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Machine gun Dojo host an event every month at the Beat Coffeehouse every 3rd Saturday of the Month @ 9pm! - The Beat Coffeehouse


Come In, Plug In, Rock Out

BY LAURA CARROLL

When Machine Gun Dojo needed a place to record, they just built it. Now, they're ready to help you, too.

Hammsterden Records was co-founded by brothers Gerald, 24, and Jared Sanchez, 28, and their father, Joe, out of the family's desire to record its own music.

As students at the College of Southern Nevada, the two brothers became interested in recording, but couldn't afford professional studio rates, which can quickly get expensive.


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Jared Sanchez, owner, co-founder and producer of Hammsterden Records, performs during a practice session Dec. 10.

Studio recording rates are priced by the hour or day. Cost for a professional's day at The Studio at the Palms, for example, is $1,500. Cost for an unsigned artist is $100 per hour. Hourly rates at Hit Track Studios range from $75 for studio time to $175 for mastering. Average cost for a day is $1,000.

So, the Sanchez family began purchasing equipment piece by piece. Word spread around the College of Southern Nevada among music students that the brothers owned recording equipment. They were approached by fellow students who wanted to record but couldn't afford professional studio prices. Eventually, Hammsterden Records was born.

"There's a market there," Jared said. "I thought I could provide services without having to break the bank."

Though they're still targeting music students, the studio is open to anyone, for a fee of $35 per hour.

Since they founded their recording studio, the Sanchez family also landed themselves a five-month contract for their band, Machine Gun Dojo, to perform at The Beat Coffeehouse every Friday night. Once the contract expired the band moved on to host The Mecca every third Saturday at The Beat. Mecca aims to bring together music, art, fashion and dance.

"We're trying to bring different elements of culture to one spot," Jared said.

Contact reporter Laura Carroll at lcarroll@lvbusinesspress.com or 702-380-4588. - Las Vegas Review-Journal : Business Press


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