Sylvia Massy

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Sylvia Massy, is an entrepreneur, record producer, and studio engineer in the United States. Massy is perhaps best recognized for her work on 1993's Undertow, the full-length double platinum-selling debut for Los Angeles rock band Tool and her works on System of a Down's first album.


Massy started out in San Francisco circa 1985 as producer, engineer, and mixer for Rat Music for Rat People, Vol. 3, a compilation album released on the CD Presents label. It featured several notable acts, including Adolescents, Raw Power, and Mojo Nixon, among several others. Towards the end of that decade and into the 1990s, Massy was an engineer on recordings from a diverse group of internationally-known artists, including Aerosmith, Babyface, Big Daddy Kane, The Black Crowes, Bobby Brown, Danzig, Prince, Geto Boys, Julio Iglesias, Seal, Skunk Anansie, Paula Abdul, Seigmen, and many others.

From Green Jellÿ to Tool[edit]

During the early 1990s, Massy was working on a project with Green Jellÿ when one of the members of that band invited Massy to produce a fledgling band known as Tool.

Rubin and Beyond[edit]

In the late 1990s, Massy connected with veteran producer Rick Rubin, for whom she engineered and mixed several projects, including Johnny Cash's album Unchained, which won a Grammy award for Best Country Album in 1997. With Rubin, she also recorded Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Slayer, Donovan Leitch, and System of a Down's debut album. During this time, Massy also produced many popular artists, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sevendust, and Powerman 5000.

Current status[edit]

Massy lives in Weed, California. She owned and operated RadioStar Studios LLC out of the Weed Palace Theater[1] until its closing in 2012. She acquired the Weed Palace Theater property in 2001 and operated it as a recording studio, with notable clients having been Sublime, Econoline Crush, Cog, Spiderbait, Lisa Haley, Norma Jean, Built To Spill and From First To Last (featuring Sonny Moore of Skrillex).

Massy continues to work as an independent producer, educator and music promoter. Massy has also been a longstanding member of music industry organization NARAS, where she has served on the P&E Wing Steering Committee and Advisory Boards. In 2009, she travelled to Washington D.C. to lobby for Musician's Performance Rights and continues to be involved with musician, producer and educational advocacy work on behalf of NARAS.

Massy co-founded the 4&20 Blackbird Festival, renamed the Blackbird Underground Music Festival, as of 2013.


Sylvia Massy has worked with the following musicians:


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