Inner Ear Studio will close in October: “This must end”
The iconic Inner Ear Studio in Arlington, Virginia will close on October 1, according to owner Don Zientara. However, the engineer of many of DC’s iconic punk rock records has said he’s not going anywhere.
Despite all the punk-fueled emotion contained in the music recorded at Inner Ear and the social media angst that the Arlington, Va., Studio will close on October 1, Don Zientara – as always – is the calmest that ever. is.
“We’ve been in this place for 32 years, it’s been a long and good race,” Zientara told WTOP, shortly after announcing that the Oakland Street studio in South Arlington would be closing this fall. “It has to end, at least here.”
“It’s evolution,” Zientara said. “Damn, I can move on – I hope I made an impact while leading it, on the arts community and the community at large.”
The erased Zientara was recording harp music and Celtic folk songs in the basement of his Arlington home in the late 1970s.
But in September 1980, Zientara recorded Teen Idles’ “Minor Disturbance”, eight songs produced by Skip Groff and the first record released on Arlington-based Dischord Records.
Many bands from what has become DC’s hardcore punk scene have recorded at Inner Ear, including Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and Fugazi.
Arlington County has announced plans to build an arts district in the area where the current Inner Ear Studio is located, set in an old haircut.
“I think it will eventually be leveled and there will be a stage there for live performances, which is great,” Zientara said. “It’ll fill a void – damn it, I can move on.” “
Although the date on which the building will be demolished has not yet been determined, Zientara does not reserve registration dates after September.
“For all intents and purposes it will be closed on October 1,” he said.
Despite Zientara’s equanimity, music fans react strongly to his announcement:
very sad. I was so influenced by Inner Ear Studios. The fact that so many punk bands have made amazing records in this basement is truly ICONIC. Thank you for so much work and for changing my life forever.
– Kody Havoc (@kodyhavoc) June 20, 2021
Zientara said the location alone will not stay the same.
“The inner ear is not going to go away – it will be installed elsewhere. I will always go to work. I’m not finished. I haven’t bought a fishing rod, worms, or flies yet.
The 72-year-old is going to set up a much smaller studio: “I’m going to pick a lot of the equipment I have, and the microphones, just touting the things I need.”
Foo Fighters, whose founder Dave Grohl whose early punk experiences focused on music recorded in Inner Ear, recorded a song for the documentary “Sonic Highways”, reflecting the importance of the studio.
Zientara appeared to sense that others fear that the closure of the current studio could herald his impending retirement.
“I almost feel strange to call it a job. I like to do it. I like to interact with people. Helping them shape their music is something intensely exciting for the people it is played for, ”said Zientara. “If you have something that you want to present to a larger audience, I’ll be there to record it for you.”