After I was fired from Right Track Recording in the aftermath of 9/11, I found myself wandering the streets of Soho with resume in hand searching for a new position at a small recording studio. Options were few. Studios were closing all over Manhattan. I had been turned away from a few out of business spots when the owner of Green Street Recording suggested I try The Magic Shop. It was only a few blocks away so I walked over and rang the bell. To my surprise, I immediately got an interview with the owner, Steve Rosenthal. It turns out another guy named Matt was supposed to show up at the same time and Steve thought I was him. Needless to say, I got the job. It's funny how the music business works. I climbed through the ranks pretty quickly and began engineering sessions for Sonic Youth, Oasis, Blond Redhead, Norah Jones, and many others. I also worked on the digitization, restoration and archiving of The Rolling Stones, Sam Cooke, Jelly Roll Morton and John Phillips catalogues. I spent several years as the chief engineer there before deciding in 2006 to open my own studio, Vacation Island Recording. Vacation Island is where the majority of the records in my discography were made. I recorded and mixed a lot of great bands there. It was a simple set up with two live rooms, an iso booth and two amp closets. Bands could perform live with total isolation while being in the same room together. In February of 2015 I was forced to close the studio to make way for more Williamsburg condos so, naturally, I went back to The Magic Shop. I set up a killer room for mixing and mastering and I do all of my tracking in the main room.
Fast forward a year and a half and Vacation Island Recording is open again! Steve Rosenthal (owner of The Magic Shop), Eric Gorman and I teamed up and acquired the space that was formerly Saltlands Studio located at 68 Jay Street in Dumbo. We put together an amazing studio and so far have worked on some great music including mixing the new solo record for Ian St. Pé (formerly of The Black Lips). Time marches on!!