Pier Giacalone (Hopetown Owner/Producer/Engineer/Musician)
Pier opened his first studio in NYC in 1996 and has since worked with artists such as Regina Spektor, Sloan Wainwright (sister to Louden, Aunt to Rufus), Zayn Malik, Justin Guarini - Philly hometown heroes like Stephan Hayes (The Good Problems, Stargazer Lilly), Mike "SLOMO" Brenner, Matt Duke, Nalani & Sarina and many many more.
Pier's musical experience started with playing guitar from the age of 7, studying classical, rock, jazz and then finally earning a BFA in studio composition from the conservatory at Purchase College - SUNY. Pier also was the Music Director of a band with his wife Jennifer in NYC from 1996-2006.
Pier's greatest strength in the studio has always been his musicianship. This shared perspective with artists has been invaluable in navigating recording and offering more than just solutions to problems, but also new colors/flavors/choices that can help artists grow in the process.
Brian Dale Allen Strouse (Producer/Engineer/Musician)
Brian was the lead singer/songwriter of the popular Philly band The Lawsuits. During his time with The Lawsuits Brian shared the stage with the likes of Good Old War, Sturgill Simpson, Lake Street Dive, Yo La Tengo, Freedy Johnston, The Districts and many others.
Since he's started producing, great Philly indy acts like Suburban Living, Dirty Doll House, Dylan Jane and more have sought out his studio skills.
A life long musician and gifted songwriter/arranger, Brian brings an invaluable discerning ear to every project he takes on and has a true gift for keeping the atmosphere creative, fun and inspiring in the studio.
Chris Radwanski (Studio Manager)
Christopher Radwanski has been playing guitar for the past 24 years. As a musician, Radwanski has toured all over North America and Europe in bands such as Night Panther, White Birds and Suburban Living. His music has been featured in many TV shows including prominent placements on Weeds, Grim, Awkward, Skins, and Riverdale as well Advertisements for Coach, Tory Burch and Victoria Secret.
Radwanski graduated from Drexel University in 2007 with a Bachelors Of Science in Music Industry. Since graduating he has started two companies; Avalanche Management which focuses on artist management and Born Losers Records which is the independent record label that he releases music from artists he truly believes in.