Train. Pop legends including Bon Jovi, Bob Seger, Rod Stewart, Johnny Mathis, John Fogerty, Keith Richards, Neil Young, R.E.M., Rush, Steven Tyler and Stevie Nicks have worked at the studio.