Plaid Productions is two people: Alex Green and Alexander Koutzoukis. We coincidentally both went to Tufts University for college, sang in occasionally-competing groups on campus (the Amalgamates and Beelzebubs, respectively), and eventually realized we loved music (specifically a cappella) enough to make a full time job of it.
Since 2011, we have enjoyed working with groups ranging from right at home at Tufts University, to High Point, NC and Centerville, OH, all the way to Singapore and Taiwan. Between producing these albums and occasional collaborations with friends and headlining acts at national festivals, our focus is always on creating the best musical experience we can for both performers and listeners alike.
My experiences in the music and audio world started early, recording songs in my bedroom on Long Island, NY. I spent my college years as a member and music director of the Amalgamates, while also holding internships at Rounder Records (Burlington, MA) & Alta Vista Studios (Austin, TX), and writing for the Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB). In early 2009, I was introduced to recorded a cappella while working with Deke Sharon and Bill Hare in Milpitas, CA, and back in Massachusetts with John Clark recording, editing, and mixing the Amalgamates’ CARA-winning Hands Off The Mannequin. When I’m not either mixing or behind a microphone, you can usually find me hovering over a cutting board or in front of a stove, probably making soup.
My formative college years (all five of them) were spent as a member of the Beelzebubs, serving as Music Director for two. I got my start in the field of a cappella production while working closely with Ed Boyer and Bill Hare on two award-winning Bubs albums (Pandaemonium and Play The Game) and continued along that path once out of the group by working on about half of the Warblers tracks from Season 2 of Glee. I won a 2010 Best Male Collegiate Arrangement CARA for my arrangement of “All The Love In The World,” a 2012 CARA runner-up in the same category for “Kings and Queens,” and despite functioning primarily as a bass and vocal percussionist (as on the first season of NBC’s The Sing-Off), am always eager to sing (almost) as high as Green.
what we do
Capturing your best individual and group performances in front of a microphone.
Correcting minor performance flaws, like pitch and rhythm discrepancies.
Balancing voice parts, adding effects, augmenting percussion: the creative part of post-production that brings your musical vision to life.
Anything from on-the-fly tweaks to studio arrangements built from the ground up; just ask.
Supportive feedback to help your singers get the right notes, the best dynamics, and the realest emotions.
Guidance with any other steps along the way: Anything from song selection to mastering and distribution, and even group functions like gigging and leadership.
some of our favorite songs that we've worked on with our clients, at festivals, and just to get ideas in our heads out
every so often we take some time off to work on music for ourselves, and these are what happen
songs we've recorded at CASA festivals with performing groups, VIPs, and sometimes whoever else happened to be around
some choice samples of fun things we've worked on with other groups
a non-comprehensive list of people and groups we've worked with, and what some of them are saying about us
The Plaid guys worked WITH us, and we formed a close relationship throughout the process of producing our album, "Exposed." They helped us improve our arrangements and solos on the fly while we recorded, and they also were considerate of our artistic input through the mixing process while offering their own creative style and technical expertise.
—Jim Kane, Saint Louis University Bare Naked Statues (President)
Alex and Alexander of Plaid Productions are professional, timely, and most excellent at their craft. Working with them is one of the surest investments a recording artist can make.
—Dave Sperandio, Vocal Mastering & Diovoce (owner)
With Plaid, you know it's going to be done right, done efficiently, and done on time. But it's not just about the quality of the work, it's about what's behind it. These guys are artisans. They care as much as you do about the final product -- maybe even more. There's tons of expertise here, and you know that every ounce of it is going into your tracks.
—Mike Boxer, Six13 (Founder), Halfway Coherent Productions (Owner)
Plaid Productions is the best recording/mixing/producing duo out there.
—Lauren Jacobs, Tufts Amalgamates (Music Director)
Plaid is easily one of the best, if not the best in the business. I didn’t know what I was missing until I used them on our first originals album and I’ve used them on every album since.
—Ben Spalding, Centerville High School Forte (Director), A Cappella Education Association (Treasurer)
Them Plaid boys are too dope! Easy to work with, quick turnaround, and pretty much perfect every time. The best thing about working with Alex (and... Alex) is being able to let go of any worries I may have about the small details of a project and focus on ensuring the overall vision and final product are amazing.
—James Cannon, The Panic Room (Owner / Producer)
Alex and Alex's mix of knowledge, talent, approachability, and understanding made every interaction with them as a leader of my group enjoyable and thought-provoking. They were willing and able to take our vision of an album and mold it into something that we can be proud of and that others truly enjoy listening to. [Shir Appeal's] Linguistics is one of my proudest achievements and [they] made that possible.
—Ami Wulf, Tufts Shir Appeal (President)
Alex makes the sweetest edits and chocolate lava cake and [redacted for decency].
—Tat Tong, Universal Music Publishing Group (Songwriter), T2 Productions (Owner), The Swaggernautz (Songwriter)
[E]very singer from the soloist down to the bassline (and vp) is engaged; and the group as a whole sings as if it's one voice in terms of blend, energy, and tone. The recording/production [on The Amalgamates' Odd Man In] is great — kudos to the guys at Plaid Productions for [all of it.] This album just sounds great: slick where it needs to be but not over-produced.
—Catherine Lewis, Recorded A Cappella Review Board (RARB) Reviewer
Accidentals (University of Georgia)
Aires (Dartmouth College)
Amalgamates (Tufts University)
Anchord (Tufts University)
Bare Naked Statues (Saint Louis University)
Beelzebubs (Tufts University)
The Blend (Wheaton College)
Buffoons (Colorado College)
Callbacks (Harvard University)
Chai-Town (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)
DeCadence (University of California Berkeley)
Deltones (Delaware University)
Divisi (University of Oregon)
Forte (Centerville High School)
Fundamentally Sound (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
G-Men (University of Michigan)
Jackson Jills (Tufts University)
Kaskeset (SUNY Binghamton)
No Southern Accent (University of Florida)
Octāves (Richmond University)
OneVoice (Briarcrest Christian High School)
Opportunes (Harvard University)
Out of the Blue (Duke University)
Out of the Blue (Oxford University)
Out of the Blue (Yale University)
Pitch Slapped (Berklee College of Music)
Pitchforks (Duke University)
Power Chords (Olin College)
Random Voices (UCLA)
S-Factor (Tufts University)
Shir Appeal (Tufts University)
sQ! (Tufts University)
Techtonics (Imperial College London)
Trojan Men (University of Southern California)
Vega (Chaminade-Julienne High School)
X-Factors (Northwestern University)
ARORA / SONOS (Collaborative Recording)
The Boxettes (Collaborative Recording)
C.D. Eichler (AKA Pella)
Centre Radio (Voiceover – Tobias Hug)
Club for Five (Collaborative Recording)
Duwende (Collaborative Recording)
The Edge Effect (Collaborative Recording)
Five O’Clock Shadow
The House Jacks (Collaborative Recording)
Hookslide (Collaborative Recording)
Mo5aic (Collaborative Recording)
Naturally 7 (Collaborative Recording)
NoTa (Collaborative Recording)
Overboard (Collaborative Recording)
POSTYR Project (Collaborative Recording)
Radio Y.E.S. 93.3 FM (Singapore)
VXN (Collaborative Recording)
With our combined experience arranging, directing, performing, recording, editing, mixing, producing, connecting, and generally existing in the a cappella community, we've gathered the necessary skills to take your ideas from start to finish and make the best possible music while working within your group's (or your school's) budget.
Somerville, MA & Brooklyn, NY