- Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
The bench just got a bit deeper at Yessian Music. The international music, sound design and audio post studio has welcomed two new experienced Senior Producers to its L.A. and New York offices. Joining the staff in New York is Evelyn Brown, who most previously was at Human. Joining on the West Coast is Katie Overcash, who comes aboard from Elias Arts. Both bring extensive backgrounds in music production to their new posts. In addition, the company promoted Emily Smith from Producer to Senior Producer in its New York office earlier this year.
“We have experienced some amazing growth in 2016, working across multiple media channels and contributing to projects that have won awards from Cannes Lions and AICE to the One Show, the Clios and LIA,” says Yessian Partner and Chief Creative Officer Brian Yessian. “Bringing Evelyn and Katie on board and promoting Emily is a response to this surge of activity we’re seeing in all our offices. It benefits not just our composers and engineers, but our clients as well. They have strong resumes in creative music production and understand how to keep jobs flowing smoothly.”
Brown is a native of Austin, a music Mecca that’s shaped her career path. The daughter of a music producer/engineer and a graduate of Berklee College of Music as a songwriting major, she got her introduction to the industry working as a freelance production coordinator at MRM/McCann and music supervisor for Groove Guild. Prior to her stint at Human she was producing for Bang Music + Sound.
Smith joined Yessian as a producer in 2014. She’s a magna cum laude graduate of Ohio State University, where she studied biochemistry in addition to music performance. Deciding against medical school, she packed up and moved to New York after college and landed at Storefront Music as a producer before eventually moving over to Yessian. During her time there she’s also taken on the audio post-production role in addition to her work as a senior music producer.
Overcash hails from San Diego, where she attended San Diego State University. Initially working in the finance industry, she migrated north to L.A. and landed at Deutsch, where she worked on the Playstation account. When an opportunity arose to transition over to the Production Department for the agency’s in-house post facility she grabbed it, eventually leading the studio’s build-out and developing a roster of editors and effects artists to support its work. Since leaving the agency for Elias Arts she’s produced for such brands as Nike, Target, Taco Bell, Toyota, Starbucks and Google. Her experience on both the agency and vendor sides provides her with a unique understanding of how to manage all facets of production.
Both Brown and Overcash are upbeat about their new professional roosts. “I’ve admired Yessian’s work for some time, so it’s very gratifying to get a chance to work with EP and Managing Director Marlene Bartos and Creative Director Mike Dragovic,” says Brown. Adds Overcash, “Yessian is an established and highly respected studio, which says a great deal about the people behind the music. They’re hands on, forward-thinking and passionate about the work. I’m truly excited to be collaborating with our Executive Producer Dave Gold and Creative Director Andy Grush to grow our West Coast presence.”