The progeny of a "professional chemist" + another chemist who would sneeze every morning operatically, spoke in German, and sang too loudly, Carl found himself growing up in a noisy but amicable household in West Virginia. Every Sunday of course was spent in church dealing with the agony of being quiet, wondering why, and giggling at the bellowing minister who would later die of throat cancer. He was thrust onto the cello at age 8, and more noise was produced. Blessedly, though TV and Radio had been deemed “Instruments of the Devil”, a television showed up at home at a very formative time. Classical music studies soon devolved into copying the notes of beautifully executed product jingles, like Strohs Beer, or Old Spice, or Lowenbrau Beer. Wow, so fun. In another fortunate twist of fate, his school's curriculum considered guitar playing a worthy endeavor for 7th graders. Carl would learn to play some nice hippy folk tunes with basic chords. And that was more fun. But he still practiced cello because "those lessons are costly", so the guitar only happened at school, oh well. Not long after the TV appeared, the pro chemist's parents allowed for Carl and his brother to get handheld AM radios. West Virginia did have radio stations, and it was Carls brother who had the patience to tease the sounds of Deep Purple and Foghat out of the ether. Wow! A cello simply doesn’t make those noises no matter how hard you rip that bow, but nonetheless Carl tried hard to recreate that Smoke on the Water sound. His cello growled and squealed, but sigh... The effort would be rewarded though. In guitar class, a visiting (delinquent) kid who knew how to make those noises on guitar would provide a revelation: Bar Chords! OMG! Those work, even on a nylon stringed thing! Eventually a move to Minnesota would bring job opportunities for teenaged Carl, and soon he would buy an electric guitar with amps and effect pedals and there were even more radio stations and of course a band would be formed with buddies and this band would practice under the floor of his mother's dining room during dinner time. This band eventually moved out of the family house into a bigass Minneapolis house and it was there that the band knew it wouldn’t succeed unless they made a record. They did, and when Carl had the “I could have done that” feeling after telling the recording engineer what to do, he realized he should have his own studio. Arrogant and capable, Carl remains in Minneapolis with studios that can make all kinds of noise, and even better, do commercials! Naturally, he can do them pretty well.
Annie grew up in Fargo / Moorhead with a bedroom window that looked straight out at a drive-in movie theater. They could tune those movies in on the radio & she got to watch E.T. from the comfort of her very own back porch. At a young age she realized one could use that same radio to tune in music stations inside the house and she became obsessed with Rick Dee's weekly top 40 & hit makers such as Michael Jackson, Prince, Madonna, and Cyndi Lauper.
As she moved towards her teen years, cable television and MTV (which was "banned" of course) would introduce her to to the glories of punk & metal. She got really into “driving around”, “partying”, and muscle cars. At 17 she moved to Minneapolis & worked at historic First Avenue nightclub where her vision of hanging out with more “bands” and “cool people” really came together. She built up the nerve to start singing out loud in front of strangers, bought a guitar to go with her ’74 Dodge Dart Sport 360 and was in a bunch of bands that toured all over for a bunch of years.
In 2006 Annie realized tour life wasn't probably going to be sustainable for a lot longer, so she took a day job at this very studio making background music for commercials, and figuring out what they meant when they said she would be their "producer" (No, not the kind that makes rap music. The glorified secretary kind). Looking for jobs is hard and nobody else wants to be in charge so Carl gave her part of his company and she is still here.
12 Facts About Dan Kramer that Will Totally Change the Way You Listen to Dave Matthews Band:
- Named Troubadour of the century by “Nu-Bard Quarterly” six years running.
- Known for underwhelming audiences at the 1998 Pandimensional Flan mimicry tournament.
- Criticized Johnny Depp harshly for his 2003 PreOscar Night Meal™ choice.
- PanActualized Stress Management Guru.
- Inventor/developer of the marvelous “Magnetic Glove”.
- Owns one of the largest unused rope ladder collections in the Twin Cities.
- Enjoys moss and mossy coverings.
- Leading expert on fictional bipedal stride length measurement technique.
- Hardened by countless battles with the forgotten usurper known by the ancient ones as “Kal-heath Yer samek” and its legions of soulless automaton creations.
- Famously coined the phrase “Ongoing”.
- Enjoys the lost art of brick lined mausoleum mushroom poetry critique.
- Brought a bunch of liquor to that party.
Dan (or Jensen as he's called around here because there was already a different Dan) grew up in Bismarck, ND. He started recording his friends’ bands in the basement of his parents' home when he was 15 using the cheapest mixer, microphones and 8 track he could get with his Taco Bell paycheck. He moved to Minneapolis 4 years later to go to school for music production and realize his destiny. And also to get out of Bismarck. 14 years later he's still recording music at studios, practice spaces and dive bars.
Jensen has made records for black metal bands, bluegrass bands, fellas in suits and gals in heels, and those experiences have enriched his resourcefulness and perspective at his day job here as a post production engineer and sound designer. He is an honest, technically minded problem solver whose process also encourages artfulness. He likes to keep the vibe high so the process is fun and naturally creative, helping his clients arrive at the end of their projects with the feeling that their brilliant work of art just sort of happened while they were having a nice time.
The stones for Micah’s audio path were set early when he would run sound for his father’s church in Florida where he grew up. His love of sound grew through his teenage years as he became engrossed in car audio and participated in statewide bass contests. Shortly after earning a degree in Recording Arts at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, Micah gained an assistant position at the famed Hit Factory in Miami, Florida. Working closely with artists such as Missy Elliot, Godsmack, Gloria Estefan, Enrique Iglesias, and Timbaland gave him an insatiable appetite and drive to take his career to the next level.
Without a second thought, Micah sold everything he owned to headed to the Golden Coast. Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, he secured a job at Capitol Records. While the job offered invaluable experience, the long hours and demanding schedule left much to be desired. Micah was offered a position at the Santa Monica post production facility Radio In The Nude—an opportunity that would significantly shape his career path going forward. Micah spent several years honing in his sound design and mixing skills while working on national radio and tv campaigns. His career took a brief alternate course when given the chance to work on a feature film lot in Hollywood, Widget Post. Feeling the pull back to the post production studio life, Micah joined the team at Atlantis Group Recording in Santa Monica, California. There he spent close to a decade working on AAA video game titles, radio and tv spots, television and web series, audio books, and feature films. While growing his expertise and skill in post production, he also grew his family—marrying his engineer colleague and welcoming two children shortly after. Several years of raising children in Los Angeles without a single relative for a thousand miles made Micah’s next move very easy.
Micah put his family before career and moved with them back to his wife’s hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He spent the next two years teaching at the Institute of Production and Recording (IPR), where he earned the award for Instructor of the Year for inspiring students with his passion for audio and earnest desire for their success. While it had seemed that Micah had found his true calling as a teacher of audio, he still felt the pull back to post. Following his heart, Micah said a bittersweet goodbye to the students and staff at IPR and found his home at SisterBoss as a post production engineer and sound designer.
Born to two very Minnesotan parents, Erin grew up in the suburbia of the Twin Cities and is pumped to grow some more! She loved to take trips to the family cabin up north to run around in the woods, swim in the lake, and listen to all the weird stories her uncles would tell: whether it be about a ghost ship on Lake Superior or about how a young Robert Zimmerman dated her great aunt while living in Hibbing (allegedly). An avid reader of fantasy series, she soon became a student of the endless realm of the internet. She enjoyed choir and social studies at school, but avoided homework mostly because there were so many more interesting things to study on the computer she saved up for like learning guitar chords to sing her favorite folk songs, listening to French film scores, and scaring herself by reading government alien conspiracy theories.
After moving to Minneapolis, she started school at the U of M and met a ton of cool people who showed her even more cool music and how rad it could be to not live in the suburbs. She learned lots of new stuff at college, a ton about herself and even got a cool nickname that she may/may not have given to herself. (it’s Stevie.) Working at the Recycling program and DJing at Radio K were the best decisions she made during that time, and they helped her to realize her passions. Thanks to “the K”, she nabbed the sweetest gig at Sister Boss and couldn’t be more thrilled to work and hang out with all the wonderful people there. Now she is in a band and pursuing environmental education to teach all the children about recycling, and to hopefully write some better songs about plants.