The Story Behind Mix Engineer Jason Goldstein

Grammy-winning and ten time Grammy-nominated, mix engineer Jason Goldstein began his music biz career as a teen, sandblasting floors, washing dishes, and running errands at LA’s famed Ocean Way Studios. In 20 years, he’s become one of the most in-demand hit makers in the contemporary R&B/hip-hop scene, esteemed for his work with Beyoncé Knowles, Jay Z, and The Roots, among many others. His unique perspective gleaned from having an old-school analog foundation, and an intrepid pioneering spirit with technology (he worked on the first digital console) has made him a valuable ally with companies such as Avid, JBL, AKG, and Sonnox Plug-Ins. Goldstein’s humility and commitment to the integrity of the work keeps him a top-choice collaborator with artists, producers, and gear companies.

His stylistic versatility, fluency in all recording mediums, and adventurousness in the studio has made him a charter member of The Roots’ family-Goldstein has mixed Philly’s finest’s last four albums, ably negotiating the group’s astounding cross-genre experimentations into rock, indie, pop, and gritty hip-hop and his work with The Roots has earned four Grammy nods.

Goldstein might be best known for his Grammy-winning mixing on Beyoncé’s BDay. The album has racked up 3.5 million sales worldwide, and won a Grammy for Best Contemporary R&B Album. Goldstein mixed 10 of the album’s 11 songs, including “Irreplaceable,” which spent 10 weeks at the top of the mainstream U.S. Top 100 Billboard charts and was Grammy nominated for Record of the Year. Along with “Irreplaceable,” Goldstein mixed the worldwide BDay smash hits “Déjà Vu” (which received Grammy nominations for Best R&B Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration) and “Ring The Alarm” (which earned Grammy nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance). He’s also highly regarded for his career-defining work mixing five of the six singles on Jay-Z’s The Blueprint. In addition, his discography includes working with Ludacris, Jill Scott, R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Nat King Cole Orchestra, Kelly Rowland, Nas, Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J, Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, and Toni Braxton. Most recently, he mixed both The Wack Album and Turtleneck & Chain (nominated for a Grammy and an Emmy for Best Comedy Album) for The Lonely Island. The fictitious comedic pop group created by SNL writers Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and Andy Samberg features the touch of Dr. Luke, among an impressive array of guest artists including Adam Levine, Lady Gaga, and Justin Timberlake.

From refined tastemakers like The Roots to mainstream pop stars like Beyoncé, Goldstein’s work continues to garner plum recognition-his work has regularly been featured in Mix Magazine, Sound On Sound, SonicScoop, and Pro Sound Web. A defining moment for Goldstein came when the legendary production team Trackmasters (R. Kelly, Will Smith, Nas) ducked into Right Track to work on a Mariah Carey project. The producers enjoyed the solace and anonymity afforded to them by the studio and soon integrated Goldstein into the project. Today, Goldstein works mainly out of Downtown Music Studios in New York.

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