Owner/Operator of Thagirion Studios | Guitarist of LUMIEL | Session Guitarist | Gear Nerd
We owe our existence entirely to sound. Without it, there is just a deafening silence.
My name is Jason Andropolis. I am the owner and operator of Thagirion Studios, located in the Chicago Suburbs. I have over 20 years of experience with guitar and music in general, and over 5 years with audio production. My specialty is progressive rock/heavy metal music, but I am well versed in multiple genres of music.
Music is my passion. It's what I ultimately want to do with my life, and I truly feel it is my purpose. I can't imagine my life without it. It's who I am. That being said part of this journey I'm on involves helping people with their musical goals. Whether that be needing professional guitar tracks on their songs or bringing their musical vision to life. I want to help you any way I can.
I may not have all the answers, or know how to do everything. But I promise you this... I will do whatever it takes to get the job done. Even if that means having to learn how to do something. I will make it happen. No excuses, failure is not an option.
I look forward to hearing from you. Please message me for rates, services, or if you need to hear any more of my work.
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5 ReviewsEndorse Thagirion Studios
Jason did an amazing job with recording guitars for 2 of my songs. His skill level it top notch and turn around time is unbeatable. Hire him if you need amazing guitars is a short amount of time. You will NOT be disappointed!
I've known Jason for a long time, and he's hands down one of the most talented musicians and engineers I've worked with. Highly recommend using him in any project you're working on!
Jason is hands down the best player/luthier you could ask for. Beyond talented and his musical genius is far above that of your average player. He’s thorough and meticulous on all fronts, being recording or repairs. His set ups are above and beyond and he brings out the very best of your instrument. Highly recommended!
I've worked with Jason in a professional setting for a couple years, and you will not find anyone more passionate about your project and ensuring the results you desire. Above that, he is an incredible musician with a huge heart. You can trust him 100%.
Jay's professionalism and easy going personality have been a complete blessing during my recording experience with him. Hes very stoked to be working on ANY kind of music, and that really elevated how comfortable and confident i felt working with him. Not to mention hes a guitar tech so he handles any and all guitar/bass setups needed while tracking. Could not recommend him more!!
Interview with Thagirion Studios
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Currently I'm working with a band local in my area, as well as remixing some of my band's older material.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Taylor Franklin, that dude is incredible at what he does.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: They both have their place. I like both for certain things.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will do whatever it takes to get the desired results, even if I have to spend some time to learn how to do something. All that matters is the client is happy.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Seeing the client be so happy because their vision came to life.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That music production is this glamorous career where you just get to hang out in multimillion dollar Studios all day and work with huge bands. When in reality, it's spending an entire day setting up microphones, staying up until 2am every night to get the mixing done, editing tracks from people whom weren't probably ready for the studio. Nothing about this is beautiful other than the final product.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Tell them as much info about your project as possible. Give references and specific notes. This makes it easier to get to the finish line and not waste time. Also be honest, if you're not feeling something just say it. Don't ever settle.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My laptop, focusrite 18i20, my ESP M-II, one delay pedal and an overdrive pedal.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: For playing it's a mix of progressive elements mixed with David Gilmour leads. For production I don't really have a style. I try to keep it fresh with every project. But I am a huge fan of clear punchy mixes.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Karnivool. They're my favorite band and have had a huge influence on both my playing and my production skills. I would love to produce an album for them.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Take breaks! I cannot stress this enough.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Progressive rock, post rock, ambient music.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My ability to adapt. For example if I am asked to play in a style I'm unfamiliar with, I will spend a great deal of time learning about it and practicing it until I can achieve the desired result.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It depends entirely on what I've been hired to do. But I always listen to any material given to me multiple times to get a sense of direction, then work diligently to keep things moving. I basically eat sleep and breathe the material given to me in any situation.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I try to keep it simple. I have my macbook pro as my main computer. I do 95% of my stuff in the box, with the exception being my Symetrix 525 compressor that I use for vocal tracking. I like to keep it simple so we can focus more on writing/recording instead of troubleshooting problems with gear.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Warren Huart, Colt Capperrune, Taylor Franklin, Jordan Valeriote, Chuck Macak, and many more.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Session guitar, recording, mixing, mastering, editing.