Kato Khandwala—longtime producer for the Pretty Reckless and a recording engineer who had worked with My Chemical Romance, Mayday Parade and more—died on Wednesday from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.
As reported by Loudwire, numerous artists have offered their condolences to the engineer’s family and friends on social media, including the members of Pop Evil, whose latest, self-titled album was produced by Khandwala.
“Today our world stopped,” Pop Evil posted on Thursday. “We lost a mentor, a brother, a leader, but most of all a good friend. Kato, thank you for helping bring positivity and fun throughout this last album we made together.”
Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale said, “Kato Khandwala, you will forever be a part of the Halestorm family. Thank you for touching this universe with your music and your amazing ability to bring out the best in the artists you worked with.”
The producer, who first met the Pretty Reckless singer Taylor Momsen in 2008, went on to record all of the band’s albums, as noted by Blabbermouth. He also worked on recordings for Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, and he engineered MCR’s The Black Parade Is Dead live album.
In an interview from last year, Khandwala described his in-studio method with the Reckless. “I am there to… make sure that they’re always operating at their very best,” he said. “So that goes from the writing to the performances to taking risks and being experimental and maybe stepping a little bit outside of their zone. So I try to create an environment where they feel comfortable to experiment and try things.”
See more artist remembrances of Khandwala below:
Today our world stopped. We lost a mentor, a brother, a leader, but most of all a good friend. Kato thank you for helping bring positivity and fun throughout this last album we made together. Our lives are forever better having you been in them. So Blessed we were able to work with you. You will forever be loved by the Pop Evil Family @rockkato
Kato Khandwala, you will forever be a part of the Halestorm family. Thank you for touching this universe with your music and your amazing ability to bring out the best in the artists you worked with. My friend, even though you can’t be with us in the same form you were…you burned bright, and that light will never be lost on us. My heart also goes out to Kato’s family and loved ones in this hard time.
Today the entire music community lost a true genius and musical visionary kato khandwala… Kato produced the debut Harlot album. He managed to guide 4 wild guys and the missile known as We Are Harlot to safety. Working with him day in and day out made the grueling life of recording a record a million times better. His snarky wit.. the donuts and chicken wings.. the love of music.. and the nonstop jokes that were around every corner made each day a better adventure. There was and is truly only one Kato in this world and we will miss him terribly. All the love we have and our hearts go out to Kato’s two daughters and his other half Shannon ❤️❤️❤️ This profound loss goes to show once again just how short and valuable life is. And in true Kato form today he is bringing all the musicians and music industry people together as he always did. We miss you brother ❤️⚡️❤️
Love and prayers out for Kato Khandwala and his loved ones. Kato was a brilliant producer. I was a big fan of his work, RIP Kato
— Adelitas Way (@adelitasway) April 26, 2018