Rob Lackie – Owner / Studio Manager
River 16 first came to be when singer-songwriter Rob Lackie decided to build a personal studio in a shack overlooking the 16 mile creek. The name comes from a historical painting of the 16 mile creek. The heading under the painting read “River 16”, which became the name of Rob’s band.
Rob has been in music all of his life and has toured across Canada, but always made his way home to Oakville. Rob realized that Oakville has so many young and professional musicians and felt that he should build a professional facility to help cultivate the existing and new musical talent.
Steve Kirstein – House Engineer / Producer
Steve Kirstein graduated from Metalworks Institute’s Audio Production and Engineering Program in 2009.
Steve then returned to his homeland, South Africa, to work as an engineer on various records and live events. He came back to Canada the following year where began working out of River 16. He has been working as the studio’s in-house engineer ever since.
In 2011, Steve engineered a live-in-studio TV show called In A Song: Studio featuring 60 songs performed by local musicians. Later that year, Steve worked on Tom Cochrane and Andrew Cole’s Voices At 4AM EP. In 2012, Steve spent some time in Los Angeles working alongside Grammy Award-Winning producer Steve Churchyard.
Some of Steve’s album credits include: One Rusted Hinge by Sarcasouls (2010), Voices At 4AM by Tom Cochrane & Andrew Cole (2011), Fire Breathers by Sarah Burton (2012), Days of Convenience by James Clark Jones (2013), Banditoland by GCDC (2014), Diesel & Peas by Ginger St. James (2015) and Grim EP by Jasco (2016)