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(Not the NBC SHOW. just a Peek at who WORKS ON all THIS STUFF)

In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum-security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as serial entrepreneurs. If you have a problem... if no one else can help... and if you can find them... maybe you can hire... Karabiner Studios.

CHRIS KILMER

ENGINEER

My dad introduced me to the alto sax in 5th grade. I’d always loved music, but playing and performing brought me more joy than I’d ever known. Towards the end of middle school, I also picked up the bassoon. It took me a while to comprehend the bass clef, but I eventually got it.

A pivotal moment happened in 8th grade. Judas Priest. I’d listened to plenty of rock n roll at that point,but hearing Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, and K.K. Downing strike the first arpeggios of “The Hellion” changed everything. I picked up an electric guitar, and instantly became a Child of Metal. My tastes have obviously expanded since, but distorted power chords will always remain close to my heart.

One aspect of my life that I am utterly proud of is my service in the United States Marine Corps. The Corps taught me about leadership, hard work, and service to my country and my community. I’ve carried these lessons into my adult life and hopefully do justice to those around me.

I don’t play as much as I used to, but, with Karabiner, I’ve managed to meld my software career with my passion for music. Karabiner is the culmination of 21 years helping businesses expand their customer base via the internet’s global reach. My mom recently told me, “You plopped yourself in front of the radio just after your 1st birthday and never got up.” What a great memory.

Back then, Rick Springfield, Carly Simon, and Chris De Burgh ruled the airwaves. I learned a lot of great life lessons from AM radio. You should never date Jesse’s girl, avoid being so vain that you think every song is about you and, most importantly, don’t pay the ferryman, in fact don’t even fix a price, reserve payment until he gets you to the other side. Words to live by.

J HARRIS

LEAD MIX ENGINEER

I grew up in a really, really, really small town. My father had a country music band—Singin’ Sam and His Caprock Country Band.

I have a little box of songs he wrote, just lyrics, no music, and a picture of Dad standing at the door of a Nashville record company. He was there trying to sell some of his songs. I’m not sure if he was successful, but it’s a wonderful memory and a great lesson in making your own opportunities.

My first experience performing live was playing “Beat It” with the school band.

The first time it counted was with my dad.

I had to fill in for his drummer on short notice. I was just a scrawny 13-year- old and scared as hell. Dad said, “Just play a beat, you’ll get it.” I was so focused on trying to keep the high hat steady that night, it’s the only thing I remember seeing.

In between songs, Dad said, “You gotta really lay on that bass drum, son.” That’s what I’ve been doing ever since.

During my junior year of high school, we suddenly moved to North Carolina where I joined my first metal band. We played a few originals and a lot of covers from bands like Death Angel, Metallica, and Megadeth—pretty much anything you would see on MTV’s “Headbanger’s Ball.”

I’ve had modest success over the years, including two brushes with fame. The first time was when I had the chance to tour behind Jackyl. Crazy! Every stage was covered in sawdust. We always founds bits of chair legs and holes in the ceiling tiles when we came onstage.

My second brush with fame was opening for Joan Jett. What an amazing performer.

I’ve been stiffed by club owners, ridden across state lines in the back of a U-Haul, slept on friend’s floors, and in cars. I know what it’s like to struggle to be a full-time musician. I got into recording and mixing originally as a way to hear my own musical ideas at a time when I wasn’t able to find like-minded musicians.

Over time, mixing has become an avenue to help other musicians get their music heard. I once saw this band called The Beard play live and they sounded terrific. But when I listened to their CD, the sound was awful. If your band sounds great live, you should sound great on a record.

The desire to work in the music industry AND help other musicians succeed is what brought me to Karabiner Studios.

KELLY FRISBY

CO-FOUNDER/EDITOR

I was born and raised in Colorado. My grandmother bought me an upright Yamaha piano when I was 8 and I started taking lessons. Its bright, beautiful voice quickly embodied my own.

My dad loved music and my sister and I were (sometimes willingly) subjected to his musical tastes—the Beatles, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, Jerry Jeff Walker, Roy Orbison, Willie Nelson.... the list goes on. When we were young, my mom and aunts would make a mecca every year to Santa Fe to attend the opera. Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, all the masters became part of my musical lexicon. Needless to say, my musical tastes are eclectic.

I went to college up the road at Colorado State University, where I ambitiously majored in Rangeland Ecology and Technical Journalism. Eclectic, again, but I’ve always loved using both sides of my brain—exercising creativity while embracing the elegance of logic and science.

After graduation, I jumped into IT as a business analyst and have been there ever since. I believe in blending analytics and intuition to solve problems, and it’s this approach that I bring to Karabiner and its artists.

SETH NEILSON

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

I grew up between the high plains of Wyoming and the mossy foothills of the Cascade mountains. That exposure to the outdoors and wild places still influences my work as a creative director, designer, illustrator, and photographer.

Music was always a part of my life—an appreciation for Paul Simon and classical music from my dad, and obscure South American mid-seventies albums from my mom. I played the trombone in school for a few years before picking up the guitar to impress a girl. I haven’t progressed much since those days, but I still love to play around with instruments of any kind.

An avowed climber and high mountain lake swimmer, my creative influences include early morning alpine starts, cold cereal for dinner, mid-week dates with my wife, the Avett Brothers, Beastie Boys, John Denver, worn-out pencils, the ocean, and my kids.

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