Marigny Studios

Marigny Recording Studio is a full multi-track audio production facility located in the heart of New Orleans' Fauborg Marigny District, within the historically repurposed Luthjen's Dance Hall of the 1950s.

Rick Nelson

Co-Owner . Producer . Engineer

Multi-instrumentalist Rick G. Nelson is a professional musician, engineer, and producer residing in New Orleans.  In addition, Rick frequently composes, performs and records string arrangements in collaboration with clients and other musicians.

In 2002, after graduating from the University of North Texas (link), Rick caught the attention of Tim DeLaughter, formerly of the band Tripping Daisy, who hired Rick as the violinist for DeLaughter’s newest musical project, the orchestral rock band ThePolyphonicSpree. Rick has also toured both nationally and internationally with several other bands such as The TwilightSingers, and The Afghan Whigs

In 2010, Marigny Recording Studios officially opened for business, and to date, Rick has engineered, produced collaborated on albums with a variety of musicians, songwriters and producers. This impressive roster of clients continues to expand, and encompasses musical genres including classical, jazz, indie rock, rap, country, etc.  This versatility allows Rick to move seamlessly from one genre to another creating stellar musical results.

Rick has also lent his engineering and performing talents to the soundtracks of a variety of films including Thumbsucker (2005), Mythosis, a Spanish short film directed by Alvaro diaz Palacios, and Selfless, directed by Tarsem Singh, with an expected release date of 2015.

Jason Rhein

Co-Owner . Producer . Engineer

With over 15 years of production experience, Jason currently produces Music Inside Out , a weekly radio broadcast featuring music and conversation with Louisiana music artists like Irma Thomas, Allen Toussaint, and Taj Mahal. Rhein served three consecutive seasons as Music Producer for the Emmy-winning Disney television series Imagination Movers , producing many of their albums and live concert recordings. Before that, Jason worked for nine years as Technical Director for the award-winning, national public radio show American Routes , where he recorded and edited hundreds of live performance/interviews with enduring musical greats such as Randy Newman, Dolly Parton, Norah Jones, and others.

Jason also owner and creative media director at Elephant Quilt Productions, a media production company that transforms clients' raw ideas into rich, compelling media that amplify their voices, promote their products and share their stories with a wider audience. Elephant Quilt recently helped launch The Shed on Food Network and works with a wide range of clients including Preservation Hall, Loyola University and Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Jason has also been the bassist and co-songwriter/producer in the New Orleans rock group Rotary Downs since 2004.

Matt Aguiluz

Producer . Engineer 


Well-traveled New Orleans native engineer Matt Aguiluz has enjoyed recording, performing and producing music locally and across the globe.

For the past 15 years, Matt has been part of the local underground music culture of New Orleans, founding and composing the music for the electronic group A Living Soundtrack , performing in Rotary Downs, and producing records for bands such as Fatter Than Albert.

While living abroad, he has been hired to produce/score film soundtracks in Osaka and Madrid, as well as perform and install music installations with many artists in Osaka, London and has now had the opportunity to create additional music installations in New Orleans.

Locally, these collaborating artists include Andrew Wade Smith, Dave Greber, Phil Rached, and Matthew Holdren, among others.

He has also recently finished sound design and ADR work for select episodes of the Dish Network TV series Bourbon Whiz.

Matt is also the in-house studio engineer for the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.



Paul McDonald



A lifelong visitor and recent transplant to New Orleans, Paul McDonald is an engineer and musician from Flint, Michigan by way of Boston, Massachusetts.

Paul graduated Magna cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Production & Engineering from Berklee College of Music, where he studied under award-winning industry figures including Prince Charles Alexander, Jeff Largent, and Susan Rogers.

As a vocalist, he was a member of and an arranger for The G-Men (or Gentlemen, for long) the University of Michigan’s widely acclaimed all-male A Cappella group. He served as the group’s Music Director from 2008-2009.

Though a lifelong love of the storied local music culture brought Paul to New Orleans, his engineering work showcases aptitudes in a wide variety of genres and media.

In addition to making studio records, his engineering work also includes live sound, live recording, film scoring, and ADR/Foley.

Locally, Paul has had the pleasure to work with artists such as Johnny Vidacovic, Roger Lewis, Hazy Ray, Mike Dillon, Helen Gillet, members of Galactic, the Preservation Hall Brass Band, and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.