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ABOUT The Studio

The 2019, 2020, 2022 and 2024 WAMMIE award winner for "Best Music Studio" in the Washington, DC area, Innovation Station Music is the clear choice for artists and bands looking for a highly professional, world-class studio in a comfortable, relaxed environment.

With the help of renowned studio architect Wes Lachot, Innovation Station Music opened its new state-of-the-art studio in June 2017. Featuring 5 amazing-sounding soundproof rooms, comprised of two full recording and mixing suites, every aspect of the studio has been designed to provide clients with the space, comfort, and tools they need to make amazing music in a comfortable and creative setting. Whether it's a full band tracking live in Studio A, or a hip-hop artist cutting vocals in Studio B, Innovation Station Music offers an elegantly-designed and exceptionally functional space for all kinds of music-making.



Owner/Lead Producer/Engineer

The studio was founded in 2006 by Dave Mallen, Producer, Recording Engineer, Multi-instrumentalist, and Music Business Strategist. A 25+ year veteran of the DC area (or "DMV") music scene, Dave leveraged his Berklee College of Music studies to create a “one-stop shop” music production studio based on his highly intuitive, empathic, and personalized approach to artist/song development and recording. This, together with his unique music business strategy services, has helped Dave amplify the careers of over 400 clients from the DC area and beyond.


Dave Mallen Studio A

Dave Mallen's efforts also extend beyond the walls of the studio. In 2008, Dave co-founded the Metro Music Source, a pro-bono effort aimed at supporting the DC area music community. Through its' monthly meetups, panel discussions, and workshops, the MMS has provided local musicians and music industry professionals with numerous opportunities to network, learn, collaborate, and elevate the DC area music scene. In recognition of his work with the local music community, Dave received a 2013 WAMMIE nomination for "Most Supportive of Washington DC Music".

Dave Mallen is a voting Member of the Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy (the GRAMMYs), and holds a Masters Certificate from the Berklee College of Music in Music Business and Technology. He is also a past member of the steering committee for Fair Trade Music DC, as well as the DC Music Stakeholders group.

Email to chat with Dave about your next project!


Affiliated producers/engineers

nate ihara

Nate Ihara is a record producer, engineer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist that has been working in the music since 2002. He's worked on numerous recording and audio projects with artists like Chelsea Lee (SHAED), Chloe Chaidez (Kitten/Nasty Cherry), Papa Roach, Hollywood Undead, and In Flames. His past commercial clients include major brands and organizations Capital One, Mercedes, Thinkfun Toys, Konami Digital Entertainment, and Wounded Warrior Project.

Nate Ihara

He started his career playing in the local DC/NoVa music scene. His band Welbilt quickly gained popularity and after a matter of months found himself signing a recording contract with Virgin and touring the U.S. supporting bands like Maroon 5, Lifehouse, and many other notable acts. Over the years the band released one album and two EPs. After 6 years of recording and touring the band parted ways in 2008. Shortly after he started playing bass for the band The Blackjacks (fka The Echoes). In 2010 he started his own band We Were Kings again filling the role of frontman and guitarist. The band released their critically acclaimed album “Ghost” in 2011.

During his tenure touring with his former bands Nate spent his spare time honing the craft of songwriting and recording as both an artist and an engineer. By co-writing and recording with other songwriters from all over the globe, he placed music in commercials, television series, and films. This opened the doors to working full time in the recording industry.

He has been working out of Innovation Station Music as a producer and engineer since 2022.

Link to some of Nate's work


Matvei Sigalov

Matvei Sigalov was born in Samara, Russia and since his early childhood, music has been the main focus in his life. Classically trained on violin from the age of six, he became interested in rock music during his teens and started playing guitar. Later, in his early twenties, Matvei discovered jazz and it became the start of a musical journey that, eventually, led him to the United States.

Matvei Sigalov

Since his arrival to the United States in 2000, he's been very active on the East Coast music scene and established himself as one of the premier violinists and in-demand guitar players. In recent years, he also began building a resume as a producer/arranger. His musical ability knows no stylistic boundaries. From jazz and fusion to pop and indie - there’s no musical situation where Matvei doesn’t feel at home. 


Partial list of his recording and performing credits include (in no particular order) Les Paul, Patti LaBelle, Isaac Hayes, Jamie Foxx, Walter Afanasieff (legendary producer for Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, etc), Ben Monder, Steve Wilson, Vinnie Colaiuta, Hadrien Feraud.

Matvei has performed at the Kennedy Center (Washington DC), Blues Alley (Washington DC), Bohemian Caverns (Washington DC), Iridium (NYC), Bar 55 (NYC) and countless other venues in the United States and abroad. He started working at Innovation Station Music as a Producer in 2023.

Link to some of Matvei's work



Phoenix (they/them) has been working with sound since 2016 and music since 2007. They are a WAMMIE-nominated engineer who can work in any genre, "from funk to punk," and collaborates with artists to create a professional, polished piece of art that achieves artists vision and appeals to the everyday listener.

Phoenix is also a skilled musician, and has employed his unique Bass Guitar skills on a number of recordings at Innovation Station Music, where he has been an engineer since late 2023.

Link to some of Phoenix's work

Phoenix Henkle

Jacie Lee Eng

administrative assistant

Tracking Room

Jacie is responsible for scheduling and administrative duties at Innovation Station Music. She is also a vocalist and emerging singer/songwriter and is currently working on her EP with Dave Mallen as Producer/Engineer. With a versatile vocal range (contralto to mezzo soprano) and soulful style, she lends her voice to songwriters and is also available as a session/backing singer. 

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