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Best Recording Studio
Coast Records

For Coast Records owner Matt Zutell, recording music was a hobby that turned into a passion that turned into a career. It was a natural progression. After consistent collaborations with his fellow musicians at College of Charleston and creating his own music over the years, he needed a place to collect the content. “I needed an umbrella— a hub for all the music. That’s where Coast Records came from,” he said. The studio remains an artist collective helping bring momentum to Charleston musicians across all genres, connecting the dots for artists to access videography, design, photography and website building. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” he said. Currently, he’s working with Doom Flamingo’s keyboardist Ross Bogan on a song with L.A. rocker Andy Frasco, Susto frontman Justin Osborne, Umphrey’s McGee bassist Ryan Stasik; and with Doom’s frontwoman Kanika Moore on her Charleston Music Hall recordings that capture a century of songs by Black American women and her own original jazz piece. “Being here for 10 years, I’ve seen the music scene continue to grow. Charleston has a hunger. People are interested in helping each other rise in the music scene together.”