Different Fur Studios is a recording studio gem hidden in the Mission District. Patrick Brown, owner of Different Fur Studios, ditched the SuperBowl for Chinatown to talk about his early days as a sound engineer in San Francisco, during the first tech boom.
“This is all awfully familiar,” he says, recalling his experiences throughout the first dot-com boom — when, much like the current, monetarily-fueled tension, swarms of musicians and sound engineers left for the promised lands of LA and New York. The music biz ached with abandonment.
While things today may appear similar, he insists they’re not the same.
“The culture of San Francisco has changed, but it doesn’t mean the music business is suffering. It may mean musicians are suffering,” he says, adding that this city isn’t particularly fair to a lot of people and industries. “Sure, musicians should be able to make a living, but not everyone is gonna make it. It’s no different with sound engineers. Do you know how many interns I’ve fired? It’s really competitive out there.” READ MORE HERE