Daptone Records hit by thieves.

Daptone Records

Last September I did a post titled, “A look at Daptone Records Studio in Bushwick.“. They are a great label and studio who keeps a candle brightly lit for pure analog recordings. Unfortunately some hard news came my way today:

“Friends and associates,

As you may have heard through the grapevine by now, Daptone was broken into last night. Unfortunately, there was a lot of equipment (mics, pre-amps, monitors, turntables, guitars, amps, computers, etc.) stolen and damaged. It is going to take us a while to go through everything and take full stock of what was stolen, and we are not supposed to touch anything until the cops come back to collect fingerprints so we can only guess what’s missing from some mic drawers and cabinets.

And, no, we did not have insurance. We had been shopping around with different companies earlier this month but had not signed a check, so nothing was insured. We are working on replacing the gate in front, installing an alarm system, and getting insurance, but it is President’s day so it’s not going as quickly as we would have liked.

Nydia’s computer was stolen (which wasn’t backed up) and the modems/ phone system was ripped out, so we’ll be relatively out of commission for a few days.

I would like to ask for everyone’s help first in keeping an eye out for all of our stuff showing up on ebay/craigslist/local music shops, and secondly (and more realistically) keeping an eye out for good deals on headphones, mics, pre-amps, etc. I could really use a heads up on any kind of studio package for sale or studio equipment to be possibly bought or borrowed as soon as possible. We have a session scheduled for Friday to lay down some music for (I know this sounds surreal) Rod Stewart, and I’m going to have to get the studio running by then. I know I’m going to need to find headphones, cables, mics, and pre-amps by then. I’m not sure what else yet.” – Gabriel Roth, Daptone

I’m actually building my new studio in Manhattan and spent $2500 on steel doors and another $1900 on the alarm/surveillance system. I know that money and the moola going to insurance is well spent. For a list of tips every studio owner (large and small) should check click this: Secure your recording studio from thieves. Remember if someone breaks in and your inside: Shoot to kill!

For a list of what was stolen from Daptone: click here

Iggy and the Stooges equipment stolen.

One of the golden rules of modern times is: Never ever leave stuff in a truck unattended. Every first of the month in any city you see moving vans guarded by college girls as their boyfriends haul Ikea crap up into apartments. If they all know this rule why didn’t The Stooges management? Nevertheless we can’t blame them; it’s the dirty thieves that we have to be pissed off at. Let’s hope they are dumb enough to try and hock the gear on eBay because one thing the management did right was record all the serial numbers. Here’s the story:


All equipment was in a rented penske 15 foot yellow truck with u.s. (michigan) license plate number AC46493 parked immediately outside the hotel, the theft had to have happened in the morning, between 6:30 and 7:30 am – truck and all gear stolen.

if anyone has information, ANY INFORMATION! Please, please, PLEASE as soon as possible contact Eric Fischer at: nycentral13@gmail.com, cell phone: +1 646 932 1907

By the amount of “please’s” above, I’d say Eric is in deep shite. I know Montreal has a big biker community so maybe they can help considering they probably agree with Iggy’s demeanor. Then again… maybe they pulled this heist off. Let’s hope they catch whoever did it.

For a list of what was stolen and each item’s serial number: click here

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Photo credits: 3pom and Robert Scales