Joe LaPorta

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Joe LaPorta
Joe LaPorta Mastering.jpg
Mastering Engineer
Background information
Origin New York City, New York U.S.
Occupation(s) Mastering Engineer, Musicologist, Producer

Joe LaPorta is an American mastering engineer at Sterling Sound, NYC.[1]


Born and raised in New York, Joe LaPorta graduated from New York University with a bachelor's 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 David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Vampire Weekend, The Killers, Beach House, Tiesto, Imagine Dragons, The Weeknd, Garbage, Run_The_Jewels, Tune-Yards, Armin van Buuren, Neon Trees, The Postal Service, Walk_the_Moon, 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"

Latin GRAMMY Nominations[edit]

'Album of the Year' (2014)[10] Calle 13 - "Multi_Viral"

'Record of the Year' (2014)[11] Calle 13 - "Respira El Momento"

TEC Awards[edit]

2012 - LaPorta won a Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards.[12] in the 'Record/Production Album' category for his work on Foo Fighters - "Wasting Light"


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Artist Album Label
Brian Fallon Painkillers Island Records
David Bowie Blackstar Columbia Records
St. Lucia Matter Columbia Records
Panic! At The Disco Death of a Bachelor Atlantic Records
POP ETC Souvenir Sony Japan
Audiodamn! Audiodamn! EP Epic Records
Tigertown Lonely Cities Neon Gold/Columbia Records
Lewis Del Mar EP Columbia Records
DJDS Stand Up and Speak Loma Vista Recordings
Conrad Sewell All I Know 300 Entertainment
Charlie Hilton Palana Captured Tracks


Artist Album Label
Imagine Dragons Smoke + Mirrors Interscope Records
Twin Shadow Eclipse Warner Bros. Records
Armin Van Buuren Embrace Armada Records
Leon Bridges Coming Home Columbia
Run The Jewels Record Store Day EP 12" Mass Appeal
Run The Jewels Meow The Jewels" Mass Appeal
Tiesto Club Life Vol 4: New York City"' Republic Records/Musical Freedom
Young Thug Barter 6 Atlantic/300 Ent
Young Thug Slime Season 2 Self-Released
Bleachers Terrible Thrills RCA Records
Bleachers Like A River Runs EP RCA Records
Matt & Kim New Glow Harvest Records
X Ambassadors VHS Interscope/KidinaKorner
Big Data 2.0 Warner Bros. Records
Against Me! 23 Live Sex Acts Total Treble Records
Boots Aquaria Columbia Records
Highly Suspect Mr. Asylum 300 Entertainment
Above & Beyond We're All We Need Anjuna Beats
Walk Off The Earth Sing It All Away Columbia Records
Atlas Genius Inanimate Objects Warner Bros. Records
Three Days Grace Human RCA Records
HEALTH Death Magic Loma Vista Records
Kevin Garrett Mellow Drama Rocnation
MisterWives Our Own House Republic Records
Alex Winston The Day I Died EP 300 Ent.
Cold War Kids Five Quick Cuts Downtown Records
ASTR Homecoming Downtown Records
Ben Rector Brand New Aptly Named Recordings
Lady Lamb The Beekeeper After Mom + Pop Records
Max Frost Intoxication Atlantic Records
Pete Rock Petestrumentals 2 Mello Music Group
Allen Stone Radius Capitol Records
Panama Wedding Into Focus EP Glassnote Records
Goldroom It's Like You Never Went Away Downtown Records
Lieutenant If I Kill This Thing We're All Going To Eat For A Week Dine Alone Records
Gangrene You Disgust Me Mass Appeal
The Alchemist Israeli Salad ALC Records
The Alchemist Retarded Alligator Beats ALC Records
The Rubens Hoops Warner Bros. Records
Gardens & Villa Music For Dogs Secretly Canadian Records
Beat Connection Product 3 Anti Records
Suicideyear Japan Software Records
WATERS What's Real Vagrant Records
Olga Bell Incitation One Little Indian
Amanda Cook Brave New World Bethel Music
Matt Nathanson Show Me Your Fangs Vanguard Records
Strange Names Use Your Time Wisely Frenchkiss Records
Tanlines Highlights True Panther Records
Train Christmas In Tahoe Universal Records
Penguin Prison Escape From New York Downtown Records
Active Child Mercy Vagrant Records
Prides The Way Back Up Island Records
Small Black Best Blues Jagjaguwar
Prof Liability Rhymesayers Entertainment
Handsome Ghost Steps Republic Records
Bodega Bamz Sidewalk Exec Duck Down. Records
Rumer Into Colour Warner Bros UK
Kopecky Drug For The Modern Age ATO Records
The Dear Hunter ACT IV: Rebirth in Reprise Equal Vision Records
Bop English Constant Bop Downtown Records
Remy Banks Higher Self Released
Andrew Bayer Do Androids Dream Anjuna Beats
Geographer Ghost Modern Roll Call Records
Aesop Rock Cat Food Rhymesayers Entertainment
Night Beds Ivywild Dead Oceans
Mother Falcon Good Luck Have Fun Universal Records
Matthew West Live Forever Sparrow Records/Capitol Records
Regal Degal Not Now Terrible Records
Crocodiles Boys Zoo Music
Trails & Ways Pathology Barsuk Records
Rey Pila The Future Sugar Cult Records
Kalle Mattson Avalanche Home Music Co
Parlour Tricks Broken Hearts/Bones Bar/None Records
Public Access TV Metropolis Terrible Records
Young Ejecta The Planet Driftless Recordings
Tariq & Garfield Childhood Swing EP Software


Artist Album Label
Run The Jewels Run The Jewels 2 Mass Appeal
Kaiser Chiefs Education, Education, Education & War Fiction/Caroline/Universal
Walk The Moon Talking Is Hard RCA Records
tUnE-yArDs Nikki Nack 4AD
Bleachers Strange Desire RCA Records
Rustie Green Language Warp Records
Against_Me! Transgender Dysphoria Blues Total Treble Recordings
Kelis Food Ninja Tune
Haerts Haerts Columbia Records
Cold War Kids Hold My Home Downtown Records
Parquet Courts Sunbathing Animal Mom and Pop
Parkay Quarts Content Nausea Mom and Pop
Alex & Sierra Its About Us Columbia Records
Big Data 1.6 Warner Bros
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
Music from and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture Begin Again Interscope
Architecture In Helsinki Now + 4EVA Casual Workout
Dilated Peoples Directors Of Photography Rhymesayers
The Raveonettes Pe'ahi Vice Records
Lo-Fang Blue Film 4AD
Various Artists The Rap Monument Vice/Noisey
Miniature Tigers Cruel Runnings Yebo Music
Bear Hands Distraction Cantora Records
Nick Hook Collage v.1 Ninja Tune Records
WATERS It All Might Be OK EP Vagrant
K. Flay Life As A Dog N/A
The Marmozets Marmozets EP Roadrunner Records
The Marmozets The Weird & Wonderful Marmozets Roadrunner Records
Fink Hard Believer Ninja Tune
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart Days Of Abandon Yebo Music
Super8 & Tab Unified Anjuna
Kensington Rivals Universal
CRUISR All Over EP Vagrant
Teengirl Fantasy Thermal Red
Prides The Seeds You Sow EP Island UK
Rob Sonic Alice In Thunderdome AK47 Records
Kilo Kish Across Kitsune
The Ready Set The Bad & The Better Razor & Tie
Tennis Ritual In Repeat Communion Music
Jukebox The Ghost Jukebox The Ghost Yep Roc Records
Team Spirit Killing Time Vice Records
Hooray For Earth Racy Dovecote Records
Small Black Real People Jagjaguwar
Sinkane Mean Love DFA Records
Copeland IXORA Self-released
Panama Wedding Parallel Play Glassnote Records
Hail Mary Mallon Bestiary Rhymesayers
Pepsi Beats of the Beautiful Game Pepsi Beats of the Beautiful Game Universal
Step Brothers Lord Steppington Rhymesayers
Claude Speeed My Skeleton LuckyMe
Bear In Heaven Time Is Over One Day Old Dead Oceans
Emilie Simon Mue Universal
Watsky All You Can Do Steel Wool/Universal
Colton Dixon Anchor Universal
NO El Prado Arts & Crafts
Michael W. Smith Sovereign Universal
AER AER AER/Universal Music
Sanctus Real The Dream Mass Appeal
Gates Bloom And Breathe Pure Noise
Katie Herzig Walk Thru Walls Marrion-Lorraine
Scare Don't Fear From The Ground Up KBB Records
Bleeding Rainbow Interrupt Kanine Records
Set It Off Duality Equal Vision 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
Jessica Hernandez Secret Evil Instant Records
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
Scars On 45 Safety In Numbers Nettwerk


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 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[15]
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 The Reverberation Appreciation Society
Vienna Teng Aims Soltruna Records
Evidence Green Tape Instrumentals' Decon
Knights Dark Matter Infuge


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 Worlds 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 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 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
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 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


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
Lil Jon Crunkest Hits TVT Records|The Orchard
Smith Westerns Dye It Blonde Fat Possum Records
White Denim D Downtown Records
Foo Fighters Wasting Light SAM Records| Roswell Records
Björk Biophilia One Little Indian
Hooray For Earth True Loves Dovecote Records
Dum Dum Girls Only in Dreams Sub Pop
Dum Dum Girls He Gets Me High Sub Pop
Ford & Lopatin Channel Pressure Software Label Kemado 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 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 Group Therapy Anjunabeats
Tiesto Club Life: Volume I - Las Vegas Musical Freedom
Cults Abducted Columbia Records
Fink Perfect Darkness Ninja Tune Records
Tender Mercies Tender Mercies Collective Sound Records
John Wesley Harding The Sound of His Own Voice Yep Roc Records
Against Me! Total Clarity Fat Wreck Chords


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 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
The Narrative The Narrative The Record Collective