About Mark Monteverdi
Figure I’d write up a quick bio:
I've been an active musician in the Portland music scene for over 25 years. I started practicing percussion at 13yrs old and received my first drum kit at 15. I was active in symphonic band, marching band, competitive drum corps and jazz band throughout my school years. During my late teens, I started jamming with friends and playing in rock bands. Since then, I can be seen at local venues beating skins in various projects (Currently: Them or Us and Zek. Past projects: In Repose, Askance, Tenesmus, and a few others). Music, whether playing or listening, is one of the greatest joys of my life. I couldn't imagine what life would be like without music. It is a deep rooted part of my identity.
In 2003 I started Green Mountain Recording with an old ADAT, 12ch mixer and a handful of mics-- enough to get me going! From there, GMR grew piece by piece, tracking band after band. The studio has taken a life of its own and has become an awesome playground for creativity. It has definitely been a labor of love!
I strive to learn new technical aspects and recording techniques while honing my ears and style. I also regularly trade learnings with my recording buddies.
Although GMR mostly caters to my personal musical endeavors, I do open up the space to the public time to time providing recording services to folks in need.
I received a degree in electronics engineering technology in 2004. I repair, modify and build all sorts of audio electronic gadgets. Whether it be equipment repair, stompbox building or design, building microphone preamps, or some other funky gadget, I'm often out in the shop working on something. Keeps my electronic skills sharp!
Also, I love photography. Shooting portraits is something I enjoy doing when I have time. See the images page for some random examples. My father was a semi-professional photographer for over 40 years and he got me into it many years ago. He had such an incredible eye for capturing the moment. The most important lesson in photography he gave me was, "It doesn't matter what kind of camera you have-- it's knowing when to hit the shutter."
Lastly, the most important and best part of my life has been my loving family. I share my life with my beautiful wife, Jenn, and our incredible child, Mill, who never ceases to amaze. They are my home and give me purpose on this rock.
That’s all for now. ;)