While Vlado Meller serves as the legendary namesake for Vlado Meller Mastering, engineer Jeremy Lubsey has been gaining prominence with a string of releases that bear his own name.
After playing saxophone as a child and all the way through college, Lubsey delved into recording technology and spent summer breaks interning at Bedford Music in Brooklyn before meeting Meller at Manhattan’s Masterdisk mastering house. This led to him cutting lacquers for more than 300+ records and getting his feet wet with mastering projects on his own.
The latest, and one of the most high-profile releases, is Minnesota-based rapper Allan Kingdom’s LINES, which was released this past Friday. Lubsey’s working relationship with Kingdom began with Kanye West’s “All Day,” which was mastered by Vlado Meller Mastering,
“When Kanye sent over the mixes for ‘All Day,’ my jaw dropped when I saw Allan on the track and heard his approach to his relative small part,” Lubsey, who first heard of Kingdom through is 2014 hit “Wavey,” said.
Not long after that, Kingdom had his own project coming out, 2016’s Northern Lights mixtape, and needed someone to master it – and fast.
“We needed a quick turnaround but we also needed something that would stand the test of time, and he delivers that completely,” Kingdom said. “Often when artists first get masters back, it seems louder but maybe doesn’t hold up. You listen to Jeremy’s masters over and over again and realize they still sound amazing. I don’t just applaud things for being done fast, but even when he’s on a time crunch, he really knows what he’s doing.”
The project was a dream come true for Lubsey, and earlier this year he was asked to master another Kingdom album, again with a quick turnaround.
“The quality of fresh new music on Northern Lights is the reason why I get up and go to work,” Lubsey said. “His latest body of work, LINES, definitely takes it to another level. His vocal approach, flow, and production choices are a breath of fresh air and really set him apart from the rest.”
Kingdom seems to agree with that notion, saying LINES has a much more “international” feel (with songs recorded in London, New York, Los Angeles, among other locations) compared to the more “regional” feel of Northern Lights.
Aside from Kingdom, Lubsey has worked on a number of diverse projects by artists including Norah Jones, Jim Campilongo, The Nth Power, Sutter Kain, Khris Royal, Yombe, and Phebe Starr. But his work with an up-and-coming star like Kingdom is something he won’t soon forget.
“I certainly consider his projects as milestones in my career, and I’m so proud of the work that we’ve done together.”