Best Recording Studio - 2011
ArtiSans Label founder Michael J. Filson developed a distaste for major labels when he was in the band Mojo Filson. After the group's demise, he started ArtiSans Label in 2008 as an advocate for bands trying to get their starts. With the help of producer Barrett Slagle (Great Glass Elevator) and engineer Kyle Griffin, the trio is the Super Friends of the local recording world. Bands get a ton of options beyond recording, too: ArtiSans helps with distribution, marketing, merch and legal affairs. It even has an Artist Bill of Rights, promising artists they'll receive 100 percent of their album profits, the label will always act in the best interests of a band's career and someone will always answer their phone calls.