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Presidential Studio offers residents chance to express themselves, contribute to music scene

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Irving Mercado poses for a photo inside Presidential Studio, attached to the Presidential Barbershop, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in downtown Cheyenne. Michael Cummo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Tucked behind the striking storefront of Presidential Barbershop, through the bustling main room of chatting customers, across the floors thumping along to booming hip-hop beats, and around the corner is a state-of-the-art recording studio that most Cheyenne residents have never heard of.

Presidential Barbershop owner Angel Maldonado opened the original Cheyenne location in 2011, and in 2015, the idea for adding a studio was born. Creative Director Irving Mercado (or as his collaborators know him, Dropo Bandido) and Maldonado teamed up to make it happen, and by early 2016, they had their own office space-turned-recording studio inside the Majestic Building.

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An Avalon vacuum tube preamp sits ready to be used inside Presidential Studio on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in downtown Cheyenne. Michael Cummo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

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A Neumann U 87 microphone sits ready to be used inside the booth at Presidential Studio, attached to the Presidential Barbershop, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in downtown Cheyenne. Michael Cummo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

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Irving Mercado poses for a photo inside Presidential Studio, attached to the Presidential Barbershop, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in downtown Cheyenne. Michael Cummo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

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A Neumann U 87 microphone sits ready to be used inside the booth at Presidential Studio, attached to the Presidential Barbershop, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in downtown Cheyenne. Michael Cummo/Wyoming Tribune Eagle

Niki Kottmann is the Wyoming Tribune Eagle’s features editor. She can be reached at nkottmann@wyomingnews.com or 307-633-3135. Follow her on Twitter at @niki_mariee.

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