BangTower and Black Cat 6 guitarist/producer/engineer/songwriter Neil Citron has has a long and successful career in the music business for decades. When Neil's cousin Howard Leese, of Heart & Bad Company fame, taught him his first chords at age 13, he fell in love with guitar. Starting early on, he got the opportunity to work with Roy Thomas Baker during the recording of The Cars, Foreigner and Journey. Neil knew then that recording and mixing would be a big part of his music career. Like the Doors and Van Halen, Neil's band "Prodigy" became the house band at Gazzarris’ famous club on the Sunset Strip and soon Neil and the band were signed to Mercury Records, touring the US for several years opening up for “Manfred Mann”, “Y & T”, and Triumph.
As a guitar player, Citron has worked on many recordings of artists from all over the world including most recently Black Cat 6, BangTower, Quite Riot, Lana Lane and others and released several solo records including "In Search of Higher Ground" and "Flavored Jam" (available here from Declassified Records) & "Absolute" and "Guitar Dreams" (Favored Nations).
Neil has engineered & produced records for major artists like John 5, Slash, Joe Satriani, and John Waite. He ran and produced at Grammy-winning guitarist Steve Vai's studio “The Mothership;” with artists such as Eddie Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, The Yardbirds, and The Wallflowers. After building a portable rig for Steve and recording his year long tour, Neil recorded the "Live at the Astoria” album, which earned him a Platinum record. Shortly after that success, Neil recorded the live album from guitar greats the Steve Lukather & Larry Carlton entitled "No Substitutions: Live in Osaka" for which Neil won a Grammy Award.
Neil excels in song writing, and has co-written music for projects with Dino De Laurentiis, Chrysalis Records and Playtone Productions, as well as band like Quiet Riot and Wasp. He's well versed in recording multiple genre’s including Acoustic, Metal, Rhythm and Blues, Folk, and Hip Hop. Some of the movie soundtracks he’s worked on have included “That Thing You Do” (Tom Hanks), “My Big Fat Greek Wedding I & II, "Their Eyes Were Watching God" (Oprah Winfrey,) “Ricki and the Flash” (Jonathan Demme) featuring Meryl Streep, on which Neil personally coached Meryl on the guitar. Currently, he owns his own own mixing room and continues to record, mix and master many major artists including the last Quiet Riot releases as well as music for the film and entertainment industry.