Emily Lazar First Female Mastering Engineer To Receive Record Of The Year Grammy Nomination
February 3, 2015 at 1:39 PM (PT)
EMILY LAZAR became the first female mastering engineer in the history of the GRAMMY AWARDS to receive a Record of the Year nomination for her work on SIA’s hit single “Chandelier.”
LAZAR is a veteran mastering engineer who owns her own mastering studio in NEW YORK’s GREENWICH VILLAGE, called THE LODGE. Her work with SIA on “Chandelier” stands out as an exceptional highlight in an already remarkable career.
LAZAR views her nomination as a sign of an encouraging outlook for women in music: “Women have had amazing success on stage, and I’m happy to be a part of bringing some of that success behind the board. Female mastering engineers are still relatively uncommon, and while it’s cool to be the first one with a Record of the Year nomination, what it says about the future of women in the recording studio is the most exciting part to me. There’s so much great music that’s waiting to be made, and I think women will play an increasingly large role in making it.”
GREG KURSTIN, who also worked on “Chandelier” as a producer, says that part of what makes LAZAR such an extraordinary mastering engineer is her ability to execute a creative vision while still making the music accessible to listeners: “Her records are timeless yet contemporary,” he said. “She holds a special place where she can do very artistic albums that don’t necessarily mean to be mainstream, commercial records. But somehow her records can fit in with pop music that’s out today. She’s one of the few people who can really achieve that in the mastering world.”
LAZAR previously made GRAMMY history in 2012 when she became the first female mastering engineer nominated in the Album of the Year category for her work as the mastering engineer on the FOO FIGHTERS album "Wasting Light," which picked up numerous GRAMMY AWARDS that year, including wins for Best Rock Album ("Wasting Light"), Best Rock Performance (“Walk”), Best Rock Song (“Walk”), Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance (“White Limo”) and Best Long-Form Music Video (“Back and Forth”).
LAZAR also worked with GRAMMY-winning producer ARIEL RECHTSHAID on GRAMMY-winning records like VAMPIRE WEEKEND's “Modern Vampires Of The City" and "Days Are Gone" by this year's GRAMMY nominee for Best New Artist HAIM.
“Put simply,” explained LAZAR, “Mastering is sound sculpture. It’s taking a song that’s been recorded and mixed and helping to shape the overall sound to make sure that no matter where a person hears it, whether in a car or on a laptop or on arena speakers, they hear it exactly how the artist wants them to. To me, the mark of great mastering is recognizing the essential part of an artist’s sound that and helping to highlight that.”
LAZAR has worked with the likes of DAVID BOWIE, TIESTO, THE SHINS, LOU REED, BJORK, PAUL McCARTNEY, SONIC YOUTH, SANTANA, MOBY, WU-TANG CLAN, GARBAGE, IAN HUNTER, ARCADE FIRE, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, DEPECHE MODE, VELVET UNDERGROUND, MORRISSEY, LINKIN PARK, JEFF BUCKLEY, THE KILLERS and DESTINY'S CHILD, as well as the soundtracks to movies, TV series and video games such as "Get Him to the Greek," "Annie" (2014), "Six Feet Under Vol 2," "Training Day," "Boys Don’t Cry," "Hedwig & the Angry Inch," and "The Music of Grand Theft Auto V," just to name a few.