(standing L-R: Joe LaPorta, Butch Vig, Pat Smear, James Brown, Chris Shiflett, Taylor Hawkins; seated L-R: Nate Mendel, Emily Lazar, Dave Grohl)
Photo courtesy of The Lodge
“Not only was it an honor to work with Emily Lazar on “Wasting Light”, but an incredible (and historic) privilege to have worked with the first female mastering engineer to be nominated in the album of the year category! We’re very, very excited for her.”–Dave Grohl
Emily Lazar, President and Chief Mastering Engineer of The Lodge, may well become the first female mastering engineer ever to win the most coveted honor at this year’s Grammy Awards: She is up for Album of the Year for her work on Foo Fighters’ “Wasting Light” album.
Lazar’s discography encompasses every genre including but not limited to work with David Bowie, Lou Reed, Morrissey, The Shins, LCD Soundsystem, Vampire Weekend, Depeche Mode, Bjork, Wu Tang Clan, Garbage and literally dozens more over the last fifteen years–not to mention soundtrack credits ranging from Training Day to HBO’s Six Feet Under.
Lazar was already amassing an incredible resume’–having worked at Masterdisk on albums by the likes of Paul McCartney, Luscious Jackson and more–by the time her alma mater NYU invited her to teach in their Music Technology Graduate program in 1996. It was during that time she opened her own mastering facility in her apartment where the early incarnations of The Lodge were born. She quickly became recognized for her talent and ability to combine old school analog mastering techniques with modern digital technologies and became a highly sought after mastering engineer in the New York music and studio scene. It didn’t take long before she needed to expand her operations and by 1997 she relocated and settled The Lodge in the heart of Greenwich village at its current location.
Lazar will be joining the Foo Fighters at the 2012 Grammy Awards February 12 at the Staples Center, as well as at various related events leading up to the ceremony that week in Los Angeles. She’ll be the one looking young and lovely and nothing like what you’d expect from an established mastering engineer.