By Jeff Touzeau | August 2006
"Clap Your Hands Say Yeah funded their CD and distributed it themselves . . . and now it’s Number One on the CMJ New Music Charts. Here’s the story on the producer behind it.
Adam “Red” Lasus was one of the many pioneers during the “first wave” of indie music, producing and engineering bands such as Julianna Hatfield, Chris Harford, Versus, Madder Rose, Helium, and Yo La Tengo during the early ’90s. Originally from Philadelphia, he built his first facility, Studio Red, around the block from the Khyber Pass, a club where most of the country’s hardest working indie acts would ultimately pass through. Lasus frequently hung out there, befriending interesting groups he would lure into his studio, or “musicians playground” as he calls it.
Since closing Studio Red, he moved on to become the owner and resident producer of Brooklyn’s Fireproof Recording, originally the borough’s oldest hook and ladder company. [Editor’s Note: He has since relocated Fireproof to Los Angeles.] EQ caught up with Adam just as one of the newest records he produced/mixed, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (the debut album by the group of the same name began to catch fire).The album was funded and distributed solely by the group, and to date has sold over 250,000 copies — and in the process, skyrocketed to Number One on the CMJ New Music Charts." Read the rest of EQ article.