J.P. Garber plays all the instruments in Automatic Empire, and writes and records the music in a small studio in Los Angeles. Growing up in a musical household helped Garber become confident on drums at the age of five. After drumming for several years, he picked up guitar and bass as a teen. After moving to Los Angeles in 2001, Garber was a co-founder of the band Year Of The Rabbit. Singed to Elektra Records in 2003, Year Of The Rabbit self-recorded the debut album. Garber learned engineering and producing chops from the band’s lead singer/producer Ken Andrews. An industry stalwart, Andrews showed Garber the ropes, and that knowledge and experience helped Garber achieve the sonic quality needed to produce cues.
While taking on all of the jobs isn’t always easy, Garber enjoys the comfort of working in a home studio. Many Automatic Empire songs begin on acoustic guitar and make several detours before crossing the finish line. Creating a virtual wall of sound where each brick is meticulously placed, Automatic Empire create a luscious soundscape all its own.