Thaddeus Moore is the Chief Engineer, Founder and Creative Director behind Sprout City Studios.
At 18 years old, he decided he wanted to make something beautiful that stirred creativity in his life and in the lives of others. After a serious bout of soul searching abroad, and a ride with an Australian rock guitarist while hitch hiking in New Zealand, he had his sights set on finding a studio apprenticeship upon his return to the states.
In 1996, Thaddeus enrolled himself in every sound-related course available at LCC. The courses were helpful and insightful, but he remained hungry for much more that what is available in school. Suddenly, a friend proposed an ambitious idea to start a studio space that could allow for rehearsals and recording. After searching for the perfect location, they found a warehouse in west Eugene. It was full of mold, dry rot, and crumbling insulation due to many years of bean/alfalfa sprout production. To make this become a reality, they needed to find at least two other people (hopefully older and with some experience) who were interested in transforming it into a recording studio. As luck would have it… they did. Sprout City Studios was born on Sept. 27th, 1997.
Knowing next to nothing about power tools to begin with, handling the majority of the deconstruction, cleaning, and remodeling left Thaddeus with many carpentry skills, but unfortunately without his two newest partners. Scared, overextended, and under qualified, the two youngest partners were left alone to finish the planning and construction of an acoustically accurate and sound proofed studio space. At that time, both had to work 2+ jobs while trying to snare a market for their new business in a small city. Two years into the project it was still incomplete, though functional. The stress proved to be too much and the original partner sold his interests to a new face, who soon after (due to family illness) moved to the midwest.
Now the sole proprietor of Sprout City Studios, Thaddeus was a reluctant 20 year-old business owner. With no will to quit this far in, he decided to push on through. Working live sound and as many odd jobs as there are days of the week, and also with the help of some amazing friends and family, over the next few years the studio construction was completed and continued to gain more and more clients, artists, and friends.
The experience gained by the hands-on work of the previous few years proved invaluable – there was nothing better he could have learned in any school. The studio was his school and through luck, experience, and the kindness of knowledgeable people, Thaddeus found that he was now an accomplished and experienced sound engineer.
Nearly twenty years later, he has become a staple in the Eugene music scene, having worked with stars such as Frank Black of The Pixies and Thomas Mapfumo, and has been in several local and national publications. He also acts as a consultant and beta tester for several businesses in the recording industry, such as iZotope.
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