ST. PAUL (WCCO) — Getting a knack for music early on, Jeremy Tappero set himself up for a successful career in a not so simple job field. Poised and ready to take the metro music scene by storm, Tappero’s hardworking ethic and keen sense of music puts him a cut above the rest. Owner and operator of Pound Sound Recordings and local musician, he says with the right opportunities and the right knowledge of music, great things can happen.
CBSMinnesota: So, Jeremy, briefly explain to me who you are and what you do.
Jeremy: My name is Jeremy Tappero. I own and operate Pound Sound Recording in St. Paul where I co-write, produce, engineer, and mix records for both national and local bands. I also sing and play guitar in the rock band Attention.
CBSMinnesota: How did you get your start here in Minneapolis?
Jeremy: In the late 90s I was finishing up high school in Madison, Wis., and a few of my friends started moving to the cities for college and started playing in local bands. I ended up filling in on bass for a three-week west coast tour with a Minneapolis band called The Siren Six! They had three members that moved up from Madison and when their bass player couldn’t go on the trip, I got the call. Shortly after that tour ended, another Minneapolis band called Animal Chin asked me to join as their drummer. They had a booking agent and a small record deal, and were very motivated to get out and tour. I said yes and we immediately started touring. I was still in high school!
CBSMinnesota: Why is what you are doing important?
Jeremy: Well, I think it’s because I truly love doing what I do. In the studio I try to use all of my experiences to help bands make the best records they can. I’m in a unique position to be in my early 30s and already have 15 plus years of real, full-time music experience under my belt. I’ve been very fortunate to have worked with some amazing producers in some of the best studios. And I’ve also spent a lot of time out touring in both independent and major label situations. I like to refer to my job as “experienced rock advisor.”
With the band Attention, I think we’re important because we’re honest. We’re just four guys trying to make great music. No angle, No B.S., just quality rock music.
CBSMinnesota: What is your favorite thing about working in the Twin Cities music scene?
Jeremy: Diversity. Every time I walk into our rehearsal space I’m reminded of how much different music is happening here in the cities. Out of one door you might hear some crazy sludgy metal, and then a few doors down you hear a shoe gazer emo band, and anything and everything between. I love that!
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–Emily Buss is a music journalist from Minneapolis and author of On the Rechord blog. On the Rechord is a music site dedicated to the local music scene in the Twin Cities. Emily writes concert and album reviews, band and artist profiles, and provides information about local shows. A college graduate with a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis on Journalism, Emily has been professionally writing for newspapers and online outlets for six years. You can find Emily at www.ontherechord.com , on Facebook at On the Rechord and on Twitter @TheEmilyB.