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.)
Recent sessions include: Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons, Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton, The Minders, The Secret Sea, The Jackalope Saints, Cedar Teeth, Blind J. Wakins, Kory Quinn, NRVS LVRS, Sophe Lux, Last Giant, and Johnny Boyd. 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.
Studio Manager, Gus Berry, joined the staff of Jackpot! in 2017, and handles studio bookings, operations, and social media. 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 Phillip Phillips, Keb Mo, Rodney Crowell, Liz Longley, Charlie Worsham, ABC, CBS, BBC, Universal Music Group, Sugar Hill Records and many more.
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 Gus a line with any questions regarding sessions at Jackpot!