Matt Mueller, former Pachyderm Studio owner, dies in car accident

Matt Mueller in 2009.
Matt Mueller in 2009.
Photo by Nick Vlcek

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Sad news today as the Minnesota music community has lost a part of its recording history with the accidental death of former Pachyderm Studio owner Matt Mueller. He was 42.

City Pages writer David Hansen got up close and personal with the Mueller, a man of many visions, for a 2009 cover story, "Pachyderm Studio wants to save the world, but can it keep the lights on?" In the story, he's described as a "mortgage broker, talent agent, and real estate magnate," and among his many ventures along with the Cannon Falls recording space -- that hosted Nirvana in the early '90s for In Utero's sessions -- he also managed the dance troupe Les Ballets Africains.

Last year, it was announced that Pachyderm, the Cannon Falls studio was for sale. Earlier this year, a new owner emerged in Seedy Underbelly's John Kuker, who is overhauling the space.

Mueller, who had relocated to California, was in a fatal traffic accident on Monday evening. According to a local news report in Nevada City, Mueller's vehicle attempted to pass over a double yellow line and collided head-on with another car. Police say he was not wearing a seat belt, and was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Local country-rock act Rocket Club posted a remembrance for Mueller, a longtime friend of the group's vocalist-keyboardist Don Smithmier, on their Facebook page:

Rocket Club lost a good friend last night. The one and only Matthew Mueller -- Don's boyhood friend and a guy who had a hand in the beginnings of this band -- died in a car crash in California.  

In January 2007, when we were just some friends working on song demos, Matt invited us down to record at Pachyderm Studios on his dime (he had just bought the place). In the snowy woods of Cannon Falls we recorded Holdin' On, Tangled, Props of Happiness, Say Hello and Two Stopsigns & You and officially put our first album in motion.  

3 years later, we were there again playing "Believe" at his wedding. Now he has left us too soon, along with a wife and two very young kids who won't get to experience the force of nature that was their daddy. But he'll always be with us...and them.  

God bless ya, Matt   

City Pages has the Mueller family in our thoughts today, and we'll update as we know more.

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