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09/09/2016

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01/15/2016

Friends, clients, countrymen,

With mixed emotions, we write to let you know that Moontower Recording Studio is ceasing operations for the foreseeable future.

We've had a great run. When we first opened the studio in April 2002, none of us could have imagined it running for almost 14 years. But thanks to the loyalty and enthusiasm of the friends who spread the word and the artists who returned time and again, we were able to build a business and create music that we will forever be proud of. We made a lot of great friends and had some of the best times of our lives. If you were at some of our parties, thank you for making them so unbelievably fun and we're very sorry about the smoke and the unquestionable danger you were in.

Several years ago, we decided to downsize our physical operation by moving from our beloved original space on Mass Ave in Porter Square into the Q Division building in Davis. In a very meaningful way, though, this was a creative and personal expansion. Plugging into the community revolving around Q helped us grow as music makers and connected us with like-minded artists and engineers, while alleviating logistical challenges we'd been facing at our former space. We can't thank enough Jon, Mike, Ed, Rafi, and the entire Q family for their incredible accommodation.

While at Q, we said goodbye to our founding partner Darren Ottaviani, who moved to Chicago for other opportunities (though we are very happy to report that he recently returned to Boston). We would never have started Moontower if not for Darren, who found the space, had the idea, and brought it to us. And it would not have lasted past the first year without his hard work and passion. We welcomed in his place our former client and then assistant Chris Johnson, who came in as partner for the last few years. Similarly, without Chris' energy, attitude, and love for the work, we likely would have petered out.

Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond the control of anyone involved, the facility at Q is undergoing major changes, and this leaves us with few desirable options. As musicians and recordists, however, we are not through. Mike Quinn, our uncompensated managing partner who made sure the bills got paid every month, is one of the best and most reasonably priced mix and mastering engineers in town. Chris Johnson can already be found engineering at studios all over the city and in venues all over the world as a sound man and tour manager. Scott Janovitz will keep trying to improve the lighting situation, and will keep recording music at his home studio, Appletone Music. We can all still be reached at moontower3[at]yahoo[dot]com. We will keep our social media accounts alive for any related news.

If you've ever set foot in Moontower Recording Studio, LLP, we, the LLPs, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. 14 years! Alright, alright, alright.

XO,
Scott Janovitz, on behalf of:
Mike Quinn
Chris Johnson
Darren Ottaviani

Before he moved out of the U.S., we were lucky enough to host to the great guitarist Allen Devine for some sessions in 2...
09/02/2015

Before he moved out of the U.S., we were lucky enough to host to the great guitarist Allen Devine for some sessions in 2006-2007. In addition to being a gifted musician, he was just a really nice guy. Very sad that he's gone.

BOOM. This awesome-sounding oddball is back in business after a long time on the disabled list.
09/01/2015

BOOM. This awesome-sounding oddball is back in business after a long time on the disabled list.

Hiwatt for the win... Every time. Day 2 with Rhino King.
08/23/2015

Hiwatt for the win... Every time. Day 2 with Rhino King.

The new record by The Figgs was recorded in part at Moontower. It is, in the tradition of The Figgs, very good.
07/22/2015
Pete Donnelly, The TVD Interview - The Vinyl District

The new record by The Figgs was recorded in part at Moontower. It is, in the tradition of The Figgs, very good.

Pete Donnelly’s musical resume is pretty damn impressive. He’s the bass player firmly associated with legendary rock band NRBQ. He’s the singer-songwriter with several solo releases to his name. He’s the co-writer of “I Can’t Imagine,” the title track of Shelby Lynne’s recently released album. And o…

We've decided this Twitter thing might stick.
01/20/2015
Moontower Studio (@MoontowerStudio) | Twitter

We've decided this Twitter thing might stick.

The latest Tweets from Moontower Studio (@MoontowerStudio). Making music for the listening class Located deep within the bowels of @QDivisionStudio. Tweets via @TheRussianJano, @ItsMikeQuinn, and @BarackObama. Somerville, MA

We had the distinct pleasure of mixing this a couple months back...
12/02/2014
Here Comes Your Man

We had the distinct pleasure of mixing this a couple months back...

Cover of Pixies' "Here Comes Your Man" from the Boston band's 1989 classic "Doolittle."

You know it.
03/26/2014

You know it.

A nice story on SKATERS which talks about their Boston roots as Furvis, a very early and beloved Moontower client.
02/24/2014
Skaters: America’s next big rock band has roots in Boston

A nice story on SKATERS which talks about their Boston roots as Furvis, a very early and beloved Moontower client.

The New York-based trio releases its debut album this Tuesday, but it comes after a lengthy journey that started for some of them, right here in Boston.

Marshaling the guitars with @Yellabird.
02/16/2014

Marshaling the guitars with @Yellabird.

Tracking bass with Nate Newton for a new Cavalera Conspiracy record. Sometimes, we get heavy.
01/18/2014

Tracking bass with Nate Newton for a new Cavalera Conspiracy record. Sometimes, we get heavy.

Some of our toys. Mmm analog-y.
01/08/2014

Some of our toys. Mmm analog-y.

01/07/2014

Progress continues with The Stray Bullets... Mixing 7 songs we tracked at Q Division and The Moontower and 6 tracked by Ethan at New Alliance. -CFJ

Painting in progress...
12/22/2013

Painting in progress...

This record just came out today. It was partially recorded and mixed by us at The Moontower. Check it out!
11/19/2013
Atlantian, by Summoner

This record just came out today. It was partially recorded and mixed by us at The Moontower. Check it out!

8 track album

Great new EP from Yellabird. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by all of us as Moontower HQ: Chris Johnson, Mike Quinn, and ...
09/04/2013
Little Brother, by Yellabird

Great new EP from Yellabird. Recorded, mixed, and mastered by all of us as Moontower HQ: Chris Johnson, Mike Quinn, and Scott Janovitz. Dig it.

5 track album

Yellabird making progress on a new recording.
05/19/2013

Yellabird making progress on a new recording.

Working on some guitar overdubs and mixes today, can't wait to show y'all these new tracks.

Oh, just Shonen Knife at the Tower, no big deal.
05/08/2013

Oh, just Shonen Knife at the Tower, no big deal.

Lucius, with style.
05/08/2013

Lucius, with style.

Skinny Lister, gunning for Skrillex at the Tower.
05/08/2013

Skinny Lister, gunning for Skrillex at the Tower.

The Figgs - working it out at the Tower.
05/08/2013

The Figgs - working it out at the Tower.

Remote recording of  Tim Rogers of You Am I at Brighton Music Hall
05/08/2013

Remote recording of Tim Rogers of You Am I at Brighton Music Hall

Y La Bamba at the Tower
05/08/2013

Y La Bamba at the Tower

Tickle The One Sextet on vocals for Parks.
05/08/2013

Tickle The One Sextet on vocals for Parks.

Thanks to Lilia Halpern-Smith for suggesting we try her '63 Band-Master. Sounds great for indy rock with Nassy.
05/06/2013

Thanks to Lilia Halpern-Smith for suggesting we try her '63 Band-Master. Sounds great for indy rock with Nassy.

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