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Czech Republic Pop Duo Slza Recruits Vlado For Holomráz

When it came to mastering their new album Holomráz , Rising Czech Republic pop duo Slza – consisting of Lukáš Bundil on guitar and Petr Lexa on vocals – decided to recruit a music legend who hailed from their neck of the woods.

Vlado Meller, who grew up in Czechoslovakia before moving to New York City in the 1960s to begin his career in the music industry, put his mastering expertise to work (along with assistant engineer Jeremy Lubsey) on the group’s bouncy, richly textured pop anthems.

” When listening to Vlado’s work I can feel the experience, expert knowledge and the sense of putting the right finishing touches, which enhance my mix ,” said Dalibor Cindlinský Jr ., who produced and mixed Holomráz .   I like the fact that the final master is dynamic and doesn’t ruin my artistic intention. Vlado’s approach is very inspirational to me. I’m really looking forward to our next collaboration. ”

Vlado shared Dalibor’s enthusiasm on the music, and the bond that he felt over the region they both have called home.

“For me it was a kind of special mastering project, since it originated from the country where I was born,” Vlado said. “Prague is where the band is from and where I attended college before emigrating to the US. I was happy to hear an exciting Czech pop album and honored that they discovered and asked me to master it. In recent years there have been a few more albums coming my way from this area, including Slovakia and even one from the town where I grew up.  After all these years I learned that my hometown listens to my work, and that really felt special.”

Congrats To Tauren Wells, Code Orange, Albita, Herb Alpert on Grammy Nominations

The 2018 Grammy nominations were unveiled this morning, and they once again served as a reminder that some of the most skilled and renowned artists in the world choose to work with Vlado Meller:

-Code Orange’s “Forever”
Best Metal Performance

-Tauren Wells – “Hills and Valleys” (Chuck Butler, Jonathan Smith & Tauren Wells, songwriters)
Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song
Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

-Albita – Albita
Best Tropical Latin Album

-Herb Alpert – “White Christmas” (arranged by Chris Walden)
Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

Congratulations to all and best of luck on January 28, 2018! For a full list of Grammy nominations, visit here.

Let’s Talk About Celine Dion

This week marks the 20th anniversary of Celine Dion’s much heralded fifth album Let’s Talk About Love, which featured mastering work from Vlado Meller. The 1997 album featured the smash hit “My Heart Will Go On” (popularized in the film Titanic) as well as other hit singles “Be The Man,” “The Reason” and more.

“My Heart Will Go On” went on to win numerous Grammy Awards including Record of the Year, and the album was nominated for Best Pop Album. Let’s Talk About Love also became one of the biggest-selling albums in history – more than 31 million sold worldwide.

In addition to Let’s Talk About Love, Vlado also worked on additional Celine Dion albums including One Heart, Taking Chances, Falling Into You, and These Are Special Times.

“Celine is an extraordinary talent and it was a true privilege to work on Let’s Talk About Love and many other projects of hers throughout my career,” Vlado said.


SOJA Weaves Poetry in Motion With Vlado’s Mastering Finesse

The Grammy-nominated SOJA (Soldiers of Jah Army) have a brand new album available now on ATO Records, and Vlado was their pick to flesh out the sonic intricacies of their rootsy, reggae-based rock.

The Arlington, Virginia-based octet produced the album itself, along with co-producers Rob Evans (also recording engineer), Mariano Aponte (also mixing engineer), and Iván Gutiérrez (@BorinquenBeats), who initially connected the band with Vlado. SOJA loved his work on single “Bad News” so much that they asked him to master the whole album.

SOJA – “Bad News” video

To order or stream SOJA’s Poetry in Motion, visit their website.