Joe LaPorta

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Joe LaPorta
Origin New York City, New York U.S.
Occupations Mastering Engineer, Musicologist, Producer

Joe LaPorta is an American 2x Grammy nominated, Senior Mastering Engineer at Sterling Sound, NYC.[1]

Career[edit]

Born and raised in New York, Joe LaPorta graduated from NYU with a bachelors degree in Music Technology. He began his mastering career at The Lodge and then joined Sterling Sound in 2013 as a Senior Engineer.[2] He has amassed a body of work that includes artists like the Foo Fighters, Vampire Weekend, The Killers, Beach House, Tiesto, Imagine Dragons, The Weeknd, Garbage, Tune-Yards, Armin van Buuren, Neon Trees, The Postal Service, Cold War Kids, Neutral Milk Hotel, KRS-One, Matt & Kim, Alanis Morissette, Youth Lagoon, The Raveonettes, Jimmy Cliff, Neon Indian, Against Me!, Sleigh Bells, BT, Dum Dum Girls, Solange, Twin Shadow, Santana, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Morgan Page, Cults, Smith Westerns and many others.[3]

In addition to mastering, LaPorta also works as a music consultant on forensic musicology/copyright infringement cases. He has consulted on cases for The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Prince, Jay-Z, Britney Spears, Shakira, Guns N’ Roses, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas, Sting, Phil Collins, Diddy, Alicia Keys and many others.[4]

LaPorta also has experience in music production, having worked with various artists in both hip hop and electronic dance music for over the past decade. He has written & produced[5] for artists including 50 Cent, GZA (of the Wu Tang Clan), Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and Cunninlynguists, as well as licensing tracks to TV & film clients such as MTV, Showtime and Fox Network.[6][7]

Awards and Nominations[edit]

GRAMMY Nominations[edit]

'Album of the Year' (2012)[8] Foo Fighters - "Wasting Light"

'Record of the Year' (2014)[9] Imagine Dragons - "Radioactive (Imagine Dragons song)"

TEC Awards[edit]

2012 - LaPorta won a Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards.[10] in the 'Record/Production Album' category for his work on Foo Fighters - "Wasting Light"

Discography[edit]

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2014[edit]

Artist Album Label
Kaiser Chiefs Education, Education, Education & War Fiction/Caroline/Universal
tUnE-yArDs Nikki Nack 4AD
Against_Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues Total Treble Recordings
Kelis Food Ninja Tune
Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal Mom and Pop
Armin Van Buuren Ping Pong EP Virgin
Dum Dum Girls Too True Subpop
Black Lips Underneath The Rainbow Vice
RAC Strangers Cherry Tree/Universal
Calle 13 Multi-Viral Sony Music Latin
Atmosphere Southsiders Rhymesayers
Architecture In Helsinki Now + 4EVA Casual Workout
Lo-Fang Blue Film 4AD
Miniature Tigers Cruel Runnings Yebo Music
Bear Hands Distraction Cantora Records
The Marmozets Marmozets EP Roadrunner Recors
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Days Of Abandon Yebo Music
The Ready Set The Bad & The Better Razor & Tie
Small Black Real People Jagjaguwar
Panama Wedding Paralell Play Glassnote Records
Pepsi Beats of the Beautiful Game Pepsi Beats of the Beautiful Game Universal
Step Brothers Lord Steppington Rhymesayers
Emilie Simon Mue Universal
NO El Prado Arts & Crafts
AER AER AER/Universal Music
Katie Herzig Walk Thru Walls Marrion-Lorraine
Scare Don't Fear From The Ground Up KBB Records
Bleeding Rainbow Interrupt Kanine Records
Alcest Shelter Prophecy
We Are Scientists TV en Francais Dine Alone Records
Eternal Summers The Drop Beneath Kanine Records
Mirah Changing Light K Records
Kina Grannis Elements The Orchard
Michael W. Smith Sovereign Universal
Shawn McDonald Brave Universal
Haunted Hearts Initiation Zoo Music
Deleted Scenes Lithium Burn Park The Van
Napolian Incursio Software Recordings
Zelooperz Help Self-Released
Eternal Summers The Drop Beneath Kanine Records
Mean Creek Local Losers Old Flame Records
Total Slacker Slip Away Black Bell Records
Leisure Cruise Leisure Cruise Last Gang Records
Seahaven Reverie Lagoon: Music for Escapism Only Run For Cover Records

2013[edit]

Artist Album Label
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City XL Recordings
The Postal Service Give Up:10th Anniversary Edition Subpop
Tiesto Club Life Volume 3 - Stockholm Musical Freedom
The Weeknd Kiss Land Universal/Republic
Various Artists Sound City: Real to Reel Columbia/RCA
Armin Van Buuren Intense Armada Records
Killer Mike & El-P Run The Jewels Fools Gold
Flatbush Zombies Better Off DEAD Electric KoolAde Records
The Naked & Famous In Rolling Waves Republic/Universal
Autre Ne Vuet Anxiety Mexican Summer
RAC Don't Talk To EP Cherry Tree Records
Cold War Kids Dear Miss Lonely Hearts Downtown Records
Cold War Kids Tuxedos EP Downtown Records
Smith Westerns Soft Will Mom and Pop Records
Delorean (band) Apar True Panther
Vic Mensa INNANETAPE Save Money
Yuna Sixth Street EP Verve Records
Kirin J. Callinan Embracism XL Recordings
PAPA Tender Madness' Universal/Republic Records
Ariel Pink & Jorge Elbrecht Hang On To Life Mexican Summer
Jamie N Commons Rumble & Sway EP Interscope
Neon Trees Lessons in Love Remix EP Mercury Records
The White Mandingos The Ghettos Tryna Kill Me Fat Beats Records
Jackson Scott Melbourne Fat Possum Records
Bleached Ride Your Heart Dead Oceans
American Fangs American Fangs In De Goot Recordings
Spiderbait Spiderbait Universal Australia
Yuck Glow & Behold Fat Possum Records
Small Black Limits of Desire Jagjaguwar
The Julie Ruin Run Fast Dischord Records
Dj White Shadow Pussy Drugs Fear Decon Records
Bernard Fanning Departures Dew Process
Ghost Wave Ages Flying Nun Records
Durag Dynasty "360 Waves" Nature Sounds
Minks Tides End Captured Tracks
Static Jacks In Blue Old Friend Records
The Dear Hunter Migrant Equal Vision Records
Lady Lamb the Beekeeper Ripely Pine Ba Da Bing Records
The Blow The Blow Kanine Records
The Ruby Suns Christopher Sub Pop
Javelin Hi Beams Luaka Bop
Bleeding Rainbow Yeah Right Kanine Records
Lumerians The High Frontier Partisan Records
The Living Sisters Run For Cover Vanguard
Kilo Kish K Self Released[12]
Phaseone If I Tell U Williams Street Records
Mindy Gledhill Pocketful Of Poetry Blue Morph Records
Nightswim I'm Not On The Moon Galaxy Wide Records
Young Empires Wake All My Youth Votiv
Trinity 20 In Fat Beats Records
Golden Animals Here Eye Go Reverberation Appreciation Society
Vienna Teng Aims Soltruna Records
Evidence Green Tape Instrumentals' Decon
Knights Dark Matter Infuge

2012[edit]

Artist Album Label
The Killers Battle Born Mercury Records
Solange True Terrible Records
Imagine Dragons Night Visions Interscope Records
Beach House Bloom Sub Pop
Imagine Dragons Continued Silence EP Interscope Records
Alanis Morissette Havoc and Bright Lights Collective sounds
The Raveonettes Observator Vice Records
Matt & Kim Lightning Fader Records
BT If the Stars are Eternal So are You and I Nettwerk
BT Morceau Subrosa Nettwerk
Miniature Tigers Mia Pharaoh Modern Art Records
Bear in Heaven I Love You, It's Cool Dead Oceans|Home Tapes
Delta Spirit Delta Spirit Rounder Records
Roc Marciano Reloaded Decon Records
Jimmy Cliff Rebirth Universal Music Group
Yuna (singer) Yuna Fader Records
Neon Trees Picture Show Mercury Records
Debo Band Debo Band Sub Pop
Dum Dum Girls End of Daze Sub Pop
The Hundred in the Hands Red Night Warp Records
Jeff Wayne's War of the World The New Generation Sony Music
Sarah Blasko I Awake Dew Process
Wild Yaks Million Years Ernest Jenning Records
Morgan Page In The Air Nettwerk
Porcelain Raft Strange Weekend Secretly Canadian
Lord Huron Lonesome Dreams IAMSOUND Records
Ayatollah & Moka Only Bridges Nature Sounds
The Raveonettes Into The Night EP Vice Records
Horrid Red Nightly Wreaths Terrible Records
10 Years Minus The Machine Palehorse Records
Evan Voytas Feel Me Dovecote Records
Santana (band) Shape Shifter Starfaith Records
Teengirl Fantasy Tracer R&S/True Panther Sounds
Young Empires Wake All My Youth HOYE Inc.
Light Asylum Light Asylum Mexican Summer
Garbage (band) Not Your Kind of People STUNVOLUME
Secret Music Secret Music Black Bell Records
Shiny Toy Guns III Five Seven Music
Diamond Rings Free Dimensional Astralwerks
Dion DiMucci Full Tank of Blues The Orchard (company)
Sondre Lerche Bootlegs Mona
Mean Creek Youth Companion Old Flame Records
James Iha Look to the Sky EMI Music Japan
Lovedrug Wild Blood 101 Distribution
Negramaro Una Storia Semplice Sugar Music/WEA
Tiesto Club Life: Volume 2 - Miami Musical Freedom
Sun Airway Soft Fall" Dead Oceans
Cisco Adler Aloha The Orchard
Eternal Summers Corrective Behavior Kanine Records
Lorelei Enterprising Sidewalks Slumberland Records
Social Studies Developer Antenna Farm Records
White Arrows Dry Land Is Not A Myth Votiv Records
Mirror Mirror Interiors RVNG INTL
Wildlife Control (band) Wildlife Control Independent
The Tallest Man on Earth There's No Leaving Now Dead Oceans
Eleni Mandell I Can See The Future Yep Roc Records
The Cringe Hiding in Plain Sight Listen Records
Nigel Dupree Up To No Good Mighty Loud
Shoes Ignition Black Vinyl Records
Matt Boerum ''Cold Hearted Disaster Matthew Boerum
Misstress Barbara Many Shades of Grey MapleMusic Recordings
Indochine Paradize +10 Sony Music

2011[edit]

Artist Album Label
Tune-Yards Whokill 4AD Records
Neutral Milk Hotel NMH Vinyl Box Set NMH Records
The Naked & Famous Passive Me, Aggressive You Polydor Ltd/Fiction
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon (Reissue) Razor & Tie|Triple Crown Records
The Raveonettes Raven in the Grave Vice Records
The Raveonettes Rarities & B-Sides The Orchard (company)
Lil Jon Crunkest Hits TVT Records|The Orchard (company)
Smith Westerns Dye It Blonde Fat Possum Records
White Denim D Downtown Records
Foo Fighters Wasting Light SAM Records| Roswell Records
Björk Biophilia (album) One Little Indian
Hooray For Earth True Loves Dovecote Records
Dum Dum Girls Only in Dreams (album) Sub Pop
Dum Dum Girls He Gets Me High Sub Pop
Ford & Lopatin Channel Pressure Software LabelKemado Records
Youth Lagoon The Year of Hibernation Fat Possum Records
Katie Herzig The Waking Sleep Downtown Records
Ben Lee Deeper into Dream Gold Village
Class Actress Rapprocher Car Park
Cubic Zirconia Follow Your Heart Fool's Gold
Olof Arnalds Olof Sings One Little Indian
Quintron Sucre Du Savage Goner Records
Against Me! White Crosses/Black Crosses Sire Records|Total Trebel Music
Wise Blood "These Wings Dovecote Records
CANT Dreams Come True Warp Records
Boy & Bear Moonfire Universal Music Australia
Robert Ellis (guitarist) Photographs New West Records
Fucked Up David Comes To Life Matador
Cold Cave Cherish The Light Years Matador
Big Talk Big Talk Epitaph Records|ANTI Records
Thievery Corporation Culture of Fear ESL
Above & Beyond (band) Group Therapy (Above & Beyond album) Anjunabeats
Tiesto Club Life: Volume I - Las Vegas Musical Freedom
Cults Abducted Columbia Records
Fink (music) Perfect Darkness Ninja Tune Records
Tender Mercies Tender Mercies Collective Sound Records
John Wesley Harding (singer) The Sound of His Own Voice Yep Roc Records
Against Me! Total Clarity Fat Wreck Chords

2010[edit]

Artist Album Label
BT These Hopeful Machines Nettwerk
Vampire Weekend Contra XL Recordings
Crime in Stereo I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone Bridge Nine Records
Dum Dum Girls I Will Be Sub Pop
The Morning Benders Big Echo Rough Trade Records
Lemonade Pure Moods True Panther Sounds
Tanlines Settings True Panther Sounds
Minus The Bear Omni Dangerbird Records
Ravi Shankar Nine Decades, Vol 1:1967 - 1968 East Meets West Music
Envy on the Coast Low Country Photo Finish Records
Suckers Wild Smile Frenchkiss Records
Get Him to the Greek Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Republic/Universal
Sleigh Bells Treats Mom and Pop Records
Against Me White Crosses Sire Records
Maps & Atlases Perch Patchwerk Barsuk Records
Kathryn Calder Are You My Mother? File Under: Music
DJ Rap Synthesis Ministry of Sound
Matt Pond PA The Dark Leaves Altitude Records
Chromeo Business Casual Atlantic Records
Chief Modern Rituals Domino Records
Magic Kids Memphis True Panther Sounds
KRS-One Meta-Historical Fat Beats Records
Tiesto Kaleidoscope: Remixed Musical Freedom
Roc Marciano Marcberg Fat Beats Records
Armin van Buuren Mirage Armada Music
Olof Arnalds Innudir Skinni One Little Indian
Fran Healy Wreckorder Wreckord Label
Adam Hayworth Stevens We Live on Cliffs Saddle Creek Records
Twin Shadow Forget 4AD Records
Mt. Desolation Mt. Desolation Island Records
Neon Indian Mind Ctrl: Psychic Chasms Possessed Fader Label
Tim Robbins
and The Rogues Gallery Band
Tim Robbins and The Rogues Gallery Band 429 Records
The Suzan Golden Week for the Poco Poco Beat Fool's Gold Records
Tamaryn Waves Mexican Summer
Raphael Pacific 231 EMI France
Soft Circle Shore Obsessed Post Present Medium
Matt & Kim Sidewalks Fader Label
The Xcerts Scatterbrain (album) Xtra Mile Recordings
Bear Hands Burning Bush Supper Club Cantora Records
Restless People Restless People IAMSOUND
Tanlines Volume On Family Edition Records
Class Actress Journal of Ardency Terrible Records
I'm Here Original Soundtrack Chocolate Industries
The Naked and Famous Passive Me, Aggressive You Universal/Republic
Sylvia Tosun Above All Sea to Sun Recordings
BT These Humble Machines Nettwerk
The Postelles Spend The Night Astralwerks
Skuli Sverrisson Seria II Seria Music

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