Guip is a three-time Grammy winner who worked directly with
Levon Helm from 2004-2012. Justin sat in on drums with the Levon
Helm Band while the legendary musician played mandolin, he
served as production manager for Helm?s Midnight Rambles and was
senior recording/mix engineer at Levon Helm Studios in
Justin never missed a single Midnight Ramble at Levon Helm
Studios in Woodstock or a Ramble on the Road. And he was honored
to sit alongside Levon as his double drummer - more often than
any other musician.
Justin developed the signature sound of Helm?s two Grammy
Award-winning records - 2007's "Dirt Farmer" and "Electric
Dirt," which was released in 2009. Justin earned his third
Grammy Award for mix engineering the live Levon Helm Band during
a 2008 performance that was released on a 2011 CD - "Ramble at
Justin currently occupies the drummer's chair for two ensembles
that grew out of the Midnight Ramble tradition - The Dirt Farmer
Band and The Midnight Ramble Band. He also plays drums for the
Amy Helm Band and appears on Amy's upcoming solo release, which
he recorded and mixed.
As a sound engineer, Justin has worked with a who's who of the
recording industry - My Morning Jacket, The Black Crowes, Hot
Tuna and Jorma Kaukonen, Larry Campbell, Mavis Staples, The
Gourds and Catherine Russell, among others. Justin's prowess
behind the soundboard was also featured on "Toast To Freedom," a
song that marked Amnesty International's 50th Anniversary and
featured Carly Simon and Kris Kristofferson, among others.
Justin?s musical journey began in the mid-1980s, when he joined
RCA recording artist, 700Miles. The rock power trio traveled
extensively in the early 1990s, performing with Radiohead, Blind
Melon and The Counting Crows.
Justin�s musical talents extended to the engineering of live
sound and he put his skills to work as a front of house mix
engineer in several New York City venues. Curt Smith, formerly
of Tears for Fears, retained Justin to mix front of house sound
during his solo project, "Mayflower."
Justin quickly expanded his reach by taking on management skills
as director of operations at Sterling Sound, the premier music
mastering facility. Justin worked on a daily basis for nearly a
decade with engineering greats like George Marino, Ted Jensen,
and Greg Calbi. But it was late nights in a small, shared
recording studio under the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn where
Justin embarked on his career, making great records.