Echo Park producer and mastering engineer Dave Cooley, who owns Elysian Masters, has worked with a lot of LA bands you know. He's produced Silversun Pickups, Darker My Love and Mickey Avalon, among others. But it's as a mastering engineer that Cooley really seems to thrive. He's been the final ears and head tweaker on many an LA artist, and masters a lot of Stones Throw releases, from J Dilla to Peanut Butter Wolf to Madlib, as well as techno ace Matthew Dear. He's also done a lot of reissues, turning old tape into fresh remasters. He does all the knob twiddling and sonic refurbishing for the great Light in the Attic label out of Seattle.

The above clip will tell you way more than we could about the process of salvaging old Betty Davis tapes for reissue on Light in the Attic. And ATTENTION BANDS: You should watch this if you're working on a new album and need to start thinking about mastering. Cooley's got great advice.

LA Weekly