Brian Tarquin Launches, Relocates Jungle Room Studios

Jan 1, 2012 9:00 AM, By Matt Gallagher


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Jungle Room Studios' Sony APR 5003 2-track, 2-inch tape machine (at left) and Ampex MM 1200 24-track, 2-inch tape machine.

Jungle Room Studios' Sony APR 5003 2-track, 2-inch tape machine (at left) and Ampex MM 1200 24-track, 2-inch tape machine.

What inspired you to develop and launch your own production music service?
I’ve written for so many different libraries, and I always realized what a great [service] a library can deliver to TV and film, and through technology it’s gotten to be a lot easier because, quite simply, everything is downloadable now. With TV and film, especially TV, they need [music] so quickly and immediately that being able to log into a portal that they can search quickly and take what specific tracks they need and download [them] immediately is better than mailing any CD overnight.

I thought, 'Well, this is a great [time] to come out with a library that would be just downloadable.' It could be [searched by] typing in a style of music, like "hard rock" or putting in a description of music like "adventurous" or "comedy" or even "greed." The software is so flexible that immediately it will pop up so many different songs. And you’re not dealing with a large library where you would have tens of thousands of CDs to go through. What producer has the time to go through 15 CDs with 99 tracks on them each? In a matter of minutes, they can find what they need, download it and off they go.

A lot of the larger companies will have CDs that go back into the '70s, which probably a lot of people are not using; for TV, they want to be on the cutting edge of what’s new and hip, and what’s just been released. Many people are just looking for the newest thing, so for them an old catalog probably becomes a moot point. I think if somebody’s looking out for a real Honduras heritage song, they’ll obviously go to Sonoton or something like that, but we can supply a lot of the contemporary tracks.

We have a classic rock series, too. A lot of times, a production company won’t have enough money to get a Led Zeppelin song because Atlantic is going to want so much for the masters. In this case, we own the masters so that particular scenario would [involve] a special license. We have everything from chill and the Asphalt Jungle [electronic music tracks] to basic blues, jazz, acid-jazz, to drama and comedy, and things like that.

Jungle Room Studios houses Tarquin's extensive collection of guitars.

Jungle Room Studios houses Tarquin's extensive collection of guitars.

Did you feel that now is a good time to launch your own library?
I think for me it was a good time because I wound up having this huge catalog of thousands of songs that I have done through the various styles through all these years. And then through having the [BHP Music] label, we have gotten so many submissions with product and so forth that it seemed like it would probably be a good time to be able to launch something like this, because when you think about it, even just five years ago, you would have to press all these CDs and that gets costly. I thought I'd wait until the time is right where we can launch something online. I was able to get everything together this year to be able to launch it.

I'd like to ask you about moving Jungle Room Studios. How did that come about?
My parents had a house up in The Catskills in New York. It was like a weekend getaway house that we had for 35 years, because I grew up in the city and we came up here on the weekends and summers. It was a 36-acre farm and a 200-year-old house. It was fun. [When I was] a kid, we’d always come up here and actually we had band practices here. So I was able to get it back from the woman who bought it from my mom when my dad died about 10 years ago. We just got it, and I thought, 'Wow, this would be great for a studio space.'

So I came back here earlier in the year and basically set up the studio and started around that same time with working on tracks for the library and also for the album I’m currently doing, Guitar Masters Vol. 5.

There was a large area of one side of the house that’s kind of like a sun porch, and I put the control room in there. I have another room with a glass in between the rooms where I made the live room.

It’s a pretty big house. There are 16 rooms altogether. They’re not huge rooms because back then it was a farmhouse, so they made the rooms a little smaller. But still, it’s enough space for the kids and everybody to wander around, and we’ve got a lot of acres so they can run around and tackle each other [laughs], so it’s cool.

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