Julie Last has been active in the music recording business for more than 30 years. Starting at New York City’s Record Plant Studios in the mid-1970’s, she became one of only a handful of women who earned their way into the control rooms of major recording studios. She worked on albums with seminal rock bands of the time and in 1980 was specially invited to assist in the recording of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Double Fantasy.” In New York City she worked on the albums of Aerosmith, Talking Heads, Cheap Trick, Lou Reed, The Clash and Brian Eno, among others. After a move to Los Angeles, she worked primarily with leading singer/songwriters, including Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and Shawn Colvin, and in 1994 was a Grammy selection committee choice for Best Engineer for her recording of Rickie Lee Jones’ “Traffic From Paradise.” She co-engineered kirtan artist Krishna Das’ album “Live Ananda” which was nominated for a Grammy in 2012. She has also produced several major and indie label albums and has recorded her own music for CD and film.
As a singer/songwriter, Ms. Last has released her own CD and has had her music included in several independent films. She was also specially commissioned to write and record a song for the bestselling album Celtic Twilight Lullabies, and has sung background vocals on recordings by Talking Heads, Joni Mitchell, and numerous local musicians. Since moving from Los Angeles to Woodstock, Ms. Last has developed a strong and heartfelt connection to this unique community of artists.