Recording studio has an ear 'for the Lord'


The Mirror

Don Nilan Jr. likes the rain.

Even though the drops put his window-washing business on hold, they also give him more time at his Christian recording studio, which he prefers.

He and partner Dan Helling opened Little Pacific Studios, located between Federal Way and Auburn, as a place for people to play and record music and to take music lessons. The owners' goal is for a place with "a heart for the Lord and the community."

"It's a family-oriented, drug-free environment," Nilan said. "The only kind of music we allow is uplifting. If anybody wants to record something derogatory toward women or the police, that sort of thing, they're in the wrong studio."

Nilan, a devotee of Christian rock who plays six instruments, and Helling hatched the idea for the studio in 1998. After slowly saving money and buying equipment, they opened for business six months ago. Customers pay $30 an hour for recording sessions. "We want it to be inexpensive," Nilan said.

A synthesizer, drums, a bass and electric and acoustic guitars are available for use. Clients range from aspiring recording artists to beginners.

Even though washing windows gave him the money to follow music, Nilan hopes to some day run the studio full-time.

Now 37 and engaged, Nilan was in bands as a teenager and has played music "for Jesus since I was 18. It's what I always wanted to do," he said. "I like it contemporary, not preachy. That way I won't scare away people who might find God through the music."

Little Pacific can be reached at and (206) 228-5344.

Editor Pat Jenkins: 925-5565,

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