Patchwerk Recordings was born out of Patchwerk founder and former owner - 13 year Atlanta Falcons Offensive Tackle Bob Whitfield's love of music. After financing studio time to record a demo for a high school friend and aspiring rapper Ras Kass, Bob began to realize the magnitude of Ras' talents and the potential to build a business around this burgeoning genre of music. He soon enlisted the help of college friend and entrepreneur BJ Kerr. Operations began in 1994 with the release of Ras' now classic first single "Remain Anonymous". The success of that single led to Patchwerk partnering with Priority Records in 1995 and the release of Ras' album Soul On Ice.
In mid 1995 Patchwerk expanded on their ambitions by opening a full service recording studio in Midtown Atlanta. The comfortable 3000 sq foot facility instantly gained a foothold in the market by attracting top producers from Atlanta's hottest camps including Organized Noize, SoSo Def, LaFace, Hitco and Noontime. In fact, on a Billboard Hot R&B singles chart at the time, 25 of the top 100 singles were recorded or mixed at Patchwerk Recording Studios. The studio featured a fully automated Otari Concept One console and 48-track 2" recording capabilities; and was home to four of the most sought after engineers in the south. Bob explains, "The studio is a tremendous asset in helping us achieve our mission of consistently discovering and developing the most refreshing and innovative producers, writers, and artists available.
Curtis also has long-term visions and is very excited about the future. "We are now in the growth stage of our business. The studio has done tremendously well for us and we are expanding on that. We have built substantial relationships with key players, built up our brand and laid a solid foundation. We're entering new genres of music working with such artists as Nick Jonas, Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, Sting, Annie Lennox, Ludacris, India Arie, T.I., Akon, Rick Ross, Dej Loaf, Beyonce, Missy Elliott, Snoop Dogg, The Neptunes and labels such as Warner Bros, Disney, Universal, Sony and Interscope.