So our mastering engineer Ray Staff didn’t win the ‘Mastering Engineer of the Year’ award that he was short-listed for. Guess that copy of Honey and Lava got lost in the post.
But we can at least boast that Matt Colton did. And last year Matt, as well as mastering releases by Coldplay, James Blake and George Michael, helped us and Ray out by sending me some files when Ray was away. I expect that explains why the judges gave him the award. He was very efficient and courteous, and seemed a thoroughly pleasant guy when I met him at Air (this was before his recent move to Alchemy). That sort of thing cuts a lot more ice with me than mastering Coldplay, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to find out that the judges agreed.