Top Music Producers In St. Louis

June 27, 2013 7:00 AM


St. Louis has a long history as a musical hotbed. From Scott Joplin to Tina Turner to Nelly, the city has churned out one gritty musical superstar after another. The Lou was an incubator for  Ragtime, then Blues, and now hip hop and R&B. Here are some of the top studios producing music in the city today.
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Phat Buddha Productions
1901 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 231-3930

The first thing you’ll notice if you visit Phat Buddha’s website is the shout out from Nelly that autoplays when the site loads. Phat Buddha’s impressive client list includes Nelly, Lil Wayne, Black Eyed Peas and Jaden Smith. Phat Buddha offers two recording studios, a lounge, and assistants and runners while you work. Want to learn the art of recording? There’s a school onsite. The studio has close ties to the Da Farmacy production company, offering beats for rappers and R&B singers.

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Jupiter Studios
3323 Locust St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 535-5556

Jupiter has a proud history of working with artists on their way to signing with big labels. Ludo, Nelly, Baby Hughy all recorded here before their big breaks. Sometimes the work they recorded at Jupiter led directly to getting signed. Jupiter has also recorded a jingle for Zhu Zhu Pets, which became the number one toy in America, an award-winning jingle for the toy T.I.M., and the award-winning score for the Railroad Tycoon video game. Jupiter offers a recording studio, music composition and production, multimedia, and a recording school.

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Ex’treme Institute by Nelly
800 N. 3rd St.
St. Louis, MO 63102
(314) 657-4444

If you’re interested in the music industry in St. Louis, there’s one name you cannot miss: Nelly. A couple of years ago, Nelly turned the site of his Laclede’s Landing restaurant into a recording school (accredited through Vatterott College). The school opened with just three students, but now features a full range of classes and diplomas for musicians and techies, a recording studio, dance studios and graphic design programs.

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Shock City Studios
2200 Gravois Ave., Suite 100
St. Louis, Missouri 63104
(314) 771-3099

This world-class studio opened in 2008 and offers state-of-the-art technology for recording artists. Their audio services for the past five years have included live recording, editing, mixing, motion picture soundtracks, commercial music, voiceovers, audio for web/mobile applications, audio restoration, and archiving. Last year, Shock City added artist development and branding services to their mix to become a full-service studio for recording artists. Their artist list includes Gravity Kills, Yo Gotti, Chingy and Pitbull.

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7Fourteen Entertainment
1511 Locust St., Suite 803
St. Louis, MO 63103

The 7Fourteen Music Group is made up of “a record label, recording studio, production company, music publishing, artist and producer management,” according to their website. The studio is currently working with local artists Kenny Knox, BHood, and Carla Carter. 7Fourteen is housed in a loft on Locust street owned by its founders, Todd and Karrie Butterfield. The Butterfields seem like unlikely candidates to be producing and promoting St. Louis rappers and hip hop artists (Mrs. Butterfield was formerly a beauty pageant organizer), but they’ve been producing music in St. Louis now for over six years.

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Lauren Haas is a writer who specializes in finding the fun! Lauren was the publisher of the St. Louis Area Family Gazette for eight years, and now writes freelance articles on St. Louis events and attractions, budget travel, arts and entertainment and fitness topics. Her work can be found at