This week MusicMondays208 is focusing on a stellar individual that has been in bands, touring, producing music for bands and helping out the local scene for more than 30 years, Andy Agenbroad.
After moving to Boise in the 7th grade Andy caught the music fever, “My first day at lunch some guy was selling records for lunch money. I gave him 2.00 for the first record on top. Circle jerks group sex. Took it home and was entranced by this thing. Became my life right away.” He decided to play guitar after hearing Alex Lifeson in Rudth. “But I didn’t really take the leap until my best friend got a drum set at a garage sale. I saved up all my money for a summer, took a bus across town and bought a cheap guitar and distortion pedal at a pawn shop.” Andy added. He soon figured out how to hook the guitar up to his stereo and they started their first band, Children for Terrorism!
Coming out of high school Andy had a scholarship to the art institute of Seattle, but he wanted to pursue music and gave up on art. “I was playing shows and began touring in my band Haggis. At this point I was recording my bands with whatever equipment I could find/afford.” Soon after he was recording other bands and was actually making money! Fast forward to Andy having recorded hundreds of bands, toured over 20 states with his bands Haggis, Eightball Break, and Demoni. In the late 90’s Andy became a tour promoter rep for a few concerts and was able to work behind the scenes with Motley Crue, hole and Marilyn Manson. He moved to the New York/New Jersey area and started engineering at Qaud Recording under the legendary Bruce Tergesen.
Andy moved back to Boise in 2001 where he reopened his recording studio Project 7. “The studio came about as my first real studio that I had the space to bring bands in and do full productions for them. It started out as just a project studio for my own needs and my favorite number is 7 so I combined them.” Around 2011 Andy closed Project 7, however when he reopened he wanted a new persona and a fresh name. “I have a big love for horror movies so I picked a fun name that fit the studio and my love of all things horror.” Andy add. Thus the The Chop Shop recording services was born!
Working with Andy for the MusicMondays208 Stay Home Spotlight has been an absolute pleasure. We have hosted more than 15 local bands who have all had a tremendous time working with Andy at the Chop Shop. He works extremely hard to make sure the sound quality of every live facebook performance is spot on. He brings this same level of professionalism to the album producing he does for the local bands here in idaho. “I see myself as an electronic interpreter of [the band’s] idea. I talk to them and get a feel for what they want and expect and build from there. My goal is capture the essence of the live band and build it up from there…..I become a part of the band when I am working with them. Have fun and enjoy the process with them” Andy said. We truly recommend every band check out the Chop Shop as you will not be disappointed in the level of dedication and hardwork that Andy will provide for your project.
If you're looking for some fantastic music make sure to check out the band’s that Andy is a part of. His band NO has a Spotify album release soon. Dumpster Fire, vinyl knife and Laika the dog split, The Jerkwadz and NUDE OIL albums coming out soon. His other project, Half Past Gone, has some truly awesome tracks you can check out on their Facebook.
We here at MM208 feel extremely lucky to know and work with Andy Agenbroad. He is an impeccable example of someone who loves music, loves his bands and loves the local music scene. “Let’s keep music alive! Keep putting out recordings whether they are singles, EP’s or albums. Music is the glue for us all. Digital releases and live-streams are the way right now till things change. I also have some cool new gear coming into the studio including rebuilding one of Genesis’s old mixers to be the central console of the chop shop. The chop shop is here for all the local bands to make those recordings come to life.” Andy concluded.
Make sure to check out Andy's band and recording studio!