Meet the Team
Alanna Mohan Subcat Studios

Ron Keck

Founder | Engineer

Education and innovation have been the driving forces behind Ron’s extensive career in music.  Ron studied music at Onondaga Community College and Syracuse University. For 25 years Ron taught the best and brightest percussion musicians in the Central New York area, gaining notoriety as one of the region’s premiere instructors. In fact, Ron has become known as a world class snare drummer, holding several world champion snare drumming titles.

Ron was one of the first to embrace computer technology in music production in the 1980.  He edited and mastered audio for 13 years, until founding SubCat Studios in the fall of 2001.  His broad equipment and wiring knowledge led him to design and develop SubCat’s newest studios located in Armory Square, Syracuse, NY.

Today, Ron’s love for education is clearly demonstrated through the recording classes and various music lessons he teaches on a regular basis, connecting students to the latest technology and techniques.

TJ James SubCat Studio | Studio Manager


Studio Manager

TJ’s music journey started at the early age of 4 years old, playing the drums.  He found his niche in the drumline and drum corps community, and was named a US Army All American for drumline in high school, and eventually marching with multiple groups in DCI and DCA.

TJ continued his education at SUNY Fredonia, where he earned his BS in Sound Recording Technology and Percussion.

TJ joined the SubCat team in 2014 as an intern, before moving up to freelance engineer and eventually, Studio Manager.  He immersed himself into the Central New York music scene, becoming a well-known live sound engineer in many of the area’s leading venues. To this day, he still plays percussion with multiple groups across all music genres.


Cody slade

Video Production & Graphic Design

Since 2017, Cody has been heading up the video department at SubCat Studios. He started his career by working for multiple studios in the Syracuse Area in 2014. During the early stages of his career, he was working with musicians to create music videos and album covers. At SubCat, he now works with all types of content creation; from music videos to virtual concerts for school districts. 


John ginty

Film Production Consultant

Born in Niagara Falls, New York, John Ginty has always had a love for entertainment. At age seventeen John joined the United States Army, enlisting in the reserves as a communications specialist. He served as a reservist until 2003. In 1999 he lived in Denver Co where he performed stand-up comedy for four years and was the headlining act for the BET’s Denver New Year’s eve show in 2001. John moved back to Syracuse in 2004 and worked at Abundant Life Christian Center from 2007-2014 where he served as the video producer and was responsible for creating hundreds of videos and producing the services in a live-to-tape format. In 2014 he wrote and produced his first full length feature film the comedy “Good Villain”. His second film “From Dust” was produced in 2015 and received several accolades in film festivals around the country. And his third film “12 Days with God” which he wrote, directed and produced in Syracuse, NY, was picked up for distribution after receiving several offers. He is currently working on his fourth feature film, Cloverleaf, which has won numerous screenplay awards, and currently in pre-production. Also, John was a founding board member of the CNY Film Professionals and is presently serving as the President of the Syracuse International Film Festival, now in its 18th season. He lives in Syracuse with his wife Lynnea, and their three sons.


Ryan ‘Wigs’ wiggins

Freelance Engineer

Ryan Wiggins — aka Wigs — has been a trendsetter since Day One. He was influenced by hip hop at a young age, starting his musical career in 2012.  Ryan has three albums out currently on all platforms — all of them recorded and mastered at SubCat Studios (All in Due Time, No Turning Back, and Wigs).

Ryan’s album No Turning Back was nominated in 2017 for a Sammy Award. In 2018, he co-founded a musical group called Raw Breed.  He is all about making music and is continuously involved in organizing and holding different fundraisers in the Syracuse community. Some of their main fundraisers include the Kicks for Kids Annual Fundraiser, The Kidney Fundraiser, and The Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser.

Wigs has specialized in engineering for the rap/hip hop and R&B genres. He started engineering at SubCat in 2019.

Mike Tavares (MIKEY)

Freelance Engineer 

Mike Tavares, aka Mikey T, is an artist, producer, and engineer from Syracuse NY.  Mike produces for Indie, RnB, and Hip Hop artists.  Starting early at 18 years old, he has since worked with a number of artists and developed a sizable portfolio.  Mike has built a network of artists and producers in the Syracuse area and has helped developed many new starting rappers and singers.  If you are a an upcoming artist Mike Tavares can help you find your sound and make the connections you need.


Freelance Engineer

Steve has been engineering and playing music for most of his life. As a multi-instrumentalist, Steve brings vast musical experience to every session.

Notable projects include: Future – GRAMMY’s (off of Drake’s Views) – Assistant Engineer, National Geographic – Voiceover Recording, Sig Roy – Summer’s Over EP – Mixing, Mastering, The Good Years – Homesick – Recording, Mixing, Gary Carpentier – Lucid – Recording, Production, Mixing, Estee Lauder – Voiceover Recording, “The Society” Season One (Netflix Original) – ADR, “The Binge” – Hulu Original Movie – Vocal Recording, Sakhari – “Who Cares” – Recording, Mixing, Mastering

Steve leads worship at Vintage Faith Church in Cicero, NY every Sunday and has multiple active music projects, including Vintage Faith, Stephen Brown, and Slightly Different.


Freelance Engineer | Producer

Shane’s obsession with audio began before his teenage years. When he was just 12, he started observing tracking sessions in Todd Hobin’s private studio and by the age of 14, Shane was behind the console recording music of his own and others. While in high school, he produced over a dozen recordings for local artists.

After leaving for New York City to study Music Technology & Computer Science (B.M & B.A) at NYU, Shane continued his work in his hometown, producing 3 SAMMY nominated projects in Central New York before turning 20, while managing classes, studio internships, and various gigs around NYC.

You can find him playing bass and engineering in both Syracuse and New York City for a myriad of artists in all genres. He remains heavily active in the live music scene, and thrives helping artists develop their musical vision.

Shane is thrilled to have a portfolio featuring Stephen Phillips, Neil Minet, Rhiannon Payne, Posted, Churches and Graveyards, Geico, Brett Altman, Estèe Lauder, Julia Goodwin, The History Channel, Brede, Blue Note Records, 93Q, and many more. You can view his work at


Freelance Engineer

Niko Pease is an Engineer, Producer, and Artist from Syracuse, NY. As an artist, Niko brings a very unique vision towards his recording & mixing projects. Starting young at the age of 16, Niko’s passion for music has been unmatchable.

From the start, Niko’s always been a student of the game. For the first 3 years, he taught himself everything he knew. In high school, Niko was recording all of the local artists at his school in his home studio, as well as fully producing some of their projects. Niko’s self-taught knowledge brings a unique factor into every session, & finds pride in being able to help every artist’s sound come to life. Looking to further his career in music after high school, he’s pursuing a Bachelor’s in Audio/Music Production at Full Sail University.

Taking his work to SubCat Studios, Niko’s thrilled to have built a portfolio full of notable artists from all around such as 347Aidan, TJ Hickey, Lloyd, & many more, including local talent from all over Syracuse NY. If you’re looking for industry-quality sound, Niko Pease can help bring your vision to life.



Max Marcy

Freelance Engineer

Hi, I’m Max Marcy and I’m from Syracuse, New York. I got my start in music in middle and high school, playing in bands and recording demos on the family computer. I continued playing in bands and writing songs when I went to Syracuse university for Sound Recording Technology. You can catch me playing bass in “The Whether Channel” and I also release music under my name. I graduated from SU in 2021 and am so grateful to be part of the SubCat team!My favorite genres to produce and record are punk, folk, jazz and pop, but I love pushing myself to work with new sounds. I will be pursuing a masters degree in Audio Arts, as well as, freelancing here at SubCat. Go to if you want to book a session with me!




Brandon Wilson

Freelance Engineer

Brandon Is a Newhouse graduate with a Masters in Audio Arts.  A Live sound engineer for 15+ years.  Currently works as a Subcontractor under Subcat for Abundant Life Cristian Center as A Front of House sound tech, and a freelance engineer.  Enjoys working with R&B, Pop, and rock music as well as sound for picture.






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