Emily Lazar

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Emily Lazar
Birth nameEmily B. Lazar
BornNew York, U.S.
Occupation(s)Mastering engineer

Emily B. Lazar is an American mastering engineer.[1] She is the founder, president, and chief mastering engineer of The Lodge, an audio mastering facility that has operated in New York City's Greenwich Village since 1997.[2][3][4][5] She won a Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for Beck's album Colors, becoming the first female mastering engineer to win in this category.[6]

Early life and education[edit]

Lazar was born and raised in New York. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Creative Writing and Music from Skidmore College, graduating cum laude with honors distinction in her major. During college, she wrote music, played in bands, and worked as a freelance engineer, producer and mixer. After college, Lazar worked in some of New York City's most prominent studios.[7] Later she earned a Master of Music Degree from New York University's prestigious Music Technology program. While there, she pursued Tonmeister studies and was awarded a Graduate Fellowship. Lazar's thesis on Sonic Solutions, combined with an internship at Sony Classical, eventually led to a position at New York City based mastering facility, Masterdisk.[8][9]


Lazar has worked on over 3,000 albums with such artists as Panic! At The Disco, Sia, Coldplay, Destiny's Child, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, The Prodigy, The Killers, Morrissey, Vampire Weekend, Maggie Rogers, Depeche Mode, Dolly Parton, Angel Olsen, The Walkmen, Donald Fagen, Sky Ferreira, Alanis Morissette, Tiësto, The Shins, Lou Reed, Chainsmokers, Barbra Streisand, HAIM, The Raveonettes, Björk, Broken Social Scene, Cults, Boy & Bear, Goldfrapp, Moby, Paul McCartney, The Naked and Famous, Garbage, Sonic Youth, Nada Surf, Sinéad O'Connor, Rza, Wu-Tang Clan, Tegan and Sara, Sleigh Bells, Fucked Up, Chromeo, The Raveonettes, The Subways, Thievery Corporation, Death Cab for Cutie, Heffron Drive, BT, The Velvet Underground, Morgan Page, Armin Van Buuren, Jedi Mind Tricks, John Mayer, Anti-Flag, Third Eye Blind, Shiny Toy Guns, The Donnas, The All American Rejects, Vanessa Carlton, Jacob Collier and many more.[10][11][12]

Current articles on Emily Lazar include features in NPR,[13] Artist Pro (cover story), Bust, Electronic Musician (cover story), Home Recording Magazine, Mix Magazine, Billboard Magazine, Pro Sound News, Medialine, Remix Magazine, and Tape Op. She has been a featured panelist lecturing on college campuses and in numerous music business and recording conferences.[14][15][8] Lazar has also been awarded the prestigious Palamountain Award for Young Alumni Achievement from Skidmore College and has served as adjunct faculty of New York University in the Music Technology Department.[16] She is also a highly publicized product endorsee for Avalon Design (audio equipment), Apple Computers, Antelope Audio and Dangerous Music.[17][18] Emily resides in New York and presently serves as a Trustee of the Recording Academy. She also serves on the NY Chapter's Board of Governors for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and previously Co-Chaired the NY Chapter's Producer & Engineer's Wing. Currently Lazar serves on the Recording Academy's P&E Wing National Steering Committee, P&E Wing National Advisory Council, and the Recording Academy's National Advocacy Committee.

In 2019, Lazar became the first female mastering engineer to win the Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) Grammy, which she won for her work on Beck's Colors.[19]

In 2021, Emily became the first mastering engineer to land 3 Grammy nods for Album of the Year. [20] Leading up to the Grammy Awards, Chris Martin from Coldplay admitted that their latest album could have sounded terrible if it wasn't for one person — mastering engineer Emily Lazar. [21]

The Lodge[edit]

The Lodge, an audio mastering facility, opened in 1997 in Greenwich Village in downtown Manhattan.[15]

We Are Moving The Needle[edit]

On March 8, 2021, Emily announced the launch of the We Are Moving The Needle foundation - aiming to create measurable change for women in the recording industry with the education, equipment and the mentorship needed to succeed. Mentors for the program include Brandi Carlile, HAIM, Maggie Rogers and many others.

Awards, nominations and wins[edit]

Grammy Awards nominations and wins[22]
Latin Grammy Awards nominations and wins
Pensado Awards
  • 2014 – Lazar was nominated for the Master of Mastering - Mastering Engineers Award at the first annual Pensado Awards show.[24]
TEC Awards
Billboard Magazine
Women in Music: Hitmakers from Behind the Scenes
  • 2015 – Lazar was featured in the December issue of Billboard's Women in Music: Hitmakers from Behind the Scenes "Fine-tuned ears are the trademarks of these four creators. Emily Lazar's golden ears are in high-demand. Just ask clients like Foo Fighters, Beck and Coldplay, whose new album A Head Full of Dreams, tops Lazar's discography."[28]
ELLE Magazine
The Women in Music Power List
  • 2017 – Lazar was featured in the June issue of Elle's The Women in Music Power List highlighting 14 women as "the industry's most influential execs, producers and songwriters."[29]
Variety Magazine
Power of Women Impact List
  • 2019 – Lazar was featured in the April issue of Variety's The Power of Women Impact List recognizing "women at the forefront of their fields."[30]

Recent work[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
Minus the Bear Omni Dangerbird Records
Envy on the Coast Lowcountry Photo Finish Records
Sleigh Bells Treats Mom and Pop Records
Against Me White Crosses Sire Records
Maps & Atlases Perch Patchwork Barsuk Records
Kathryn Calder Are You My Mother? File Under: Music
Matt Pond PA The Dark Leaves Altitude Records
Chromeo Business Casual Atlantic Records
Chief Modern Rituals Domino Records
Magic Kids Memphis True Panther Sounds
Tiësto Kaleidoscope: Remixed Musical Freedom
Armin van Buuren Mirage Armada Records
Ólöf Arnalds Innundir skinni One Little Indian
Fran Healy Wreckorder Wreckord Label
Twin Shadow Forget 4AD Records
Mt. Desolation Mt. Desolation Island Records
The Suzan Golden Week for the Poco Poco Beat Fool's Gold Records
Raphael Pacific 231 EMI France
The Xcerts Scatterbrain Xtra Mile Recordings
The Naked and Famous Passive Me, Aggressive You Universal/Republic
BT These Humble Machines Nettwerk
The Postelles Spend the Night Astralwerks
Skuli Sverrisson Seria II Seria Music


Artist Album Label
The Naked & Famous Passive Me, Aggressive You Polydor Ltd/Fiction
Brand New Your Favorite Weapon (Reissue) Razor & Tie/Triple Crown Records
The Raveonettes Rarities/B-Sides The Orchard
White Denim D Downtown Records
Foo Fighters Wasting Light SAM Records/Roswell Records
Morgan Page In The Air Nettwerk Music Group
Ben Lee Deeper into Dream Ten Finger Records/Gold Village
Cubic Zirconia Follow Your Heart Fool's Gold Records
Ólöf Arnalds Ólöf Sings One Little Indian
Against Me! White Crosses/Black Crosses Total Trebel Music
CANT Dreams Come True Terrible Records/Warp Records
Boy & Bear Moonfire Universal Music Australia
Fucked Up David Comes to Life Matador
Big Talk Big Talk Epitaph Records/ANTI Records
Thievery Corporation Culture of Fear ESL
Above & Beyond Group Therapy Anjunabeats
Tiësto Club Life: Volume II - Las Vegas Musical Freedom
Cults Cults Columbia Records
Against Me! Total Clarity Fat Wreck Chords


Artist Album Label
The Killers Battle Born Mercury Records
Alanis Morissette Havoc and Bright Lights Collective Sounds
Shiny Toy Guns III Five Seven Music
Santana Shape Shifter Starfaith Records
BT If the Stars Are Eternal So Are You and I Laptop Symphony
BT Morceau Subrosa Laptop Symphony
Garbage Not Your Kind of People STUNVOLUME
Tiësto Club Life: Volume 2 - Miami Musical Freedom
Sondre Lerche Bootlegs Mana Records
Diamond Rings Free Dimensional Astralwerks
Bush Tetras Happy Reachout International Records, Inc.
The Cringe Hiding in Plain Sight Listen Records
Eleni Mandell I Can See the Future Yep Roc Records
Trust TRST Arts & Crafts Productions
Nigel Dupree Up to No Good Mighty Loud Records
Jeff Wayne War of the Worlds: The New Generation 101 Distribution
Shoes Ignition Black Vinyl Records
Matt Boerum Cold Hearted Disaster Matthew Boerum
Misstress Barbara Many Shades of Grey MapleMusic Recordings
Say Anything ...Is A Real Boy Doghouse Records
Indochine Paradize +10 Sony Music


Artist Album Label
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City XL Recordings
Weeknight Post Everything Hand Drawn Dracula
Various artists Saint Heron Saint Records
The Killers Direct Hits Mercury Records
BT A Song Across Wires Armada Music
Sound City: Real to Reel Sound City Roswell Records
Haim Days Are Gone Polydor
James Vincent McMorrow Post Tropical Vagrant Records
The Julie Ruin Run Fast Dischord Records
Party Supplies Tough Love Fool's Gold Records
The Fatty Acids Boléro Kribber Krown Records
Tyler Ward Honestly Sony Music
Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time Capitol Records
Emily Jane White Bloodlines Important Records
Hellogoodbye Everything Is Debatable Old Friends Records
Various artists Grand Theft Auto V Soundtrack Rockstar Games
Balance and Composure The Things We Think We're Missing No Sleep Records
The Living Sisters Run for Cover Vanguard
Golden Suits Golden Suits Yep Roc
Various artists This Is the End: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack RCA Records
Bernard Fanning Departures Dew Process
Candlelight Red Reclamation Imagen Records
The Boxer Rebellion Promises Absentee Recordings
Armin van Buuren Intense Armada Music
The Postal Service Give Up:10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Sub Pop
Matthew Shell & Arun Shenoy "Genesis" (single) MTS Music/Narked Records


Artist Album Label
Sia 1000 Forms of Fear RCA Records
The Reassure Echoe Örange Penguin Studio
Linkin Park The Hunting Party Warner Bros. Records
Linkin Park The Hunting Party: Live From Mexico Warner Bros. Records
Say Anything Hebrews RCA Records
Mimicking Birds Eons Glacial Pace Records
Garbage 10" Single Record Store Day Release STUNVOLUME
Hamilton Leithauser Black Hours Ribbon Music
Christina Perri Head or Heart Sony Records
Neon Hitch 301 to Paradise Warner Bros. Records
TRUST Joyland Arts & Crafts
Dive Index Lost in the Pressure Neutral Milk
La Dispute Rooms of the House No Sleep Records
Twofish Zero Crossing Self-released


Artist Album Label
Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Parlophone
The Front Bottoms Back On Top Fueled By Ramen
Peaches Rub I U She Music
Brandon Flowers The Desired Effect Island Records
Oh No Welcome to Los Santos Rockstar Games
HOLYCHILD The Shape of Brat Pop to Come Glassnote Records
The Bird and the Bee Recreational Love Rostrum Records
Mika No Place in Heaven Casablanca Records
BT Electronic Opus Binary Acoustics
Slightly Stoopid Meanwhile...Back at the Lab Silver Back Music
Smallpools Lovetap! RCA Records
Robert DeLong In the Cards Glassnote Records
Kate Pierson Guitars and Microphones Lazy Meadow Music
Braids Deep in the Iris Arbutus Records
Morgan Page DC to Light Netwerk Music Group
Milo Greene Control Elektra Records
Baio The Names Glassnote Records
Mas Ysa Seraph Downtown Records
Natalie Imbruglia "Instant Crush" (single) Columbia Records
Beck "Dreams" (single) Capitol Music Group
Duncan Sheik "Selling Out (Fischer King Remix)" Atlantic Records
FoxTrott A Taller Us Little Indians Records
Veruca Salt Ghost Notes El Camino Records
Speedy Ortiz Foil Deer Carpark Records
Beauty Pill Beauty Pill Describes Things As They Are Butterscotch Records
Title Fight Hyperview Good Fight Entertainment
Baltimore Tigers of the Year Self-released


Artist Album Label
Foo Fighters "Saint Cecilia" (single) Columbia Records/RCA Records
Sia This Is Acting Monkey Puzzle/RCA Records
Dustin O'Halloran/Hauschka Lion: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Sony Classical
Angel Olsen My Woman Jagjaguwar
Switchfoot Where the Light Shines Through Concord Vanguard, Universal Records
Garbage Strange Little Birds Sony BMG/Vagrant Records
Tegan and Sara Love You to Death Rhino Entertainment/Vapor/Warner Bros. Records
Ronnie Spector English Heart Savoy Records
Thalia Latina Sony BMG/Sony Music
Broods Conscious Capitol Records/Island Records/Universal Records
Margaret Glaspy Emotions and Math ATO Records
Ben Alessi U[31][32] Big House Publishing
Moby/Moby & the Void Pacific Choir These Systems Are Failing Arts & Crafts Productions
Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams 5.1 Surround Mix Parlophone


Artist Album Label
Beck Colors Capitol Records
Morrissey Low in High School BMG
Haim Something to Tell You Polydor Records
Rostam Half-Light Nonesuch
Dams of the West Youngish American 30th Century Records/Columbia Records
Ruth B Safe Haven Columbia Records
The Chainsmokers Memories...Do Not Open Columbia Records
Coldplay A L I E N S Parlophone
Coldplay All I Can Think About Is You Parlophone
Coldplay Kaleidoscope EP Parlophone
Mary Lambert Bold Mary Lambert Productions
Coldplay "Hypnotised" (song) Parlophone
Thievery Corporation The Temple of I & I Eighteenth Street/ESL Music/Ye
Baltimore Summer Rain Self-released
Ben Alessi PRSSR[33] Big House Recordings
Meresha Enter the Dreamland Sonic Dolphin
Ha*Ash 30 de Febrero[34] Sony Music Latin


Artist Album Label
All Hail the Silence All Hail the Silence Self-released
Panic! At The Disco Pray for the Wicked Fueled By Ramen
Coldplay Live in Buenos Aires Parlophone
Coldplay Live in Buenos Aires/Live in São Paulo/A Head Full of Dreams Parlophone
Dizzy Baby Teeth Royal Mountain Records
Speedy Ortiz Twerp Verse Gravesend
Dolly Parton Dumplin' Legacy


Artist Album Label
Vampire Weekend Father of the Bride Columbia Records
Maggie Rogers Heard It in a Past Life Capitol Records
Coldplay Everyday Life Parlophone
Clairo Immunity Fader
Cherry Glazerr Stuffed & Ready Secretly Canadian
Jacob Collier Djesse Vol. 2 Hajanga Records
Goo Goo Dolls Miracle Pill Warner Records
Charly Bliss Young Enough Barsuk Records
Sara Evans TBD Born To Fly Records
Sour Widows Sour Widows EP Self Released


Artist Album Label
Alanis Morissette Such Pretty Forks in the Road Epiphany Music / Thirty Tigers
Haim Women in Music Pt. III Columbia Records
Wallflower Teach Yourself To Swim Self-Released
My Morning Jacket The Waterfall II ATO Records
Jacob Collier Djesse Vol. 3 Hajanga Records
Soul Asylum Hurry Up and Wait Blue Élan Records
AWOLNATION Angel Miners & the Lightning Riders Better Noise Records
Morrissey I Am Not a Dog on a Chain BMG
The Killers Imploding the Mirage Island Records
Travis 10 Songs BMG
Chicano Batman Invisible People ATO Records
Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews / Little Big Town Jambalaya (On the Bayou) ATO Records
Little Big Town Nightfall ATO Records
The Struts Strange Days ATO Records
Marina Man's World Atlantic
Hamilton Leithauser The Loves of Your Life Glassnote Records
Hinds The Prettiest Curse Lucky Number
Dizzy The Sun and Her Scorch Royal Mountain Records
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith The Mosaic of Transformation Ghostly International


Artist Album Label
Angels & Airwaves Lifeforms Rise Records


Artist Album Label
Maggie Rogers Surrender Debay Sounds, Capitol Records


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