With more than 15 years of experience as both an audio engineer and musician, Phil Young is one of the Des Moines, Iowa music scene’s most sought-after collaborators. And for the more than 100 Midwest artists he’s recorded throughout his career, it’s easy to see why. With a passion for capturing the authentic sound of each individual project, Phil creates a flexible, easy-going studio environment that’s ideal for both seasoned pros and up-and-coming musicians alike.

After graduating top in his class from the Los Angeles Recording School, Phil cut his teeth at the acclaimed Nightbird Studios in West Hollywood, where he worked with world-renowned acts such as Drake, Lil’ Wayne, Carrie Underwood, John Oates and Green Day. He then returned to his home state of Iowa to help cultivate the burgeoning Midwest scene, running Wabi Sound from his home studio and working at The Establishment downtown Des Moines before making the transition to Sonic Factory Studios.

Phil’s tireless efforts earned him recognition for his Dedication to Developing the Des Moines Music Industry at the 2017 Des Moines Music Coalition Backstage Ball. And he has no plans on slowing down anytime soon. You can see him onstage in a number of popular Midwest bands, including TiresNight StoriesContakta and the Wheelers — or behind the board recording your next album.