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Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-21 Jim Johnson sits in a sound booth opening Tuesday morning. His music studio is expected to open Aug. 1. Journal photo by Lloyd Mullen rock engineer a. Johnson said he intends on showcasing artists Wailers were featured on "Pulp Fiction" and the Veteran supportinglocal music. Ventures played the theme for tl e original "Ha- an l want to support them in every way I can. I want waii Five-0" television show. Eventually, Johnson vp~ng--en'-- studioi.- helton ~o teach young bands how to sound good live. Even said hewouldlook to the community f0r support or feature groups of them in special concerts," he said. sponsorship for larger concerts with national art- When he was 12, Johnson played his first gig in a ists. By LLOYD MULLEN rock band. Johnson played the guitar and, on occa- "I'll be looking at supporting, bringing music Iloyd@masoncounty.com sion, the flute, back into the core of the city," he explained. "It's all By 18, Johnson, along gone out to outward pres- Veteran rock sound engineer Jim Johnson decid- with his twin brother and sures. I want to bring busi- ed to leave the road behind him and open up a music two friends, decided to open ||! bFi[ g hess back into this area." studio in downtown Shelton. a concert hall. They played The doors should open The music engineer moved to Shelton for family there for two years. Aug. 1, if everything goes as reasons about five years ago. He opened a small stu- "It was like the Seattle b Si eSS planned, Johnson said. dio near Sanderson Field. Since opening, Johnson Center," Johnson explained. "I think I'm going to move it, "industry."said that his studio has been overrun by, as he calls "Welt gOtwasOnea Ofroundthe buildingSbuilding this (studios) soon. I'm planning - tentatively on a concert in He said that's why he decided to move his shop to that held 1,500 people. We the middle part of August, downtown Shelton. He's taken over the old Habitat turned it into a concert hall." but I don't know the dates for Humanity building on Cota, where he will open By 20, he had put down Jim Johnson, owner, James Johnson Production Services. his guitar to go to Los Ange- Jim Johnson Production Services yet," he said. The studio will host two The building has spectacular studio sound, John- les to work with rock bands concerts a month, Johnson son said. as a sound engineer, said. "It's the size and shape of everything I need - "I worked with a bunch of off-duty rock bands," "Other than that, we're starting productions, a place to roll cameras, hard floors, hard ceilings, he said. working with record companies about doing stuff thick walls. The building is ideal for live music," he Two years later, Johnson landed back in the for their artists," he said. said. Northwest. Other than putting on concerts, Johnson's studio Acoustics aren't the only piece that sold Johnson "I went from there to contracting with book- will have a music store and equipment rentals. on the building. His proximity to local media was a ing agents out of Seattle and hit the road with 25 The store will be filled with essentials such as large part of the decision, bands over the next 15 years," he said. cables, adapters, strings, sticks, picks and even "One of the main things on my menu is advertis- After years on the road, Johnson opened a re-trumpet mouth pieces. It will also be a consign- ing," he explained. "I see the building as a vehicle to cording studio in Fife. There he worked with local ment music store. be the center of the universe for advertisers in this and national bands. "I want local people to be able to shop locally -- area: For doing spots on the radio Internet, eventu- He was the mix engineer for the Fabulous Wail- they won't have to go to Olympia or Aberdeen," he ally TV." ers and the Ventures. Johnson said the Fabulous said.