12:00AM / Wednesday, July 03, 2002
Three and one half years ago Todd Mack decided he wanted to move to the area, find a barn he could convert, and start a recording studio.
“I surprised even myself,” he said Monday, talking about how he succeeded to create two resulting ventures which make up Off the Beat-n-Track. He started with a mobile recording company which is still up and running and does such live concerts as the Berkshire Bach Society. Last year he opened the full service recording studio in Southfield, which is part of New Marlborough.
At this point, with partner Will Curtiss, he is phasing out of the mobile business and focusing on the studio itself. Next week, on July 13, the public will have a chance to see his space at a free house concert with singer/songwriter Tom Ingersoll. The concert will be recorded live, beginning at 8 p.m. It’s the first live concert he’s hosted, and isn’t sure about how many people may want to come, so he asks for people to call ahead. The telephone number is 229-9939. Their web site is www.offthebeat-n-track.com; e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mack plans to host these concerts in order to give musicians who are recording with Off the Beat-n-Track a chance to showcase their work, he said. He described Ingersoll’s music as a rootsy, bluesy kind of rock. After the concert Ingersoll will answer questions about his music and the writing process.
At the moment of our conversation the sugarbeats were recording. He works with all types of music, including a 10-piece big band that recorded with him last week, hip-hop, new rock, acoustic and “lots of classical,” there and on location.
He decided to move to the area when he started having children and he wanted to make a transition from a musical touring life.
The studio is 750 square feet, enough space, he says, for about 30 to 50 people to come and listen.