Owner and chief visionary, Eric Valentine's constant experimentation and exacting standards are what has molded Barefoot into the studio it is today.
From his very first Tascam 244 Portastudio to the Neve 88R, Eric has had his hands on just about every piece of equipment designed for the purpose of recording sound. He brings the perspective and vision of an end user – that is still actively making records every day – to the design process. Striving to fulfill needs and solve the problems of today’s record makers, Eric created Barefoot and Undertone Audio as outlets for these ideas to be available to musicians, engineers, and producers.
Chief Engineer and Studio Manager Tim O’Sullivan has been around Barefoot since 2012 when he worked at UTA wiring consoles. After a stint in Brooklyn, Tim has returned to Barefoot as Studio Manager and Engineer.
Tim has worked with Karen O, The YYY’s, Nick Zinner, N.A.S.A., Anderson Paak, Grace Potter, Doyle Bramhall II, Lizzo, and Money Mark.
Engineer Bradley Cook has recorded iconic artists such as Foo Fighters, Ben Harper, Fishbone, Queens of the Stone Age and Issac Hayes.
Brad has been a part of Barefoot since the beginning.
He is also an integral part of Undertone Audio, serving as project manager and prototype builder.
Justin Long is a producer/engineer/songwriter who has been at Barefoot since 2013. He’s worked on projects alongside Eric for Nickel Creek, Keith Urban, 5 Seconds of Summer, and Grace Potter, as well as engineered various other artists such as Sleater-Kinney, The Wombats, and Fitz and the Tantrums.