By Marianna Nash
“Who’s your favorite musical artist?” is a pretty common question. “Who’s your favorite mastering engineer?” not so much.
But mastering engineers like Emily Lazar (an old friend who's been working with us for 10 years) are essential to the making of a record. Lazar made headlines last year when she became the first female nominee for the prestigious Record of the Year Grammy Award. This year, she is nominated for Best Engineered Album.
Lazar has worked on over 2,000 albums since founding her studio, the Lodge, at age 25. Her clients have included Sia, the Foo Fighters, the Killers, Björk, Lou Reed, David Bowie and many more. In an interview with Billboard, she talks, among other things, about punking a chauvinist audio shop:
“Flash forward a few years to my own career: I went into an audiophile stereo type of store to buy some speakers, converters, equipment for the studio for listening. Again I walked in and approached these guys, and they were like, ‘You've gotta be shopping for someone, like your boyfriend, your husband.’ I was like, ‘No, I'm an engineer, I'm shopping for my studio.’ They're looking at me like I'm insane.”
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