Larry is the editor and founder of Tape Op Magazine, owner of Portland’s Jackpot! Recording Studio, a freelance engineer (sessions in Seattle, Tucson, Brooklyn, Sacramento, Montreal and New Orleans) and archivist for the Estate of Elliott Smith. Tape Op Magazine started in 1996, and has 45,000 readers in the US and 10,000 in the EU and the UK. From 1994 to 1997 he ran Laundry Rules Recording, a basement home studio in Portland, and recorded artists like Versus, Stephen Malkmus and Cat Power.
Since 1997 he’s owned and run Jackpot! Recording Studio, where he’s worked with artists like Sleater-Kinney, Jenny Lewis, M. Ward, Go-Betweens, Jason Lytle, She & Him, Elliott Smith, Stephen Malkmus, Quasi, Richmond Fontaine and more. He’s spoken on and moderated panels about recording for TapeOpCon, SXSW, NXNW, NARAS and CMJ. He has worked in the past as a record label owner, radio station music director, DJ, record distributor employee, freelance music journalist, band manager and bass player (in bands since 1984, including Elephant Factory, Vomit Launch, Sunbirds, Foggy Notion and Flaming Box of Ants.)
Check out his Spotify Playlist here. Larry is currently open for all sorts of sessions – especially mixing – and his rates are far lower than you might expect so please drop a line.
After spending many days locked away recording bad demos of herself, in the late ‘90s Kendra decided to attend recording school in sunny Florida. Following the crash course at Full Sail University, she worked for several years as an assistant audio technician at a pro studio. In 2004, Kendra moved to Portland and became the studio manager and house engineer at Jackpot! for over a decade, including supervising the move into the current location 13 years ago. Jackpot! allowed her to assist and learn from the best engineers and producers around, and gave her the chance to work with some truly amazing artists like mr. Gnome, Quasi, Wooden Shjips, She & Him, Wild Flag, The Thermals, Forbidden Friends, Holcombe Waller, Heroes and Villains, Gill Landry, Nick Jaina, Blue Cranes, and The Ian Fays! After stepping away for a few years to study oceanography and work on a degree in environmental physics, as of January 2021 Kendra is back at Jackpot! as studio manager and house engineer, and is excited to start helping bands make records again.
House engineer, Gus Berry, joined the staff of Jackpot! in 2017. Growing up in a musical family, Gus was constantly surrounded by instruments, recording gear, and musicians. Naturally, he went on to graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Music Production & Engineering. Gus spent the next 5 years in Nashville, TN, producing and touring with musicians from all over the country. Gus’ production and engineering credits include Lizzo, Sean Watkins, Keb Mo, Rodney Crowell, Liz Longley, and many more.
Justin Chase is a house engineer at Jackpot! Recording Studio. He also works as a producer/engineer and composer out of Temple Of Time, his home studio in Northeast Portland. When he’s not in the studio, he works as a touring multi-instrumentalist with the indie-pop group Pure Bathing Culture. Justin has a degree in jazz keyboard and sound recording from William Paterson University. After finishing school and moving to Portland, he worked for producer Tucker Martine as an assistant, engineer, and session player at Flora Recording and Playback. Credits there include Rosanne Cash, Laura Veirs, Jenn Grant, Mt. Joy and others. Recently, he’s done engineering work for Pure Bathing Culture and Big Wild, while also serving as producer, engineer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist for various recording projects.
Adam is a house engineer at Jackpot! He is also available for assisting and is very affordable. His recent sessions as engineer include Built to Spill, Atlas Genius, Hungry Ghost, Facemaker, Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons, Married Young, Black Prairie, The Minders, and HEARTWATCH.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, he started playing in bands at the age of 14 and began recording on a 4-track reel to reel at 16. He studied audio at Mesa Community College under Andy Seagle before moving to Portland in 2009. Adam built a studio in his basement and recorded bands Mama Sunshine, Marca Luna, Midwest Mass, and Granada, amongst others. He has also taught music at Portland preschools, scored films, and produced a series of children’s audio books. As the house engineer and assistant at Jackpot!, he has worked alongside many top engineers and producers.
Jackpot! Recording Studio was designed to accommodate freelance engineers bringing in sessions. It’s a logically laid out studio, with fully functioning equipment and many well-known models and brands of gear. We’re always happy to hear from engineers and producers that wish to bring projects to Jackpot!
For artists looking for someone to record and produce them, we are also prepared to recommend producers and engineers to work with. Drop our bookings manager Kendra a line with any questions regarding sessions at Jackpot!