I DIDN'T realize that both HECKLER and Enharmonik/the HANGAR
was run out of the same building and by the same person, John Baccigaluppi
, more street cred.
A couple years later a few friends and I started a new band, eightfourseven, and when it came time to record an EP we knew where we wanted to go, Enharmonik.
Sadly we found out that Enharmonik had "closed" but John
had started a new studio…… the HANGAR……..in the same room………with the same gear, so we booked it, which leads me to my first HANGAR memory.
For our second record, "THE MAN" himself, John Baccigaluppi
wanted to record us, and to 2 tape as well.
We started the record in the small control room across from the stage.
The studio made a transformation in the middle of our recording and we finished it in the big brand new control room, which was formally just a dark scary room with a beat up mini ramp in it.
Yup, the same one Chino from the deftones was skating on in the "7 Words" video.
A couple other things stand out in my mind about these sessions.
One day while recording a song, John
comes out of the control room and asks nonchalantly, "hey, do you guys mind if John Doe comes by?"……………."um no!!!
I thought to myself.
Sure enough a couple hours later John Doe from "X" walks in while we are doing drum takes.
That was my first glimpse into who you might see at the HANGAR
The last thing that stands out is John
wanted a verse in one of our songs to sound weird so he
had me learn the whole verse backwards with the idea to flip the tape backwards record the verse backwards and then flip it back. so I spent days and nights listening and learning the verse backwards.
When it came time to record it, he
didn't like the idea anymore.
I started by calling John at the HANGAR to see if he needed an intern and he didn't need one at the time and it seemed that none of the studios in town needed one either but that was ok because I really just wanted to work at the HANGAR.
Let me just wrap this up while two of you are still awake by saying that none of this, HECKLER
, Tape Op
, the HANGAR
would have worked as well as it all has without John Baccigaluppi
at the helm.
Over the past few years I have gotten to know John a lot better, while either working at Tape Op or in the studio, or just out surfing in Bolinas.
Without getting too sappy, John, with Tape Op, and the HANGAR has single handedly made it possible for me to learn how to be an engineer and follow my dream.
is one of those rare people that seems to take pride in helping and watching people succeed.
So many musicians, engineers, producers and once musical tinkerers have gotten their start at the HANGAR
and still continue to work there for the last remaining days.
never moved backwards so I'm excited for what's just beyond the horizon and grateful that I can be a part of it.