S. Husky Höskulds

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S. Husky Höskulds
Background information
Occupation(s)Audio engineer
Years activeEarly 1990s–present
Associated actsMitchell Froom, Tchad Blake, Mike Patton, Craig Street, Joe Henry

S. Husky Höskulds (born in Iceland) is a Grammy Award–winning audio engineer based in Los Angeles, California.


Husky Höskulds moved to Los Angeles in 1991, to study audio engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles. He began his career working with Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake as a staff engineer at The Sound Factory in the early 1990s but would quickly move on to independent projects with Michael Penn, The Wallflowers, Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits and a steady collaboration with Mike Patton on his various projects. Also important was the work with the producers Craig Street and Joe Henry, for whom he also recorded and mixed two of his own albums. In 2002 he won a Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical alongside Jay Newland for the multiple awarded debut album Come Away with Me by Norah Jones co-produced by Craig Street.[1]



In 2009 Husky founded the online artist community Groundlift.org. In an effort to bring together like-minded artists and collaborators, Groundlift is now host to more than 40 artists worldwide, including over 50 albums and other digital artwork and has been tapped for several soundtracks and collaborations.


Groundlift is a creative platform, an online community and forum for forward thinking and open minded artists and art lovers. A catalyst in the creation, distribution and sales of all types of digital art, audio and visual… music, photography, video, short films, animation and more.

Groundlift Studios[edit]

Leveraging the latest in digital technology, Husky and his Groundlift team currently operate studios in Los Angeles, Reykjavik and Paris. This international presence further enhances the online community idea, and allows for unparalleled creative freedom and collaboration.


(Sorted by artist)

Year Artist Album Producer Credits for Höskulds
2002 Solomon Burke Don't Give Up on Me Joe Henry Rec. and mix
2005 Chocolate Genius, Inc. Black Yankee Rock Craig Street Rec. and mix
2006 Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint The River in Reverse Joe Henry Rec. and mix
1998 Sheryl Crow The Globe Sessions Sheryl Crow Add. rec. and assisting mix
2005 Ani DiFranco Knuckle Down Joe Henry, Ani DiFranco Rec. and mix
2002 The Dirty Dozen Brass Band Medicated Magic Craig Street Rec. and mix
2013 Matt Duncan Soft Times Matt Duncan Mastering
2001 Fantômas The Director's Cut Mike Patton Rec. and mix
2004 Fantômas Delìrivm Còrdia Mike Patton Rec. and mix (assisted by Mott Lange)
2005 Fantômas Suspended Animation Mike Patton Mix
1998 Lisa Germano Slide Tchad Blake Rec. with Tchad Blake and Lisa Germano
2004 The Gipsy Kings Roots Craig Street Rec. and mix
2001 Joe Henry Scar Craig Street, Joe Henry Rec. and mix
2003 Joe Henry Tiny Voices Joe Henry Rec. and mix
2013 India.Arie SongVersation India.Arie Rec. six tracks with Greg Fuqua, Rob Skipworth a.o.
2002 Norah Jones Come Away with Me Craig Street (original tracks) Rec. three tracks
1998 Gary Jules Greetings from the Side Michael Andrews Mix, assistant to Tchad Blake
1999 Latin Playboys Dose Latin Playboys Assistant with John Paterno to Latin Playboys
2005 Bettye Lavette I've Got My Own Hell to Raise Joe Henry Rec. and mix
2006 John Legend Once Again Craig Street a.o. (Add.) rec. of several tracks with John Paterno a.o.
1999 Los Lobos This Time Los Lobos Add. rec.
2000 The Manhattan Transfer The Spirit of St. Louis Craig Street Rec. and mix
2008 My Brightest Diamond A Thousand Shark's Teeth Shara Worden Mix and master
2014 My Brightest Diamond This Is My Hand Zac Rae w/ Shara Worden Mix and master
2007 Yael Naim Yael Naim David Donatien, Yael Naim Mix and master
1999 Meshell Ndegeocello Bitter Craig Street Additional recording
2010 Meshell Ndegeocello Devil's Halo Chris Bruce, Meshell Ndegeocello Recording (exc. the vocals)
2009 Mike Patton Crank: High Voltage (O.S.T.) Mike Patton Mixing, with Mike Patton
2010 Mike Patton Mondo Cane Mike Patton w.o. Mix
2011 Mike Patton The Solitude of Prime Numbers (O.S.T.) Mike Patton Mastering
2006 Peeping Tom Peeping Tom Mike Patton with var. co-prod. Mix
2000 Michael Penn MP4 (Days Since a Lost Time Accident) Michael Penn Rec. and mix with Michael Penn (and assistants)
2003 Grant-Lee Phillips Virginia Creeper Grant-Lee Phillips Rec. and mix
2006 Grant-Lee Phillips Strangelet Grant-Lee Phillips Mix
2007 Brandi Shearer Close to Dark Larry Klein, Brandi Shearer, Ted Savarese Rec. with Stephen Hart
1999 Vonda Shepard By 7:30 Mitchell Froom, Vonda Shepard Rec. with John Paterno
2006 Skerik’s Syncopated Taint Septet Husky Skerik Rec. and mix
1998 Soulwax Much Against Everyone's Advice David Sardy Rec. (with Greg Fidelman)
1998 Soul Coughing El oso Tchad Blake, Soul Coughing Rec. assistant to Tchad Blake for most tracks
2002 Turin Brakes Ether Song Tony Hoffer Recording
2004 Vincent & Mr. Green Vincent & Mr. Green Vincent & Mr. Green Mix
2002 Tom Waits Blood Money Kathleen Brennan, Tom Waits Mix of six tracks
2000 The Wallflowers Breach Andrew Slater, Michael Penn Recording
2006 The Wood Brothers Ways Not to Lose John Medeski Rec. with Damien Shannon and Scott Serota, and mix
2005 Lizz Wright Dreaming Wide Awake Craig Street Rec. and mix (assisted by Matthew Cullen a.o.)

Höskulds also worked with Fiona Apple, Susana Baca, Sverrir Bergman, Doyle Bramhall, Edie Brickell, Tracy Chapman, The Derek Trucks Band, Devo, Dr Spock, French for Cartridge, Terra Grimard, Earl Harvin, The Holmes Brothers, Jubilant Sykes , Gabriel Kahane, Wouter Kellerman, Laus, Josh Lopez, Aimee Mann, Emi Meyer, Minus, Eliza Moore, My Brightest Diamond, Dave Palmer, Vanessa Paradis, Ann Peebles, Sam Phillips, David Piltch and Friends, Billy Preston, Skinny Puppy, Susheela Raman, Toshi Reagon, Hemlock Smith, Mavis Staples, Jennifer Terran, Irma Thomas, Richard Thompson, Amali Ward and others.


  1. ^ Winners of the 45th Annual Grammy Awards on Grammy homepage.

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