Absolutely charming in every way, Sylvia Massy was one of headlining speakers at Audio Forum 2018. The UK Parobrod venue was as full as it never was; we had to save on air to stay in longer and listen to one of the greatest music producers in the world.
Sylvia is best known for her work with Tool, System of a Down, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Prince, Bjork, Johnny Cash. We'll never forget her story about working with Prince: "When I'd invite him to listen to what I've been doing, he'd just burst out of the studio with some woman and leave".
Sylvia is a pioneer of rather unconventional sound recording techniques: running audio signal through pickles, light bulbs; recording drums with garden hoses, placing the control and live room into the same space, etc.
She started her career in studios Tower Records, Larrabee Sound, Sound City Studios. Today, Sylvia lives and works in Oregon. Her collaborations with Rick Rubin, working on albums by Slayer, Danzig, Geto Boys are quite known and respected. Guest appearances in workshops, academia, YouTube videos, even in Pensado's Place are pretty regular as well!