Maximizing the Five Senses to Create Hit Songs
A Mastering Expert’s Techniques and Instincts
Kawasaki is a veteran mastering engineer with numerous hit songs and albums (both CDs and digital) under his belt. He is relied upon by Victor Entertainment artists and many outside of the company. He is a frequent winner of the “Professional Music Recording Award of Japan”, including his 2016 win in the Pop Music category for the Paris Match song “Killing You” (on the album “Eleven”). We visited him in his studio, “The Kawasaki Room” at Victor Studio Flair, for this two-part interview.
JVC Kenwood Victor Entertainment Corporation VICTOR STUDIO FLAIR Mastering EngineerHiroshi Kawasaki
Born in Niigata in 1960. Kawasaki joined Victor Company of Japan Cutting Center in 1982, beginning his career as mastering engineer of analog records. In 1989, he joined Victor Entertainment Corporation (currently JVCKenwood Victor Entertainment Corporation) Victor Studio Flair, where he is mastering engineer.