Seattle producer, engineer, musician, and upstanding citizen Jack Endino has been online since 1997 with endino.com. It's a personal Web site, yet it's crammed with tons of useful information for the rest of us, like a guide to the best local record stores and FAQs about his most famous clients. (Stop bugging him with Nirvana questions; talk to the Web site!) His latest Internet venture, recordingstudiosearch.com, is considerably more ambitious. It offers a fully searchable and thorough database of Northwest recording studios.
Seattle Weekly: Was this site modeled on any others?
Jack Endino: Not really. When I got the idea for this a year ago, I did a search for other sites but didn't really find anything similar. People reserved domain names for studio sites, but no one actually got around to doing them. With the demise of The Rocket, though, it became something that needed to be done. . . . I already had the information for about a dozen studios in the area in my head, and this was something to do with it.
SW: How's the feedback been so far?
JE: People love it. The basic listing on the site is free and is similar to what you'd fit into a print ad. The deluxe listings are paid, but they get to put in their propaganda and go into detail about every piece of equipment they have. The listing is cheap, though. I based it on the same rate that the studio charges for an hour of studio time. . . . It's a perfect use of the Web. I don't know how other people use the Internet, but I think search engines are really the most useful thing on it.
SW: Did you learn anything surprising about some other studios by doing this?
JE: There are just a bunch of studios in the area that I didn't know existed. I actually have been using the site a lot myself. It's really helpful if you're looking to see who has a particular piece of equipment.
SW: Is the music community less tight-knit than it was a decade ago? Can this site help in some small way?
JE: That's probably fishing a bit. There are lots of guys in the business who have had studios for a really long time, and you didn't hear about them because they weren't part of a certain scene. They have plenty of business. Just because I didn't know them doesn't mean anything. Things have changed in the area, though. There was a lot of money that flowed into town seven or eight years ago when everything was happening. After it died out a bit and there was less media exposure, some labels split and the money wasn't there anymore. Now there are a lot of studios duking it out for whatever they can get. Actually, that's another reason we needed to get this info out. People from outside the area need to know what's available. I'm working with Therapy? right now and they're from Ireland, and I just worked with a band from Switzerland and have done other things for bands from France and Germany. I'm not the only one, either. I know other studios are working with bands from outside the area.
SW: Other than recording equipment and Web sites, any other technical ventures?
JE: I fix my tube amps. I work on my car when I have to. I have an old Chevy truck that I work on. That's about it. I'm terrible at delegating, though, which is why I end up doing lots of stuff for myself—like doing this Web site, for instance.