Engineer/mixer Tony Maserati is one of the behind-the-scenes studio masters of modern R&B and hip-hop – having worked on mega-hits for Biggie , Mary J. Blige , Jodeci , Craig Mack , Heavy D , Mariah Carey and ODB , and Beyonce amongst many others. With Uptown and Bad Boy Records in the ’90s Maserati was instrumental in establishing what became known in the industry as the “New York Sound” – i.e. heavy bass and lows set against crisp, clear highs. Or as Tony has more animatedly described its sonic characteristics, “Outhouse on the bottom, penthouse on the top.” However, his career began humbly enough riding his bike over the 59th Street Bridge everyday to work at Sigma Sound Studios – assisting on commercial jingles before he got his break as an engineer working with Full Force. In his “Fireside Chat” for RBMA Radio , he recalls learning under legends like Shep Pettibone and Jellybean Benitez, shares memories of Biggie and Puff, and discusses last year’s Robin Thicke/Marvin Gaye “Blurred Lines” controversy.