• Monday, May. 6, 2019
Music Notes
Human opens Chicago studio headed by Justin Hori
Justin Hori
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Human, which maintains shops in NY, L.A. and Paris, has now extended its reach to Chicago with a new West Loop studio and office under the aegis of veteran composer/producer Justin Hori.
As the principal creative for the Chicago market, Hori will bring out the very best artistry from Human’s team of composers. Hori’s track record for pairing the client’s visuals with the perfect audio identity has resulted in the creation of transformative narratives across advertising, film and digital.
“Justin’s artistic output in the commercial space is prolific,” said partner Gareth Williams. “There’s equal parts poise and fun behind his vision for Human Chicago. He’s got a strong kinship and connection to the area.”

From learning to DJ at age 13, to working at Gramaphone Records, to studying music theory and composition at Columbia College, Hori’s has been immersed in the Chicago music scene. He began his career at com/track and Comma Music, before moving to open Comma’s Los Angeles office. From there, Hori joined Squeak E Clean, where he served as creative director for the past five years.
Returning to Chicago in 2016, Hori didn’t miss a beat. As he said, “There’s an amazing community of independent artists and musicians in Chicago that are interested in working with brands, and I’m in a prime position to make that happen.”
Hori ad credits include his head-bobbing track “Da Diddy Da,” which was used in the four-spot summer 2018 Apple iPad campaign. His work has won top industry honors including D&AD Pencils, The One Show, Clio and AICP Awards, and the prized Cannes Gold Lion for Best Use of Original Music.  
“Human has always championed the power of music to inspire and provoke emotion, and that’s the result of being led by true artisans and visionaries. It’s evident when you watch a reel.”
The launch of the Chicago studio comes during a period of significant growth for Human. In New York, senior producer Craig Caniglia has added head of sonic branding to his title, having honed distinctive audio content for clients such as National Geographic, IKEA, Visa, GE Appliances and Brighthouse Financial.

Meanwhile, Post Human, the audio post sister company run by award-winning sound designer and engineer Sloan Alexander, continues to build momentum with the addition of a second 5.1 mixing suite in NYC. Plans for similar build-outs in both LA and Chicago are currently underway.
On May 17, Human Label releases the self-titled debut album from Penny Engine, comprised of producer/composer Matt O’Malley and vocalist Heather Ogilvy from Grammy-nominated The Silver Lake Chorus. Teased with the single “Fool’s Run,” the LA duo’s sound combines a light pop sensuality with the dark themes of old Hollywood.

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