The Man, the Myth, the Legend. For those lucky enough to have met him, John Kuker left a lasting impression both creatively and inspirationally on each and every person he encountered. He had a passion for collecting unique things, he loved Ducati Motorcycles and vintage music equipment, just to name a few. John loved to read, his favorite author was Oscar Wilde. John was a very deep thinker, he could look at a topic or situation and voice his opinion in a way that made you think. Other than piano lessons at a very young age, John was not instructed on how to play instruments, he would pick up almost any piece of equipment, after playing around with it he would figure out how to play. In his teenage years has was in a band that would play at a small pizza joint near his home town, he truly loved the musical environment. After graduating high school John attended the Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA, for music production. After 1 year in college he tested out and graduated early, beginning his musical career. John loved to socialize, he was the life of the party and was well liked, John had many friends.
As a champion of local bands, John opened Seedy Underbelly studios in downtown Minneapolis In the mid 90's. Many amazing records were recorded there, including work by local artists such as: The Soviettes, Johnny Lang and Semisonic. Other national musicians recorded albums at the Seedy Underbelly Studios as well. In the early 2000’s, the building which the studio occupied was sold. At that time, John relocated Seedy Underbelly to a studio in Los Angeles, CA, which was formerly owned by a founder of the band Toto. Over the next 10 years, a plethora of records took shape in the Laurel Canyon oasis. Artists such as Nick Cave, Arcade Fire and The Yeah Yeah Yeahs recorded sessions and created albums in the California studio.
In the summer of 2011, John rescued the Pachyderm Studio from foreclosure. John would once again have a legendary studio and his home in Minnesota. The studio was dilapidated and neglected over time, the 20 years of prior recording had also taken its toll. For 2 years, John’s vision, ingenuity and soul focused on making this renovation and restoration. An insurmountable attention to detail and fine tuning was put into the project to make sure both the house and the studio were restored to their former glory. Many of the items that have been restored were reconstructed to the period correct era when Pachyderm was in its heyday.
In early 2015, just as Pachyderm was gaining momentum and ready to go, sadly, John passed away. Since John’s passing, the studio has been acquired by his family and will continue to operate as a recording studio. John’s family and Pachyderm Studios goal is to carry out John’s legacy to be an unstoppable and driving force in helping artists and bands have an idyllic, comfortable and inspirational environment to work. His vision, wisdom and energy can be experienced all throughout the property. It is truly one of a kind.