Being moved by what you hear.
That's what matters. That's what lasts. That's what Katie focuses on.
“Improving the connection between artist and listener is the whole point of mastering,” admits Katie Tavini. “A lot of the time, mastering can be seen as quite a sterile art, but I always focus on enhancing the music rather than just enhancing the audio."
“I think perfection is found in balance,” she adds. “Getting things exactly right can actually take something away from the expression or emotion of the song. Instead, I try to master in a way that uses the best mastering techniques to express the life and vitality of the music and artist.”
Katie is fascinated by sound, she always has been.
Listening to her father's vinyl collection at an early age she can remember being intrigued by the intricacies of a stereo mix. She can still recall the noises her violin made, both sweet and sour, as her hands absorbed the complexities of the instrument. Always exploring, always learning, Katie took in any musical experience she could find.
“I've just always wanted to learn how noise happens,” she laughs. “So I gravitated towards all aspects of music. Whether playing classical music, watching punk bands in my local DIY scene, studying acoustics, learning to produce or following the careers of French electro artists, I loved it all and took it all in.”
Katie began working as a producer and engineer in 2009 before a piece of advice changed everything for her. “I was looking to improve my mixes,” she recalls. “Someone told me that if I wanted to do that I should learn to master. Whether it was good advice or not I took it. I loved what I discovered and never looked back.”
With a fine balance of curiosity and experience, Tavini is now a mastering engineer with a rich and diverse client-list far bigger than any sound or scene.
“I like things with a lot of influences,” she adds. “I like not being able to place a piece of music immediately and I love working with bands and artists who push their boundaries. I've found that a willingness to try and explore something new has often led to amazing results for my clients.”
Katie is a mastering engineer who encourages, refines, expands and finishes. She loves to amplify the emotion and energy of an artist while bringing clarity and consistency to their art. People do not hear her best work, they feel it.
“Most people don't think about how music moves them,” admits Tavini. “They are just moved. My job is to bring all the hard work of artists, producers and engineers together and create a platform for songs to shine. It's the perfect job for me.”
When my mixes are with Katie I can be safe in the knowledge that they are in the very best hands when it comes to mastering. She works hard to showcase my mixes in the best possible light, and the results are nothing short of world-class every time.
Dan Lucas Anchor Baby Recordings