Why I Love Milwaukee: Our City Lets Music Flourish

“This recording studio wouldn’t be possible somewhere else.”

WHO: Andrew Jambura grew up here, in Wauwatosa. He went to a relatively small Catholic college in Minnesota but returned to make basement recordings with his band, Sat. Nite Duets. Now 29 and co-owner of the recording studio Silver City Studios in Washington Heights, Jambura is where he wants to be.

WHERE: Silver City Studios, 5500 W. Vliet St.

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Milwaukee is a great place to make music. There’s so much space to do whatever you want. Lots of weird bands have been from Milwaukee: The Frogs, Die Kreuzen, the Violent Femmes. Some of my favorite Milwaukee bands come from this tradition of kind of out-of-left-field music.

I feel like, in part, that’s because there’s a lower profile of the city. Certainly, some people wish that was not the case within Milwaukee music, and I think that’s cool. People want to elevate their music scene. But inadvertently, our low profile has allowed for musicians like me to not feel a lot of pressure.  Maybe that’s good, maybe that’s bad, but it has let some cool music flourish.

This recording studio wouldn’t be possible somewhere else. But we can afford it here, and there are enough bands and other sorts of artists to support it.

I don’t know if that’s why I want to stay here in Milwaukee. I just like the area. It’s where I’m from.

— Andrew Jambura, as told to Adam Rogan

“Why I Love” appears in the September 2019 issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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Adam is a journalist who recently returned to his Wisconsin home after graduating from Drake University in December 2017. He interned with MilMag in the summer of 2015 and has been a continual contributor ever since. Follow him on social media @Could_Be_Rogan