New York, NY (February 23, 2017)—Mastering engineer Dave Kutch is celebrating the tenth anniversary of his Mastering Palace, located in a decommissioned firehouse a few blocks from Harlem’s Apollo Theater, following a milestone year.
“We mastered 14 2017 Grammy nominees,” he reports. “Beyonce’s Lemonade was up for nine, including Record of The Year, and Album of The Year, and won two. Coloring Book, Chance The Rapper’s debut won for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Album.”
A Bronx/Yonkers native, Kutch began his career in 1992 at 19, assisting Tiki Recording Studios’ owner/engineer Fred Guarino on a Debbie Gibson album produced by Phil Ramone. That led to an assistant engineering slot with the late Hit Factory owner Eddie Germano.
Following stints at Masterdisk and Sony Studios, Kutch moved to Alicia Keys’ Oven Studio, where he custom mastered remixes of her hit single “No One” for radio play. “They’d finish mixing a cut at noon, I’d master the song at 1 p.m. and it would be on the air at 2 p.m.,” he recalls. “It worked so well I mastered Alicia’s next album the same way.”
After he moved into his present location in 2007, Kutch reached out to accomplished mastering engineer Tatsuya Sato. “Tats had worked on some incredible projects as a recording engineer, including Michael Jackson’s Invincible and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” Kutch says. “He’d also been Grammy nominated for Kanye West’s The College Dropout.”
Mastering engineer Mark Santangelo rounds out the engineering team with an extensive rock background and credits that include Slipknot and Metallica. Assistant engineer Kevin Peterson began working with Kutch in 2012, and quickly became a crucial team member by building mastering credits like Tinashe’s Nightride.
The Mastering Palace