Seattle’s diverse music scene began more than 70 years ago with about two dozen swanky jazz clubs, which featured artists like Ray Charles and Quincy Jones. It also gave birth to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Jimi Hendrix and Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. Then, in the 1980s and 1990s, a new genre of rock music emerged — the grunge sound of bands like Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. Several Seattle producers, many of which are still producing, recording and playing music today, helped put the city and its local talent on the map.
7023 15th Ave. N.W.
Seattle, WA 98117
Jack Endino is a long-time producer that is based in Seattle. He is best known for his work with such bands as Nirvana, Soundgarden, L7 and Green River. Endino earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, but first went to work for Bremerton, Washington’s Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. After a few years, he returned home to Seattle and began his recording and producing career. Since the mid 1980s, Endino has recorded, mixed, edited and produced more than 400 records. Endino still makes music 24/7 — what he loves most — for himself and other people.
9326 44th Place S.E.
Snohomish, WA 98290
Chris Hanzsek began his career in producing and recording in 1984 with his first studio, Reciprocal Recording. Hanzsek worked with some of Seattle’s great bands such as Soundgarden, The Melvins, The U-Men and Green River. In 1986, Hanzsek merged with fellow producer Jack Endino, moving Reciprocal Recording to Ballard. As the grunge era got underway, Endino and Hanzsek became two of Seattle’s busiest engineers and producers. Reciprocal Recording was so widely recognized for its accomplishments; it was named “Best Recording Studio in the Northwest” in 1988. Chris still offers a number of services including CD mastering, music and video production and DVD authoring.
Steve Fisk has been in the music industry since the early 1980s, working as a musician, producer and an engineer. He formerly played with the band Pell Mell, as well as Pigeonhed. Fisk was another producer to work with legendary Seattle bands like Soundgarden, Nirvana and the Screaming Trees. Additional bands Fisk produced for or worked as a music engineer include The Posies, Harvey Danger and Beat Happening. Fisk’s creative work has made him a legendary producer in the Pacific Northwest and a favorite with bands around the world.
The Hive Recording Studio
Started in 2007, The Hive Recording Studio strives to make every band’s experience with them an outstanding one. Best of all, this Seattle-based company will provide the best quality work within your budget. The staff specializes in editing, mixing, multi-track recording, producing and engineering. Since The Hive Recording Studio is a private studio, they work by appointment only. Seattle bands they have worked with in the past include Sonic Temple, Suicide Kings and Villains of Yesterday. Contact the studio if you’re interested in setting up a recording time or require their industry expertise.
Mirror Sound Studio
301 N.E. 191st St.
Seattle, WA 98155
Mirror Sound Studio has been producing music for more than 30 years. The company’s current studio in Shoreline opened in 1985, and it has been going strong since. Not only will you find the right producers, but also the right staff with expertise in editing, mixing and more. Their studio prides itself on using the latest techniques in editing and digital recording, as well as classic methods of recording. The staff wanted to offer a place to record music that is run for producers and musicians, by musicians. If you need to record a demo track, a single or multi-track CD, consider Mirror Sound Studio for all of your music needs.
Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.