Pogo Studio founder, owner and engineer/producer Mark Rubel serves as Co-Director of Education and Instructor at The Blackbird Academy, an intensive mentor-based recording school at famed Blackbird Studios in Nashville, TN. 2016 marks his 31st year of teaching audio and other musical subjects, and 36th as an engineer/producer. Mark has recorded thousands of sessions, including with such artists as Allison Krauss, Luther Allison, Jay Bennett, Ludacris, Hum, Adrian Belew, Melanie, Fall Out Boy, Henry Butler, Duke Special, live recordings of Los Lobos and Calexico, and many others including label work for RCA, Capitol, Warner, Jive/Zomba, and more. Pogo Studio, featuring the original Creedence mixing console from Fantasy Studios, will reopen this year in Nashville, having operated in Champaign IL since 1980.
Mark was previously Audio Director and Instructor at Eastern Illinois University’s Doudna Fine Arts Center, taught recording and music business at Millikin University, and recording classes through Parkland Community College in Champaign IL from 1985 to 2013. He presents audio panels and workshops for various schools and professional organizations around North America, and works also as an audio consultant, beta tester and legal expert witness. Mark is on the national board of SPARS, and belongs to AES, NARAS, ASCAP, EARS, and a slew of other acronyms.
A bassist since 1970, he writes music and occasional magazine articles, including his Tape Op interviews with Les Paul and Terry Manning, with more coming soon. Mark's thrash oldies band Captain Rat and the Blind Rivets has been rocking since 1980. He plays many instruments badly and sings worse, and is ridiculously happy cultivating songs, students and cats, along with his beloved and saintly wife Nancy and their intrepid guinea pig, Huckleberry.