Here I present my mortification of having not known of Sylvia Massy.
My lovely friend Phoebe Hurst aka Hunter tagged me in the below video the other week and I was left sitting there just thinking to myself: “holy shit.”
No other thoughts, just “holy shit.”
I’m a simple person.
Sylvia is an American entrepreneur, music producer, mixer and engineer, writer and artist in the United States.
AND she is a lady incase you hadn’t guessed already..
^^ Oh my god how fucking awesome is she?
Sylvia Massy is best known for producing Tool‘s 1993 debut album, Undertow, (which went bloody double platinum) and her work with other lilly wee boy bands you may have heard of such as System of a Down, Johnny Cash and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Being a young recording artist myself, I have already been in my fair share of studios; and it struck me that I have not worked with a woman in recording before, or really ever seen another women in my vicinity whilst in that environment.
I have a sneaking suspicion they are actually quite rare.
The only other direct exposure I can think of for women in record engineering and producing was a TV ad years ago for the Open Polytechnic or something where there was a girl student talking about all she learned there about recording that she was going to bring in to the “real world.” I wonder what studio she’s working at now?
As you may be able to tell from the incredible video above of Sylvia talking about “Adventure Recording” and all the mental microphones and microphone techniques she has – she is well known for her quirky and creative approach to recording to create unique manual sounds.
You’ll also learn she is a killer illustrator as well! She has released a book called “Recording Unhinged” – in which she’s drawn all the illustrations for it as well.
Doing a bit poking around the internet about Sylvia, I noticed she too gets her fair share of bullshitty man-splaining and condescension despite her very apparent authority and talent in record producing.
I loved this comment I found in response to that which I could not have put in better words myself: “Gotta love the internet shitlords who seem to know better than a Grammy award level producer/mixer/engineer. Take your barely veiled misogyny and go listen to Undertow by Tool or Gilt by Machines of Loving Grace and realise this woman’s got bigger balls than all of you put together. Sylvia’s credentials are bulletproof. ”
Love it. Love her. Hope to meet her one day!
Learn more about Sylvia over at www.sylviamassy.com
And I’m off to go check other women producers!