Adam Lasus

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Adam Lasus
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Background information
Born (1968-09-02) September 2, 1968 (age 51)
OriginMount Kisco, New York, United States
GenresIndie rock, rock
Occupation(s)Record producer
InstrumentsBass guitar, mixing console, echoplex, tape recorder
LabelsFireproof Recordings
Associated actsMarching Band
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Gigolo Aunts
Yo La Tengo
Clem Snide
Mark Mulcahy

Adam Lasus (born September 2, 1968 in Mount Kisco, New York, United States) is an American record producer and musician.


Lasus credits include albums by Yo La Tengo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Lilys, Helium, Juliana Hatfield, Mark Mulcahy, Matt Keating, Clem Snide, Amy Ray, Madder Rose, Michael Cerveris, Anders Parker, Chris Harford, Versus, Dumptruck and Gigolo Aunts.

Lasus started Studio Red in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1990 and recorded many seminal Indie rock artists there: Helium, Versus, The Lilys, Madder Rose, Space Needle.

In 1997 he moved to Brooklyn and started Fireproof Recording, a recording studio, which became an important part of the indie music scene in Brooklyn and New York City. While there Lasus worked with PJ Harvey, J Mascis, Joan Jett, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Mark Mulcahy and Daniel Johnston, Members of Sleater Kinney, Guided By Voices, The Breeders, The Posies, Sonic Youth and Ween.

Lasus has always recorded to analog tape and believes that recording and mixing to tape produces the best possible sonic result. Typically his records are started by recording the band live to a 24-track 2-inch tape machine and he uses a large selection of unique vintage compressors, microphones, mic preamps, eq's, reverbs, tape delays and effects.

Fireproof Recording is now based in Los Angeles, where Lasus has worked with indie artists Anders Parker, Army Navy, The Submarines, Seneca Hawk, Marching Band, Happyness, The Shivers, Kelli Scarr, Emperor X and Matt Keating.

In early 2007 Lasus started Fireproof Recordings, an indie record label. The first release was "Pax Futura" by the Los-Angeles-based band Oliver Future.

From January to March 2008 Lasus worked as the music director and produced tracks for the film Bandslam directed by Todd Graff and starring Vanessa Hudgens, Alyson Michalka, Lisa Kudrow and David Bowie, in theaters August 2009.

Lasus produced and engineered the second Army Navy album The Last Place released June 14, 2011. The Last Place went to # 28 on the CMJ top 200 chart and Rolling Stone has called them an "artist to watch."[1]

April 2013 Lasus and partners Joe Rogers and Scott Porter open Room 17 a 3200 square foot studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn featuring a vintage 40 channel Trident 80 console, Extensive outboard gear and 24 track analog recording.

August 2014 Lasus was the Music Producer for the film If I Stay starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Jamie Blackley. Lasus produced 6 original songs and a cover of the song "Today" by Smashing Pumpkins that were performed by the fictional band Willamette Stone in the film led by Jamie Blackley's character Adam Wilde. The songs were all released on the If I Stay Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Warner Brothers/ Water Tower records.

Selected discography[edit]

Lasus is credited with the following works:[2]

Year Artist Album Label Credits
2014 If I Stay Movie Soundtrack If I Stay Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Warner Brothers Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2014 Happyness Weird Little Birthday Weird Smiling Mixer
2014 Army Navy The Wilderness Inside Fever Zone Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2013 Army Navy The Crushed EP Fever Zone Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2013 Son of Stan Divorce Pop Wizardvizion Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2011 Emperor X Western Teleport Bar None Mixer
2011 Ben Harper "Clearly Severely" from Give Til It's Gone Virgin Mixer
2011 Army Navy The Last Place Fever Zone Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2010 The Orbans When We Were Wild Sheffield Avenue Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2009 Settle At Home We Are Tourists Epitaph Producer/Engineer
2008 Army Navy Army Navy Fever Zone Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2008 Marching Band Spark Large U&L Records Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2007 Oliver Future Pax Futura Fireproof Recordings Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2006 Anders Parker Anders Parker Baryon Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2006 Spike Priggen There's No Sound In Flutes The Volare Label Mixer
2006 Back to Blonde Swim West Silence Breaks Producer/Engineer
2005 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Wichita Recordings Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2004 The Fontaine Toups TFT TeenBeat Records Producer/Engineer
2003 Evil Jake Be My Ex-Girlfriend Evil Records Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2003 Spike Priggen Stars After Stars After Stars The Volare Label Engineer/Mixer
2002 Clem Snide You Were a Diamond Spin Art Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2001 Spike Priggen The Very Thing That You Treasure The Volare Label (US)/ Laughing Outlaw (Aus/EU) Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2001 Mark Mulcahy SmileSunset Mezzotint Producer/Engineer/Mixer
2000 Chris Harford Wake Soul Selects Producer/Engineer/Mixer
1999 Leah Coloff Dark Sweet Heart Searching Eye Records Producer/Engineer/Mixer
1999 Number19 Suspension Searching Eye Records Producer/Engineer/Mixer
1992 Juliana Hatfield Hey Babe Mammoth Engineer
1999 Mark Mulcahy Fathering Mezzotint Producer/Engineer
1997 Matt Keating Killjoy Alias Producer/Engineer
1997 Space Needle The Moray Eels Eat The Space Needle Zero Hour Producer/Engineer
1996 Yo La Tengo Genius + Love = Yo La Tengo Matador Producer/Engineer/Mixer
1995 Helium The Dirt of Luck Matador Producer/Engineer/Mixer
1995 Madder Rose The Love You Save Tag/Atlantic Co-Producer/Engineer/Mixer
1995 Versus The Stars Are Insane Teen Beat Producer/Engineer/Mixer
1995 Saturnine Wreck at Pillar Point dirt records Producer/Engineer
1994 Gigolo Aunts Flippin' Out RCA/Fire Co-Producer
1994 Helium Pirate Prude Matador Producer/Engineer
1994 Lilys Brief History Of Amazing Letdowns SpinArt Producer/Engineer/Mixer
1994 Matt Keating Scaryarea Alias Producer/Engineer
1993 Gigolo Aunts Full On Bloom Alias Co-Producer
1993 Madder Rose Bring It Down Seed/Atlantic Co-Producer/Engineer
1993 Matt Keating Tell It To Yourself Alias Producer/Engineer
1993 Versus Let's Electrify! Remora Producer/Engineer
1992 Chris Harford Be Headed Elektra Producer/Engineer
1992 Yo La Tengo Upside Down Alias Producer/Engineer/Mixer


  1. ^ Walters, Barry (2011-08-19). "Artist to Watch: Army Navy Spin Power-pop from the L.A. Highlife". Retrieved 2015-05-06.
  2. ^ Adam Lasus at AllMusic

Further reading[edit]

  • Crane, Larry (ed.); Visconti, Tony. Tape Op: The Book About Creative Music Recording. ISBN 0-922915-60-1.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  • Touzeau, Jeff. Making Tracks: Unique Recording Studio Environments. ISBN 0-7643-2438-1.

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