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Kevin Blackler

Kevin has been a trusted name in the audio industry for over 20 years. He started his career in Chicago, IL working at the historic Paragon Studios as an assistant engineer. He then moved to Boston, MA where he attended Berklee College of Music majoring in Music Production & Engineering. After graduating Berklee, Kevin was hired at Sony Music Studios in midtown Manhattan as an assistant mastering engineer and eventually was promoted to staff mastering engineer. While at Sony, Kevin worked on a wide variety of projects for artists including Billy Joel, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kanye West, Beyonce, MUSE, Mastodon, Bob Dylan, Harry Connick Jr., and many more. 

In 2007, Sony announced it would be shutting down operations and the building would be sold / demolished. Luckily, Kevin was able to purchase the entire room he worked in while at Sony (originally designed by renowned acoustician George Augsperger) and then was able to rebuild it in Brooklyn at Blackler Mastering.

Some of the artists Kevin has mastered while at Blackler Mastering include several artists under Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation. Nikolai Fraiture of The Strokes. Sean Ono Lennon. Jazz legends Lee Konitz, Wallace Roney, Tootie Heath, and Joey DeFrancesco. Rap legends Prodigy (of Mobb Deep) and PLIES. Reggae legends Buju Banton, Beenie Man and Toots and the Maytals. Various Ken Burns Motion Picture Soundtracks for PBS, and a 2020 Grammy nomination for an album he mastered by Saxophonist Melissa Aldana. 

Selected Discography

Amanda Palmer / Sean LennonBig Yellow TaxiMastering Engineer8ft. Records
AntibalasHeavenMastering EngineerRiding Easy Records
Ambré 3000° / Who's Loving You? / Various SinglesMastering EngineerRoc Nation
Billy Joel 12 Gardens LiveAssistant Mastering EngineerSony BMG
Buju BantonSi Mi CleanMastering EngineerRoc Nation
Cedar WaltonCedar ChestMastering EngineerHighNote Records
Chico MannVarious AlbumsMastering EngineerSoundway Records
David Cieri / Bill FrisselKen Burns "The Mayo Clinic" Motion Picture SoundtrackMastering EngineerPBS
DixsonCherry Sorbet feat. Sevyn StreeterMastering EngineerRoc Nation
DJ Premier / Kendra MorrisConcrete Waves (Remix)Mastering EngineerWax Poetics
Dream Girls Motion Picture SoundtrackAssistant Mastering EngineerSony BMG
Eli "Paperboy" ReedVarious Albums Mastering EngineerYep Rock
Five O'Clock HeroesDifferent TimesMastering EngineerGlaze Records
GeographerVarious AlbumsMastering EngineerModern Art Records
George JonesMemories of UsMastering EngineerSony BMG
HARLOE feat. Nile RogersOverthinkingMastering EngineerRoc Nation
Harry Connick Jr.Oh' My NolaMastering EngineerWarner
Here Lies ManVarious AlbumsMastering EngineerRiding Easy Records
HDBeenDopeVarious AlbumsMastering EngineerRoc Nation
Joe ChambersHorace to MaxMastering EngineerSavant
Joey DeFrancescoSnapshotMastering EngineerHighNote
Johnny CashCash VAssistant Mastering EngineerWarner
KalbellsTen FlowersMastering EngineerNNA Tapes
KansasSuper HitsMastering EngineerSony BMG
Lee Konitz / Ethan IversonCostumes Are Mandatory Mastering EngineerHighNote Records
MaetaHabitsMastering EngineerRoc Nation
Mariah the Scientist The IntermissionMastering EngineerRCA
The Metropolitan OperaVarious RestorationsMastering EngineerSerious Satellite
MindchatterVarious Albums Mastering EngineerMind of a Genius Records
Mr. Chop / Pete RockFor Pete's SakeMastering EngineerTraffic / Orchard
Nickel Eye - Nikolai Fraiture of The StrokesTime of the AssassinsMastering EngineerRykodisc
Paul Waaktaar of A-haWeathervane (Motion Picute Soundtrack)Mastering EngineerSavoy
Paul OakenfoldGreatest Hits & RemixesMastering EngineerUltra Records
PliesChirpin / The LetterMastering EngineerAtlantic Records
Prodigy (of Mobb Deep)Product of the 80'sMastering EngineerDirt Class Records
The Red Hot Chili PeppersStadium ArcadiumAssistant Mastering EngineerWarner
The RaconteursBroken Boy SoldiersAssistant Mastering EngineerV2
Rubblebucket OrchestraTriangular Daisies Mastering EngineerIndie
Rudy RoystonVarious Albums Mastering EngineerGreenleaf Records
Sheila Jordan YesterdaysMastering EngineerHighNote Records
SMOOTA (of TV On the Radio)Various Albums Mastering EngineerBody to Body Records
Steve TurreVarious Albums Mastering EngineerHighNote Records
Sylvan PaulVarious SinglesMastering EngineerUltra Records
Teezo TouchdownVarious Singles Mastering EngineerRCA
Toots and the MaytalsSunnyMastering EngineerNotable Music
Umphrey's McGeeLocal Band Does OKMixingSCI Fidelity Records
Wallace RoneyVarious AlbumsMastering EngineerHighNote Records
Yusef KomunyakaaSugarMastering EngineerRopadope Records
Yanni Super HitsMastering EngineerSony BMG
Grammy Pic

“Elsewhere” by Melissa Aldana was nominated for “Best Jazz Solo” at the 2020 Grammy Awards and was mastered by Kevin.