The TeamMeet the People Behind Liquid 5th

 

Management Team

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Carl Taylor

CEO | Recording | Live Sound | Chief Mixing Engineer

Carl founded Liquid 5th Productions in 2005, producing records for groups all over the country, pioneering modern collegiate a cappella live sound, and working alongside various organizations like CASA, the AACI, and Varsity Vocals. As a producer and mixing engineer for Liquid 5th, Carl's work has been widely recognized and awarded in the a cappella community. His work has been featured on BOCA, Voices Only, and Sing and has received numerous CARA nominations and awards. Carl has become well-known for his live sound and album production abilities. He has produced concerts for numerous groups throughout the United States, including Pentatonix, Duwende, and many more! He has run sound on some of the biggest stages in a cappella including the Pentatonix Tour, The ICCA Finals, and the Taiwan A Cappella Festival. Carl lives in Holly Springs, NC with his wife, Melissa, his son, Caleb, and his daughter, Ella.


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Chris Juengel

CCO | Recording | Live Sound | Chief Editing Engineer

Chris is a singer, songwriter, and sound engineer. He has enjoyed running live sound for a cappella groups from all around the world. Doing hundreds of live a cappella shows over the last half decade has earned Chris an acute ear for the specific needs of a cappella groups in an amplified performance setting. He toured with Pentatonix as their sound technician in 2013 and has worked with PTX on multiple shows since. Chris has over a decade of a cappella recording and editing experience that places him among the top engineers in the industry. Chris lives in Burlington, NC with his wife Meredith and 4 children Brooks, Ellie, Leighton, and Natalie.


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Josh Chopak

COO | Recording Engineer

Josh Chopak is L5’s Chief Operating Officer as well as a recording engineer. He has considerable experience in the music industry, having worked for the Newport Jazz Festival, Marshall Lamm Public Relations, Branford Marsalis/Marsalis Music, Jason Olaine, and Harry Connick, Jr./Wilkins Management. Before joining the team, Josh was an L5 client—first with the Town Criers of Weston High, who under his direction became among the most highly awarded high school groups in the country—and second with the Chessmen of Franklin & Marshall College, for whom he served as Music Director for three years. Human-feedback.com named Josh one of "5 Up and Coming A Cappella People to Watch in 2012," and the A Cappella Blog listed Josh as #71 in its "A Cappella Cool 100" series.

Production Team

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Chase Strom (Recording | Editing | Mixing | Live Sound Engineer)

Chase is from Annapolis, MD where he first found his love of music through high school choirs, bands, musicals and recording his own music. Chase studied Business Management and Music Technology at Elon University and was a member, music director and principal arranger of the co-ed a cappella group Vital Signs. Chase lead the group in recording their first studio EP, Impluse, with Liquid 5th. Through this process he began to realize his appreciation for a cappella production and Liquid 5th. Chase helped gain the group much notoriety by editing, mixing, and mastering live concert audio used in YouTube videos that have amassed over 100,000 views and earned Vital Signs an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall. He has recorded, edited, mixed, and run sound for many groups since joining the team.

Chase Strom

Recording | Editing | Mixing | Live Sound Engineer
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Trevor Phillips (Recording | Editing | Live Sound Engineer)

Trevor studied Media Production and Music at UNC-Chapel Hill. He served as Music Director of Psalm 100, and helped lead the group from relative obscurity to preeminence in the NC a cappella community (having won state-wide competitions), as well as national acclaim (appearing on Voices Only), and co-produced 3 studio albums. He had been passionate about high quality a cappella sound, and worked tirelessly in college to educate groups about proper live a cappella sound. Consequently he recorded and produced the first live-recorded album of any UNC group. He currently lives in North Carolina working for L5 as a recording, editing, and live sound engineer.

Trevor Phillips

Recording | Editing | Live Sound Engineer
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Josh Heilbronner (Recording | Editing | Mixing Engineer)

Raised in the Sunshine State (Florida), Josh began his musical interest early. Following in his father's footsteps, he picked up his first instrument, the trombone. From that moment on, he was in love with music. Once Josh got to high school, he sang in the award-winning choral group, OPUS. From OPUS, a smaller barbershop group was formed, which sparked his interest in a cappella. After searching for a choir at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, he found APC Rhythm, NYU's first co-ed group. After 3 years of singing, competing and traveling, he started directing the group. Although Josh's interest lies in music and post-production sound, his degree from NYU is in filmmaking and cinematography, adding yet another layer of services to the Liquid 5th team!

Josh Heilbronner

Recording | Editing | Mixing Engineer
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Elan Wong (Recording | Editing | Live Sound Engineer)

At the age of six, Elan got his start in music by taking piano lessons from his grandfather. Since then, music has been with him everywhere. Attending Brookline High School he sang in choir as well as the District and All State choir where he met fellow Liquid 5th member, Josh Chopak. It was in his freshman year that he joined his high school all male a cappella group, the Testostatones. Elan's love for a cappella quickly grew from that point as he began arranging, recording and teaching. He graduated from Brandeis University after music directing Brandeis' VoiceMale. VoiceMale has received numerous CARA nominations as well as awards for Best Album, Best Male Soloist and Best Original Song. His passion for a cappella lies in his love for intricate and original arrangements and the power of the human voice. His work for L5 includes recording, editing, and live sound.

Elan Wong

Recording | Editing | Live Sound Engineer
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Jack Blume (Recording | Editing Engineer)

Jack lives in London, UK, and became involved with a cappella at the University of Birmingham, where he joined The Sons of Pitches as beatboxer and MD. Jack won two awards for Outstanding Vocal Percussion at The Voice Festival UK, and competed at the ICCA Finals in New York City. The Sons recorded their debut EP 'Not Too Shabby' with Liquid 5th, and soon afterwards Jack began working with L5 and recording in the UK. He now works as music director for the hit show Gobsmacked! Jack also teaches VP workshops all around the UK, and has worked with many of the best collegiate and pro groups. In 2014 he judged the Scottish a Cappella Championship. Jack is the VP for London's exciting new a cappella choir 'Sound', and continues to work with The Sons, running live sound, depping, and contributing to the creative output of the group. Jack also works as a freelance film, TV and theatre composer from his London studio.

Jack Blume

Recording | Editing Engineer
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Noah Berg (Recording | Editing Engineer)

Hailing from the Jersey suburbs of NYC, Noah has carried music as a passion in his life since the age of 5. He studied the piano, violin, clarinet, tenor saxophone, and guitar. At 16, he won the state-wide 2008 New Jersey Harmonium Choral Society's Annual Choral Composition Contest, and composed a complete suite for symphonic orchestra. He participated in the various music ensembles in high school, and formed a pop-punk band, Bravest Gian who's EP is available on iTunes. Noah studied music composition at the University of Rochester and directed the all-male a cappella group, the Midnight Ramblers. His arrangements and studio work have appeared on Voices Only and BOCA, were nominated for three CARAs: Best Male Collegiate Album, Song, and Arrangement.

Noah Berg

Recording | Editing Engineer
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Dave Soson (Recording Engineer)

Dave studied music at the University of Rochester. A four-year member of The Midnight Ramblers, Dave served as Music Director for two years during which the Ramblers toured in Florida, Los Angeles, Seattle/Portland, and London. He recorded and released three full-length studio albums and one DVD, co-producing three of them. In 2005, Dave helped lead the Ramblers to the ICCA Finals, where the group finished third overall in the nation. In four years, Dave arranged and co-arranged over 25 songs for the Midnight Ramblers. His arrangements have appeared on Sing, Voices Only and BOCA. Many of Dave's arrangements can also be heard in high school choral rooms and colleges across the country. Dave records and leads workshops with students of all ages and groups all over the U.S.

Dave Soson

Recording Engineer
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Maggie Tobin (Arranger)

With a background in band, orchestra and choral music, award-winning arranger Maggie Tobin entered the a cappella world in 2011 when she was accepted into Florida State’s AcaBelles. Over the next four years she would serve as the group’s primary arranger, assistant music director and music director, ultimately winning a 2016 CARA for Best Arrangement (Tesselate). In 2013, the AcaBelles’ performance of her arrangement of “Royals” by Lorde went viral, garnering over eight million views on YouTube along with attention from the likes of Huffington Post, CNN, and Lorde herself. The group’s 2014 album Rebel received five CARA nominations, including Best Female Arrangement, and later that year the group won first place at the SoJam Collegiate Competition where she was awarded Best Arrangement. Maggie earned degrees in music and English as a member of FSU's class of 2015.

Maggie Tobin

Arranger
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Anders Borg (Recording | Editing Engineer)

As a student at the Durham School of the Arts, Anders Borg founded and directed the school’s first men’s a cappella group, which officially marked the beginning to his a cappella career. His varied choral experience includes working with the Durham Choral Society, Eric Whitacre, and touring through Austria and Germany. Currently studying music production/recording arts at Elon University, he serves as music director & arranger for the men’s a cappella group, Rip_Chord, and works as a technician and music theory tutor. Outside of a cappella, Anders plays bass, piano, drums, and guitar. Anders joined the L5 team in 2015 as a recording engineer.

Anders Borg

Recording | Editing Engineer
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Lexi Stones (Social Media Manager)

Lexi has been a student of music from a very young age. She learned to play the piano, clarinet, and saxophone when growing up in Virginia, and has always loved to sing. During her first year as a student at Elon University, Lexi co-founded co-ed a cappella group Vital Signs. As a sophomore, she became the drum major of Elon’s marching band, The Fire of the Carolinas. Lexi graduated from Elon University in 2014 with a major in Strategic Communications and a minor in Leadership Studies. She currently works in marketing and social media management and resides in North Carolina.

Lexi Stones

Social Media Manager
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Tyler Meacham (Videographer | Graphic Designer)

Tyler Meacham is from Richmond, VA and graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Cinema & Television Arts at Elon University. Her strengths are in writing, directing, and editing, and she has been creating digital video content on her YouTube channel since 2007. At Elon, Tyler was president of a cappella group Twisted Measure, for which she created the group's viral "Chandelier" music video, which has since garnered over 5 million views. She's a musician, Disney fan, graphic design nerd, and former musical theatre kid with a lot of creative passions.

Tyler Meacham

Videographer | Graphic Designer
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Satchith Harve (Recording | Editing Engineer)

Satchith is a music producer, singer, songwriter, and sound engineer. He spent two years in Mumbai, India, with the Bollywood music directing duo Vishal-Shekhar as their lead sound engineer. During his time there, he worked on many Bollywood films, including Student of the Year, Chennai Express, Bang Bang, and Happy New Year. Satchith won the 2015 Radio Mirchi Music Award in Sound Engineering for his work on the song "Manwa Laage". His love and pursuit of music began in grade school, learning the saxophone, piano, and guitar. He began his a cappella career as a founding member and the first music director of Maize Mirchi at the University of Michigan. He arranged over 25 pieces for the Maize Mirchi during his three years, helping the young group get off the ground running. He is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, with a degree in music production, and currently lives in New Jersey.

Satchith Harve

Recording | Editing Engineer