(L-R) Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg, mastering engineer Brian “Big Bass” Gardner and Jorma Taccone. Photo by David Goggin.
Hollywood, CA (July 1, 2013)—The Lonely Island recently visited Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood to master its latest project, The Wack Album.
Mastering engineer Brian “Big Bass” Gardner mastered the album and was joined in the studio by band members Akiva Schaffer, Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone.
Originally from Berkeley, CA, the musical comedy group is currently based in New York City. The group broke out due to its collective work from 2005 to 2011 on Saturday Night Live, featuring Samberg as a cast member and Taccone and Schaffer as writers. The trio established itself with a series of corresponding “Digital Shorts” for its singles, which were frequently featured on Saturday Night Live beginning with the debut of the pop culture sensation “Lazy Sunday” in 2005.
The Wack Album features collaborations with Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, Adam Levine, Pharrell Williams, Billie Joe Armstrong, Robyn, Solange, Hugh Jackman, Too $hort, Kristen Wiig and Kendrick Lamar. The album’s lead single, “YOLO” (feat. Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar), has garnered over 45 million views on YouTube. The trio also boasts a staggering 1.2 billion overall views on its YouTube channel.
Their 2011 album, Turtleneck & Chain, which debuted at #3 on Billboard, was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Comedy Album and featured Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg, Santigold and Beck. The album’s first single, “I Just Had Sex” (feat. Akon), was certified platinum.
Their 2009 debut album, Incredibad, included Emmy-winning “D*** in a Box,” featuring superstar Justin Timberlake. The album also featured the follow-up gold records “J**z in My Pants” and “Like a Boss” which have over 234 million views combined on YouTube. The Grammy-nominated third single “I’m On A Boat” (feat. T-Pain) went double platinum and catapulted the album into over 430,000 copies sold making it the #1 selling comedy album in 2009 and 2010.
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