Zoe Thrall

The Hideout is proud to have part of their team the Director of Studio Operations, Zoe Thrall .  Zoe is a music industry professional with decades of experience in recording studio management.

Her career started at the famed Power Station Studios in New York City where she learned both sides of studio operations as both an assistant engineer and studio management.  There she met producer/musician/actor Little Steven Van Zandt who hired her to work for him as an engineer and as a musician in his band Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul.  She worked with Little Steven for 11 years through many recordings and tours.

She later returned to Power Station to become their studio manager and eventually President of the company.  She continued as manager of Hit Factory Studios in New York City, overseeing 9 studios and 75 employees.

In 2005 the Palms Casino Resort courted her to Las Vegas to build and operate the Studio at the Palms where she worked for 15 years.  She is now proud to be the Director of Studio Operations of The Hideout Recording Studios.


  • Profiled in the “Studio Business Book” by Jim Mandell which served as a guide to the management and business of professional recording studios.
  • Three-time co-chairperson of the Audio Engineering Society convention, twice in New York City which draws 50,000 people to the Jacob Javits Center.  She served as co-chair of the 2021 convention as well.           
  • In her work with Little Steven Van Zandt she served as his representative and liaison with record companies, publishers, producers, recording studios, musicians, attorneys, business managers, media, agents, movie directors as well as members of congress, politicians, ambassadors and activists in numerous human rights and political arenas.
  • Served as a Trustee and Director of the Solidarity Foundation, a non-profit research and networking foundation in support of indigenous peoples’ rights.
  • Planned and co-organized a fundraiser for Nelson Mandela for hosts Robert DeNiro, Spike Lee, Jonathan Demme and Little Steven at the Tribeca Film Center in NYC.  The event raised $500,000 – the largest single contribution to Mr. Mandela’s tour of the United States.  Was the sole civilian granted Secret Service clearance for this event.
  • Received a commendation from the United Nations for work done in the anti-apartheid movement
  • Performing musician on several albums including five Little Steven albums
  • Touring musician throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan as keyboardist and oboist with Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul.  Touring included being the opening artist for both U2 on the Joshua Tree tour and Peter Gabriel on the So tour.


National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Voting Member

Audio Engineering Society Member

Khloe Churko

Khloe Churko is a powerhouse business professional and manager who’s heart is rooted deep into the music industry. She grew up surrounded with talk of royalty payments, studio sessions and contracts.

After a move in 2005 with her family to Las Vegas, The Hideout Recording Studio was born. This is where Churko’s career in music began. From intern to manager of the studio to CFO, while managing her father Kevin Churko and other producers, she worked hard and she worked with integrity. 

This led to starting her own management firm Pink Noise MGMT. It is a boutique firm that allows artists and business owners to focus “on the music”. They get to create while she educates and informs her clients on the more daunting topics such as financial stability and success. 

She strives to continue cultivating an environment founded on transparency, accessibility and honesty. She is setting a new standard in what can be a dishonest and incredibly tricky industry. 

After twelve years in the business, the fire in Churko’s heart is still burning strong.

Tristan Hardin

Tristan Hardin is a musician/audio engineer/producer born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. Playing drums from the age of nine, he never strayed too far from his passion of music. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Audio Engineering he started working as an in-house engineer at The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas as world renowned producer Kevin Churko’s engineer. His credits include records for heavy metal legends Five Finger Death Punch, as well as In This Moment, Slipknot, and Disturbed. While his expertise lies in heavy metal and in recording drums, his additional credits include Rick Ross, Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, and The Backstreet Boys. Tristan has also mixed over 100 records in Dolby Atmos.

Credits: Adam Welsh, Adelita’s Way, Atlantic Records, Backstreet Boys, Better Noise, Billy Gibbons, Corey Taylor, Cory Marks, Crash Midnight, Ded, Disturbed, Dominic Miller, Eric Moore, Five Finger Death Punch, Gorillaz, Gladys Knight, HellYeah, Ho99o9, Human Nature, In This Moment, Jay Ruston, Joe Barresi, Journey, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Bookie, Memphis Mayfire, Miley Cyrus, Mike Tyson, Rick Ross, Rosalia, Santana, Slipknot, Tech N9ne, Toque, Warner Chappell Publishing

Luis Pacheco

Chief engineer Luis Pacheco is one of The Hideout’s greatest assets. Luis has been around music his whole life having grown up playing viola and piano.  He pursued his interest in music when he went to college where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Full Sail University.  Luis has worked at The Hideout since 2012 and his sincere dedication to the craft of engineering, his genuine love of music and music makers are his greatest strengths.  He has engineered/mixed hundreds of records in many genres including pop, R&B, hip hop, Latin, jazz and everything in between!  He loves learning about new equipment and technology and he sets an example for our younger engineers.  Luis has also recorded dozens of audiobooks for the top publishers.

Credits include: Barry Manilow, Bat Out of Hell (Musical), Carlos Vives, Carrie Underwood, Celine Dion, CNCO, Cory Taylor, Dionne Warwick, Geezer Butler, Harper Collins Publishing, Mark Vogel Music, Nick Carter, Ruben Blades, Van Morrison, Warner Chappell Publishing and many, many others.