It’s not every day that we get invited to kick it with producers immortalized in Beastie Boys lyrics. We met up with Paul’s Boutique, Check Your Head, Ill Communication, and Hello Nasty engineer / producer Mario Caldato at his Hollywood home studio to dig through his endless collection of gear, in search of the perfect party rockin’ piece. And we found something. Mario C is the lucky owner of the original Check Your Head collage.
We spent hours looking through bin after bin of amazing gear: vintage Mu-Trons, MPCs, a Roland TR-303, you name it. But we couldn’t leave without a little Transmisser jam time. Aided by bassist and pedalhead Juan Alderete, we hooked up our resonant reverberator to record some ambient bass. “You get your sound and you kick in, like ‘Boom!’ I’m there.”