About Fran Cathcart

Eastside Sound Owner | Producer | Engineer


Fran Cathcart is a two-time Grammy-winning producer, guitarist, and engineer, with over 20 years of experience in a career that has spanned genres, including classical, hip hop, jazz, rock, folk, and R&B. He has a BS in Music from New York University, and began exploring the art of audio engineering with his own compositions. His deep love of music continues to fuel his creative explorations. 

Fran and Lou Holtzman joined forces in 2002 to relocate Eastside Sound from its original location on Allen Street to its current home at 150 Forsyth Street. Fran is thrilled to be able to continue the Eastside Sound tradition with a new generation of artists and offer an independent, professional venue for ensemble recording in Manhattan.

Fran's clients include Les Paul, Joaquin "Joe" Claussell, Mariah Carey, Sting, Eric Clapton, Joss Stone, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jeff Beck, Herbie Hancock, Peter Frampton, Johnny Rzeznik, Taryn Manning, Jeff Golub, Will Lee, Vinnie Colaiuta, Hiram Bullock, Buddy Williams, Lee Sora, Nasheet Waits, Bugge Wesseltoft, Deborah Cox, Beate Leche - Beady Belle, Christian McBride, Brandon Seabrook, Joan Osborne, Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons, Santana, Sevendust, Beyonce, Aaron Carter, Edgar Winter, Richie Sambora, Robert Clivilles, Dujeous, Meshell Ndegeocello, Pat Metheny, Chico Hamilton, Louie Vega, Roy Hargrove, Ustad Sultan Khan, Christina Milian, Clark Terry, Deepak Chopra, Adema, Rosey, Jessica Lurie, Todd Sickafoose, Anais Mitchell, Janis Siegel, Manhattan Transfer, The Violent Femmes, Gravity Kills, System of a Down, Sex and the City, MTV, VH1, HBO, Target Stores, Omarion, David Murray, Sangmin Lee, Jermaine Paul, Violette Di Bartillat, Gregory Porter, Horatio "El Negro" Hernandez, Ben Monder, Regina Carter, Pee Wee Ellis (James Brown), Marc Cary, Brian Mitchell, Bennett Paster, Brandon Seabrook, Andy Snitzer, K Drew, Flo-Rida, Isac Elliot, Ilhan Ersahin, and more.