Jeffrey Wood – Studio Director

Jesse Nichols – Engineer

Adam Muñoz – Engineer

Alberto Hernandez – Engineer

James Gangwer – Chief Technical Engineer

Robert Kirby – Assistant Engineer


Jeffrey Wood

Studio Director 

In the last 25 years Jeffrey has established himself as an international music producer, engineer, composer, and label consultant. He has worked for labels such as Warner Brothers, Reprise, Virgin and Chrysalis. Early in his career Jeffrey relocated to London where he produced music for labels and film, as well as being hired to open the UK office for Los Angeles based company Malibu Management.

Five years later, upon locating in Los Angeles, he signed with Polygram Publishing as an artist and writer, as well as continuing to produce for labels. In 1995 he became a producer working in residence at Fantasy Studios. Jeffrey has produced music in 11 languages and worked in studios throughout the states and Europe. He has worked with artists such as the Housemartins, Luka Bloom, Penelope Houston, among many others. He also produced Erika Luckett’s “Unexpected,” which was awarded the “Album of the Year” in the World music competition of Just Plain Folk, the largest music organization in the world. The album was also voted the 2008 “International Music CD of the Year” by the World Arts Celebrity Journal. He has also co-produced “Approximately Nels Cline”, a nationally released film by Academy Award winner Steven Okazaki examining the creative process in the recording studio, featuring the eloquent guitarist of Wilco.

Jeffrey was named Studio Director of Fantasy Studios at the end of 2007. Since then he has worked with many notable recording artists, including clients listed on the Fantasy website since 2007. In addition to bringing 25 years of experience with him, Jeffrey provides a wide range of services including production, recording and musical expertise, budget planning, and music industry insight to help make the Fantasy recording experience the most rewarding experience possible.


Jesse Nichols


Jesse Nichols dove into the local Sacramento, CA music scene in his late teens playing in bands, recording, and touring. Shortly thereafter he decided to dedicate himself to learning the process of “making records.” In late 1999 he relocated to Oakland, CA and enrolled at the newly opened Ex’pression Center for New Media in Emeryville. Fourteen months later he emerged with a perfect GPA, tons of praise from the teaching staff, and an Associates Degree in Applied Science, all of which helped him land a staff engineer position at Fantasy Studios in 2001.

Since then Jesse has worked with such artists as Iggy and the Stooges, Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, Duran Duran, Doves, Death Valley High, Magik Magik Orchestra, Sarah Maclaughlin, Journey, White Stripes, Allman Brothers, Santana, Los Lonely Boys, and many, many more. He’s even had the pleasure of mixing tracks from musical legends like Cal Tjader, Otis Redding, and Rufus Thomas long after they’ve passed on. Other feathers in his cap include movie scores for films such as Grizzly Man, countless advertisements for top companies like T-Mobile, Yahoo!, and Certs, and extensive involvement with audio for motion pictures, television, and video games. Jesse has been involved in just about every type of recording session imaginable; multi-room, video linked tracking sessions, ADR sessions with actors like Robyn Wright and Rita Moreno, Voice Over sessions with talent like Danny Glover and Michael Pollan, Foley work on such films as Casanova and Happily Never After, live shows for San Francisco’s KFOG, and recording a multitude of various Pixar animated characters from Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Ratatouille to name a few.

His expertise in tracking, mixing, and producing makes him extremely versatile in any and all studio situations. And while he continues to write, play, and tour, Fantasy Studios has been his home away from home for well over a decade now.


Adam Muñoz


Adam Muñoz has been an engineer in the Bay Area since 1991. Having joined the Fantasy Studios team as a full-time House Engineer in 2008 Adam has had the opportunity to engineer sessions for many local and national recording artists. Adam has worked with artists like Herbie Hancock, Dave Mathews, Snarky Puppy, Jason Moran, Joanna Newsom, Bomba Estereo, Sean Paul, Lyle Lovett, Six Pence None the Richer, Hank Williams III, Otis Redding and Vince Guaraldi. Adam’s long-time relationship with Bill Frisell and producer Lee Townsend resulted in a 2015 GRAMMY Award nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album.

Adam came to Fantasy after many years as an independent engineer working out of some of the finest studios in the San Francisco and abroad, including the famed Different Fur Recording. As a staff engineer at Different Fur and Brilliant Studios, Adam worked on many notable sessions for artists like Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Chris Isaak, Bonnie Raitt, The Cranberries, Paula Cole and on George Winston’s Grammy Award-winning project “Forest.”

With a background that includes ADR/VO, Foley, lock-to-picture sessions and orchestral film scores, Adam’s versatility as an engineer has lent itself to the fast-paced environment of Fantasy Studios.



Alberto Hernandez


Born in Mexico City, Alberto Hernandez has had the opportunity to be immersed in various cultures and has been directly exposed to various unconventional musical genres. In 1989 he and his family uprooted and headed to the greater Los Angeles area. While living in L.A. he was trained in saxophone and classical guitar. Alberto has played with a variety of bands from Southern California which afforded him the opportunity of touring the west coast a myriad of times.

In 2001, on a whim, Alberto decided to move to San Francisco. While in San Francisco the recording bug bit Alberto and he decided that rather than performing he’d prefer to be on the other side of the glass. Alberto built a small home studio and started recording various projects at home with friends.

Eventually he decided to take a more serious approach to recording and went back to school attending Ex’pression College for Digital Arts. While at Ex’pression, Alberto worked at a small studio in San Francisco called Headchange Studios. Additionally, Alberto worked briefly as an intern at Studio 880.

In August of 2008 Alberto started working at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley California. Alberto has worked with a plethora of artists and through a wide spectrum of genres. Artists Alberto has worked with include but are not limited to: Journey, Lil Wayne, Dave Matthews, Herbie Hancock, Danny Glover, Michael Pollan, George Winston, etc.


James Gangwer 

Chief Technical Engineer 

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, James Gangwer got his start in the music business as a player and originally studied electronics to learn how to fix his own amplifier. He continued his education to learn the technical side of tube, solid state and computer based equipment.

In August, 2001, he was brought on as a staff member of the Fantasy Studios team because of his unparalleled expertise in vintage microphones and outboard equipment. At the time, the studio’s vast collection was in terrible disrepair. With James’ expertise, Fantasy Studios now boasts one of the finest collections of vintage microphones and outboard gear in the Bay Area. James continues to be the go-to guy for the lofty task of maintaining the valuable and unique collection of gear that Fantasy Studio houses.


Robert Kirby

Assistant Engineer 

Robert Kirby has been assisting and engineering sessions at Fantasy Recording Studios since 2015. Most notably, Robert has been credited as Assistant Engineer in recording and mix sessions for: Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, A Tribe Called Quest, Bruce Cockburn, Roscoe Mitchell, and Wee Willie Walker.

As Lead Engineer, Robert has credits on projects for: Ancestree, Deer Hollow, Erik Jekabson, Even Gods Can Die, and Jeff Suburu Band. Robert has had the privilege to record audiobook and voiceover projects narrated by Alice Waters, David Breskin, MacLeod Andrews, W. Kamau Bell, and Daniel Wu. Robert has also engineered recording sessions for the following companies: BBC, Brilliance, CNN, Farallon Films, NPR, Penguin Random House, Telltale Games, and UNICEF.

Before Fantasy, Robert studied and developed his audio engineering skills in several music and audio technology programs. He credits Bruce Tambling at Foothill College for guiding him on the right path to be a part of the recording industry. Robert then went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in Digital Audio Technology at Cogswell Polytechnical College while being mentored by Julius Dobos and Robert Rich.

Assisting at Fantasy Studios has helped Robert’s engineering skills flourish immensely. Not only does Robert continue to learn from Fantasy’s staff engineers, he lists the following engineers and producers as strong influences: Reto Peter, Bruce Kaphan, Dan Feiszli, Jason LaRocca, John Whynot, Robert Gatley, and Travis Tonn.