I remember staying with my sister in Sacto and riding my bike over to Enharmonik
every day for a week to mix the album with John
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.
The first time I remember being inside the building was while attending an underground/after hours show in the late 80s/early 90s before John
Though John (directly responsible for me becoming a producer) was gracious, encouraging and helpful, I chose to pretend that I knew exactly what I was doing... hoping he'd never find out I was making it up while stumbling through the record making process (though now I'm sure he knew).
Julie Ann Bee recorded her first EP by herself with a little bit of help from John
in the B-Room last fall and named it after the studio: Bee Eee Pee.
and Julie went back into the Bee room the same day Eric Broyhill at Monster Lab was mastering the forthcoming Sea of Bees full length, Songs for the Ravens, and banged out Bang a Drum.
and I started kicking around the idea of doing remote recordings for people and bands based on a one inch MCI 8-track that John
had bought and said, "The beauty of this machine is that it's portable.
I talked to John
about just doing it with my laptop and abandoning the whole 8-track thing.
asked why go through all this trouble to do a remote and then use a "guitar center" rig?
That would kind of defeat the vibe of the whole project, and after thinking about it, I knew he