Two music and sound powerhouses – Squeak E. Clean and Nylon Studios – have merged to form Squeak E. Clean Studios.
Nylon’s Hamish Macdonald has become managing director of the new business. Nylon’s Simon Lister and Squeak E. Clean’s Sam Spiegel become co-executive creative directors, overseeing the company’s creative vision. Nylon’s founding partner, David Gaddie, is strategy partner.
Squeak E. Clean Studios has absorbed and operates all the existing studios of the former companies in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Austin, Sydney and Melbourne. Clients can now access a full range of services in every studio, including original composition, sound design and mix, music licensing, artist partnerships, experiential and spatial sound and sonic branding. Clients will also be able to license tracks from a vast, consolidated music catalogue.
New York-based executive producer, Christina Carlo, is transferring to the West Coast to lead the Los Angeles studio and will work with senior producer, Amanda Patterson. Deb Oh is executive producer of the New York studio, with Cindy Chao as head of sales. Squeak E. Clean Studios’ Sydney studio is led by executive creative producer, Karla Henwood. Ceri Davies is executive producer of the Melbourne studio and Jocelyn Brown is leading the Chicago studio.
Squeak E. Clean Studios is committed to promoting diverse and creative voices in its cross-Pacific pool of artists and leaders and is a strong supporter of the Free the Bid initiative, with three full-time female staff composers already on the roster.
Macdonald commented, “This merger unites the inventive music work that Squeak E. Clean is famous for, with a focus on artist collaborations and vanguard compositions and the exceptional team of award-winning composers, sound designers, and mixers that Nylon Studios has assembled over its 17-year history. It has never been harder for brands to remain relevant and our goal at Squeak E. Clean Studios is to create music and sound that puts brands into the cultural bloodstream.”
Lister added, “I always admired the ‘culture changing’ work that Squeak E. Clean Productions crafted–like the Adidas Hello Tomorrow spot with Karen O and Spike Jonze’s Kenzo World with Ape Drums (feat. Assassin). These are truly the kind of jobs that are not just famous in advertising but are part of our popular culture.”
Spiegel noted, “It’s exciting to be able to combine the revolutionary creativity of Squeak E. Clean with the outstanding post, creative music and exceptional client service that Nylon Studios has always offered at the highest level. We love what we do and this collaboration is going to be an amazing opportunity for all of our artists and clients. As a combined force we will make music and sound that people love.”