Cider Mag - Dec 2013 - Page 30

Andre Maquera and West ock R k of Street Digital Recording Studio J oc he issue 38 working_Layout 1 12/7/2013 1:50 PM Page 30 T Joe Milliken recent Cider interview. “It wasn’t until high school that I picked up the guitar again and really immersed myself into the instrument.” Andre would play in several rock bands during his high school years, before briefly detouring to become a pre-med student. However, a lack of sufficient funds derailed his ambitions of a medical career and it was from there, that Andre truly decided that music was his calling and would become his life’s work… which ultimately led him to joining the Vermont rock band 8084. Originally formed in the spring of 1982 by vocalist Randy Smith, keyboard player Charlie Hawthorne and drummer Gary Spaulding, Andre would join Welcome to the happy and busy mu- 8084 that fall along with bassist sical world of Andre Maquera, a long Frank Barnes. Over the next three years the band would contime Vermont musician and studio owner, whose musical adventure has sistently tour up and down the East coast and Canada, while been forged over the last 30 years gaining a reputation as one of and continues to thrive today and the hottest club bands in the into the future. Northeast. Maquera has been playing guitar In 1986, the band pulled up since age 11 - despite getting no vote stakes in northern Vermont and of confidence from his first guitar teacher – and played in several rock moved to Manchester, New bands throughout his early and high Hampshire in order to buckle down and write material for their school years. “I always wanted to debut release, while also gaining play guitar even though early on, a more exposure through playing local guitar teacher had suggested that I did not have the aptitude for the the nearby Boston bar circuit. It was during this time they caught instrument,” Marquera said in a the attention of famed drummer and producer Hirsh Gardner of national recording artists New England, who worked with 8084 on their self titled debut album released in the fall of 1986. Although released on a small, independent label in America, the band soon picked up a European distribution deal which increased their record sales, touring schedule and popularity. Over the next five years the band would record three more albums and go on to tour with such national bands as Blue Oyster Cult, Warrant, Edgar Winter and many others. To this day, 8084 continues to get together and perform oneoff reunion shows and in 2005, also released a CD of new material titled The Last Great Train, which was recorded at Andre’s own studio, dubbed West Street Digital and located on the outskirts of Burlington in Fairfield, Vermont. The studio was launched by Andre and 8084 band mate Frank Barnes in 1994. West Street Digital is a full-service, 24-track recording studio as unique in the area as the beautiful Vermont landscaping surrounding it.