The History of The SugarTank
Music - Recording - Production - Performance
History of The SugarTank
The SugarTank has been existence since 2007, previously located in what is known as the Keppel building along N. Queen St. in downtown Lancaster. Mike Musser adopted the name ‘SugarTank’ because the building was a former sugar refinery, complete with an old sugar tank, still located in the basement. Musser took advantage of the sonic properties of the former sugar tank by turning it into a live reverb chamber by wiring speakers and microphones into the tank itself; if you wanted the sweet sound of the sugar tank on your music all you had to do was turn a couple knobs and you could send your music on through.
The SugarTank studio itself was contained in one large room on the first floor that was the former sugar storage; high ceilings, wood floors, brick walls, and tons of vibe. The recording experience resembles more of an eclectic, boutique session, rather than a traditional one. There are no walls between the studio equipment and the live tracking space -no barriers. By design you feel like you are in a large living room where the engineers and musicians are all sharing in the music creation process at the same time. The space naturally turns the ‘laboratory’ feel and approach of traditional recording studios into a more relaxed and casual experience that is more natural for musicians to create and capture great musical performances.
Over the years the SugarTank has done everything from hosting and recording live concerts to producing EPs and full-length professional recordings for local, regional, and national artists to the likes of Beach House, the Castanets, Laura Gibson, Video Hippos, Thanksgiving, Deer Tick, The Second Hand Suits, etc.