A MOBILE AND CENTRALIZED AUDIO ENGINEERING COLLECTIVE
ANDREW GROSSE (Owner / operator, ENGINEER, foh sound & tm)
JOSE DELARA (ENGINEER)
KEITH FOSTER (ENGINEER)
we offer professional recording at competitive rates (TRACKING, mixng and/or mastering).
We have the mobility to multitrack 16 channels in any environment imaginable or out of our studio at The Information warehouse (which has a live room, control room and an iso booth).
we are now also available to mix and/or record shows (local or on the road).
Check out this video to get an idea of what we're all about...
NEWS / BLOG
WELP WE've GOT MERCH FOR SALE! - 08.01.15
yep. T-shirts for Caravan and qyjppr have arrived! designs by one of my favorite portland artists violet aveline who also made that flyer for terror apart's release show (shirts available at show). Next up on the merch to get list... caravan recordings: the flame thrower!!!
CASSETTE TAPE LABEL, drunk dad split w/ gaytheist, dad rock record, MORE CHANGES & FUN RISKS AHEAD! - 07.15.15
lots of changes coming up due to having to react to some curve balls in my life. difficult decisions must be made over the next couple of months, but i think i'm beginning to see a path and it's time to take caravan to the next level! We'll be acquiring our own space instead of having to share the main room with other artists in the building at 411. it's been absolutely wonderful being a co-founder of the information warehouse, putting in our blood sweat tears and beers to building it out, putting on bad ass shows & seeing talented people get affordable artist spaces in inner portland, but the time for me to move on has come. Finding the right spot in portland (with the market the way it is) will be challenging, but I'm ready for it! Game on! And I got some sweet side plans that will make it easier to make all of that happen! Hooray!
In other news, i am starting up a cassette label (with plans to eventually release vinyl too). qyjppr records is up and running (www.qyjpprrecords.com)! All in house / diy! We're acquiring our own tape mastering and duplicators and our first releases will be for the terror apart record and a collaborative record from my friend matthew delbello. Release show for terror apart will be at kenton club on friday, August 28th w/ smoke rings, antecessor (keith's band) and caravan engineer jose (aka - dj jose dee) will be spinning records. hell yeah!
New recordings for drunk dad (for a split with portland's gaytheist) and dad rock's first record coming up soon! It's a week of the dads!
I'm going to need all of the freshest pots of coffee to get thru these next months! it's going to be a doozey! Rock and fucking roll! \m/\m/
YES! TVPDX is rollin' deep! - 07.05.15
EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR NEXT BATCH OF TVPDX SESSIONS WILL BE FOR SAMA DAMS, Like a villain, cliterati, wl, seance catcher, Havania Whaal, muscle & marrow and vice device!
so much excite - i love all these portland bands! if you're interested in booking a session, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
FIRST TRACK IS UP FROM THE NIGHT! - 06.05.15
Here's the first cut from the night who came in to track their first ep a couple of months ago!
TERROR APART BRINGING THAT PSYCHY BUGLE BOOGIE HEAT TODAY! - 05.06.15
I love it when an artist comes in and says, "it's not about the money - it's done when we feel it's done". It's true friends. We are very much not about the money. We just love getting creative n such. Isn't that the way it should be?! ;)
gear upgradin' at THE CARAVAN HOUSE! - 05.03.15
WELP, I COULD BE WRONG, BUT I'M PRETTY POSITIVE IT'S NOW TIME FOR DAMN PATCHBAY!
That's it. i am going to have a 16 to 24 track tape machine by the end of the year one damn way or another. i slept out of my van for 2 years to make 411 and caravan work and i don't care - i'll keep suffering until i have our operations to where i want it to be. 2015. caravan ain't messing around anymore. want something done?? DO IT YOURSELF :) - andrew
DOGS AND CATS LIVING TOGETHER - MASS HYSTERIA! - 04.26.15
DAMN. busy days and beer soaked nights. a lot going on! so ima reflect on WHAT'S NEW...
1. Got WILD CALL & Terror apart coming IN TO TRACK THEIR NEW material?!
2. STARTING A NEW PNW ARTIST a/v DOCUMENTARY ENDEAVOR WITH A FRIEND CALLED TVPDX?! his first go around for jackson boone (this one without me on audio) got picked up by kexp! First session this week with psychomagic?! Pumped!
3. Skyped in sailor Gaines from nashville, TN to have him sit in on finishing some mixes (hq audio conversion in real time - screw a computer mic)?! so much fun.
4. tons of new gear and acoustical treatment in the caravan room?!
And a boat load of other fun stuff happening. Is this my job?! MUCH EXCITE! super blessed & thank you to all projects who have been patient with my busy life. love all of yall. HAVE A GOOD WEEK, my FRIENDS.
THE NIGHt ...IN THE afternoon - 03.23.15
just got done tracking the night's FIRST RELEASE and it is a total CRUSHER! I'M COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY BY RAVEN'S VOice! And to think this is the first official band she's played in and her first time recording?! damn!
ON TO MIXING. CAN'T WAIT TO GET THESE SONGS SOUNDING BAD ASS!
new & old friends IN THE HOUSE! - 03.10.15
these last couple of months have been going pretty well...
Tracking for R.i.p.'s first lp is done & it's being mixed by brian ellis of Egyptian lover?! pumped!
portland punk rock newcomers BOBBY PERU just finished an ep with us too! Tracked and mixed by caravan and mastered by Ryan foster (who we highly recommend).
Check it out...
We're ALSO very excited to be RECORDING METANOIA'S FIRST LP AND THE NIGHT'S FIRST EP this month!
caravan also now has assistant audio engineers keith foster (of antecessor) and matthew del bello (of yardsSs & lick) jumping on board. this means a quicker, more efficient tracking process and less money out of your wallet!
R.i.p is back! - 02.10.15
A year ago we tracked an ep for these portland rip-pers and now they're back to work on a full length!
"that album is gonna destroy all the Portland renovation with a nuclear suplex chokeslam" - Nigel kinney.
Haha! yes nigel we totally agree :)
back from eu, sailor gaines & bobby peru - 12.16.14
andrew here... GADDAMN that was an intense 2 & 1/2 months on the road with wampire on their us, uk & euro tours. what a blast!
It was so nostalgic to get back on the road that I am now available for foh sound / tm! flexible rates, my friends!
I'm back in portland to finish mixing a project for sailor gaines & then making an ep for bobby peru (side project of big black cloud's nick cappello) \m/ cheers!
KiLLER PROPS FROM ONE OF our PORTLAND FAVS! - 12.13.14
HELL YEAH. erik olsen from lord dying votes DRUNK DAD'S "ripper killer" to be the #1 2014 release from portland's heavy music scene!
GOING TO EUROPE! - 11.02.14
back home after the us tour with wampire! temples, tops and fever the ghost were great to be on the road with. the icing on the cake was in nyc for cmj. it was a great change of pace to just crash with some old portland friends, fuck around all day long in brooklyn, spend about an hour or so at the venue playing the show and then be free all night to do whatever with friends. no load in! no long drives!
anyways... making a record with sailor gaines for a couple weeks here in portland and then back on the road with wampire - this time overseas to the eu. adventures will be had. feeling fucking blessed :)
love yall - Andrew
OUT ON THE ROAD again - 09.13.14
Damn. What a good year making records. It was a pleasure working with Valkyrie Rodeo, Drunk Dad, TIG BITTY, Tyrants, Tiny Knives, Big Black Cloud, Needles and Pizza, 63 Fremonts, The Mcarthy Era and Dad Rock.
Jose and I are both going to be on the road for a little while. Drunk Dad is doing a US tour and I'm heading out with my buddies in Wampire to run sound & TM for a month and a half...
we'll be sharing stages with temples, fever the ghost and tops! MUCH EXCITE!
Caravan is booked up in November, but we're now accepting submissions for session work, live sound and tour managing in December / 2015!
BIG BLACK CLOUD'S LESSON IN FUCK YOU 2 STREAMING! - 09.12.14
Well this session started off being a demo, but then the good ol' boys at Eolian Records digged it so much they decided to release it as an EP!
Get yer boots blown off by the Portland based bombastic noise assault that is Big Black Cloud!
DRUNK DAD'S "LIGHT A FIRE" HITS NOISEY! - 05.12.14
Drunk Dad's first LP "Ripper Killer" is done! Engineered and Mixed by yours truly and Mastered by Ryan Foster. Check out one of 9 tracks up on Noisey now!
Full interview here: http://noisey.vice.com/blog/i-got-drunk-with-a-band-called-drunk-dad
Light A Fire here:
BAND DIALOGUE II AT TREEFORT - 03.25.14
Treefort ruled! So exhausted! We got to work with a lot of great bands this year. But the pinnacle of the festival (for me at least) had to be filming and capturing audio for "Band Dialogue II / Skatefort" which featured the bands AU, Pontiak, Inner Oceans, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Art Fad, Phantahex, Twin Steps, Sun Blood Stories and hosted / conducted by Akron/Family's Seth Olinsky. 20+ guitars, 6 basses, a couple of keys and horn sections and 9 drum kits all lined up in a skatepark generating a huge wall of sound. Massive & minimal Swans-esqe guitar swells with occasional noise freakouts all surrounding 20 or so kids skating. We pretty much maxed out all audio gear we had with us to close mic all kits and pick up everything else by stereo / ambient micing the environment at various distances. Can't wait till we get around to editing and mixing it!
NS-10s + TYRANTS + TREEFORT FEST - 02.18.14
March is going to be pretty busy... we'll be tracking new recordings for Portland punk/noise band Tyrants and I'll be heading out once more to Boise for Treefort Fest to run audio for Into The Woods!! Last year was a blast... especially our takeaway shoots. I definitely can't say I've had any other opportunities to track bands in abandon brothels, in a field next to a military base, at a school playground, inside an old penitentiary...
I remember somehow managing to climb up to the third level of cell blocks (since there was no easy access to it) to get a room mic up high when we shot Sun Angle. #audionerd
Also, we've added a pair of Yamaha NS-10M studio monitors to our arsenal!!
LIVE AT THE BBC - 02.15.14
SLUDGEFEST AT 411 - 01.19.14
Tracking Drunk Dad at the warehouse tonight. Three words... Joseph Fucking Naylor. Easily on my top five favorite Portland drummers list.
DIY ISO WALLS & SUB MIC + NEW MICS - 01.04.14
Just finished up some projects for Caravan... I built 6 new iso walls / baffle panels for sound treatment & Jose handcrafted a sub kick mic using an old harmon kardon subwoofer! ALSO new mics in... A Cascade Fathead ribbon, a 2nd Sennheiser MD421 (cause they just sound so damn good on toms) and a pair of Diyac RM-5 ribbons!
A WEEKEND WITH MR. SIMMONS - 12.20.13
I'll be teaming up with audio engineer & good friend Jeff Simmons Saturday to track Martain Manhunter from Eugene, OR and Sunday to run audio for an Into the Woods session with Ural Thomas!
video for frank might feel it! - 08.28.13
Needles and pizza release a lovely little video for a song called "frank might feel it" off their ep gentle bender (tracked, mixed and mastered by yours truly). shot by the very talented brett roberts / video aces!