Chief engineer: Jody Gray
Amid the sprawling industrial hellscape in east-central St. Pete, ProStar is a beacon for a diverse range of musicians at every career level. The walls are plastered with rock memorabilia of bands that have recorded or performed there (the space doubles as an 80-seat venue with a sound stage), as well as ones that haven’t.
Big fish: Among the talent that has passed through is Jack Douglas, who produced John Lennon’s last solo album and has worked with the Who and the New York Dolls. Despite the impressive credentials, said studio co-owner Jeanette Goldman, he put the nervous sound engineer at ease, though he could have picked a better lunch option: “He ate tuna fish from a can...which stunk up the engineer room, smelled like low tide on a hot Florida day.”
Client roster: Unbroken, Sarasota Slim, Go-Gos, Jack Douglas, the New Rascals, Tyler Dickerson, Shades of Twilight, Ocean, The Mojo Gurus
3220 28th Street N., Suite 2, St. Petersburg, 727-526-0446, prostarrecording.com.