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Carl Nappa’s musical journey began with the gift of an acoustic guitar at age 9 from his godfather. Playing rock, funk, R&B and jazz throughout his teen years eventually led him into a recording studio. It was during that first introduction to the technical side of music that he developed his appreciation for what happened on the other side of the glass.

In the late 1980s, Mr. Nappa had the good fortune to apprentice with Multi-Grammy award winning engineer, Bob St. John. During that time, they worked with Extreme, the Baby Animals, Dweezil Zappa, Steve Perry, and many others. Those recording sessions took them to Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and the famed Abby Road Studios in London. In the mid-1990s, he left Boston to join the Hit Factory recording studios in New York City.

Working as a Staff Engineer at The Hit Factory provided Mr. Nappa the opportunity to work on sessions ranging from vocal overdubs to eighty-piece orchestras alongside the major pop stars of our time. He was able to fine tune his record making process by working with legendary artists and producers such as Arif Mardin, Phil Ramone, Mutt Lange, Al Schmit, Elliot Scheiner, Alan Parsons, Ray Bardani, Jerry Brown, Teddy Riley, P Diddy, Wyclef Jean, Kevin Law, and Vincent Herbert. As a producer and recording engineer, Mr. Nappa brings over 20 years of recording experience to ex’treme Institute. Widely recognized for his work on both major label and independent records, he most recently served as the Director of Recording for Nelly’s Derrty Entertainment. His duties there allowed him to work closely alongside Nelly and other recording artists at the record Label.

Mr. Nappa has been awarded over thirty Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum records as well as being Grammy and Aria nominated as an engineer, mixer, and producer. He has worked with many high visibility artists in the music industry in the Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, Pop, Country, and Jazz genres



Year Album Artist Function
2014 The Latin Album Collection Plácido Domingo Assistant Engineer
2011 Brighter Days: The Film and Live Concert Album JJ Grey / JJ Grey & Mofro Engineer, Mixing
2010 5.0 Nelly Engineer, Mixing
2009 The Fast and the Furious [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]  Various Editing
2008 Brass Knuckles Nelly Engineer, Mixing, Vocal Engineer
2008 King of Pop Michael Jackson Assistant Engineer
2008 Party People [Maxi Single] Nelly Engineer, Mixing
2008 The Greatest Remixes Good Charlotte Mixing
2007 Double Up R. Kelly Engineer
2007 Go Mario Producer, Audio Production, Engineer
2007 Wadsyaname Nelly Mixing
2006 About-Face The Working Title Producer, Engineer, Mixing
2006 Kinfolk Ali & Gipp Mixing
2006 Science Faction: Grime Composer, Primary Artist
2005 Coach Carter Mixing
2005 Sweatsuit Nelly Engineer
2005 The Longest Yard [Original Soundtrack] Various Engineer, Mixing
2005 Tilt Ya Head Back Nelly Engineer
2005 Universal Smash Hits, Vol. 3 Various Engineer
2004 Harm’s Way Siberia Mixing
2004 Homegrown, Vol. 1 Skitz Primary Artist
2004 Plenty Plenty Love Andrew Jones Engineer
2004 Suit Nelly Engineer, Audio Engineer
2004 Sweat Nelly Engineer
2003 Da Derrty Versions: The Reinvention Nelly Engineer
2003 Everyone Here Is Wrong The Working Title Producer, Engineer, Mixing
2003 Greatest Hits Live Robin Trower Engineer
2003 Hits 1985-1995: Best of the Best Gold Michael Bolton Engineer
2003 MTA2: Baptised in Dirty Water David Banner Engineer, Mixing
2003 Murphy’s Law Murphy Lee Engineer
2002 Bang on a Can Classics Bang on a Can Assistant Engineer
2002 Corporate America Boston Editing, Digital Transfers
2002 Harlem’s Greatest Cam’ron Engineer
2002 Population 1 Population 1 Producer, Engineer, Mixing, Vocals, Voices
2001 Auburn Slip Eve to Adam Engineer
2001 Don’t Take It Easy The Ware River Club Engineer
2001 Gone *NSYNC Engineer, Mixing, Recording
2001 Marshmallow Pie Spookie Daly Pride Producer, Engineer, Mixing
2001 Off the Record Ronny Jordan Mixing
2001 Revolution Revolución Ill Niño Engineer, Digital Editing
2000 Barbara Kessler Barbara Kessler Engineer, Mixing, Recorder
2000 Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water Limp Bizkit Editing, Assistant Engineer
2000 Hey World DJ Hasebe Engineer
2000 No Strings Attached *NSYNC Engineer, Mixing, Recording Arranger
2000 Soul & Inspiration Barry Mann Engineer
2000 Telelove Suze DeMarchi Engineer
2000 Vent Nok Engineer
1999 NRBQ [1999] NRBQ Engineer, Mixing
1998 7 Mile 7 Mile Engineer
1998 Confessions of Fire Cam’ron Engineer
1998 In the Line of Fire Fatal Mixing
1998 Living Out Loud Assistant Engineer
1998 More Than Words… Shari Lee Assistant Engineer
1998 Pieces of a Man AZ Mixing
1998 RZA as Bobby Digital in Stereo RZA Mixing
1998 Rush Hour [Original Soundtrack] Engineer
1998 Survival of the Illest: Live from 125 NYC Producer, Engineer, Mixing
1998 The World So Wide Dawn Upshaw Assistant Engineer
1997 Anytime Brian McKnight Engineer
1997 Come On [#1] Billy Lawrence Mixing
1997 Everything You Want Ray J Mixing
1997 Ladies and Gentlemen… We Are Floating in Space Spiritualized Engineer
1997 Levert Sweat Gill LSG Engineer
1997 Paradise Billy Lawrence Mixing
1997 Schizophonic Nuno Engineer, Assistant Engineer
1997 Shades Shades Engineer, Mixing
1997 Works: 1965-1995 Steve Reich Assistant Engineer
1996 Bad as I Wanna B MC Lyte Engineer, Mixing
1996 Bajo el Cielo Español Plácido Domingo Assistant Engineer
1996 Bang On a Can – Cheating, Lying, Stealing Bang on a Can Assistant Engineer
1996 Beyond Life with Timothy Leary Timothy Leary Engineer
1996 Dahlia X Japan Assistant Engineer
1996 Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan, Vol. 1 Chaka Khan Assistant Engineer
1996 Feel Free [Castle] Mike Peters Mixing
1996 Feel Free [Select] Mike Peters Mixing
1996 Fly Sarah Brightman Engineer, Recorder
1996 For Life Soul for Real Engineer
1996 King Biscuit Flower Hour (In Concert) Robin Trower Engineer
1996 Set It Off [Original Soundtrack] Engineer, Mixing
1996 Shadow King Steve Fister Mixing, Composer
1996 Space Jam Engineer
1996 Steve Reich: Proverb; Nagoya Marimbas; City Life Steve Reich / Steve Reich Ensemble Assistant Engineer
1996 Stickin’ to the Script Primo Composer
1995 Flesh Flesh Assistant Engineer
1995 HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I Michael Jackson Assistant Engineer
1995 Private Time Walter Beasley / Walter Beasley Project Mixing Assistant
1995 Saturday Morning: Cartoons’ Greatest Hits Assistant Engineer
1995 Silk Silk Engineer
1995 Tonin’ The Manhattan Transfer Assistant Engineer
1995 Waiting for the Punchline Extreme Assistant Engineer
1993 Shaved and Dangerous Baby Animals Assistant Engineer
1992 III Sides to Every Story Extreme Assistant Engineer