David Feeny has been the fearful leader of the Tempermill since founding the studio in 1985. David started playing loud music in high school and has been guilty of countless beauty school hairstyle experiments ever since. After tricking numerous bands to pay him to make recordings in his parents' basement, he felt the need to relocate (in the form of a shoe up his ass) in 1989. You can find him painstakingly placing microphones, tweaking mixes, plumbing or on the roof of the studio with a bucket of tar. David has played guitar and keyboards in a number of groups over the years, most notably Hysteric Narcotics and The Orange Roughies. He was also fortunate enough to play pedal steel and engineer on the Grammy award winning Loretta Lynn record 'Van Lear Rose.' He currently performs with and produces records with Blanche, American Mars and Sunshine Doray. A small sampling of the countless artists he's worked with: The White Stripes, The Hard Lessons, G-Love and Special Sauce, Wig, PW Long's Reelfoot, Thunderbirds Are Now!, Goober & and the Peas, The Dirtbombs, Simon Bonney, Charm Farm, Mule, The Final Cut, Small Brown Bike, Demolition Dollrods, Majesty Crush, LaSalle and his most prized production credit: his daughter Fiona. David still migrates to Florida every spring in the hopes that the Tigers may be looking for a veteran middle-infielder with good clubhouse skills.
Jim Kissling has been a non-coffee drinking anomaly at the Tempermill since 1997, and heads up the Tempermill's ProTools Genius Bar. However, he is not opposed to winding on a reel of 2-inch and cutting to tape when appropriate. Jim's discography is fairly schizophrenic, in that you'll find credits ranging from Detroit Techno to every variation of Pop/Rock, Jazz and Classical. With an Artist roster ranging from pre-teens making their studio debut to internationally known major-label types, Jim can take a project from the first recorded note through to a completed master ready for replication. Several engineer friends and artist/producers on the East and West coast routinely rely on Jim to put the final mastering touches on their productions. Jim's discog includes The Come Ons, The Muggs, The Dirtbombs, David Viner, The Paybacks, The Sirens, Jonatha Brooke, Jill Cunniff, Jesse Palter, The Holy Fire, Michael Ivins (Flaming Lips), Faster Pussycat, Jill Jack, Jawbone and Kevin Saunderson. A quick check of artistdirect.com or allmusic.com will also give you a sense of the diversity of Jim's work.
Tony Hamera is a graduate of the Recording Institute of Detroit ('90) and boasts the second-longest tenure at The Tempermill. He began his recording career at The Tempermill in 1992 as an assistant to David Feeny and began doing his own recording sessions in 1994. Since then, he has recorded hundreds of demo and album projects in almost every conceivable musical genre. As well as being sought out by hard rock and heavy metal bands for his acute knowledge of that genre, he also specializes in sampling, drum programming, and anything dealing with electronic and industrial music. Tony has also been composing his own music for over two decades. His guitar playing can be heard in the bands Fatal, Noc Barrage, Caelum Bliss, Deathgirl.com, Firewerk, and most recently Ether Aura. Some of the more notable groups Tony has engineered include Outrageous Cherry, Dutch Pink, Chapstik, Downtown Brown, The Voodoo Organist, Fiftywatthead, The Volebeats, and J. Chris Newberg.
Erik Maluchnik came to the Tempermill in 2007 as a disillusioned live sound engineer. After being gently talked down from the ledge, he has become a valuable addition to Team Tempermill. Although he still occasionally falls over to the dark side of live sound, he's made some great recordings with Brave Rifles, Keane, Hi-Fi Handgrenades, Eliza Neals, Stranger Things, Mr. Duey and Quixotic. He currently mangles guitars with Shadiamond La Freedom and Jarrod Champion Sleeps Till Dusk. Erik also takes lovely photographs...smile!
HALL OF FAME or, a list of washed-up engineers that the Tempermill has chewed up and left for dead:
Geoff Michael designed and helped build most of the current Tempermill in 1989, and reluctantly engineered sessions here until the mid 90's ;). He programmed and developed our "Virtual Faders" console automation and some other lovely outboard gear. (He's smart.) He currently runs Big Sky Recording in Ann Arbor, is a great skier, and remains cranky.
Mike E Clark worked exclusively at the Tempermill from 1990-1994 and made records with ICP, Kid Rock, Majesty Crush and many, many others. He's been busily making great records ever since and performs as Project:Deadman.
Steve King freelanced at the Tempermill in the mid 90's. He's gone on to engineer & co-produce records and win Grammys with little-known artist Marshall Mathers.
Jim Diamond worked at the Tempermill in the late 90's and now runs Ghetto Recorders in Detroit. Jim's worked with the White Stripes, the Dirtbombs, The Sights and countless other under-nourished bands. He's even talking about the possibility of buying an iPod.
Mike Harrell was the only engineer that preferred to work midnights. He now sells real estate.
Jay Clifton runs a studio out of his house and occasionally does sessions at the Tempermill. He's got tattoos of his own skeleton on his feet. (ow.)