The Kansas City Star Takes You Behind The Scenes At Strange Music HQ

Apr 7 2017


Albums like Dominion are products of Tech N9ne’s hard work and dedication. It’s a great way to showcase what Tech N9ne has built, but there is so much more that can’t be showcased by an album. There are recording studios, a sound stage, merchandise, and buildings full of people all committed to pushing Strange Music further.  To showcase that, we’ll leave it to Timothy Finn.

Recently, The Kansas City Star reporter came to the Strange Music complex and wrote a stellar summary of his visit.

The studio building houses another array of well-appointed offices, a full kitchen, space for video production and two multimillion-dollar, state-of-the art recording studios that, O’Guin said, are booked beyond September, 10 hours a day, every day…

The Strange Music logo, a combination of a snake and bat wings, appears everywhere: etched into floor tiles, emblazoned on desk fronts and other facades…

The headquarters is a haven of offices, including O’Guin’s. It houses the tour and street-team directors, the social media team, the website team, the promotion teams and the person in charge of proofreading liner notes and typing out the (often explicit) lyrics.

Finn’s glowing write up of the ins-and-outs of Strange, also included a spotlight of  “The First Lady of Strange Music” Mackenzie Nicole, with some very interesting quotes from Travis, that detail Mackenzie’s development as an artist.

“The last thing in the world I wanted my daughter to be in is the music business,” O’Guin said. “But she’s been singing since she was 6. Her choice. She’s classically trained in opera. And she really likes music.” And since she was 9 years old, she has been contributing vocals to Tech N9ne tracks. She first appeared on the title track to his “K.O.D.” album, released in 2009. “There have been a ton of those,” O’Guin said. “Then she started recording her own songs. And they’re really good. She has an interest, and at this point I’d be the biggest jerk on the planet if I didn’t support her…

“Watching her get older and grow into this superstar is beautiful,” he [Tech N9ne] wrote via email. “I’m so proud of her. I’ve been searching for our first female artist for years, and she’s been right under my nose the whole time. Mackenzie is the first lady of Strange Music, which is crazy to me. I always thought it would be a rapper.”

Be sure to read Finn’s full write-up for some more amazing insight into the Snake and Bat!