As a boy, Ken Candelas grew up in an artistic home where creativity was encouraged. His mother, Abigail Vallé, was a noted fashion designer whose fashion line, Altacalidad, was all the rage in Puerto Rico throughout the 1980's while his father, Hector Candelas, was an in-demand session and touring musician as well as musical director for noted artists such as Lissette Álvarez, Ednita Nazario and Menudo among others. During his teenage years, Ken studied fine art at Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, the prestigious institution made popular by the iconic movie, “Fame”. He received several noted awards for his artwork and designs including the Milton Glaser Award and First Place in the Directory of N.Y.C. Public High Schools Design Competition. Upon graduation, Ken decided to pursue his deep interest in rhythm and music production, following in his father's footsteps.
Graduating with honors from Queensborough Community College as a Music Production major, Ken also studied music, audio and physics at The City College of New York. He operates in New York City and collaborates with clients on both east and west coasts. Ken is extremely well-versed in capturing high-definition recordings and post-production ethics, as well as having strong musical skill. His experience from learning at studios such as Masterdisk, Harvestworks, and most recently at Spin Recording Studios and Big Yellow Duck have played a very important role into shaping his career. He is also currently the drummer for New York City rock band Four Trips Ahead and lead composer for Homerik.
Ken works with state of the art equipment. It is tailored for maximum efficiency, and is a very much personalized setup. His signal chain includes Benchmark converters, Bryston amplifiers, a Dunlavy and Miller & Kreisel speaker/subwoofer combo, RTW metering, RME interfacing, and Sennheiser headphones among other pieces of gear. They are all used to help Ken achieve the most desired sound, and is a pleasure to listen to.
Among Ken's recording talents, he is also a skilled drum technician. Working alongside Shawn Pelton from Saturday Night Live and The Cringe to Gilberto Santa Rosa performing live at Carnegie Hall - Ken has traveled across the nation to make things happen. He is dedicated to professionalism and being a positive source of energy for his team.