For the past two years Dan Redman and Curse Mackey have been developing the concept of Mosaic Sound Collective. Their ambitious plan is to build a rich music business complex that will include recording studios, offices, rehearsal rooms, classrooms, an art gallery, a coffee shop and a performance space. Eventually, they also hope to add a vinyl pressing plant and a screen printing operation.
The idea, Mackey said Wednesday, is to create a “one stop entity” that could serve all of a musician’s creative and logistical needs, everything from practice space to posters to music business classes. When the complex is fully operational, Mackey says it could provide 100 jobs.
Last fall, they moved into a space on FM 969 just east of US 183. The complex is located in a 25,000 square foot building with 200 rooms that was originally built as a convalescent home in the ’60s, before housing a juvenile detention center. The space sat vacant for 10 years before Redman and Mackey took on the lease. They’re still working out kinks — getting the spot wired for internet has been struggle — but now, with two recording studios up and running and artists signing leases on rehearsal spaces, their vision is beginning to take shape.
In January, acclaimed local producer, Stuart Sullivan moved his Wire Recording studios into the complex after the rent on his South Austin spot skyrocketed. He once paid $1600, but, at the beginning of this year, was facing bills of $8000 a month. He’s currently working on a new Butthole Surfers album, and some of the drum tracks will be recorded at his Mosaic location.
Charles Godfrey recently relocated to Austin from El Paso where he worked at the famed Sonic Ranch studio. He’s set up shop for his studio, Scary American, in the complex.
Local record label Super Secret Records is currently slated to move their offices into the complex in October and webcasting company TourGigs is also coming soon.
Redman and Mackey are still in the process of finalizing their 501 (c)(3) status, but were recently granted a tax exemption number and can now take charitable donations. The next hurdle they have to clear before they can move forward at full speed is zoning. They are currently scheduled to go before City Council on September 28, with the hopes of clearing the space for mixed use, a requirement they need to meet before they can add a coffee shop and begin using the large performance space they’ve created within the complex for public performances.
On Saturday at 10 a.m. the space will host a music gear swap where artists and music enthusiasts can come buy, sell or trade equipment. It is free and open to the public.