Sharon Sullivan
Grand Junction Free Press
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January 26, 2012
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Start-up recording studio finds home at Incubator

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - In a small recording studio at the Business Incubator Center, Rebecca Wilson said she's having a good time recording an album she intends to give to friends and family.

"Dave wants to take it public. He's encouraging and motivating," Wilson said.

David Marstiller of Blackbird Editing and Recording formed his start-up recording studio in June with the intention of scoring soundtracks for online clientele and advertisers. He's also open to producing CDs for local musicians like Wilson.

Marstiller, 58, plays several instruments, sometimes sitting in as bassist for a band called Landslide. In 1975 he was in a punk band called Teacher's Pet, from Cleveland - "rock and roll capital of the world," he said. The band played all over the northeast.

After the group disbanded Marstiller got into construction work for the next 30 years. When that industry slowed down, Marstiller returned to his love of music.

"I said 'I want to be happy,'" he said. "This is my happy."

Inside his studio on the Incubator campus, 2591 Legacy Way, Marstiller uses file sharing to achieve a full range of music. His mastering board contains 250 virtual channels that can be tapped into to create the desired sound whether it's piano, lead guitar, drums, or another instrument.

To gain knowledge in starting a business, Marstiller attended the Incubator's 12-week comprehensive business course called The Leading Edge. The Incubator's low rental rate for office space has also been helpful.

"They're wonderful people, very supportive," Marstiller said.

At $35-$45 an hour, Marstiller's rates are considered "very reasonable," he said.

Recording her own CD is something Wilson said she's wanted to do for a long time.

"It's been real fun," Wilson said. "I've learned a lot."

Blackbird Editing and Recording can be reached at 970-985-2076.

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