Parnell, Mandy

Black Saloon, UK

Mandy Parnell became interested in recorded music at the age of 5, listening to records on a portable Dansette player - the iPod of the time. She studied music and music technology through her school & college years, trained and worked in recording studios until landing an internship, which led to her becoming a world renowned mastering engineer. Mandy then decided to launch her own facility - Black Saloon Studios. Mandy Parnell's 30 years of experience have allowed her to discover and develop her philosophies in analogue and digital audio, while working with an amazing array of artists including Bjork, Glass Animals, The XX, Herbert, Annie Lennox, Sigur Ros and Brian Eno. Mandy's unique style as a mastering engineer has afforded her respect from all areas of the industry. She has mastered countless records that have achieved silver, gold, platinum and Grammy status around the world, and this year became the only mastering engineers to win for the third time the prestigious MPG Mastering Engineer of the Year award. More recently, Mandy has been working with Feist, mastered Aphex Twin's first release in 13 years 'Syro', Jungle, Philip Selway, and Björk's critically acclaimed Vulnicura. As well as mastering for normal release, it was with the Vulnicura project that saw Mandy entering uncharted territory as she mixed and mastered tracks from the album for a virtual reality experience that has been touring the globe. Outside of her studio, Mandy has been featured in BBC radio programmes, Pensado's Place, Resolution magazine, Sound On Sound, Prosound news, NME and Audio Musica & Technologia. As a firm believer in educating the next generation of producers and engineers, Mandy frequently shares her theories and philosophies on mastering and the wider music industry at universities, colleges and organizations.