“My favourite place is really in my head but my house reflects who I am so I will tell you about that. It’s a very big space flooded with piles of tools, paint, musical instruments, effects processors and electronic components. We built the interior ourselves inside an old warehouse building. There is a second floor, a recording studio, art spaces and lots and lots of storage. The lights were all wired up by us and it is just tons of compact floure.
We have lots of solderless bread boards for creating effects on the fly and lots of pre-built modules and effects that I have built as well as tons of effectors from the 50’s to present time. We have some Jazzmasters and Fender Jaguars and some hollow body guitars and different basses; Fender amps from the 60’s and 70’s and some modded amps and acoustic, Vox, Aims and Roland amps. There’s also a bunch of junky microphones, Tascam cassette multi-trackers, computers and other bits of pieced-together recording equipment. I use mostly home made equipment.
The most important thing to have in here really changes, but I can get by with one guitar or bass. I try to be here as much as I can so it is usually about 14 hours a day. I like to work alone and it is a good place to leisurely develop ideas, but it is also nice to work with like-minded musicians, work on ideas quickly and then develop them further alone again. I guess I also have a pretty hardcore work ethic, so it’s nice to be able to work on things alone, as I know I’ll always be the last one to be available to work on things.
The creative process works in many different ways. Sometimes you come up with ideas when you are just out and about around town; sometimes it happens at practice while improvising and sometimes they are forced from other abstract ideas. I usually just start recording when I have the ideas and then that can dictate song structure and whatnot, when you start experimenting with sounds and arrangements.
What I like most about this space is that it’s designed by me, for me, to work there. I also like the fact that you can just rebuild any part of the space at anytime that you need to be different for any application.”
Musical Rooms was talking to Oliver Ackermann of A Place to Bury Stangers
A Place To Bury Strangers are New York-based trio Oliver Ackermann (guitar/vocals), Jono MOFO (bass) and Jay Space (drums). The Washington Post described their sound as “the most ear-shatteringly loud garage/shoegaze band you’ll ever hear” and this year they signed to Mute. They play Whelan’s on Tuesday, March 31st. Support is from Dead Confederate and Sweet Jane and Tickets cost €15 including Booking fee from WAV Box-Office, City Discs, Road Records, http://www.tickets.ie and Ticketmaster. For more details, visit www.myspace.com/aplacetoburystrangers or www.aplacetoburystrangers.com/.