Jon Fintel ran his recording studio out of a friend's house for years. Then he discovered the Discovery District, home to Columbus Arts Festival this weekend, and set up shop in an old poetry hot-spot at the corner of Oak Street and Washington Avenue. He shared more last week.

Jon Fintel ran his recording studio out of a friend's house for years. Then he discovered the Discovery District, home to Columbus Arts Festival this weekend, and set up shop in an old poetry hot-spot at the corner of Oak Street and Washington Avenue. He shared more last week.

I'm originally from Deshler. Then I lived in Daytona Beach for about a month and a half. That was a very long story about a very short period of time. Then I moved to Upper Sandusky, Ohio, which is where I went to high school.

Back in high school, I was like a different guy. I played baseball for three years, basketball for one year and football for four years. Super-jock gone bad. I started playing guitar at the same time I started playing high-school sports.

I went to Ohio State for three years, then I bailed. In three years, I never declared a major. [Laughs.] I didn't know what I wanted to do. I wanted to work with music. I went to Florida to recording school.

I loved music from when I was really young. I have a brother who's five years older than me. He bought music, listened to it constantly, so I would get into it. My mom had a guitar that I just decided I was going to pick up and learn how to play.

That guitar is still the guitar I play every day. That one gets used more than any of them. It's a Cortez. It's probably a late-'60s or early-'70s - she had it way before I was born. Every song I've written, maybe ever, has been written on that guitar.

The house studio wasn't bad. All the rooms were a little bit too small, but it was a challenging thing. You either figure out how to make it work or you don't. I put stuff in the kitchen. I put stuff in the bathroom. It was cozy.

My studio is my Fortress of Solitude. Especially when I'm not working.

The key to a good session is people being comfortable. You can feel that vibe, I think, when it's done. If it's tense and there are a lot of problems, that kind of comes across. Everyone thinks this place is pretty comfortable, which works in my favor.

The best advice I've ever received is if you play it like that, it's gonna sound like that.

A good record all depends on the songs. I can only do so much. It either connects with people or it doesn't.

My favorite thing about Columbus is the people. I wouldn't still be here if I didn't meet so many amazing people that I'm really, really close with. I wouldn't even have a business if it weren't for my friends.

Three things I can't live without are my contacts, shoes and O'Reilly's burgers.

Playing Favorites

Favorite band: Faraquet

Favorite album: Strangers Almanac, Whiskeytown

Favorite TV show: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Favorite movie: Donnie Darko and Hedwig and the Angry Inch (tie)

Favorite book: The Bridges of Madison County

Favorite author: Thomas Pynchon

Favorite color: Blue

Favorite food: Ice cream

Favorite drink: Vodka and coke