Musicians step into Music Box Records’ spacious studio to record, rehearse, and market their work. Part recording studio, part rehearsal space, and part indie label, the studio welcomes music-makers not only with professional recording tools and clean, airy facilities, but also with a team of experienced producers and promotional gurus. The crew cares deeply about music, and even runs an outreach program called Music Lab that invites high school students into the studio to learn industry secrets, such as how to build a following and how to smash an air guitar without ruining it completely.
Hans Moscicke doesn’t just teach the drums; he practices what he preaches when playing with his band Milano, with whom he’s gigged such storied Chicago venues as Subterranean, Beat Kitchen, and Schubas. When he’s not bicycling or bird watching around his home base in Logan Square, he travels to neighborhoods to share his expertise with musicians of all ages and skill levels. Hans keeps lessons exciting with his collection of more than 1,000 pieces of sheet music from iconic bands such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Nirvana, allowing students to play along with their favorites and marvel at the secret coffee rings hidden within the pages. By practicing their most beloved songs as well as the lessons in their books, pupils become more engaged with the process and learn how to use their techniques in practical playing.
Dr. Fretgood's musicologists breathe new life into weary instruments and other music-producing gear, readying pieces for anything from hitting the road to banging basement rehearsals to streetside serenades. Amps that buzz, cut out, or distort sound worse than vacuuming through a kazoo can get straightened out in an amplifier tune-up. During the tune-up, Dr. Fretgood's sound-wave-soothing staff cleans jacks, scrubs and lubricates pots, tightens hardware and loose connections, and checks and adjusts bias.