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Drums and Production

Antoine is the studio owner and manager, recording and producing most of the artists that come to us for that “Compound Sound”. Some artists and producers of note include:

 Chicano Batman, Ryan Bingham (Grammy and Oscar winner for Crazy Heart), Marc Ford (The Black Crowes, Ben Harper, Booker T. Jones), Ikey Owens (Free Moral Agents, Jack White, The Mars Volta), Jay Buchanan (Rival Sons)…


Arvizu began his music career as a drummer in the late 70s/early 80s as punk rock morphed into an alternative art rock. A founding member of Dr. Dream Records recording artists National Peoples Gang, he toured internationally before disbanding in the mid-90s; sharing the stage with such iconic bands as The Flaming Lips, Nirvana, Soundgarden, fIREHOSE and many more during those early days of "indie rock".


A recording career began in 1991 at the now defunct The Toledo studio in Long Beach engineering for Sublime, Rocket From The Crypt, Big Drill Car and many more.


Later in the nineties he was a founding member of the Delta Blues group Bourbon Jones, earning the moniker Two Drum Tony, famous for simply playing the 26″ Radio King bass drum and cowhide snare, digging deep into the second line style of New Orleans blues and swing.


It was in 1998 that Antoine had the opportunity to engineer at Capitol Studios in Hollywood. The list of fine artists that come through those studios is staggering, to name a few: Paul McCartney, The JB’s, Richard Carpenter, Elliot Smith, Faith Hill… and the list of world class engineers and producers is outrageous; education through osmosis.


In 2003, happy to finally have a studio to truly call home, Antoine joined The Compound Studio to help create “An Organic Recording Experience".

The Compound Studio: ‘Dream builder’ makes all kinds of music in renovated Signal Hill cabinet shop
By Josh Dulaney, Long Beach Press Telegram

SIGNAL HILL >> Inside an old cabinet shop in Signal Hill, a wiry man in cowboy boots runs his hand through his long black hair, which is pulled back so that streaks of gray reveal his years.

Anthony “Antoine” Arvizu doesn’t build cabinets.

“I’m a dream builder,” he says.

The 50-year-old Arvizu owns and operates The Compound Studio, a sanctuary of sound where would-be rock stars and world-famous musicians have come to record for more than 10 years in a renovated cabinet shop.

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