Mastering for Linda Diaz, The Winner Of The 2020 NPR Tiny Desk Contest

I have recently had the great honor of mastering native New Yorker Linda Diaz's music.  NPR's Ari Shapiro has described her music as "dreamy R&B" - which in my opinion is a perfect description!  I first heard Linda's song "Green Tea Ice Cream" when mastering her "Magic" EP this past fall.  All six songs on the EP are really beautiful and fun, but "Green Tea Ice Cream" was a clear stand out for me, then and now - as I have become a huge fan of her music.

And so I was not surprised this past February when she and her band submitted a performance of Green Tea Ice Cream for the 2020 NPR Tiny Desk Contest.  There are tons of bands that write wonderful songs that submit to NPR's acclaimed contest every single year, but this submission just felt different!  We were in the middle of an international Covid-19 pandemic - and there were not many things to feel very hopeful about.  So when I found out that Linda Diaz WON the 2020 NPR Tiny Desk Contest this year, I felt a strong sense of hope and happiness!  Winning NPR Tiny Desk Contest has the potential to launch an independent artist into the stratosphere with all of the publicity it can bring - and I am so happy for Linda and her team!  Give it a listen here for yourself...


Diaz’s submission to NPR's Tiny Desk Contest included over 6,000 other entries from all 50 states amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.  “To me, Diaz’s song is about slowing down and trying to find moments to enjoy life,” NPR Music’s Bob Boilen wrote. “Hearing her sing the line, ‘you should be living out your dreams / but you’re tearing at the seams’ seemed particularly poignant this year as we’re all struggling to find balance in our lives.”

I'm excited to see where this amazing accomplishment takes her and her band!  Her singing and songwriting truly are "dreamy" as Ari Shapiro writes.  And in a time like this with very little certainty of what is to come in the future, I think we could all use a little more "dreamy" in our lives!  She totally deserved to win this contest and all of the positive press and success that comes with it - and I couldn't be more excited and happy for her!


Listen to Linda Diaz "Magic" EP on Apple Music

Listen to Linda Diaz "Magic" EP on Bandcamp


Mixed by Matthew Fishman

Mastered by Dan Millice