Building BIG EGO (Part One)

The building that houses BIG EGO was previously recording studio called Take Flight. There were two isolation rooms and a control room already built into the space when we signed our lease which saved us a ton of time and money. Unfortunately, the aesthetics of the space and many of the details were lacking. The live room was outfitted with carpet on the floors AND walls. Some walls were covered in cheap, rough wood slabs from Home Depot which required serious drywall replacement and a fresh coat (or three) of paint.

Once we ripped out the carpet we installed new wood flooring. As you can see it changed the feel of the room immediately. It looks like a different space.

Just a few days after the floors and moulding were put in, we installed velvet theater drape and custom walnut acoustic treatments. We also purchased our Yamaha G3 grand piano and started recording!

Over the next few months we also installed custom cedar shingle with walnut trim on the exterior of the iso room wall. Carpenter Brian Moore also fabricated a set of walnut gobos and we purchased our Hammond A101 and Leslie 145. Here is a shot from a recent recording session with Eamon Fogarty featuring Devin Hoff on fretless bass, Chad Taylor on drums, Phillip Greenlief on tenor saxophone, Brian Walsh on bass clarinet, and Alex Sadnik on alto saxophone.