Igor Mescoi sits at his dining room table, ruffling his short hair with one hand as he points to a poster of his band with the other. The poster shows him standing between the other two members of Amor; he’s holding a keyboard, and his then-long, flowing hair is falling over his shoulder. “I just cut my hair,” he said. “I’d had it long for my whole life, but it was too much.”
While it may be easy to assume that the 35-year-old opted for the shorter ‘do to project a more mature, less rock-and-roll image, that’s not the case. In fact, the Moldovan-born, Queens-based producer is as busy as he’s ever been in the 11 years since he moved to America.
If you walk out of his quiet dining room in Maspeth and down a flight of stairs, you’ll find yourself in a lively recording studio. With green, purple, blue, and orange walls covered in sound-control foam, and enough musical equipment to put Sergeant Pepper to shame, Mescoi’s workplace is fit for musical royalty.
And that’s who he typically works with. Recently, Mescoi produced a platinum-selling album, and while you won’t see it outselling the Jonas Brothers on the Billboard Charts, it’s sold more than 500,000 copies in Romania.
“I produced Gheorghe Gheorghiu Best Of, which came out a couple months ago,” he said, once again sitting at the quiet table upstairs. Gheorghiu is a Romanian superstar, and just one of many foreign celebrities Mescoi has worked with at New Sound Studio.
While he can be credited with orchestrating, arranging, and producing huge hits in Romania and Moldova, Mescoi has bigger dreams. “My dream is to write a song for Celine Dion,” he said. “I love her style of singing. It’s very close to the style I do, and how I feel. I know I can write a song that she’ll love.”
In the meantime, he’s producing another album, performing with his band at a local night club a few nights a week, and planning to work on his second solo-album. “I stay busy,” he said.