Sylvia Massy has engineered and produced some badass records, from Tool’s Undertow, and Opiate albums to Johnny Cash’s Grammy-winning classic Unchained. She has recorded the Red Hot Chili Peppers, System Of A Down, Dishwalla, Thunderpussy and many others.

Sylvia Massy at Studio La Fabrique

Now based in Oregon, the star engineer, producer, and mixer will return to her Californian roots on May 19 for the Women Rock master class at Berkeley’s famed Fantasy Studios.

After wrapping up a 10-day stint producing an MTV Unplugged session in Mexico for alternative rock and nu-metal stars, Molotov, Sylvia explained, “I had to translate the band’s electric hits into acoustic versions. But I didn’t want to just use the same old stuff. We ended up using a saw, bagpipes, taiko drums, a telephone...! And in front of a live audience too."

The Women Rock master class offers you the chance to experience Sylvia’s famed “no prisoners” approach to recording first hand. The artists on the session are The Soulseers from Santa Cruz—“A real star studded band” said Sylvia, who'll be bringing not only her prized Telefunken vocal mic, but also unveiling a vintage telephone (you’ll get to see how to turn it into a mic), and a vintage TV.

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The Soulseers’ line-up includes Aliza Hava on guitar and vocals, Kat Downs on keyboards and vocals (Kat’s new album Tectonic is released May 4th), Jenny Sparks on Drums, Jennifer Burnes on bass, and Lydia Joy Davis, violin.

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Sylvia and The Soulseers will create a brand new track for the master class in a single day, offering attendees a unique insight into the talents of musicians and producer alike. Not forgetting the delights of Telefunkens, TVs, and Telephones either.

Space is limited in Fantasy’s control room, and we strongly advise reserving your seat as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this unique master class. 

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