Heba Kadry is a mastering engineer based in Brooklyn, NY. She has mastered records for artists including Slowdive, Ryuichi Sakamoto,Deerhunter, Beach House,Cate Le Bon, Alex G, Battles, John Maus, serpentwithfeet, Blonde Redhead, Diamanda Galás, Lightning Bolt, Black Lips, Lucy Dacus, Cass McCombs, Princess Nokia and The Mars Volta to name a few. In addition to mastering original soundtracks for films such as “Midsommar”, ” Jackie” (Oscar-nominated for best original score in 2017), “Paterson” and “The Dead Don’t Die”.
In 2017, Heba was handpicked by legendary Icelandic artist Björk to mix her album “Utopia” in both Iceland and her studio in NYC.
Recently Heba mixed & mastered Björk’s excellent remix of Fever Ray’s“This Country Makes It Hard To Fuck”
Mastering engineer Heba Kadry on the path that led her from a corporate advertising job to the world of sound engineering, the value of working with people who make you better, and how she cracked the glass ceiling of a predominantly male-dominated field.
Heba Kadry got her start in the pro audio world at Houston's SugarHill Recording Studios, where she served as the studio manager and recording engineer. In 2007, she moved to New York to focus on mastering—and she has since mastered the releases of some of the most accomplished artists in indie rock and pop, including The Mars Volta, Slowdive, Lightning Bolt, and Beach House—as well as mixing Björk's Utopia.
It was clear that the process of making Utopia was incredibly meaningful for all three of them. Collaborating with Björk was a one-of-a-kind experience, they said, but to be on a team with mostly women, working on such a transcendent, feminist record — that was something closer to groundbreaking.
Today, Kadry caters mainly to independent labels and artists. One of her latest projects is filmmaker Jim Jarmusch’s evocative Paterson soundtrack. The film explores the quiet existence of a bus driver and his inventive wife; it takes a simultaneously deep and whimsical look at the importance of art in daily life.