Local recording artist building a new home, recording studio


A view of Dave and Monique Runyan’s new home and recording studio in Bellaire.

BELLAIRE — Area artist Dave Runyan knew years ago that he could have retired. Instead, he decided to build the ultimate recording studio.

The studio is the one he only dreamed of until he and his wife Monique started drawing up the plans and getting to work about two years ago.

“I literally could never have worked another day in my life before doing this, but I love it,” Dave said.

“Whether I’m doing this professionally or not, I always write, record and produce for fun,” he said.

Dave – who owns and runs Runyan Media LLC – has worked with bands such as Katharsys Theory, The Marsupials, Hipps-n-Ricco and many more with the intention of using his studio “something you would see in Nashville to continue working with locals but to expand offerings to larger national and touring bands.

“We’re really taking it a step further with the new studio,” he said.

“We’ll have a huge monitor and desk and I’m really excited because all of my analog gear can be digitally controlled with the new gear, so we’ll really get the best of both worlds with digital and analog.”

The studio was also designed from the ground up with acoustics and audio in mind and will include room for a full band, inter-room video conferencing and more on 20 acres of forest near Shanty Creek.

“It’s also our home, but it was designed as a studio first and foremost from scratch. The first studio started as a hobby but really grew into something and it’s kind of the catalyst for everything. that,” Dave said.

Over the years, through recording, networking and getting to know the right people, Runyans have come to know a number of touring bands and big national bands that need recording studios of this caliber. .

“We’ve worked with some of these national artists and know them, but we noticed that their early albums only put out little EPs or a single here and there because they were trying to record in New York or Nashville or Los Angeles. “Dave said.

“We can beat the hell out of those prices and give our artists a nice country environment where they can also bring their kids and family out while presenting them with something exactly the way they would see it elsewhere.

The construction of the Runyan house is almost complete and should be finished in the next few months if all goes well.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic interrupted their original start date as construction workers were unable to work and many of their construction supplies have even just appeared. However, the two were able to live in the house and continue to work on the home portion of the house while the studio completes its electrical and other work.

“Really, the only way we were able to do any of this was to do it all ourselves. At least most of the work was done by us,” Monique said.

“Dave did all the electrical, plumbing, all the home automation and really everything. Apart from the studio too, that’s what we always wanted,” she said.

Once complete, the Runyans see their new home as a home but also as the ultimate getaway and destination studio as well as a place to welcome family, friends and clients.

Their hope is that everything is complete enough to start pending projects and that the studio is complete enough to be up and running to support new projects as well.

“We need to grow our customer base, but we know people we didn’t know,” Dave said.

“We will of course always work with the locals and do what we can, but it’s a really cool situation for us and at least I’m doing what I’ve wanted to do since I was eight,” he said. said.

– Contact reporter Sean Miller at smiller@petoskeynews.com. Follow him on Twitter, @seanmillerpnrand Instagram, @sean_everest.

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