Kevin Churko’s talent was recognized by Shania Twain and her husband/producer Robert John “Mutt” Lang, who recruited him in 1999 to work as house engineer and programmer at their studio in Switzerland, adding names such as Bryan Adams, Britney Spears, Celine Dion and the Corrs to his CV.
In 2003, Churko moved to L.A, but eventually settled in Las Vegas. “It definitely isn’t a major musical metropolis, but it’s an easy place to get to by air and only a few hours’ drive to L.A. I like being off the beaten path. I like being separated from L.A. and other major music centers. I’ve always cultivated my surroundings, rather than join somebody else’s. To the industry, I’m known as that ‘Vegas guy’. If I were in L.A., I’d be just ‘another guy’.”
Kevin’s connection to Ozzy Osbourne came from friend David Frangioni (owner of Audio One).
“After he built Ozzy’s studio, David invited me down to record some drums for Ozzy as a demonstration of how great the room could sound.”
Kevin made such an impression that he was later invited to engineer Ozzy’s Under Cover, Black Rain and Scream albums.
Kevin opened The Hideout Recording Studio in August 2011 with two control rooms. (A third is already in the planning stages.) The studio is equipped with a stereo monitoring system consisting of MK Sound 2510P powered satellites, MX-350 subwoofer and BMC-1 bass management.
“I chose them because of the experience I had working with David Frangioni at Audio One in 2004. He had the same speakers in a full surround setup and I just loved them. I loved how such a physically small system could play so loud and I loved working with a real full-range system with a great sub.”