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Amanda Palmer In this exclusive Music Connection interview, the erstwhile Dresden Dolls frontwoman, and former major label artist, discusses how to thrive as an independent artist. And she oughtta know—Palmer, in case you haven't heard, has made waves across the music industry by raising over $1 million directly from her devoted fans.


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Directory of Everything Indie


A stroke of good fortune, and a load of keyboard talent, helped this artist connect with a legend. By Josè Martinez

While most every artist, producer, songwriter and label focuses on the usual tried-and-true territories, some ahead-of-the-curve people are making serious inroads in the virtually untapped and quite lucrative Asian music markets. In this exclusive feature, MC explores how indie music-makers can turn Asia into a moneymaker. By Stefan Broadley


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Indie Labels, Marketers/Promoters, Publicists


Music Connection addresses the needs of all DIY artists with this incredibly useful list. Updated for 2012, this list of professionals who specialize in the independent-artist realm will help anyone to connect with not only labels, but savvy marketers and publicists who know how to get the word out about indie talent.

CD Reviews New Music Critiques Live Reviews

Compiled By Denise Coso

Producer Crosstalk: Beau Raymond...........................................................By Rob Putnam Exec Profile: Florian Torres, Andy Kaufmann Songwriter Profile: Carl Falk..................................................................By Dan Kimpel Industry Profile: Rock-It Ships..................................................................By Fuchsia Black Tip Jar: Find—And Keep—A Great Drummer...............................................By Nick Mason

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Erik Reichers and Bob Horn


hirteen years after Erik Reichers and Bob Horn moved to Los Angeles, CA, the two recording engineers have achieved their dream of designing and building their own studio. They are now the owners of North Hollywood, CA’s premier recording studio facility, the Echo Bar Recording Studios ( Reichers and Horn are no strangers to the recording industry. They’ve engineered and mixed for many notable artists, including Usher, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, Timbaland, Eric Benet, James Brown and Michael Jackson. Since opening for business in December 2011, the Echo Bar has had an exciting roster of artists and musicians come through its doors. Recent clients include Sebastian Bach, Everclear, Myron Mckinley of Earth Wind and Fire, and studio guitar greats Phil X and Paul Jackson Jr. Everclear mixed their new album Invisible Stars there with Horn and tracked overdubs with Reichers. The studio is also involved in music production for TV and film. Reichers was recently with composer Rainey Shockne, recording theme music for Charlie Sheen’s new sitcom, Anger Management. Horn and Reichers combine for over 30+ years of experience working in some of the most recognized studios throughout the country. It is this experience that influenced their design of the Echo Bar. “We have taken the best attributes of some of the greatest studios in the country and incorporated them into a cutting-edge facility,” attests Reichers. “We designed the Echo Bar to meet the needs and budgets of the contemporary recording industry—in a very different way than studios that were built in an age when major labels had larger budgets.” He explains further, “Many classic studios were designed around large format recording consoles. Those consoles, in part, determined the overall size and shape of the room and the orientation of the room’s listening position. Those extra-wide rooms are less than ideal for accurate low frequency monitoring. Another disadvantage of rooms designed around those consoles is that consoles themselves act as acoustic mirrors. Sonic reflections bouncing off the board, combined with direct sounds from the loud speakers, can smear the stereo image. This makes it difficult to hear width, depth and clarity in a mix. The Echo Bar utilizes cutting edge design allowing accurate bass reproduction and a superior monitoring environment.” Horn adds, “The Echo Bar is designed around new technology and a modern work flow, and our rooms are set up in a way where we don’t need to have clients pay extra high rates to cover a console lease. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in other studios where clients have brought in a flash drive with a 2-track of music to sing over and we would only push up two faders on a 96-channel board. Those boards were essentially serving as very expensive volume controls. Here at The Echo Bar we use stateof-the-art outboard gear and pre-amps to achieve great sounds whether recording a full band or single vocal.” The Echo Bar basic layout features Studios A and B, modern control rooms incorporating stringent acoustic as well as inviting aesthetic designs. Studio A is home for Reichers, while Studio B is home for Horn. From the unique ceiling design to the custom wall panels and bass traps, the Echo Bar Live Room is a one-of-a-kind space of 600-sq. ft. Custom removable absorption panels tailor the live room for different reverb times allowing a huge drum sound or a smaller tail for an intimate string quartet. The three isolation booths allow the studio to accommodate a wide range of musicians and ensembles. Both control rooms have separate tie lines to the live room as well as all three booths. In addition to Pro Tools HD systems, the Echo Bar has access to a wide variety of vintage analog equipment. There are also many instruments on hand to use, including a grand piano, 15 guitars and basses, two drum kits, 10 snare drums and numerous amps. Finally, it’s not all work and no play; the Echo Bar features a full kitchen and bar area with a complimentary movie library and Netflix. Contact Echo Bar Recording Studios,, 818-216-3485 or 818-613-4731


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Carl Jacobson

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Dir., Bus. Dev. & Strategic Mrkt. PreSonus Carl Jacobson has joined PreSonus in the newly created position of Director of Business Development and Strategic Marketing. In this role, Jacobson will be responsible for forging strategic business relationships and driving co-marketing initiatives with key music and technology providers. Previous to PreSonus, Jacbson was Vice President of Marketing for Nimbit and Vice President of Marketing for Cakewalk. In the ‘90s, worked for A&M and New World Records, and launched Jacobson is also a regular public speaker on music technology and music business with engagements including SXSW, CMJ, ASCAP “I Create Music Expo” and NAMM. Contact presonus for more details.

National Sales Manager Schecter Guitar Research Schecter Guitar Research has announced the addition of Jason Gile to its team. Gile has worked in the guitar industry for 21 years, beginning in various high-end retail stores and spending the previous 12 years as a sales manager at ESP Guitars. He has known and worked together with Schecter President Michael Ciravolo throughout his career in the guitar industry. Says Gile about his new position, “My favorite part of coming to work for Schecter is the people, positive atmosphere, and quality, cutting edge products.” For further information on this appointment, contact Atanasio Juarez by email at or by telephone at 818-846-2700 ext. 322.

Rod Falconer

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Dir., Technical Training & Edu. Community Pro. Loudspeakers Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Rod Falconer to the position of Director of Technical Training and Education. An industry veteran with nearly 30 years’ experience, Falconer first joined Community in 2007 as Regional Manager for the Western United States and Canada. This new role is a natural extension of his prior experience. Falconer brings a wide range of engineering knowledge to the position, including first-hand experience in networked control systems and systems design for projects ranging from small churches to performing arts facilities to airports and other large-area notification systems. For more, contact

Steve Green

Business Development Mgr. Audio Engineering Society Steve Green has been named Business Development Manager for the Audio Engineering Society (AES). An accomplished audio systems and applications engineer, and skilled technical marketing manager, Green will focus his energies on expanding the AES constituency and maximizing the value of its many assets and services. Executive Director Bob Moses has named Steve Green AES Business Development Manager. An accomplished audio systems and applications engineer, and skilled technical marketing manager, Green will focus his energies on expanding the AES constituency and maximizing the value of its many assets and services. Contact for more details.

Director, Digital Sales Sony Music Nashville Alaina Vehec has been named Director, Digital Sales for Sony Music Nashville, it was announced by Caryl Healey, VP Sales, Sony Music Nashville. Vehec is based in Nashville where she has already begun her new role. A Pennsylvania native, Vehec most recently was Associate Director, Digital Sales for Sony Music Nashville. She began her career in New York City at Arista Records before joining RCA Music Group, then parent Sony BMG, in its global digital business group. In 2006 Vehec moved to Nashville to become Manager, Mobile Marketing and Sales at Sony Music Nashville. For further information on this appointment, please contact Ann Inman by email, ann. or by phone at 615-301-4466.

David Marsh

Director of Sales & Marketing Audio-Technica Audio-Technica, an innovator in transducer technology, has promoted David Marsh to the position of Director of Sales and Marketing, Installed Sound & Broadcast. In his new role, Marsh will be responsible for managing and directing all sales and marketing activities within the Installed Sound and Broadcast markets. Marsh has been with Audio-Technica since 2000, when he joined the company in the position of Customer Support representative. Over the past decade with Audio-Technica, Marsh was promoted to A-T’s Assistant Regional Manager and then on to Territory Manager, a position he held until his latest promotion. For more information on this appointment, contact

Eric Mayer

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President, US Operations DPA Microphones To strengthen its market position further in the Americas, DPA Microphones has chosen Eric Mayer to serve as president of the company’s US operations. A fixture in the pro audio industry for more than two decades, Mayer will utilize his expertise in the market to help the company continue its growth stateside. After graduating from New York University with a degree in music technology, Mayer took his first significant sales job with Location Sound Corporation, a production audio equipment sales, service and rental company for the film, broadcast and video markets. For more information, contact Anne Berggrein,

Music Division Prospect Park

Prospect Park has announced the addition of veteran music manager and industry figure Jeff Rabhan to the company’s Music division. Rabhan most recently served as a Chair & Arts Professor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music. Joining the company reteams him with Jeff Kwatinetz, whom he worked with to build multi-Grammy award winner Kelly Clarkson’s career from American Idol winner into an international success. In his new role Rabhan will focus on identifying areas of expansion for the Company as well as the management and development of new entertainment properties and clients. Contact July 2012



CAD Audio Acousti-shield AS32 CAD Audio Acoustishield AS32 creates an acoustically “dry zone” around any microphone mounted in the focal point of its foam-lined parabolashaped panel. When set up correctly, the AS32 will substantially reduce unwanted reflections, flutter and environmental acoustic interference that often plagues recordists who must record quiet sources in un-soundproofed and acoustically untreated spaces—like home studios or noisy locations. The AS32 is an excellent accessory for recording sound effect libraries. Sound effects must have a natural, real sound, totally pristine and isolated from external noises. Extraneously noise, where naturally and/or artificially present, reduces any sound effect’s future usefulness and repurposing—especially after radical post-processing for dramatic effect. The Acousti-shield AS32 is made using 16-gauge perforated stainless steel that’s covered on the microphone side with high density micro cell acoustic foam cut into 12, equally-spaced, 53-mm wide and 30-cm tall vertical columns. It is supplied with ample mounting hardware to adapt its use to most commonly used microphones no matter how large/small or tall/short they happen to be. Furthermore, both the exact vertical and horizontal distances are also fully adjustable. I also like that the AS32 allows for creative control and a tailored acoustic response around the microphone. It is less top-heavy and lighter in weight than others and, because it is easily adjustable, more easily balanced atop any mic stand and less likely to topple-over your multi-thousand dollar prized microphone. See


Auralex SonoLite Bass Trap Absorbers Based on Auralex’s SonoLite™ absorption panels, the SonoLite Bass Trap Absorbers are sound absorbers and mini-bass traps combined in three-inch thick, 2 x 2 foot squares. Sound absorber and bass trap in one panel? That’s because their exact function depends on how and where you place them in your room. They have a 45-degree reversebeveled cut on two of the four edges. For room corners requiring bass trapping, mount them using the anglededges so as to mate to the opposing walls leaving a triangular-shaped air gap behind them. This traps bass, absorbs higher frequencies and looks great. For wall or ceiling placement, mount the panels flat just like any other absorber panel. Since they are easily attached using the six included EZ-Stick™ SonoLite Mounting Tabs, they’ll work as either or both acoustic treatments at the same time. Each panel is made out of velour fabric-wrapped Studiofoam®Pro and are available in both black and tan colors. The panel is plastic-backed for improved rigidity and durability and using the reusable EZ-Stick tabs allows for freely experimenting with the placement of them in your own particular room. I found the two Auralex SonoLite Bass Trap Absorbers sent to me for review to be useful for fine-tuning the acoustics of my small, mix room. Their dual-functionality, easy DIY installation and upmarket style works well for me; just as all the Auralex Acoustics products that adorned the walls, ceilings and corners of my Tones 4 $ Studios. Visit http://auralex. com for much more.

TC Electronic LM6 Radar Loudness Meter

Sonic Edge FXUL8TR Effect Loop Sonic Edge has the new FXUL8TR and it solves a modern problem for vintage amps: effect loops were not thought of yet and to add one can destroy its resale value—let alone the amp’s original sound quality. So I love the sound of my vintage amp, and it is valuable, but how can an effects loop be added? FXUL8TR taps audio from the 1/4-inch speaker output jack of any guitar or bass amplifier speaker and converts it to a line level signal ready to feed any external single channel effect processor. This method uses an amplifier circuit that does nothing to the sound of the amp itself and allows the amp’s speaker to function normally. FXUL8TR is not a speaker soak and is not intended to replace the amp’s speaker. Once connected, the wet only output of the effect processor is fed to another guitar amplifier’s effect loop return or any standalone power amp hooked to a cabinet. Create Dry/Wet (your vintage amp plus another amp) and Wet/Dry/Wet setups with a stereo return feeding two additional amp/ speakers on either side of the vintage amp in the middle. The FXUL8TR also features a standalone microphone pre-amp with phantom powering for performance and recording or as a second feed for Dry/Wet and Wet/Dry/Wet setups. The FXUL8TR unit sells for $289 MSRP. Check out

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The LM6 Radar Loudness Meter plug-in is TC’s latest loudness measurement tool and operates in DAWs supporting Audio Units, RTAS, AAX Native or VST plug-in formats. Loudness and whether something is too loud is subjective, contextual and varies with each individual. TC Electronic has been on the forefront of doing the science, developing standards and designing a long line of hardware tools to measure accurately, audio loudness over time. The LM6 Radar Loudness Meter plug-in, now for any DAW platform PC or Mac, displays true-peak warnings and true-peak bar graphs and conforms to all major broadcast standards. LM6 measures up to 5.1 channels of audio program loudness and provides a graphical histogram of their dynamic range over a pre-determined time period (from 1 minute to 24 hours). Its hypnotic circular radar display depicts loudness in color-coded shapes and as well as traditional bar meters. Broadcasters use LM6 or one of TC’s standalone hardware loudness meters to monitor, measure and log their program’s average loudness in compliance with new government mandates now law in Europe. In the US, the Federal Communications Commission is charged with implementing rules that require commercials to have the same average volume as the programs they accompany. The Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act will go into effect on December 13, 2012. In Pro Tools 10, I use the AAX version of the LM6 plug-in across my stereo bus to track and locate peaks (overs) when mixing music. During song playbacks or while working on shorter song sections, since LM6 is always measuring, it provides a time reference along with level information. The TC Electronic LM6 sells for $599 and there are also cross-grade and multi-users prices. Authorization by iLok2 is required. There is more info available at




iZotope Iris Spectral Selection Synth

Called a “visual instrument,” Iris™ Spectral Selection Synth uses iZotope’s RX Advanced technology to transform the underlying components of complex audio waveforms using real-time Fourier analysis (FFT). This granular level of analysis and transformation makes possible the manipulation of the sonic chemistry of any sound sample and therefore the creation of totally new and unheard of sounds. But turning that realtime analysis power into a useable sound design engine and also making it playable, great sounding and a sonorous musical instrument is the real genius of Iris. By isolating and selecting the most (or the least) interesting spectral portions of sound samples and layering them into combinations, whollynew musical instruments or hybrid instruments with sounds unimagined and unrealized in any other way are now possible. To accomplish this alchemy, Iris relies on a comprehensive set of easy-to-use selection and editing tools similar to Adobe Photoshop™ plus an intuitive system to develop and program your own customizable key maps ready for any MIDI controller. Iris comes with hundreds of presets from world-class sound designers and 4 GB of audio samples, including recordings of insects, animals, machines, vintage synthesizers and musical instruments. With two complementary sound libraries called Glass and Wood, Iris is available for a $249 MSRP. Visit

Gauge Stealth Condenser Microphone Gauge’s new Stealth large-diaphragm condenser microphone is a “remix” of their original ECM-87 mic yet it’s priced exactly the same: $149 MSRP. Notable differences include a very stylish black body (the classic was bronze) topped with an all-chromed screened capsule cover/grille. The Stealth also uses a more open mesh grille (wider spacing) than earlier models and, so in the future, all the newer ECM-87 microphones will have this new grille. The Stealth has a 1.07-inch diameter capsule origiwith a six-micron thick diaphragm. Like the origi nal ECM-87, simplicity is the key reason these mics are reliable and sound great. Both the new microStealth and ECM-87 are cardioid-only micro phones with no polar pattern switches to get noisy with repeated use and age. Plus their transformerless design and low profile body make them ready for any application even around tight drum kits where they just get in there and work great. I like them especially for recording toms all around the kit—they didn’t overload like other close condensers on drums and they didn’t overload the mic pre-amps of the SSL G-Series console I was freusing either. I like that the low filter reduces low fre accesquencies and rumble and its switch is only acces sible inside the microphone. This is a great to make sure it’s set correctly and stays that way. Included are a storage bag, shock mount and cleaning cloth. See For more about Gauge creators Rob Chiarelli & Chandler Bridges visit and http://chandler

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MOD Kits DIY Tea Philter

Having built one of MOD™ Kits DIY pedals called The Verb (a warm analog-like reverb), I know that The Tea Philter stomp pedal is a great way to save money and not have to carry an extra wah-wah pedal to do the same thing. MOD Kits DIY’s newest do-it-yourself pedal kit produces a fixed wah tone and allows you to “set and forget it” and not be bothered with finding the exact “sweet spot” every time you need some good lovin’ tone. Every guitar and wah combination has a sweet spot that is perfect for lead and/or chord work and, with The Tea Philter preset anywhere from mid-range tones to thick lows, you’ll get right to it—instantly. The Tea Philter uses your own point-topoint wiring and, like all their pedals, has easy-to-follow instructions for building and completing it within a few hours. Just as with The Verb pedal, I liked that are lots of pictures and helpful suggestions and the old-fashion terminal strips are large and easy to solder components to—even for beginning electronic kit builders. In addition, all the metal enclosures come pre-drilled and all necessary parts are included. So with minimal soldering skills, a few small hand tools, soldering iron, a 9-volt battery (or optional AC adapter) and a couple hours of your patience and you’ll have a The Tea Philter. It’s $31.95 and for a complete listing of kits available from MOD Kits DIY, visit http://mod kitsdiy. com.

Yamaha Silent Guitar Yamaha offers its latest in its Silent Guitar series with three new models: the SLG110S, SLG110N (each $925 MSRP), and the SLG130NW ($1,075). The steel stringed 110S has the neck shape, string scale (634mm) and the feel of acoustic/electric guitars all players love. The SLG110N is a nylon string guitar with a slimmer neck and a lower action more like an electric guitar while the SLG 130NW, also a nylon string guitar, but has a classical guitar neck width and construction. The SLG130NW also has an ebony fingerboard, rosewood/maple frame and a wooden top and bottom bout. In spite of the SLG guitars’ “skeletal” look, both the upper and lower bouts vibrate akin to any well-made acoustic or electric guitar. I like that you can play and listen by plugging headphones directly into it for practicing, recording or relaxing at any volume you like 24/7, 365. Plug n’ play one through a huge amp stack and get a great acoustic guitar sound with no feedback ever. I like the curved shape of the SLGs and the musical sound of their exclusive pickup and preamp technology. They have an onboard digital effects system taken from Yamaha’s pro/commercial consoles to provide reverb, chorus and echo treatments. Being so easy to carry with the top bout detachable and, along with the included luxury gig bag, they make the perfect casual gigging guitar. Head over to silentguitar for more details.

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For the Coffee Table... Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction

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When teenager and amateur photographer Marc Canter set out to document his best friend Saul Hudson’s rise as a rock guitarist in 1982, he never imagined he was documenting the genesis of the next great rock & roll band. His friend became the legendary guitarist Slash, and Canter found himself witnessing the creation of Guns N’ Roses. The candid shots in Reckless Road, taken in 1985-1987, capture their raw, blood-sweatand-tears performances as well as their intimate moments. Containing original gig memorabilia including show flyers, ticket stubs, set lists, press clippings, and handwritten lyrics, as well as in-depth interviews with band members and the people closest to them—including an exclusive Music Connection interview—Reckless Road offers an explicit, first-person perspective.

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Will Kelly begins with a simple Stratocasterstyle kit with a bolt-on neck and continues on to a “relic’d” Telecaster-style build, two Gibson-style set-neck models, and a custom double-neck mash-up. Because each build is more involved than the previous, the reader builds on his or her skill set and acquires only the tools necessary for the reader’s level of interest. Kelly shows how to apply finishes, choose and install hardware, wire electronics, execute the final assembly, and set up the finished guitar for proper action and intonation.

Rock ‘N, Roll Myths The True Stories Behind the Most Infamous Legends

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Discover the real stories behind rock’s biggest crocks, how they came to be but why they have persisted. Did the Beatles spark a spliff in Buckingham? Did Willie Nelson do the same in the White House? Did Keith Richards get a complete “oil change” at a Swiss clinic in 1973 to pass a drug test? Did MJ own the remains of the Elephant Man? Did Alice Cooper and Ozzy really do all those things to bats, chickens, etc. onstage? And did Robert Johnson sell his soul to the Prince of Darkness in exchange for mastery of the blues? In all, more than 50 enduring lies are examined, explained and debunked.

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SmarterComics is dedicated to creating comics that “make you smarter.” Rapper 50 Cent learned many of life’s most important lessons on the street. In The 50th Law, “50” teams up with Robert Greene and SmarterComics to bring readers these hard-earned lessons that can be applied to any industry in the business world. After breaking into the music business, 50 quickly realized that the reality of the music business was as harsh as the streets; “A corner hustler had more power and control over his future than a rapper did.”


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fter 23 years in San Francisco, CA—and 15 years after launching his world-renowned mastering facility—Mike Wells relocated to Los Angeles, CA, last year, where he continues to put his powerful finishing sonic touch on recordings from major labels (EMI, Warner Bros.), indie labels (Subpop, Adeline, Fat Wreck Chords) and thousands of indie artists who record everywhere from Southern California to Barbados and Europe. Located in the old King Sound Studios in North Hollywood, CA, the Mike Wells Mastering ( suite contains an array of hand-picked and often modified pieces of gear from proven analog innovators Dangerous Music, ATR Service Co., GML, Manley, API, Tube Tech, SPL, Crane Song, Lavry Engineering, Weiss and Thermionic Culture, among others. The room runs ATC SMC-150 audiophile reference monitors in a finely tuned room. The signal path has been meticulously designed to minimize noise and maximize available headroom with system calibration reviewed daily. The vibe of the studio is relaxed, with a focus on creativity and comfort; amenities include a guest lounge, Wi-Fi, and a full kitchen. “Mastering is a different business than when I started out, and over the last decade the gain structures have changed wildly,” says Wells. “The phenomenon we all contend with is loudness. One of the challenges in handling modern mixes and delivering the results that clients expect is meeting their loudness requirements while still maintaining musicality and not diminishing the overall sonic quality. “The re-emergence of vinyl these past 10 years creates a unique dilemma for those who also want a viable sound for CDs and digital distribution,” he adds. “Records have real-world, physical limitations to gain structures of a mix. The way I’ve created my signal path and the workflow of my mastering service, I can deliver masters for CDs and digital at the same time as vinyl without incurring two separate mastering costs.” Wells also offers integration of metadata and coding information into the mastered disc to make the distribution process easier and more transparent for the client. Included with all masters is the UPC (barcode), ISRC code, CD text and online metadata submissions. Wells has been a pioneer in the integration and education of modern metadata initiatives into the mastering lifecycle via trade articles, seminars, lectures and project integration. He also has an online repository of client tools to help maximize the mastering experience: bi-monthly seminars to assist the regional audio community; fiscal sponsorships of local and regional music events (Noise Pop, Blue Bear, Tidal Wave, etc.) and ongoing contributions to audio engineering organizations (AES, NARAS, etc). On the customer service side, Wells—whose background includes music theory and performance/writing in numerous rock bands—has created a unique approach to meet the mastering needs of today’s artists via his unique Groundwork Session process. “Anyone who books a session with me gets this introductory session free,” he says. “We work on one tune before we commit to the whole recording for a simple reason: to establish a perfect line of communication between the artist and me. One of my challenges is to understand the vision of the artist, and to interpret the emotional language they may use to explain it. The Groundwork Session provides an opportunity to create a bond and a common language to work from. We work on the song, and they can take it and listen in all of their environments, so they know how the rest of the project will sound. Doing this up-front will not only save them time and money, but guarantee they are getting the results they desire.” Wells adheres to an original core philosophy of quality, ethics and community. He defines quality in many facets––from the quality of a client’s experience with his services to results, and finally the feedback he has received from previous clients. The mastering engineer sees ethics as a set of principles demonstrated by his facility’s consistent, measured processes, honest communication in defining what is and isn’t possible within mastering, and the setting of realistic expectations and respectful interaction with clients, regardless of their career status. As his website states: the concept of “community is meaningless unless action stands behind it.” Contact Mike Wells Mastering, 323-363-3693

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STUDIO MIX MINNESOTA STUDIO GETS AN UPGRADE: The Hideaway Studio of Minneapolis, MN, has upgraded some of its gear to boost its mixing and production efficiencies and workflow. The studio recently replaced its A Control Room AVID Pro Tools Accel 3 with a new AVID Pro Tools HDX system, its B Control Room will receive the previous gear to replace its existing AVID Pro Tools 2 Accel. Hideaway has played host to many music superstars including Snoop Dogg, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Cloud Cult and the Matches, to name a few. See

N.Y.C.’S AVATAR REMAINS BUSY: New York City-based Avatar Studios has kept a booked calendar as of late. The studio recently completed the film score for (Great) Hope Springs, composed by Teddy Shapiro in Studio A; source music for the film Killing Them Softly, recorded in Studio C; and the Beach Boys stopped by during their 50th Anniversary Tour to record vocals with producer Joe Thomas, engineer Mike Czaszwicz assisted by Tim Marchiafava. Check out https://

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BLACK SEPTEMBER HEAD INTO THE DARKNESS…: Chicago-based death metal group Black September have started recording their sophomore album, Into The Darkness Into The Void, due out this fall. The record is being tracked in the

band’s hometown with Andy Nelson at Bricktop Recording (Weekend Nachos, Veil of Maya)—the same studio where they recorded their debut full-length, The Forbidden Gates Beyond. For studio updates, see blackseptemberchicago.

// Memphis Studio Offers ISDN Services // // Ken Scott Speaks About Ziggy Stardust //

Legendary producer-engineer and Alfred author, Ken Scott, was a special GRAMMY Museum guest at the exclusive screening of D. A. Pennebaker’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars concert/documentary film. The event celebrated the release of a 40th anniversary edition of David Bowie’s truly groundbreaking album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, co-produced by Bowie and Ken Scott, along with the book launch of Scott’s Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust: Off the Record with The Beatles, Bowie, Elton, and so Much More memoir, authored by Ken Scott and Bobby Owsinski. Learn more and watch the book trailer at

Memphis, TN’s renowned Ardent Studios is now offering full ISDN (Integrated Systems Digital Network) audio services. The new equipment makes it possible for Ardent sessions to include musicians and vocal talent from around the world, and likewise for other studios worldwide to draw on top Memphis talent and record at their own facilities. Pictured during an ISDN session are (l-r): chief engineer Chris Jackson, studio founder John Fry, Emmy Award-winning film composer Scott Bomar and studio manager Jody Stephens.

// Prism Sound’s Audio Quality Takes The Blame //

Drum & bass producer Blame recently purchased an Orpheus FireWire audio interface from Prism Sound. Blame is one of the most influential names on the UK’s Drum & Bass scene, having had several high profile remixes for Stooshe, Sway and Skepta in 2012 alone. For more information, head over to

// The Hailers Give a Shout at LA FX //

The Hailers—whose members hail from the San Fernando Valley to England— were captured mid mix In North Hollywood, CA studio LA FX for a photo op in MC. At the helm producing is David DeVore (Foreigner, REO Speedwagon, Santana). Pictured (l-r): assistant engineer Spencer Tracy; producer David DeVore; singer-guitarist Robert Mills; and bassist-vocalist April Carson. 18 July 2012

Village East, the personal mix room of multiplatinum/Grammy-winning engineerproducer Bob Bullock (Reba McEntire, George Strait), recently came online showcasing the Carl Tatz Design PhantomFocus System monitor tuning protocol, as well as a number of performance and design elements handpicked by Tatz, including the Argosy Dual 15 DR 800 studio workstation. Tatz chose the DR 800 to be the centerpiece of Bullock’s control surface and to complement his acclaimed PhantomFocus System tuning. Pictured (l-r): Back row: Bullock and Tatz. Front row: David Atkins and Timothy Thompson of Argosy.


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// Crosby, Stills, And Nash Mix In Ocean //

Crosby, Stills, and Nash convened at Ocean Way Recording in Hollywood, CA, to mix the audio of a recent concert for a forthcoming HDNet release. Recorded live in concert at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA, the program includes CSN favorites such as “Long Time Gone,” “Wooden Ships,” “Teach Your Children,” and a rarely performed “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.” Pictured in Ocean Way’s Studio B are (l-r): Graham Nash, recording engineer Kevin Madigan, and assistant engineer Wesley Seidman.

// Aspen Opens Very Groovy Studio // Renowned audio electronics designer, and founder of Groove Tubes, Aspen has opened a beautiful studio in San Fernando, CA, just 20 MusicPittman Connection Ad Proof minutes hr Hollywood. The tracking and control room are comfortably Ad Rep:from large and the studio features a widearts array of GT,4th-horiz vintage condenser university of recording music #07-2012 and ribbon Code: mics along with 24+ tracks of all-tube pre’s direct to Pro Tools. Pictured (l-r): Aspen Pittman & MC Publisher Eric Bettelli. For more info go to http://

// Texas In July Return To Jersey’s Machine Shop //

Metal quintet Texas In July have just wrapped up the recording of their third full-length album, which will be released Fall 2012. The yet-to-be-titled record was tracked in Belleville, NJ, at Machine Shop Studios with Will Putney (Chiodos, Like Moths To Flames). Prior to the release, Texas In July will headline a European tour, followed by performances on the second half of the Scream It Like You Mean It Tour. Pictured (l-r): Texas In July vocalist Alex Good and Putney.

// The Hollywood Cowboys Ignite Firehouse //

The Hollywood Cowboys—featuring members of the Gypsy Saddle Tramps—have been in Firehouse Recording Studios in Hollywood, CA, putting the finishing touches on a few tracks that B. Charlie Stewart penned with rock & roll icon Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers. Pictured (l-r): Firehouse chief engineer Les Cooper, THC drummer Wild Bill Stewart, B. Charlie Stewart and pedal steel player Chris Lawrence. More info at

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roducer, engineer and mixer Beau Raymond took voice lessons as a child and hasn’t stepped outside of the music circle since. In his late teens he decided to pursue engineering and started as a runner with Hollywood’s legendary Cello Studios. After hours he’d bump ears with greats such as Rick Rubin and his staff. He also logged some time at The Record Plant. Raymond labored in L.A. for several years, but when conditions were right, The three most important things he’s learned as an producer, he decided to return to his home city of engineer and mixer are: Portland, OR. There he launched Family Farm, a 6,300 square-foot house built s %VERY SESSION THAT ) WALK INTO ) around a studio. “Mark Olson of the Jayhawks contacted me to work on his solo REMIND MYSELF THAT MY FOCUS HAS TO record,â€? he recalls. “He didn’t want to BE ON THE ARTIST S VISION be in L.A. and he let me pick the place. I chose Portland. It’s a vibrant music s !LWAYS REMAIN A STEP AHEAD OF community that’s quite untapped. The THE PEOPLE YOU RE WORKING WITH SO scene is strong, with no industry pres- THAT THE CREATIVE PROCESS NEVER HAS TO STOP ence. I got excited and took the jump. “I wanted a workspace that felt like Cello; like the professional rooms I’d s +EEP YOUR EAR TO THE GROUND 3EEworked in,â€? he continues. “I needed ING WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE DOING IS high-quality gear and great-sounding IMPORTANT ,ISTEN TO MUSIC BUT ALSO rooms that would be well isolated with SEE HOW IT S CHANGING easy flow. With this in place, I could spend more time creating and less time worrying about how to make something sound right.â€? One of his biggest challenges was when he worked with singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart on his record Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. “It was a very long project,â€? he recalls. “We spent months on it. I had to put together a studio in a home and make it all sound right and have the feel. The mutual benefit was amazing and the learning process was big. As they say, your best education is in the things you have to work hardest for.â€? He lands much of his work by word of mouth. But he also searches for talent. Recently he launched badcopbadcop, a multi-service music company. “We seek out talent and help artists develop careers,â€? he explains, “whether that’s in the field of management, serving as a record label or [identifying] licensing opportunities. We represent a band here in Portland called BĂŠisbol. We’ll shop them around and possibly release the record on our own. A business has to be very versatile with its artists. It has to seek out the best opportunities for them because there are so many out there.â€? Any professional that’s spent more than a minute in a studio has gravitated toward a favored piece of gear, just as Raymond has. “I’m very excited about UAD digital plug-ins,â€? he says. “And I’ve recently acquired a Satellite QUAD. I’m terribly impressed with what they’ve put together. And there’s nothing like the sound of an old Neve. The summing amps have such an open, big, warm sound.â€? Raymond learns new things with each project on which he works. “Every song is an education,â€? he observes. “Learning how to intertwine vintage analog and new digital gear is a forward-moving experience. This is one of the most exciting times to be making music.â€? These days he finds that mixing is his most lucrative work. “A lot of bands are stuck with lower budgets,â€? he explains. “They’ve got good setups at home and they want somebody to give them a quality finished sound. Over the last year or two the majority of my work has been those kinds of situations. Sometimes I’ll even come into a studio and loan a band some gear. Then I finish their product for them.â€? Presently Raymond is completing work with BĂŠisbol and developing a few other local bands. He aims to head back to L.A. for a time to continue building his company badcopbadcop. Contact Alexis Tedford /, 917-293-0716; Beau Raymond /

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Years with Company: Since August 2011 Address: 23 Rue D’anjou, 75008 Paris, France Phone: NA FAX: NA Web: Email: Clients: NA BACKGROUND: Proclaiming fair trade for fair people, Paris-based Moozar hopes to circumvent the problem of illegal downloads in the simplest way possible—by appealing to the public’s conscience and asking to be paid for music they’re already enjoying for free. Beyond offering an easy way for artists to collect, the site serves up tight integration with social networks like Facebook and YouTube, complete with a Reward donation button that can be inserted directly into videos. In

his point of view to life and turn it into an alternative that could suit [everybody]. Get Rewarded: We’re not a pay what you want website. You don’t buy anything and you don’t have a counterpart for giving a reward. You just support an artist financially because you’ve enjoyed the music he has made available for you, for free, on his social media channels and elsewhere. The point is that, since the launch of social media [networks] like YouTube and

the Reward link of a subscribed artist, post it and share it. Partner Cuts: Every donation is defined like this: 80 percent for the artist, 20 percent for the one who posts the reward link. Now you have three possible scenarios. The Reward could come from a Reward link posted by the artist. The artist is considered his own partner, so he gets 100 percent of the donation. The Reward could come from a Reward link posted by a partner’s website. The partner

“Everybody has already given something to a street musician. Today, the streets are social networks.” less than a year, Florian Torres, the group’s co-founder and lead developer, has realized the concept and, since their April launch, the unique payment model has convinced around 600 artists and labels to jump aboard. Musically Connected: I’ve always been into music, learning it when I was a child, playing in different bands. And I have a Musicology degree. [I’ve never done anything] big in music ventures before Moozar, but I’ve been making websites and apps for bands since my professional career started. We’re also working closely with local bands and indie labels to be sure that what we provide fits with musicians’ needs. A New Way to Get Paid: Our essential goal is to bring to bands and musicians a way to transform their views, likes, shares or whatever is being used on social media networks into money. France is probably one of the first countries [to pass] a law against piracy (ours is called HADOPI). One of our founders, David Brami, thought the means to monetize works hadn’t yet adapted to the evolution of music consumption and the Internet market. Eventually, he decided to bring 22 July 2012

Facebook, every conference, keynote or financial expert has been telling you how to turn your likes into customers and how to engage your audience. But nobody has brought a [monetary] solution yet except for advertising on your channel or page. We want to fill this gap and bring the solution. You have views, you have fans, your music is listened to and shared on these networks. Now, you can be rewarded. If It’s Already Out There…: Our service is free. You get all the benefits of a service like BandPage, but you don’t have to upload your music to another website because we only use what you’ve made available on platforms like SoundCloud or YouTube, so this is something you’ve already agreed to share with the world. You don’t lose anything; you can just gain more. Get Paid, Virally: An artist can post a PayPal button on his website, but this button cannot travel with his work. It stays on his website. On the other hand, Reward links spread on the web with an artist’s work when it’s shared by fans. Moreover, no one can get the PayPal button of the artist. Everyone can come on the Moozar library, get

gets 20 percent and the artist gets 80 percent. Or the Reward could come from a Reward link posted by Moozar. We get 20 percent and the artist still gets 80 percent. Registration Done Easy: Registration on Moozar is done in two steps and two minutes. The artist fills out a classic form with name, email and password, then synchronizes his social media accounts with our website. He or she can even sign in with his Facebook or Twitter account to [complete] this process quickly. Yes, It’s Legal: [Regarding] lawsuits, we don’t fear this. We do not host anything and we’re not doing anything illegal. We’re just providing a way for an artist to get financially rewarded for music he has already made available on the web. Before even being developed, the idea of Moozar had been tailored by several attorneys, including David, who is also an experienced lawyer. Our model is solid, so you can join the party without worry. We’re working with different lawyers internationally and we’re not providing anything illegal. It’s all about donations without [anything] except enjoyment, so we’re not concerned.

American Way: About the American market, we are using Google and Facebook like any American. We use American services to make our service work. We speak English, we’re doing [an Internet start-up] like Americans and I even listen to US music, so except for our funny accents, you will probably never know that we’re a French company. On a more serious note, websites like Kickstarter are encountering more and more success, so I think the market is ready for a model like Moozar. Clear Reception: Reactions have been incredibly positive toward the Reward system. Artists seem really concerned about finding an alternative to [getting paid for] actual music consumption, because they want their fans to still enjoy their music but also support them as much as they can. Our new Facebook and embedded app is definitely the Reward model they like. I spoke with one of the Redbull Records representatives at SXSW and he really enjoyed the idea, telling me that even for local bands or indie artists this could be a good boost. They also like the fact they can have a more direct approach with their fans, because fans can also set up a public profile page. Going Where the Listeners Are: We are really focused on [social] websites, because this is where people are and where music is now shared and listened to. These sites have redefined how the market works today. Yesterday, you would buy something because you had seen an ad on TV. Now, you buy something because your friends are talking about it on Facebook, or because it’s trendy on YouTube or Twitter. This is where the fans are and where we think we must encourage them to Reward the music they have liked and shared. Pride: Rewards for music have always existed, although we don’t really like the [associated connotations] because we don’t want it to be seen as an act of pity. Everybody has already given something to a street musician. Today, the streets are social networks. Another important thing is that social networks are a place where you can build your image and manage how you want people to see you. A donation is something you have to be proud of and want your friends to see. What’s to Come: The future shape of Moozar will not only depend on us. We’ll listen to the users and see how we can improve our model. We’ll add more features for fans, that’s for sure, and also continue adding new social and media connections to be certain that everybody can use our website. We would also like to open the website to other artists like video makers, humorists and photographers. Moozar.



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Michael Kiwanuka Date Signed: October 2011 Label: Cherrytree Records Band Members: Michael Kiwanuka Type of Music: Soul/Folk Management: Robert Swerdlow/Starwood Booking: NA Legal: NA Publicity: Big Hassle Media Web: A&R: Martin Kierszenbaum


he son of Ugandan immigrants, North London’s Michael Kiwanuka began his musical career as a session guitarist. His exposure to R&B, soul, and jazzy funk laid the groundwork for what would be a staple of his songwriting style. “A lot of the music I wanted to play, I couldn’t get to play,” explains Kiwanuka. “Nobody was really doing it, so I started to write songs of my own for fun.” Once he started performing his own material, his session work became unfulfilling. While performing at a few open mic nights, the musician was approached by management after they’d heard tracks from his Myspace page. “People started coming down to my gigs and a manager showed up,” says Kiwanuka. “He liked my music, and I liked his ideas for what he wanted to do with it. Before that, I wasn’t really shopping anything. I had a Myspace page and I was doing some gigs. People saw more in it.”

“You should always stay yourself. Never compromise who you are musically.” Initially content to perform in singer-songwriter clubs around London, Kiwanuka had to get serious. His manager introduced him to various producers and encouraged him to write more music with the idea of shopping an EP to labels. This led to the artist signing with Communion Records. With his current full-length release, titled Home Again, Kiwanuka’s management signed a deal with Polydor Records that allowed him to remain with Communion Records and have the benefit of major-label distribution. “It’s a chance to reach as many people as we can,” explains Kiwanuka. “Communion is there for me with all the London shows, puts music out, and sells tickets through their website. If I want to do another EP, I can do it through the Communion Records website. At the same time, Polydor can get my music out to the mainstream shops and commercial radio stations. It’s also easier to tour in other countries.” His deal gives him full creative control of his music including artwork, but is open to suggestions when it comes to picking singles. When asked what kept him on the straight and narrow, Kiwanuka replies, “You should always stay yourself. Never compromise who you are musically; that way you’ll always create and be the artist and musician you want to be.” ——Oscar Jordan 26 July 2012

Mr. Little Dreams Date Signed: September 2010 Label: Sony Music Band Members: Monica Birkenes Type of Music: Pop Management: Drew McFadden Booking: Tom Windish / The Windish Agency Legal: Nigel Jones / Sheridans Publicity: Heathcliff Berru Web:, A&R: Drew McFadden / Will Larnach-Jones


orwegian electro-pop artist Mr. Little Jeans, aka Monica Birkenes, credits the Myspace craze from a few years ago for landing her a record deal. According to the songstress, Sony Australia contacted her via Myspace after checking out her profile. Birkenes and her manager, Drew McFadden (who she also met through Myspace), didn’t take the interest seriously until Sony A&R rep Will Larnach-Jones flew out to her thenresidence, Stockholm, for her first gig as Mr. Little Jeans. “[Sony] came across me through my Myspace page when it was still going strong,” says Birkenes. “[McFadden and I] were pretty dubious, as we’d had so much interest by that point, but nobody seemed to be the right fit, or ready to fully commit.” And after Larnach-Jones flew out to her first performance, Birkenes adds, “A few dinners, Skype and phone calls later and I was on my way to being signed.”

“For the very first time I felt I had someone on my side, protecting and encouraging my vision.” Currently residing in Los Angeles, CA, Birkenes has worked under the Mr. Little Jeans moniker for the last four years, all the while cultivating her sound with various producers such as Tim Anderson (Ima Robot, Dead Man’s Bones) and Peter Moren (Peter Bjorn & John). Before the advent of her recent signing, she released an EP entitled Angel in 2010 on Neon Gold, and also received some attention with her cover of the Arcade Fire song, “Suburbs,” not to mention two other digital singles. Birkenes mentions, though, she and McFadden never really shopped material to any labels. “I was concentrating more on developing myself as a writer, finding a sound that I wanted and hopefully getting great songs together along the way. The plan was always to have most things in place before signing with anyone.” The performer is quick to acknowledge McFadden for his experience and support in helping her career. “[McFadden] was, of course, instrumental in hooking everything up and putting things together. For the very first time I felt I had someone on my side, protecting and encouraging my vision. He was, and continues to be, a huge part of Mr. Little Jeans, as well as creatively steering the project with me.” Mr. Little Jeans’ debut full-length is due out in August. ——Albert Vega


Rye Rye Date Signed: October 2008 Label: N.E.E.T. Records Type of Music: Hip-Hop Management: Yaneley Arty / Artistic Management, Booking: Marty Diamond / Paradigm, 646-388-7823 Legal: Michelle Jubliere / King, Holmes, Paterno & Berliner, 310-282-8965 Publicity: Lisa DiAngelo / Interscope Geffen A&M,, 212-841-8047 Web: A&R: Martin Kierzsenbaum and Ben Gordon


altimore hip-hop artist Rye Rye came to her deal aided by old-school technology. She initially drew the attention of fellow Baltimorean Blaqstarr when she left some rhymes on his answering machine. Inspired by local DJs, at 15 she recorded a song with him. After hearing her material, Blaqstarr acquaintance M.I.A. asked for an introduction to the rising rapper. Soon after, she offered Rye Rye primary position on her then newly launched label N.E.E.T. Records. “M.I.A. heard my song, thanks to Blaqstarr,” Rye Rye recalls. “She wanted to meet me, and when I went to the studio she thought I was interesting. I got to know a little more about M.I.A. and she told me that I should tour [with her]. I was young at the time, but eventually I took up her offer. I used to be scared or shy on stage. But every time that would happen, M.I.A. would call me back out so I could get comfortable with it. That helped a lot.”

“M.I.A. wanted me to do a whole album. She made it happen.” Following some road experience together, M.I.A. offered Rye Rye the opportunity to record under her then-new label. “M.I.A. wanted me to do a whole album,” Rye Rye explains. “She made it happen.” M.I.A. established N.E.E.T. Records in 2008. It is affiliated with Interscope, which handles distribution. How did it feel being the first artist signed to the label? “It was amazing!” the rapper exclaims. “M.I.A. is a very dope person. She has her own style. She’s very different from a lot of other artists. I came into the business the same way: doing my own thing; something different. Sometimes within the industry it’s hard to accept people like that. It was a cool vibe because we represent the same thing.” Great things are expected from the fledgling hip-hopper. GO! POP! BANG! dropped on May 15th. The first single, “Boom Boom,” which samples the Vengaboys’ 1999 hit “Boom Boom Boom Boom,” hit the streets in March. It has charted well and the album is receiving praise from many quarters. A tour with the Scissor Sisters launched in mid-June. ——Rob Putnam

Twenty One Pilots Date Signed: April 28, 2012 Label: Fueled By Ramen Type of Music: Indie Rocktronica Band Members: Tyler Joseph, vocals, keys; Josh Dun, drums. Management: Chris Woltman, Booking: Andrew Simon/CAA, Legal: Martin F. Frascogna, Publicity: Ross Anderson (online/tour),; Christina Kotsamanidis (national), Web: A&R: John Janick, Pete Ganbarg


he Columbus-based piano pop/rock duo formed in spring of 2011. Before their first anniversary, Joseph and Dun toured Ohio extensively and released the LP Regional At Best. On April 28 of this year, they sold out the 1,700-capacity Newport Music Hall and instead held the show at Columbus’ LC Pavilion, where they announced their signing with Fueled By Ramen. “I guess we didn’t realize what that meant in the industry,” Dun says about selling out the Newport. “Shortly after that, there were interested labels flying us out to L.A. and New York. It was a tough decision, but it came down to the artistic relationship and who we ultimately felt the most comfortable with. Tyler and I both agreed on Fueled By Ramen.”

“A lot of bands think they need to travel as much as possible. Our approach was to travel our home state, and maybe a little outside of that.” Prior to label interest, Twenty One Pilots had already built a fan base playing dynamic shows that Dun says are inspired by “vulnerability and energy.” “A lot of bands will form and think they need to travel as much as possible. Our approach was to travel our home state, Ohio, and maybe a little outside of that. It’s hard not to be overlooked online, so you have to be strategic about what and when you post on Facebook. We didn’t really promote the smaller shows. We would show up at a venue and the goal was to make friends out of those people rather than bring existing fans. Then when we had one big show, we put as much effort as possible into promoting it and had people coming from all locations.” Dun says he and Joseph were originally unsure about signing with a label, but found a home with Fueled By Ramen and with producer Greg Wells (Weezer, Adele). “Ultimately what we want to change and what will change is that we’ll expand nationally and hopefully on a worldwide scale. We’re hoping that when we release the EP, not only is it in the hands of people in Ohio, but it will reach a much broader group,” Dun says. Twenty One Pilots’ untitled first EP via Fueled By Ramen drops July 17, with a full-length to be released later in the year. ——Jessica Pace July 2012 27



ASCAP presented the May installment of the ASCAP "We Create Music" Showcase series at The Basement in Nashville. Pictured (l-r) are: ASCAP's Ryan Beuschel, Whizbang Inc.'s Jen Wolczyk, Charity Vance, ASCAP's Robert Filhart, Ferrier's Will Harrison, Brandon Ingle, Jordan Hester and Jason Cheek, ASCAP's Evyn Mustoe and Aaron Espe.

Spirit Partners with Edizioni Curci Spirit Music Group, a leading independent music publisher, has signed a multi-year North American sub-publishing agreement with Edizioni Curci, one of Italy’s oldest and most respected publishers. The Edizioni Curci song catalog, owned and managed by the Curci family for more than 150 years, includes some 45,000 works including “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me,” a global mid-‘60s hit for Dusty Springfield, the Grammy Award winning classic “Volare,” Astor Piazolla’s “Libertango,” considered one of tango’s most popular songs, and “This Is My Life (La Vita),” a signature song for famed torch singer Shirley Bassey. "You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” was heard as the end-title song for Mad Men’s Season Five debut and “Non Dimenticar Le Mie Parole” licensed into Woody Allen’s new feature film To Rome With Love. Recent Curci signings include such successful songwriters as Guido Morra, Maurizio Fabrizio, rocker Vasco Rossi and writer-artist Tiziano Ferro, awarded Latin BMI Awards for his album Rojo Relativo and single “Tiardes Negras.” For further information, visit http://spiritmusic


Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) honored the songwriters and music publishers behind the year’s most-performed songs at the organization’s 60th annual Pop Awards, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Carole King received the BMI Icon Award. Pictured (l-r): Barbara Kane, VP & General Manager, Writer/Publisher Relations, Los Angeles, BMI; Carole King, BMI Icon; and Del Bryant, President & CEO, BMI.

New ASCAP, TV Agreement

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Television Music License Committee, LLC, (TMLC) have announced a settlement in principle concerning the fees payable by US local television stations for a license to publicly perform ASCAP’s over 8.5 million musical works through 2016. The new agreement covers a seven-year period, retroactive from Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2016. The deal's scope includes primary broadcasts, digital multicasts, Internet websites, and emerging wireless, mobile, and other digital platforms as part of the overall blanket license and will also provide stations with access to license documents electronically on both the TMLC and ASCAP websites. The TMLC represents over 1,200 local television stations and ASCAP represents over 435,000 songwriter, composer and publisher members. For additional information on the settlement, see

YouTube Ups Pub Quotient YouTube has announced new contracts with music publishers that the Google-owned site


said will provide them with more moneymaking opportunities, as well as increased copyright protection. The deal, announced on the YouTube blog, will more thoroughly compensate producers and artists for the use of their music in usergenerated work on the video-sharing site according to YouTube. Publishers that have signed on include BMG Rights Management, Christian Copyright Solutions, ABKCO Music, Inc., Songs Music Publishing, Words & Music, Copyright Administration, Music Services, Reservoir Media Management and Songs of Virtual. They represent artists such as Adele, Cee Lo Green, Foo Fighters, the Rolling Stones and Sam Cooke, YouTube stated. YouTube’s recent contracts, in addition to a similar agreement last year with the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) and Harry Fox Agency, will allow the company to monetize almost all user-generated YouTube videos that feature music. See http://youtube. com.

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LeGALL DIRECTS FOR SESAC SESAC has announced the promotion of Peniece LeGall to the position of Director, Writer/Publisher Relations. LeGall, who will head SESAC’s Atlanta office, will be responsible for recruiting new and established songwriters and publishers in all musical genres as well as maintaining relationships with current affiliates. For more information about all things SESAC, visit http://

Imagem Music USA (IMU) announced the signing of a worldwide, multi-year co-publishing agreement with Grammy-winning writer-producer John Shanks. Shanks has produced and/or written 43 No. 1 singles, 86 No. 1 albums, and sold over 60 million records to date. Pictured (l-r): Richard Stumpf, president of Imagem Music USA, and John Shanks. 28 July 2012




HIT-BOY STEPS OUT ole has concluded a futures co-publishing deal and a worldwide administration deal for the legacy catalog of Canadian country artist, songwriter and actor, George Canyon. Songs covered by the deal include “Pretty Drunk Out Tonight,” “Just Like You,” “Let It Out,” “Betty’s Buns” and “In Your Arms Again.” Canyon is currently working on his next studio album, slated for a fall release. Hit-Boy is well known through his work behind the boards on many smash hits, including Jay-Z and Kanye West’s double-platinum, monumental hit song “N***as in Paris,” Lil Wayne and Eminem’s “Drop the World,” and Rihanna’s “Watch n’ Learn.” Now, the G.O.O.D. Music signee and Universal Music Publishing hit-maker makes his foray into rap, stepping in front of the board for his solo record titled Jay-Z Interview. For complete details, see

music and entertainment conference and festival in Los Angeles, CA, happening Aug. 1-5th. The event boasts over 80 in-depth workshops and seminars and over 120 concert and showcase performances as well as a major networking event with Music Industry CEOs, A&R, investors and tour and television bookers. The event will be held in North Hollywood with events at Universal Studios Citywalk, where artists can compete for a $100,000 grand Prize package of gear and services. Go to http:// for more information.

ASCAP Maps App ASCAP has announced the launch of its redesigned and enhanced mobile app, allowing music creators, publishers, and music users to access ASCAP’s tools on any mobile device. The free app is now available in the iTunes App Store (for iPhone, iPod and iPad), Google Play store (for Android smartphones), and the mobile web at for Windows phones, Blackberrys, and all other mobile devices. ASCAP’s app allows users to stay current with their Member Access account and the latest news no matter where they are. The sleek interface allows users to see and download their royalty statements, update their contact information within the app itself, and get

the latest industry news via an interactive photo slider. This new mobile experience improves member catalog and ASCAP repertory searches, showing detailed information and the ability to contact publishers. It also allows designated users, such as managers and accountants, to log in through their own mobile devices. For complete details about the app, visit http://

Kauai Music Festival 10th Anniversary Songwriters will convene on the magical Hawai’ian island of Kauai for the four-day celebration of the art & craft of songwriting that is the Kauai Music Festival on July 11-14th. Among this year’s highlights will be a moderated Q&A, “An Evening with Colbie Caillat,” a dialogue with the platinum songwriter and recording artist. Panels, classes, one-on-one sessions and stellar guests like Brad Aarons, Vice President of A&R for music publisher Warner/Chappell Music, and music supervisor Dondi Bastone will be among the highlights of the 10th annual confab. Highly recommended for songwriters of all levels. Learn more at


Freebo Songwriting Retreat Acclaimed singer-songwriter-bassist Freebo, profiled recently in MC's Songwriter Profile, will conduct a unique Songwriting/Creativity Intensive and Wellness Retreat, Aug. 11 - 18, at California Hot Springs. This retreat promises attendees will “go deeper with your music and creativity as you get in touch with your body, mind and spirit.” The experience comprises a unique program of fitness activities in healing mineral hot spring pools, hikes in the Sequoia National Forest, songwriting with the 100 Giant Sequoias, and healthful cuisine. This intimate retreat is limited to 10-12 students. “You will leave with a new song, a recorded version of that song, and a deeper understanding of your craft and yourself.” Complete details at http:// or call 855-278-7262.

MICRO-­BIO: Dan Kimpel’s new-­ est book, It All Begins with the Music, is penned with legendary A&R exec Don Grierson. Hear Dan’s audio interviews worldwide on Delta Airlines.

BMI PARTY PEOPLE AT THE POP AWARDS Pictured at the recent BMI Pop Awards is (l-r): Benny Blanco, who shared Songwriter of the Year honors with Pitbull and Ester Dean, and songwriterartist Ke$ha.

SESAC has announced the signing of songwriter-artist Ryan Kinder for representation. Signed to Bigger Picture Group, Kinder stopped by SESAC’s Nashville, TN, headquarters with label executives to celebrate the new partnership. Pictured (l-r): Alan Kates, Bigger Picture; Keith Stegall, producer/Bigger Picture Chairman; Kinder; Dennis Lord, SESAC; and Nick Garvin and Jeff Carlton, Bigger Picture. July 2012 29




Carl Falk Songwriting Symmetry with Nicki Minaj, One Direction, Taio Cruz By Dan Kimpel




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s the vibrations become decidedly more dance-oriented, the axis of modern pop music increasingly emanates from two capitals: Stockholm, Sweden and Los Angeles, CA. Songwriter and producer Carl Falk, who co-wrote and co-produced the mega-hits “Starshipsâ€? for Nicki Minaj, “One Thingâ€? for One Direction, “Troublemakerâ€? by Taio Cruz, and tracks for Gavin DeGraw, Tommy Lee and many others, is emblematic of the newest generation of pop masters equally at home in It’s important for Scandinavia and Santa Monica. writers and producers to While Falk’s gritty guitars and impeccable beats are propulsive be in Los Angeles to meet accompaniments to massive pop hits, he reveals his modesty in this producers. There is so assessment. “It’s not rocket science,â€? he laughs. “Every once in a while much music business. everything clicks.â€? Falk envisions songs to make an impact across a broad swath of listeners. “I like listening to American radio, to KISS-FM and Sirius. You listen in a different way when you drive in L.A. It’s important for writers and producers to be in Los Angeles to meet producers. There is so much music business.â€? After spending much of last year stateside, Falk is back in Sweden where he and his creative partner Rami Yacoub have constructed a studio for their wealth of ongoing projects. “It feels like a nice apartment almost, with weird memorabilia from Star Wars and Back to the Future. It’s like a ‘boy room’ in a way, but a good reason to come back to Sweden.â€? While there have been unsubstantiated rumblings about a possible collaboration between Falk and U2, he is tight-lipped in this assessment. “I can’t really talk about it. I can say that it’s way too early to say if I’m going to be involved. It’s like that with a lot of projects.â€? Making the dance floor shake is a fundamental mission in the rising genre of Electronic Dance Music (EDM). “Dance music has become pop music,â€? Falk observes. “David Guetta as a perfect example, someone who does the whole DJ thing. It’s been a great inspiration for me. If you listen to ‘Troublemaker’ or ‘Starships’ you can hear how Rami and I do our own version––taking our influences and at the same time finding a way to bring guitars and piano into it.â€? Dirty guitars played by Falk bring a punky garage band element into many of the tracks. With additional facilities on bass, keyboards and drums, he can formulate a variety of musical styles as a multi-instrumentalist. But the creativity exceeds studio wizardry. “I always think, ‘Can we get it across with just guitar or piano?’ When we write a song we have a goal of a cover version. If we can get it across with a solid core, then we know it is a solidly written song. The production can be hard and punchy, but you can have a sweet melody and it works. It’s a good way of fooling the listener.â€? Melodies are key, says Falk. “As songwriters, it’s always melodies. A couple of years ago it wasn’t cool. Everything was auto-tuned and had the attitude of being dark and cool. That didn’t work out for us. Now pop is coming back. Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ is piano and vocal and it’s a huge hit.â€? Working with the British boy band phenomenon One Direction, Falk was inspired to craft songs and sounds that were innovative with an edge of familiarity. “When we first met them it was this: how do we turn this group that we know nothing about into something that will sound fresh and not be like a clichĂŠ version of something that is already out there?â€? So Falk thought back to his formative years in the late ‘90s, when the sleek pop of Britney Spears and *NSYNC ruled the airwaves. “I thought we should bring that back by writing songs like it was 1999 and replacing the dated sounds with guitars.â€? Falk notes the pop pendulum swings in a decade-defined arc. “It goes in 10-year periods, it’s time for the ‘90s: simple chord changes and melodies and obvious hooks. It’s coming back: People are going to have posters on their walls again––they care about the artist. It’s the perfect time to make pop music today.â€? Contact Ray Costa, Costa Communications,


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DROPS Making the rounds of screenings, including the Las Vegas Film Festival this month, is Louder Than Love: The Grande Ballroom Story, a new film by producer-director Tony D’Annunzio. The film tells the story of Detroit’s rock & roll palace in a story told by the artist and fans who helped build the phenomenon in the 1967 Summer of Love. The Grande served as the launch pad for some of America’s iconic rock bands including MC5, Iggy and the Stooges, and Ted Nugent & the Amboy Dukes. Of special note is the inclusion of 8-mm film of the Who performing Tommy for the first time, including an audio recording by Pete Townsend explaining Tommy to the audience. Neither has been seen nor heard in any documentary. To get further info and upcoming screenings dates, visit http://thegrandeball or contact Linda Arroz at Make Over Media, makeover

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PROPS A masterful melding of music and theater is what audiences are experiencing in Cirque du Soleil’s large scale production created exclusively for its permanent home at the Dolby (formerly Kodak) Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. IRIS, a Journey Through the World of Cinema combines acrobatics, dance, projections and live music. It takes the audience on a mesmerizing journey that blurs boundaries between live performance and moving images. The production also marks a milestone: composer Danny Elfman’s first collaboration with Cirque du Soleil. For full information or to reserve tickets, visit http://cirquedusoleil. com/en/shows/iris/show/music.aspx. Naama Kates has received many accolades for her debut album, The Unexamined Life, a tongue-in-cheek take on Socrates’ “an unex-

amined life is not worth living.” An accomplished actress, Kates also has two films on the festival circuit; the first, Eden, premiered at SXSW. The second film, The 10 Commandments of Chloe, for which the actress was awarded an Indie Fest Merit Award for Best Lead Actress in a Feature Film for her performance as Chloe, was also produced by Kates, who wrote the music for the piece. The Unexamined Life is available on most online retailers. Visit her website, http://naamak For further information, contact Versa Manos at Gorgeous PR, 323-782-9000 or Fifteen-year-old breakthrough artist Dylan Hyde recently performed a private fan set for, the teen entertainment site and YouTube channel from Natalie Kalamdaryan. Hyde performed five songs including his cover of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” and “Running Free” from Hyde’s new Web series Amazed. Among celebrities in attendance were Victoria Strauss from the cast of iCarly and AlexAnn Hopkins from the upcoming American Girls film. To learn more about Hyde, visit http://dylanhyde For more information, contact Robert Hensley at Gorgeous Media Group, 323-7829000 or Oscar-winning film composer Elliot Goldenthal was recently celebrated in concert at the Film Music Festival in Krakow, Poland. The concert performed by the Polish Orchestra Sinfonietta Cracovia included a special appearance by Oscar-nominated film and Tony-winning theatre director Julie Taymor. The first part of the concert program was devoted to music from all four Alien films. The second part of the program, Elliot Goldenthal’s Cinema of Art & Blood, featured music from Frida and Titus in addition to Goldenthal’s music from Interview with the Vampire and Batman Forever. To get further information, contact Jeff Sanderson at Chasen & Company, 310-274-4400 or

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VH1 is stepping into the reality music competition arena with 60-Minute Superstar, a new series in development. It is executive produced by former MTV Networks entertainment president Brian Graden, who once led VH1’s ratings turnaround by introducing reality series to its lineup. Details about the series’ format are still being worked out. Keep up with developments at http://

The Raconteurs Live at Montreux 2008 DVD is now in stores. This is the first-ever video release by the band and features tracks from both of their Top 10 albums including the singles “Steady, As She Goes,” “Many Shades Of Black,” “Broken Boy Soldier,” “Salute Your Solution” and more. For more information, contact Carol Kaye at Kayos Productions, Inc., 212-366-9970 or carol@ In 2009, Kurt and Ian Marcus traveled with John Mellencamp on his tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, documenting the experience and filming Mellencamp as he wrote and recorded his 2010 record No Better Than This. Shot in Super 8, the visuals give a timeless quality to one of America’s most successful songwriters. The documentary, John Mellencamp: It’s About You, is available on DVD and Blu-ray. A new indie film on the screening circuit, The Last Ride, follows true events during the last three days of country icon Hank Williams’ life. On his way to a perform a couple of New Year’s shows in West Virginia and Ohio, the country music legend passed away on New Year's Day, in 1953, in the back of his powder blue Cadillac. The soundtrack is loaded with notables including Jett Williams, Russ Taff and Tony Ramey. For complete information and screening times, visit http://curb liams/vault. For more information, contact Ed Bunker at No Problem! Marketing, 818436-4860 or ed@ noproblemmarket

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Lalela Music Library has released the sixth volume from its production music library. Recent placements include an international trailer for Dreamworks/Hugh Jackman’s Real Steel, Playstation 3 trailer for Resistance 3, CBS promos for the Amazing Race and commercials and in-stores for Vizio. Lalela Music Library works over 50 composers including Doug Cuomo (Sex in the City) and Elvin Ross (Tyler Perry’s Diary Of A Mad Black Woman). For more information, visit or contact Beth Krakower at CineMedia Promotions, 212-533-6864 or beth@ Legendary guitarist-songwriter-film composer Trevor Rabin, who was a recent recipient of the Henry Mancini Career Achievement Award from ASCAP, has returned to his performing roots with his first solo album in over two decades, Jacaranda. The new release is an amalgamation of rock, blues and jazz/instrumental that expertly showcases Rabin’s guitar (he performs on 14 guitars) and piano talents. Some of the drum performances feature his son, Ryan Rabin of the hit band GroupLove (“Tongue-tied”). For additional information, contact Ray Costa, Walt Disney Records has released the soundtrack to the new Disney-Pixar film Brave. Set in the rugged and mysterious Highlands of Scotland, Brave follows the heroic journey of Merida (voice of Kelly Macdonald), a skilled archer and headstrong daughter of King Fergus (voice of Billy Connolly) and Queen Elinor (voice of Emma Thompson). Two new songs perform-ed by acclaimed Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis are among the film’s musical highlights which join a score utilizing traditional Scottish instruments by Scottish-born Patrick Doyle, only the fourth composer to write a score for a Pixar film. For more information, contact Maria Kleinman at Walt Disney Records, 818-238-1089, or maria.klein


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ock And Roll Hall of Famer Ronnie Spector has been thinking about presenting her new musical Beyond The Beehive for a long time. But how does do you tell your life story if you’re still alive? Fans had been telling Spector to bring her story to film since the publication of her autobiography Be My Baby in 1990. Then came her induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 and her former husband Phil Spector’s murder conviction in 2009. Life went on.

OPPS Every year the Academy for New Musical Theater in Los Angeles, CA, produces a series of original 15-Minute Musicals proving that musical theater is alive and well even in L.A. This year marks the debut of the first musical by local light Mara Hitner, a comedy about a selfhelp TV show. ANMT is a global community of writers, composers, producers, and actors who work together to create new musicals, and the ANMT offers many classes and opportunities (both live and on the Internet) for those who need help breaking in. For a list of classes or to catch 15-Minute Musicals for yourself, visit http://anmt. org or send a note to I E S : the Indie Entertainment Summit takes place Aug. 1-5 in Los Angeles, CA. The five-day event will focus on cutting-edge knowledge, networking and performances in the areas of music, movies/TV, and touring, featuring over 80 in-depth workshops and seminars. There is also a Best Band in the Land competition with the winner receiving a Grand Prize Package worth $100,000. Visit and http://best or call 818-505-9537. is looking to feature music and entertainment videos. Contributors have to

Silver Honors is looking to accumulate nominees for their new award program. Post videos to by completing the Nomination Form on the site. The service is completely free. The People’s Orchestra is looking to build the largest amateur recording orchestra in the UK, with a repertoire drawn from film scores including Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings and Titanic as well as helping to orchestrate scores for new films, something that is currently under way. The People’s Orchestra already has its first concert booked for Nov. 4 at The Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham. To audition for the orchestra, register at php/auditions.html.

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The 90-minute multimedia production comes to City Winery in New York City this month because Spector can’t wait another minute to deliver a message. “I wrote Beyond The Beehive to tell a story that will help women know they should never give up,” she says. “BTB is about what you can do instead of what you can’t.” There are a lot of things Spector found she can do to tell the story of her 50-year journey from NYC’s Peppermint Lounge to Beverly Hills. More multimedia than musical, BTB is built around stories, video and still images, as well as upwards of 10 live songs from Spector backed by a full band. It’s a daunting endeavor, but one that the girl-group icon has been waiting for all her life. “I feel it and I love it,” she says. “I am an artist because I am passionate about what I do….There are so many rumors and my show will set the record straight. “ BTB is the story of Ronnie Spector’s journey from victim to survivor and no one is more surprised at that outcome than Spector herself. “I’m so happy,” she says, “because I am still alive.”

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BONZO’S BIRTHDAY HITS SUNSET STRIP: Bonzo’s Birthday Bash, which took place at House of Blues in Hollywood, CA, was a success. The event celebrated the birthday of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Henry Bonham. More than 20 of rock’s top drummers gathered and each put his own spin on classic Zeppelin tunes to a crowd of 9,000. The night was organized by Joe Sutton and Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol). Lasting over four hours, the show included legendary skinsmen Matt Sorum, Steven Adler, Gregg Bissonette, Rikki Rockett, Glen Sobel and Tichy (pictured).

VAN HALEN RUN WITH THE DEVIL ONCE AGAIN: The mighty Van Halen got down to business at L.A.’s Staples Center recently, playing a wild and entertaining mix of new material and big rock classics. Edward Van Halen, David Lee Roth, Alex Van Halen, and Wolfgang Van Halen played a tight twoand-a-half hour show full of effortless guitar heroics, stage antics and confetti cannons. Pictured (l-r) are Roth and Eddie. —Oscar Jordan

WEISHEIT'S A WINNER: German guitarist Mattias Weisheit came to CAZADOR Recording to track an acoustic composition, "The Three-legged Dog And The Oneeyed Cat," with producer-engineer Jimmy Hunter. Weisheit, known for flaming metal guitar playing with Sledge/Leather, received the free studio time via Music Connection's Friday Freebie giveaway. Hunter and Weisheit (pictured, l-r) will hopefully do more projects in the future from this networking session. To see what MC's giving away this week, head over to 34 July 2012


VIDEO GAME NERDS UNITE FOR EPIC ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE: By harnessing power, courage and wisdom, conductor Eimear Noone (pictured) and company took video game fans through over two hours of epic Zelda movements. Held at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA, and based on the Legend of Zelda franchise, the "Symphony of the Goddesses" performance was hosted by actress/fellow nerd Zelda Williams—daughter of comedian Robin Williams. The event was held in parallel to E3, the video game expo held at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

MALEA SUPPORTS ANIMAL ADOPTION: Malea McGuinness and her bandmembers took a quick break from her recent Save A Life, Adopt A Pet Tour with Rusted Root, stopping by KSPN Radio in Aspen, CO, to get the word out about helping our furry friends. Pictured (l-r): Eric Bradley, DJ Ryan Koster, Malea and Ric Roccapriore. More info is available at





PLAYBOY JAZZ FEST SHAKES UP THE BOWL: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings whipped the audience into a cold sweat at the 34th annual Playboy Jazz Festival held at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA. Jones and her 10-piece band brought the house down Saturday with maximum-strength R&B, soul stirring vocals, and old-school dance moves. Other highlights included Christian McBride, Global Gumbo All-Stars, and Bill Cosby, in his final year as the Festival's emcee, who sat in on drums with his band Cos' of Good Music. For complete coverage, see http://

VANESSA WILLIAMS RECEIVES INSPIRATION AWARD: Covenant House hosted its Annual Gala at the Skirball with Robin DiMaggio as Musical Director and an all-star line up band. Pictured (l-r): Robin DiMaggio, U.N. Musical Director; Vanessa Williams, recipient Covenant House California Inspiration Award; and U.N. Ambassador Francis Lorenzo, recipient of the Covenant House California Humanitarian Award.

KEVIN STEA RELEASES MACHINE + MAGIC: Multitalent dancer-actormusician Kevin Stea (Showgirls, The Birdcage) chose Ripples in Long Beach, CA, to launch his new CD Machine + Magic as a benefit for the ACLU’s The Bullying Stops Here campaign. Coco Peru (Trick) opened the show for Stea, known best for his work with entertainers including Madonna, Beyonce and Celine Dion. Pictured (l-r): Coco Peru, Kevin Stea, Stea T-shirt designer Andrea Messier Cuomo and reporter Harrison Held. For more info contact Greg McCombs at 415-517-0961.

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1977– 2012

35 Years

Tidbits From Our Tattered Past

1988—Squeeze—(Issue #2): In Music Connection’s interview with hit pop-rock band Squeeze's main songwriting team, Glenn Tilbrook & Chris Difford, the duo were asked if they actually sit in a room together when they write. "Hunched around the piano?" replied Tilbrook. "Not really, no. For the most part, we write separately. Chris'll go away and write lyrics and I sit at home and write changes to them." Elsewhere in this issue, MC spotlighted "Undervalued Drummers," including Don Bolles (Germs), John French (Beefheart), Howard Grimes (Al Green), Jaki Liebezeit (Can) and Pierre Moerlen (Gong).

1990—Enigma Records—(Is. #7): MC's spotlight of indie label Enigma Records focused on its new partnership with Capitol Records. Observed co-founder of Enigma, William Hein, "We looked ahead five, 10 years, and one thing we saw for the '90s was that the amount of money one would need to market an artist would rise dramatically." Elsewhere in this issue, Doug Thaler, in a profile of his management career, stated, "I worked just as hard managing unsuccessful bands as I work for Motley Crue." MC's club reviews area spotlighted the Pat Sajack Band featuring Dave Koz. 35

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Palmer’s range of creative pledges spans a dollar download or a $5 digital edition of the music all the way up to a $10,000 “portraitsittingâ€? and dinner with the artist. Particularly generous backers will have Amanda Palmer visit their homes for a live performance, others will receive signed and numbered art books with words by husband-novelist Neil Gaiman, lyrics from Palmer, and pictures from over 30 artists. Other high-end options include an Amanda Palmer painted USB capable turntable, vinyl, CD and artwork; a donut feast with the artist (plus art and music), Sharpie pictures drawn by Palmer to listener specifications (i.e. departed pets, lost homes, etc.); and admission to art openings and parties where Palmer promises to entertain. In this exclusive interview Palmer speaks with Music Connection about crowd funding and what it represents for the future of the music business. Music Connection: Good morning, Miss Amanda. It sounds like this might be too early an hour for you. Are you a creature of the night? Amanda Palmer: (Clears throat) Well‌I was a creature of last night! But I’m hydrating and having coffee and my voice is coming back. MC: The lead single “Do it With a Rockstarâ€? from your upcoming album Theater is Evil channels the glam rock days of T. Rex and Bowie. Palmer: Yes! We could also do a mash-up of “Do it With a Rockstarâ€? with “Do You Wanna Danceâ€? (recorded by Bobby Freeman in 1958). Two of the other songs on the album would segue right into “Walk on the Wild Sideâ€? by Lou Reed, so we might do that too. MC: People are so interested in you right now. Palmer: (Laughs) I have no idea why. MC: Maybe it’s because you have embraced this new trend of finding listeners who like you. Palmer: That’s not a new trend––show me an artist who doesn’t want people to like them, and I’ll show you a dead artist. MC: Do you think that the public had been forcefed by the industry for so long that taking charge with crowd funding is a reaction to that? Palmer: To burst my own bubble, I don’t think anything all that new is really happening. I think people are paying attention now. It’s similar to what was happening in the ‘80s and ‘90s when DIY artists started their own little labels because manufacturing made it possible to make your own tapes. MC: But that was a different decade, pre-Internet if you will. Palmer: I think there are really fundamental things that don’t change about art and musicians and audiences. But the music business has been so fucking out to lunch for so long about some fundamental truths. But a lot of musicians haven’t been. They understand the basics of making good music, and if you make it available to people they will help you. MC: Your history with your previous label, Roadrunner Records, was by all accounts strained and it took you two years to extricate

yourself from it. Speaking of labels in general, why do you think the industry at large hasn’t grasped the concepts that you embrace? Palmer: Because it’s messy, it’s emotional and it’s complicated. A company can’t sit around a table and say how they can make people like you. As an artist, you have to emotionally connect. It can’t be manufactured. It can’t be put together in a boardroom. That has to be by virtue of the fact that the music really connects with people. Little has changed, but there is now a light shown on what was a darker place. MC: Do you feel yourself in the vanguard of selfdetermined artists? Palmer: I believe there are thousands of musicians like me working underground, connecting with their fans, signing after shows, hugging everybody and keeping it real. The music business has never been interested in that. Why would they be? They’ve been on their own clock, in their own world, on their own time. The music business got so wildly bloated and out of control with people in offices making these decisions that a lot of these points got missed.


MC: Is your audience well-heeled or do you consider them relentlessly faithful? Palmer: What’s the difference? I think they’re all over the place. I have fans who are dirt fucking poor and read every tweet and every blog post, and can barely afford to download a five-dollar package, but they are ever faithful and they tirelessly promote me. I have fans who vaguely stay up-to-date with what I’m doing but generally support me, and they’re happy to each give me 50 one-thousand-dollar donations to do the book. It’s all over the place.


MC: You have been out here for a long time, comparatively speaking. And the concept of creating art with music is something you also explored with the Dresden Dolls, for example when you created The Dresden Dolls Companion with a book and DVD included. How has your fan base changed over the past 10 years? Palmer: I think my fan base and Amanda Palmer supporters have evolved as much as I have. There was definitely an era of early Dresden Dolls where our fan based was teenaged and “angsty.� Even back then the best thing about the Dresden Dolls was that at our shows you’d see this ripped 16-year-old Goth kid pierced from his toes to his eyeballs next to a college professor in his 50s in a tweed suit, and both of them looked totally at home at the show. The only areas of humanity we don’t attract are the basic mainstream music fans. That’s fine with me. I’m very happy to collect everyone else.




MC: We note that you are not sitting on your million dollars and planning a party: you state on your website that there are extensive expenses in manufacturing the art books, staging the various events, hiring personnel, and of course paying taxes. We quote, and we leave your inventive syntax intact, â€œâ€Śin no fucking case scenario do i get a check for $1,000,000 and laugh my way to the bank, then book a private jet to ibiza where a limo filled with hookers and blow will be waiting to escort me to a slamming nightclub called ‘la uno percento’ where i then spend my time contemplating my handsome nose job in the darkened mirrored bathrooms (probably weeping).â€? But clearly you have struck a very personal nerve across a wide demographic willing to support you. Have the Dresden Dolls fans followed your evolution as a ukulele player, as Amanda “Fuckingâ€? Palmer and now as an art and crowd-funding goddess? Palmer: As I have evolved as a human being and a songwriter there are definitely fans who July 2012



he unlikely tale of how Amanda Palmer raised a million plus dollars from over 25,000 fans on Kickstarter for the forthcoming Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra release Theater is Evil is a story of such impressive measure that the New York Times and Forbes have taken note.


have dropped off and moved into other places. But there are fans who have evolved and stayed with me. The girl who was 20 when I was 26 and was struggling in college and dealing with issues with her parents and totally relating to the early Dresden Dolls music is now in her late 20s as I’m in my middle 30s. And she’s struggling with different questions in her life, how to be an authentic person and be kind to herself. So the stuff I’m writing now is resonating with her. We’re going on parallel journeys and the soundtrack has morphed. MC: You tour extensively, both as a solo artist, and of course when you were showcasing the “Brechtian Punk Cabaret” of the Dresden Dolls. As you’ve indicated, playing live is an enormous part of appealing to fans. Palmer: The Internet makes a lot of things possible. Seeing things on YouTube can foster a connection and turn people on. I may be old-fashioned, but I

“The music business has been so fucking out to lunch for so long about some fundamental truths. But a lot of musicians haven’t been. They understand the basics of making good music, and if you make it available to people they will help you.“ —Amanda Palmer don’t think there will ever be a replacement for an artist performing in a room for people and talking to them in real time. It takes us back to the basics: art and human beings. We get together and we have a catharsis, and that takes us back to day one. People like getting together and experiencing life and emotion. They use music and theater as tools, and the artist is the mouthpiece, but it’s about the collective experience MC: Country music artists have typically spent time with their fans after shows, and of course you mention doing signings yourself. Will this become more common in the modern age? Palmer: That’s also something the music business missed the boat on. Putting a star up on a stage and whisking them away. It scratches one itch for people, the idea of collectively worshiping

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a person on stage. It’s sexy and exciting, but it doesn’t bring a community together, not always, and not necessarily. MC: What additional perspective do you have on the artist/performer dynamic? Palmer: In my band and my career I’ve always been more interested in what’s going to happen in a room with all of these people. I happen to be on stage, I brought them together through a lot of hard work and writing the right kind of songs, but is everyone in this room going to feel something and leave happier, or changed? That’s why I got into this shit in the first place. If I was ever interested in fame it was only so I could be a more effective vessel. It wasn’t so I could have a house in the hills. MC: What live shows changed you when you were growing up? Palmer: A lot of theater, actually. I was touched and changed, and had my mind pried wider open by some of the theater I saw as a teenager and in college. My favorite band of all time? The Legendary Pink Dots. Their live show changed me, and I probably saw them two dozen times. Their performance and music were both so authentic while still being slightly weird and theatrical. They were a small indie band—they had no fancy stage, a club of a few hundred people in the audience maybe, but they were hugely influential and still are. I had them open for the Dresden Dolls. If you had told me that at 15 I would have shit a brick!

Massachusetts. I didn’t go to a lot of rock shows. I can name the bands I saw in high school on two hands.. But I would come home from school, get a bowl of cereal, and watch MTV for two hours no matter what was on. These early fucked-up MTV videos with everyone being really wild and creative and creating stories out of these songs and doing this wild theatrical stuff––that really affected me. Prince, Cindy Lauper and Peter Gabriel looked like they were having a blast. Making music, writing music and running around in costumes— that’s the job I want.

MC: As a journalist I have to ask you this last question: are you ever concerned that the story of the making of your new record might overwhelm the music of that record? Palmer: I hope not. I don’t think so. I think if the record was subpar and boring that would be the case. But the record is so good I think it will stand easily on its own. I like to think that Kickstarter and the buzz will serve as a booster rocket for a longer flight. Contact Sarah Avrin, Girlie Action Media, 212989-2222 ext. 118,

MC: Are you incorporating any of these influences into your upcoming shows? Palmer: We’re bringing spandex back on this tour—we just ordered gold spandex pants for our guitarist and, I must say, they are fine. Really great ass pants.

Members of the band on page 36, (l-r): Michael McQuilken, Amanda Palmer, Chad Raines, Jherek Bischoff

MC: What else did you vibe on at age 15? Palmer: I was really influenced by MTV. I don’t know if artists talk about it. I lived in suburban

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ne would have to be a cave dweller to be unaware that Asia is on the rise, with booming markets such as China and Korea quickly catching up with more established markets like Japan and the “Asian Tigers.” Even the markets in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia are gathering steam and becoming increasingly attractive to western business interests. But what does that mean for the American music industry, and can western artists and music companies get in on the action? Avril Lavigne certainly thinks so. She was rewarded with a surprise bonanza of music, merchandise and ticket sales after she sang some lyrics in Japanese. And according to Josh Web from What Culture blog, Lady Gaga has also cracked the Asian market because “she gets it. What some here (America) feel is over the top and attention-seeking, is totally normal for fans of K-Pop.” And even Michael Jackson’s old producer, Teddy Riley, has switched over to K-Pop (from A-Pop?) and is now based in Korea, riding the wave of Korean artists dominating the charts in Asia. But those who are making inroads in Asia are not just established artists. “Independent artists, DJs, producers, songwriters can too,” says Dan Merlot, an L.A.-based independent music producer who has been visiting Asia for years. Merlot thinks there are significant advantages to operating in Asia because they value Western tastes and creativity so highly. In fact, all the Asian music professionals we talked to for this article agreed that there are great new opportunities available, due particularly to the Internet. And while the fortunes of “international” music are waning, and interest in homegrown music is rising, our experts also agreed that this trend could work to a WESTERN artist’s advantage––if he or she collaborates with native Asian artists and gets representation in those artists’ home territories.

Think Global, Act Local Rob Schwartz, Tokyo Bureau Chief of Billboard magazine, says, “The number one thing for any artist trying to break into Asian markets is to get a local partner. Obviously the easiest route to do this is to be on a major label and get the Japanese office to take an interest in promoting you. However, there are other partners who can be equally effective in Japan.”

“Working with locals is important because they give a face to your music and make it much easier for companies there that are willing to work with a foreign artist.” —Dan Merlot Something Drastic, for example, is a music management and promotion company that, according to CEO Rob Poole, is set up to provide its western clients with “long-term connections, help them understand the language, who to market and promote to, and the fundamentals of business.” To anyone interested in penetrating Asia, Dan Merlot suggests researching to find companies that represent foreign music into different regions of Asia (media, management, booking, music sales). He also advises finding out what indie and major acts are selling music, touring or getting media exposure there. “Working with locals is important because they give a face to your music and make it much easier for companies there that willing to work with a foreign artist.”

Perform Live Of course the best way to give a face to your music is to turn up and play it. The Vice President of Village Records in Japan suggests approaching the big concert promoters of cities such as Udo and Kyodo, while Robert Poole suggests targeting the “two big concert promoters, SMASH and Creativeman, who hold the Fuji Rock and

Summersonic events respectively. Both support new acts by having extensive stages at their festivals, so submitting material to these two is probably the best way to go these days.” Regarding China, Poole thinks the mainland Chinese market is not yet well developed, but the best ways for new acts to get into the market is to reach out to local city venues directly where acts can easily book gigs, providing they have someone to aid with language. Korean music sounds much closer to US music than any other country in Asia, so Poole believes it could be a good idea for a US act to collaborate with a Korean act and have a twoway tie-up on tours. And with Southeast Asia growing fast, it should also be possible to find performance slots at festivals in Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and others.

Asian Markets Vary By now it should be obvious that there is no singular Asian market. At the moment, “Japan has the biggest market,” says Mr. Aso, Vice President of Wondergoo, a Japanese entertainment retail chain, while “China and July 2012 41

other Southeast Asian countries, which have a tendency to get influenced by trends created in Japan, also have potential for growth.” So despite all the talk of “awakening the Chinese giant,” when it comes to the music industry, Poole reports that “Japan is still the number one target in the region, since the yen is so strong and disposable income is high. Digital sales have largely made up for the decline in CD sales, but CDs do sell well here still.” This obviously doesn’t apply in China where there are little to no copyright laws. Although China is fast realizing that in order to grow its domestic markets and encourage local innovation, it needs to put intellectual property laws in place. That is why royalty collection agencies, such as Japan’s JASRAC, are starting to make inroads there. But even if copyright laws were in place, the major labels would still find it hard to charge $10 per album when Chinese consumers can barely afford two. This too will improve as China’s economy grows, and its currency gains more purchasing power. But for the moment, independent artists and labels who operate with much smaller overheads are probably the best positioned to make profits off these lower price points. Interestingly, the Korean market is currently getting the most attention, with acts like 2NE1 dominating Asia, and even America, where they were recently voted best new band in the world by MTV viewers, and their album went to No. 1 on the hip-hop album iTunes chart. “Korea recently has had a pop music explosion dominating the charts in Japan and becoming a popular subculture worldwide,” Merlot reports. “In 2011, K-pop artists sales increased 22.3 percent. The key to its success is that Korean pop has been collaborating with European and American songwriters, thus giving it a more international sound. South Korean popular culture is today serving as a major driver of youth culture all across the Pacific Rim, particularly China, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.”

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Bec Hollcraft sings for a band called Stars in Stereo (http://starsinstereo. com) who are currently on a US tour with Foxy Shazam. Before joining Stars in Stereo, Hollcraft was signed to Sony Japan for three years under the name “Becca” (http://beccaofficial. com). She worked out of Japan on and off during that time and released a total of five albums there, including a collaboration album with Japanese band Bennie K. Together they wrote and recorded under the name Bennie Becca, and the album had English as well as Japanese lyrics in the songs. Music Connection: How did you penetrate the Asian market? How did that come about? Bec Hollcraft: I was doing a showcase in Los Angeles and my manager at the time invited a few scouts from Sony Japan. He had worked in Japan for years and thought I would be a great fit in the Japanese market. Fortunately the scouts liked me. I was very lucky and it all seemed to happen very quickly. They flew me to Japan when I was 18 in 2007 and I was working immediately. MC: How did being put in an anime help your Japanese career? How did that opportunity arise? Hollcraft: Anime is a huge part of Japanese culture and my label worked very hard to get me a placement. That’s how bands get out there in Japan; by getting their songs on TV shows or movies. They definitely made fighting for those placements a big part of the process of getting me success in Japan. Because my song was the theme for Kuroshitsuji or The Black Butler, which was a new anime that blew up in Japan, I seemed to have gained most of my fan base from that. Even today, years later, people in different countries, including America, are watching that anime and reaching out to me or finding my music online. Animes can cross over into any culture. MC: We noticed, in a live video from Japan, that you thanked the crowd in Japanese. You were very well versed! Did you pick up the language from this experience or were you already fluent? Hollcraft: It was important to me to try to find a way to connect with the fans. What better way than to speak their language? I definitely got help from translators, tutors, and Rosetta Stone, but picked up words here and there. I heard from many different Japanese people that singing and

speaking in Japanese is the only way to get truly massive in Japan if you start there, so I tried to do that as much as possible. MC: What advice do you have for DIY musicians attempting to tap a foreign market? Hollcraft: Try to understand the culture. Study it, study the music, study what sells out there. Learning the language is extremely helpful. There are always exceptions and I was definitely one of them. I got lucky. All you need is one person in a great position to believe in you and fight for you. … Definitely try to work with a rep from that country rather than trying to do it yourself. It is very difficult to try to break into an Asian country without that help. It seems they are very adamant about working with their own people. MC: Do you have any examples/advice on what NOT to do? Do have any plans of returning to Japan with Stars In Stereo? Hollcraft: Don’t disrespect their culture. Be aware of it and learn about it before you head out there. It will make your experience more enjoyable and you will gain more respect. My band Stars in Stereo and I are dying to play internationally and are doing everything we can to make it out there someday! The most enthusiastic fans I’ve ever had were in Japan. I am so happy I got to experience that and hope I get to share that with my band soon. —Andy Mesecher

For “7 Detailed Steps: Breaking Into Asia” go here.

American Idol equivalent, who flew to Los Angeles to record a track at 4th Street, “but also to collaborate with L.A. artists and producers,� she says, “and soak up the sights, sounds and fashions of Los Angeles.�

Just  Do  It! Even though the share of international music in Asia is shrinking, Asians still revere western artists and creativity. So while breaking into the Asian music markets has some initial geographic and language barriers for western artists to overcome, those who do are richly rewarded with a receptive audience and enthusiastic collaborators.


Lost  &  Found  In  Translation Once you have picked your target market(s), the next thing to do is to record translations of your songs. Avril Lavigne now has a huge following in Asia since recording versions of her main songs in eight different languages, paired up with persistent touring there. A VP at Village Records in Japan (who would prefer to remain anonymous) points out that recording foreign language versions also applies to Asian artists. “Taiwanese singers and rockers sing in Baijing (Chinese) words now, because 70 percent of their sales are from China.â€? While the language barrier often seems huge to English speakers, Asians are very used to translating.

New  Tech,  New  Opps While Asian markets and languages vary considerably, Poole believes “the technology is the same worldwide in terms of social media. Each country has its own; Japan uses Mixi more than Facebook, China has Baidu and Weibo. But since people who are interested in foreign music tend to go to international sites to find it, this is less of a barrier than one might think.â€? That is not to say America can’t import new technologies and business models from Asia. For example, two bands Merlot produced in Japan recently performed at the Tokyo Girls Collection fashion show in Beijing where the audience could use their phones to buy songs on the spot by scanning QR codes on giant screens. And in between performances, they ran fashion shows where the crowds could also impulse purchase the clothes by phone. That’s why Asian artists are often funded by fashion labels, not record labels.

than ever in terms of the Web. Anyone can follow you and buy your music more easily than ever before using Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, and music videos on YouTube. However, it also makes it harder to stand out among millions of other artists. That’s why today’s independent artist has to be more hardworking and clever than ever before.� While being a western artist is a great way to stand out in Asia, you will definitely need to work with local companies to target your market. And collaborating with local artists is another option you would do well to explore.

All-­Important  Intangibles

Author Stefan Broadley is an L.A.-

based producer, composer, mixer and entrepreneur from New Zealand, writing American pop over English dance music, for the Japanese to sell in Asia. Links: (producer site), (music blog), (business site)

But what do your potential Asian collaborators, partners and fans want from you? Help with English lyrics is the most obvious need, though the Vice President of Village Records thinks Asian music makers could definitely learn from American music makers and mixing engineers. It is a view echoed by Merlot, who finds Asian artists and music professionals very receptive to international partnerships, especially for help with intangibles like writing songs, cultivating talent, styling, marketing, and getting an international sound and feel.

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Most of Merlot’s music production work is now coming from Asia for that reason, and his job description increasingly includes cultural ambassador, with his collaborations spread both overseas and back here in the US. In fact, Asian artists often want to come to the US, not only to record and collaborate with American artists, but to experience the Los Angeles scene, clubs, trends and absorb the culture.

CEO of Something Drastic, robert@somethingdrastic. com,

Stefan Broadley, 310-621-8889

Dan Merlot

Specialist in representing song placements and cowrites. Also scouting for US-based Asian singers. info@,

Robert Poole

Rob Schwartz

Tokyo Bureau Chief of Billboard magazine,

New  Challenges

This is why Kathleen Wirt, Owner/Manager of 4th Street Recording Studios in Santa Monica, CA, has partnered with Merlot to offer those options as part of her studio’s overall recording experience.

Owner/Manager, 4th Street Recording Studios,, 310-395-9114

New technologies also bring new problems, and Merlot reports “the pipelines are more open

Wirt says her facility’s most recent client was Laure Shang Wenjie, the winner of China’s,

Kathleen Wirt

Village Records Japan

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By Josè Martinez


From Cuba to Quincy Jones


icture this: you’ve just been invited by none other than Quincy Jones to come to the US and work together—but your home country absolutely forbids it. That was the dilemma facing one young performer.

Cubans are immediately granted asylum at the US border and as soon as Rodriguez found himself on US soil, he called his current manager, Jones’ vice president Adam Fell, who booked him on a flight to Los Angeles.

Raised under the rule of Fidel Castro in Cuba, musician Alfredo Rodriguez always found a means to escape through music. In 2009, he literally fled from Castro’s communist regime and found asylum in the United States after having struck a friendship with legendary producer Quincy Jones.

Three years later, Rodriguez is now signed to Jones’ management company and has released his debut effort, entitled Sounds of Space, on Mack Avenue Records. Having changed his style from a classical music approach to jazz, Rodriguez, who cites Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk among his influences, has cherished working alongside Jones.

The son of a popular Cuban singer, television presenter and entertainer of the same name, young Alfredo began formally studying music at the age of seven. In Cuba, students at such a young age must either study piano or violin. Rodriguez, who originally wanted to study percussion, chose the piano. By the age of 10, when Rodriguez was old enough to switch over to the drums, he was already hooked with the piano. In 2006, he was invited to play at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and performed in front of Quincy Jones, who not only was impressed with the classical pianist, but was interested in working with him. “I thought, this is going to be a great experience for me,” Rodriguez explains. “I just played for Quincy Jones and he wants to work with me. But when I went back to Cuba, it was impossible to make it happen. We tried but it was impossible. Now, with President Obama, select people can come here, but it is so difficult.”

“Some people think that Quincy, who is a great producer, will just tell you what to do,” Rodriguez says, “but since I’ve been here, it has been just the opposite. He tells me to be me, to do whatever I feel I should do, otherwise I’ll be lying to myself. Quincy was the main reason for me to come here, but at the same time, I was really convinced that I wanted to leave Cuba.”

“I thought, this is going to be a great experience for me. I just played for Quincy Jones and he wants to work with me.”

Three years later, Rodriguez was in Mexico where he was performing with his father and realized he was at a crossroads in his life.

The maestro is equally impressed with his young protégé. “He is very special,” Jones says, “and I do not say that easily because I have been surrounded by the best musicians in the world my entire life. And he is one of the best.”

Under Jones’ watchful eye, Rodriguez signed to Mack Avenue for a three-record deal. With several tour dates upcoming, Rodriguez enjoyed his June 16 performance at the Hollywood Bowl at the 34th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival the most.

“I was doing a concert in the Yucatan,” Rodriguez recalls, “and I told my family that the only way I could make this happen with Mr. Jones was to go to the United States. I took a plane from Mérida, Yucatan to Nuevo Laredo. And I got arrested trying to cross the border.”

“For me, it’s where I started,” Rodriguez recalls. “It was my first concert in the United States in 2009. It will always be a very important festival for me.”

“I spoke with them for four hours. I told them if they stopped me I would try again tomorrow. I wasn’t going back to Cuba. So they let me go and I took a taxi from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico to Laredo, TX.”

Contact Quincy Jones Productions, 310-471-4353

While most of the tracks on Sounds of Space were originally composed in Cuba, with the exception of tracks such as “Crossing the Border” and With no money to bribe Mexican officials, which is practically standard “Transculturation,” Rodriguez is already composing new symphonic music, practice at the border, all the young musician could do was plea for his future. as well as standard trio music, for future releases.

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Rock-­It Ships

Comfortable Wheels for Affordable Touring By Fuchsia Black


t’s a fact. Tour support money from record labels has become less common for bands and artists, and tour buses are simply out of the range of many acts. But this void is being filled by Rock-It Ships, a company that provides vehicles built to bridge the gap between the rental van and the oldschool, high-cost tour bus. As the price of fuel has risen so rapidly, and many bands are paying for their own transportation these days, Rock-It Ships ( offers a unique alternative. Additionally, environmental concerns are also increasingly important to a growing number of people, particularly in the entertainment community. The Rock-It Ships vehicles, called Sprinters, are tricked-out versions of a new product manufactured by MercedesBenz. With proprietary Blue Tech V6 Turbodiesel engine technology, they qualify for Ultra-Low Emissions Vehicle status, meeting the strict emissions standards in all states, including California. The Sprinter is not classified as a commercial vehicle, so anyone over 21 with a clean, valid driver’s license may legally drive it. According to Rock-It Ships CEO Derek Hart, “It’s ideal for artists who don’t want to sleep on a couch or in a van, or pay for a hotel or motel. And of course they want to save money. Also, if you are an artist traveling on a tour bus, the Rock-It Ships are ideal for your crew.” The company is currently based in Florida, with plans to expand to Los Angeles, CA, in the fall, but clients can either pick up a Rock-It Ship in Florida or have it delivered, adding on the cost of mileage for the driver and return airfare. As luxuriously appointed as many larger tour buses, the Ships feature five bunks and two sleeper couches, accommodating seven comfortably, a mini-fridge, and satellite TV. Also available are trailers to haul luggage, equipment, etc. Hart states that the vehicles achieve 20-28 MPG, depending on load factor and if a trailer is being pulled along. Clients can affordably rent two Ships, one for the band and one for the crew. “The fuel for two Rock-It Ships is less than consumed by one tour bus,” he says. And while prices of course vary, depending on the length of the rental, he estimates that the cost is 25-30 percent less than a luxury tour bus.

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“Our customers love the cost savings, of course, but we also hear from them about how comfortable the sleeping accommodations are,” says Hart. Artists also save on insurance and maintenance costs. “We operate much like a standard car rental company in terms of insurance,” says Hart. “The company will arrange for maintenance should the vehicle run into any mechanical problems on the road, but of course driver-related accidents or driving violations are the responsibility of the driver. Catastrophic collision insurance coverage is included in the rental price should massive damage or total loss occur to the Ship.”

“It’s ideal for artists who don’t want to sleep on a couch or in a van, or pay for a hotel or motel. And of course they want to save money.” –DEREK HART, CEO The Ships are ideal for bands on the festival circuit that cover so many miles and welcome comfy accommodations on-site. “We did a major promotion at SXSW this year, and got a great reception,” Hart informs. While many of the company’s clients are touring indie bands, such Go Radio, Hart notes that George Clinton is also a customer. Hart has also relied on wordof-mouth and industry connections to get the message out about this new concept in tour transportation. The Rock-It Ships fleet currently consists of 20 vehicles, with plans to double that for the Los Angeles expansion. Interested artists can get a quote and book online or by phone. Contact Rock-It Ships, 850-272-8555, or Austin Griswold / Secret Service Publicity,

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CD REVIEWS In order to be considered for review in the CD Reviews section, you must have a record deal with a major label or an independent label with an established distributor. If you do not, please see our New Music Critiques section.

One listen to the latest from this Stillwater, OK outfit and you realize that they don’t come by their band moniker lightly. Their rootsy Americana/country/rock amalgam was derived from intrepid roadwork and playing sweaty honky tonks throughout America’s heartland. It’s a sound that is certainly about the party, as the Commander Cody meets Charlie Daniels-flavored “Before the Devil Knows We’re Dead” will attest. But there is also more topical fare like the bluegrass-fueled ode to the military “Southeastern Son.” Turnpike Troubadours Kudos to producer Sharon as well Goodbye Normal Street for assisting this quintet in retaining Bossier City Records Producers: Turnpike Troubadours, a modern alt-rock energy while losing none of their traditional and unique Wes Sharon aesthetic. ——Eric A. Harabadian


Soulmine Featuring Boca Soulmine Wombat Records Producer: Frank Gambale


Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators Apocalyptic Love EMI Records Producer: Eric Valentine


Fusion guitarist Frank Gambale creates the vocal album he’s always dreamed of with female vocalist and wife Bocca. Smooth jazz, pop, Latin grooves, stellar musicianship, and positive messages abound. They get an assist from Victor Wooten on bass, Joel Taylor on drums and Brian Auger playing keys on “Live Your Dreams.” Boca sings with a captivating zeal and alluring sensuality that saves this record from overly polished smooth jazz hell. Gambale reins in the guitar chops with mixed results, but it all comes together on the Santana-esque “Forbidden Kiss.” Their romantic relationship coupled with their artistry shines. This is Gambale’s crossover record and it works. ——Oscar Jordan Simple stick count-offs set the pace, fueling the tunes with a raw and urgent essence. Slash and company come blazing in on the title track with wahwah drenched enthusiasm and stratospheric vocal wails. But it’s not all idle bluster. Frontman Myles Kennedy is a modern-day rock & soul man, able to back the bombast with earnest melody and feel. And one would be hard pressed to find a more gifted riff master than Slash. Together with drummerkeyboardist Brent Fitz and bassistvocalist Todd Kerns they span the gamut from the overdriven boogie of “One Last Thrill” to the heart-wrenching “Anastasia.” Anyone that claims there’s nothing fresh happening in rock & roll? Here ya go. ——Eric A. Harabadian

It’s Summer 2012 and Brian Wilson and Mike Love are not only touring together again, they’ve written a Beach Boys album. Celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary with a tour and another greatest hits package or some John Stamos-era cheese could have been easy, but instead they’ve created a travelogue of their career; from the Boys’ original surf rock days (David Marks, who hasn’t been on a BB album since Little Deuce Coupe, is back on guitar) to the Smile, Friends, and Wild Honey stuff that inspired hipsters like The Beach Boys That’s Why God Made the Radio the High Llamas and Stereolab. Even Capitol Records in an era where people hardly care Producers: Beach Boys, about the radio anymore, the Beach Paul Fauerso Boys’ godly harmony still makes for an LMNOPQRSTUV Endless Summer. ——Daniel Siwek 48 July 2012

Eric Hutchinson

Moving Up Moving Down Warner Bros. Producers: Mike Elizondo, Martin Terefe



This Is PiL PiL Official Producer: NA


R. Kelly

Write Me Back RCA Producer: R. Kelly


Brian Culbertson

Dreams Verve Music Group Producer: Brian Culbertson


On the closing track of his brilliant and eclectic sophomore set, Eric Hutchinson declares, tongue in cheek, “I’ve come a long way but I’m not there yet.” One listen says he is. Working with Elizondo in L.A. and Terefe in London, the witty, melodic and high energy singersongwriter chronicles a life in transition and a career on the road. Navigating this world of change, he’s all at once amused, bittersweet and inspired— and couched in various states of lilting rhythmic cool and pop/rock swagger. Beyond jangling guitars, the coolest element of the instrumentation is the funky, frequently exotic percussion. He may see himself as a “regular guy in an insane world,” but he’s actually quite extraordinary. ——Jonathan Widran It’s been 20 years since John Lydon and PiL have released new material, and this record shows two decades of growth and the payoff that staying active has provided, as well as the numerous Sex Pistols reunion shows. Self-produced and distributed via Cargo Records, Lydon still displays his trademark snark and fury on songs such as “One Drop” and “It Said That.” While nearly every track incorporates the PiL trademark dubinfluenced rhythms, guitars are always equally employed, especially on the searing “Terra-Gate.” Though the dub influence is a constant, PiL releases enough vocal edge and guitars to keep the non-stoner awake and entertained. ——Fuchsia Black R. Kelly refreshingly debunks the current electronic R&B trend and goes retro on Write Me Back, a celebration of love that touches on Motown and ‘60s rock & roll. Up-tempo, feel-good tracks “Love Is” and “Feelin’ Single” are Kelly’s grand introduction to this musical joy ride through time. “Clipped Wings” instantly stands out—a somber, apologetic ballad with chilling riffs and harmonies. His vocal style in “Fool For You” captures a Temptations essence while “All Rounds On Me” is a doo-wop track that’ll make anyone twist and shake. “Believe In Me” is also worth noting, with its haunting and infectious hook. This is a delightful package of surprises—no matter the decade from which you hail. ——Mira Abas On his previous two albums, the multi-talented contemporary jazz composer and keyboardist was in superproduction mode, gathering some of R&B’s greatest legends and contemporary stars to create explosive masterworks dedicated to his love of the groove. Fans of his trademark lower key, elegant romantic vibe will enjoy the comparative simplicity of this set. True to the more intimate nature of the music, Dreams features many tracks completely performed by Culbertson. Three solid vocal tracks (featuring Vivian Green, Stokley Williams and Noel Gourdin) stand out amid the easy flowing mood music that was literally inspired by Culbertson’s vivid dreams. ——Jonathan Widran

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NEW MUSIC CRITIQUES Music Connection’s executive committee rates recorded music on a scale of 1 to 10. Number 1 represents the lowest possible score, 10 represents the highest possible score. A final score of 5 denotes an average, competent artist. For more information, see Submission Guidelines on next the page.


Mike Sullivan

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weet, smooth and spot-on, Mike Sullivan's "Crazy" has "hit" written S all over it. The singer wastes no time

oung Serbian Marcel Roncsak brings ghastly virtuosity to his Y metal-flaked instrumentals. In "The

getting to the hook and deploys his falsetto at just the right times in a way that will leave the ladies smitten. Sullivan's "man in love" persona thrives again in the equally radio-friendly "Just One Kiss"—what a pure, clean voice this performer has, a blue-eyed-soul instrument with wonderful sustain that recalls Mayer, Mraz, and Johnson at various times. His lilting, uke-fueled cover of '80s nugget "Lady in Red" is a smart choice.

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Tricia Freeman

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hat a strong, wailing, gut-bucket blues-rock voice Freeman has, W and her producer provides it plenty of

egan & Sara meet stadium indie rock on singer-keyboardist Jordan T Corey's put-down song "Take It Back,"

space to roam on "Thought You Was The One." Her ballad "Going Back" might draw comparisions to Melissa Etheridge in her ability to tug the heartstrings. Freeman's rich vocals are perhaps captured best on "Help Me," as is her sensitive support group and deft arrangement. High or low, her singing is terrific. And the organic production quality remains consistent, with strings horns and tasty textures, that should lure placement peeps.

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a song with a good hook and dynamic rhythm and percussion choices. "Do Me Wrong" has a laidback sensuality and nicely utilized horns, though its chorus doesn't quite qualify it for hit single status. The sassy singer pulls out all the stops on the bluesy, bigbeat "Tonight," clearly a single with its full-on arrangement, string section, choral singers, la-la's, the works. Its big, simple chorus makes an impact. Film/TV friendly? Most definitely.

Young Dev

Jeff Hemmelgarn

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Art of Emptiness" an orchestral intro surrenders to a furious prog-metal spree with blast-beats, strong grooves and sweet guitar harmonics. "Make Me Famous" is fiercely industrial/Euro on all fronts—guitars, drums, keys. The epic-metal "Infinite Falsehood" allows airy elements to drift above a heavy base. Ultimately we admire this multi-instrumentalist's ability to hear the whole picture and compose metal themes that come full circle.

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o-produced by the legendary Ken Scott, this artist's "Looking C For a Sign of Life" is a driving, mid-

e's still developing, but Indianapolis rapper Young Dev is a singlesH minded artist who knows how to work

tempo rocker with a decent hook and a searing guitar solo. Hemmelgarn is a ladypleaser whose Daryl Hall-like voice sits well with acoustic guitar, though we were a bit distracted by the "steel-strings" effect at the chorus. His catchiest tune, one which could draw comparisons to Bon Jovi, is "One Another"; it exemplifies this artist's strengths, and the song's lofty climax, including choral support, really packs a pop-rock punch.

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a hook. "Body Shots" has a slinky Wu Tangish beat, a love message and a blueprint that could draw a quality producer to boost it up. We hear some Wiz Kahlifa in "Goin' Hard," which also has a great beat that could be developed into a perfect Nike spot soundtrack. Dev displays his freestyle skills on "Throw It Off," showing he can work well on rhythm. Just a teenager, he's still got time to hone a vocal style that's all his own.



Noam Weinstein

Contact: Web: Seeking: Label, Film/TV, Bookings Style: Pop/Rock, Singer-Songwriter Username: sonali

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singer-songwriter who goes for honest and unadorned expression. On the sunny, playful "Birthday" he's also something of an inadvertant jingle genius—with its intentionally cheesy keyboard and catchy bassline melody, the song's a keeper. He can also integrate his limited voice into each arrangement, as in the sweet, '60s-ish "As It Fell." Those tunes, as opposed to the edgy, soul-baring "Kill Me Again," are this quirky artist's true strength.

lorida-based multi-instrumentalist Sonali has film/TV friendly tunes to F offer, including the buoyant pop-rocker Production Lyrics Music Vocals Musicianship

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"Speechless" wherein the suitably shiny and squashed production keeps her okay voice in its comfort zone and deploys a vinyl-break for dramatic effect. More "up" energy is generated by "Road to Nowhere," though oddly the lyrics amount to a put-down song. "Just Wanna Love You" puts trust and vulnerability on the line ("please don't hurt me") in a number that's perfect for a 'tweener puppylove placement in a Disney TV series.

Thomas Anderson

Automatik Eden

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nderson's "Instatiable" busts out with a melding of blues-rock and A '90s acts such as Alice in Chains; it Production Lyrics Music Vocals Musicianship

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infuses stabbing riffs, brittle leads, heavily effected vocals and a nice acoustic bridge for a modern take on blues-rock. A funky beat and a "Smokestack Lightning" lick carry "What Are You Waiting For," with its Ozzy/Black Label vocal influence and good backup singing on the bridge. While "Winning" presents a completely different singing style and recording (more pop and current), Anderson and company exhibit consistent songcraft.

avid Crocco & Cela Scott can turn out an efficient punk-fueled, bassD forward ditty, "Girlfriend," that packs Production Lyrics Music Vocals Musicianship

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obvious single potential—perhaps too obvious and familiar. What the pair truly excel at is more intriguing, atmospheric fare such as "Citadel," whose edgy dynamics and vocals by Crocco are just a preview to "Chimera" on which Scott shows a striking voice. In this dreamy, eerie outing, mixed by Sean Beavan (NIN), you can practically hear the song in a David Fincher soundtrack. AE seem to have the potential to exceed their influences.

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Johnny Zapp

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t sounds as if this Denver duo are performing in a deep, wide space, Iwhere Chris Calhoun, a guitar-tone

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obsessive, and singer Rachel Ryan deliver what are basically simple tunes drenched in intriguing reverb. "Alabama" exemplifies their style, one steeped in folk-blues. Though "Silhouette" seems to be too ambitious vocally and exposes Ryan's pitch limits, "Down In That Water," with its swampy guitar, a cappella elements and brisk, energetic outro, is perhaps the pair's most satisfying recording, showcasing Ryan's naturally attractive tone. An interesting work in progress.

app is clearly a torchbearer for rock & roll in all its soiled, sexy glory. Z His "Baby Blue," flaunting its distorted, Production Lyrics Music Vocals Musicianship

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affected vocal and suitably scuzzy sound quality, reminds us musically of vintage Hangmen, though the song's simplicity threatens to derail it. Dolls/ Heartbreakers seems to inspire "Dirty Good Time," a chuggin', '70s-inflected garage rocker with a nice groove and a throttling solo. "Orange County" is a tribute to the legendary locale's beach scene and enjoys a cleaner, smoother recording quality. "Baby Blue" would work well in a horror flick.

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Dressed for the Occasion Cantab Lounge Cambridge, MA

Contact: Web: The Players: Patrick Hopkins, lead guitar; Alex Ferrero, bass; Michael Penney, drums; Addison Chase, vocals, rhythm guitar. Username: Addison_chase

Musicianship: Dressed for the Occasion emote rigid song structures anchored by fuzzy rhythms that feed your soul. Twin guitars don’t overbear as one might fear, while the drum and bass slide nicely in the pocket. Every element gels, though their main feature, Chase's Tom Waits-inspired vocals, vacillates between nailing the sweet spot and missing completely. Neither dance-oriented nor gut wrenching, their style inhabits a netherworld between the two that leaves their audience simultaneously excited and unsure. Performance: Despite his distinctive yet uneven singing abilities, Chase deliver plenty of visual oomph. He grimaced his way through verse after verse until the chorus exploded into foot-stomping emotion that never risked bubbling over the top.


Material: Distill the essence of rockabilly, then imagine it blasting out of a volcano. That’s the grand vision of this modern take on countrytinged rock & roll. Propelled by their fun-loving, feel-good vibe, the songs, growled with wildly varying degrees of success by Addison Chase, aspire to become something deeper.

Dressed for the Occasion: Essence of rockabilly blasting out of a volcano. Between songs, his ability to comfortably relate to their fans significantly elevated the group’s performance. A weakness revealed when the group couldn’t decide whether they had time to throw down an encore, suggesting further refinements to help raise the professional bar. Summary: DFTO are ripe with the enthusiasm and good humor of idealistic youth. Their positive outlook propels their set list into pleasurable territory but regretfully isn’t enough to compensate

for their hamstrung vision, which doesn’t allow for departures such as solos, tempo changes or stylistic shifts (barring their few countrified intros). Most problematic is Chase’s singing, which can be jarring when not exhilarating. One hopes that the band will be allowed to ripen and blossom into what they could be––a fresh take on rock’s earliest incarnation. ——Andy Kaufmann

Dana Williams Room 5 Lounge Los Angeles, CA

Material: Imagine Erykah Badu and Norah Jones inhabiting the same person, singing a song written by Carole King. Dana Williams creates music that puts a room at ease and in awe, using beautiful melody within well-crafted songs. The style is an effortless blend of folk, jazz, R&B and soul. Most of the subject matter is on the darker side of the love and love lost topic, and the redundancy slightly overshadows otherwise impeccable lyricism. Also, the strong-but-sensitive way in which Williams tells her own version of a familiar story makes it seem new, special, perhaps the happiest sad place in the world. Clearly a student of Motown, every song has perfect structure and builds to a catchy chorus. “Right Now” is one example of a haunting, pretty serenading verse that moves right into a timeless pop chorus. Every one of her songs leaves the audience wanting more, always making its point and moving on. Musicianship: The voice of this performer fills the room with magic immediately and it becomes clear that the set will be a pure pleasure ride. Erykah Badu has a similar sound and timbre, but Williams is perhaps more refined, maybe a bit “nicer” blend of jazz, soul and folk/pop. She has an ability to sing fast-moving melodic lines with ease, without falling into the trap of over-coloring, as aspiring R&B/hip-hop singers will often do. Her


Contact: Deborah Williams, debora, 818-439-9152 Web: The Players: Dana Williams, acoustic guitar, vocals. Username: dana williams

Dana Williams: Effortless blend of folk, jazz, R&B and soul. diction is clear and her intonation is immaculate. As a guitar player, Williams doesn’t claim to be an expert with the musical choices she makes. The sparse, classical/Spanish folk sounding guitar parts allow for great intimacy with the voice, but do lack polish and almost run the risk when nerves are high of distracting from the incredible voice. Performance: The close, intimate, jazzy, poetic setting of Room 5 Lounge seems to have been built for this type of performance. Williams was gentle, sweet, confident-yet-shy in her demeanor. Although she was short of masterful on guitar, the voice quickly filled the room with such beauty that not much else in the world mattered but the connection between the singer and the room. To her credit, the guitar work on the last couple songs indicated that she was capable of executing her

style with professional confidence, and perhaps it took her a little while to calm down into the alltoo-short set. The one or two words spoken in between songs perfectly allowed the audience to know Williams personally without being taken away from the music or being insulted by overexplaining the material. Summary: Dana Williams is everything and more when it comes to songwriting and vocal ability. Her entire package defines beauty and her impressive lyrical talent will continue to blossom as she begins to take on topics other than the story of “love lost.” With some additional life experience and ability to broaden her lyrical content, Williams has the writing ability to become quite seriously one of the greatest. ––Tim Reid, Jr.

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Cheers Elephant Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia, PA

Contact: Website: The Players: Derek Krzywicki, lead vocals, guitar; Jordan del Rosario, lead guitar, vocals; Travelin’ Matt, bass, vocals; Robert Kingsly, drums. Username: Cheers Elephant

Musicianship: Krzywicki’s vocal ability does not have a vast range. However, his voice heavily complements the Cheers Elephant sound and his enticing tone leaves a listener satisfied. The dueling guitars of the aforementioned Krzywicki and del Rosario make for a prevailing rhythm and lead. It is evident that Travelin’ Matt knows his way around the bass guitar—the low-end sound is one of the band's stronger traits. Stick-man Kingsly possesses speed and precision, but his live playing suffers at times due to his lively and stellar showmanship. Performance: Kingsly spearheaded the gang with his animal-like rambunctiousness, spending a


Material: This Philadelphian quartet hones an aggressive pop-psych sound with a strong vocal presence by frontman Krzywicki. A modern comparison would be to the likes of Phoenix or, on a more classic note, Talking Heads. The band presents a range of elements, such as rhythmic three-way harmonies heard in “Little Dog” and del Rosario’s guitar prowess evident in “Falling Out.” The band’s ability to deliver commanding rock songs, as well as soft-hitting numbers, give this unit a collective appeal.

Cheers Elephant: Infectious pop-psych sound with charm. measurable portion of the show performing while standing on his feet. Krzywicki flailed, stumbled and hopped on one-foot, in what can only be described as a graceful manner (think David Byrne circa Stop Making Sense). Del Rosario and Travelin’ Matt complemented their frontman with happy feet and elastic vertebrae. There was a cohesive feeling of showmanship among the four wherein no one was ever idle. The sunglasses onstage gimmick was questionable by Krzywicki and Kingsly; whether they served a function (for

blinding spotlights) or for image/persona was not clear. Summary: Cheers Elephant’s pop-psych sound is infectious and could one day make the band a force. Their oomph and charm on a live platform is impressive and arguably sounds better than the record. Their new album Like Wind Blows Fire is up for a name-your-own price download on their website. ——Bryan Wallace

Lucid Fly

Good Hurt Los Angeles, CA

Material: Lucid Fly follow the typical ambitious band story: after starting off in their home state of Florida, Layne and Mecca came to Los Angeles to grow the band and move forward. Their bassist even turned down a career in Japan to chance it in America. Their biography describes them as “like Evanescence meets A Perfect Circle,” which couldn't be more accurate—a little post-industrial and a little rock & roll, they have a good combination of powerhouse vocals and sultry textures without going full goth rock. Musicianship: On their recordings, Lucid Fly sound fantastic—Layne's voice is clear as a bell; Meccha’s guitar is light but each note is distinct; Nakabayashi’s bass layers nicely, providing a consistent background thrum that gives the songs a bit of a darker mood. The band’s music is clean and crisp, which is why it is a bit confusing that they don't sound like the same on stage. However, calling them “unremarkable” live feels unfair, making it more likely that the venue’s sound or a short sound-check is the culprit. Performance: Lucid Fly had an organized presence on stage, and interacted well with the audience. Most of their songs came from The Escape Stage EP. For this show, they borrowed drummer Aaron Ficca (who also plays drums for


Contact: Web: The Players: Nikki Layne, lead vocals; Doug Mecca, guitars; Go Nakabayashi, bass; Aaron Ficca, drums; Masa Oishi, cajon. Username: lucidfly

Lucid Fly: Powerhouse vocals and sultry textures that manage to avoid goth rock. Rachael Yamagata). The performance was split into thirds—the first and third sections were the standard stand-up-and-rock style. Although the vocals were a bit hard to hear and the guitar was a bit too strong, Layne kept requesting the sound tech to “up the guitar” which implied there was an inconsistency between what they could hear on the stage and what the audience heard. The middle section, however, was intriguing because it was acoustic. They brought out stools, the cajon, the hand rattles, and went unplugged. Mecca swapped out for an acoustic guitar, and Nakabayashi did more of a jazz bass thing. Although the cajon is Peruvian and the cajon player was Japanese, This acoustic segment was more Middle Eastern. It sounded absolutely cosmic with the overheard projector flashing trippy sound vi-

sualizations on the walls. The vocals were much stronger and over all, the sound was better balanced. Summary: Although the discrepancy between their so-so live show and their impressive recording can probably be blamed on sources other than the band, it is clear that Lucid Fly have a strong foundation. Professional and well packaged, it’s only a matter of time before this group find their way to the local festival circuit and radio airplay. Layne's haunting voice shouldn’t go unnoticed. It would benefit Lucid Fly to play better equipped venues and to make sure we can hear the vocals over the other instruments. ——Jessica Aves

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12th & Porter Nashville, TN Contact: Web: The Players: Clint Culberson, vocals, guitar; Kyle Addison, guitar; Caleb Crockett, bass; Johnny Carlson, drums. Username: modoc

Musicianship: Since arriving in Nashville in 2007, Modoc’s goal appears to be progress as musicians, which is something new in a city largely filled with intentionally sloppy garage bands trying to recreate the ’60s protopunk sound. With (charmingly) shoddy garage rock all around, Modoc’s improvement as a group and individually, both on recordings and in live performances, stands out. Performance: Though there are only two records in the Modoc catalog—including 2008’s grizzled little EP, Passive Aggressive, and the recent full-length, Fortune & Fame—an unfamiliar song or two typically peppers the Modoc set list. 12th & Porter, a large venue conducive to a loud show with a packed floor, was empty save for


Material: Rubber tramping around the country playing gigs, a lot of dad’s records and a former high life that may have been taken down a peg or two define Modoc’s sound. Either the Indiana-born transplants live the lives illustrated in their songs, or they can spin a convincing tale; regardless, their put-together yet unclean blues-washed rock is outfitted in an array of contradictions: it has the polished grandiosity of Queen, yet the low-down grittiness of Tom Petty. It’s grim but upbeat, pining but not dispirited.

Modoc: Unclean blues-washed rock outfitted with an array of contradictory influences. the patrons lining the bar and an enthusiastic dancing girl. Modoc has played both full houses and too-late-on-a-weeknight sets to no one, and neither scenario has affected high volume and enthusiasm. Individually, they threw themselves into their instruments—seeing Kyle Addison wrench rough-edged blues riffs out of his guitar was particularly fun—and plowed through a set that drew from both records, connecting the tail end of one song with the beginning of another.

Summary: It may be a stretch, but Modoc put on one of the best, if not the best, rock & roll shows in Nashville. Like the grassroots rock music Modoc draw upon, theirs has a weird spirit that gets under the skin and stays there. ––Jessica Pace

Wendy Kurtzman M Bar Hollywood, CA

Contact: Web: The Players: Wendy Kurtzman, vocals; Rick Jensen, piano; Rick Shaw, bass; Brian Boyce, drums. Username: wendy kurtzman

Musicianship: Kurtzman’s vocals possess the characteristics of a classic Broadway performer. She pronounces each lyric with precision as she transitions from a breathy soprano to a powerful alto without a glitch. Backed by composersongwriter Rick Jensen, she rides the dynamics of her jazz-influenced ensemble with grace, never once faltering against her trio of veteran musicians.


Material: Wendy Kurtzman may be best known for her career as a highly successful casting director, but after 25 years in the business she’s decided to find her place on center stage rather than behind the scenes. With a background in entertainment, it is only fitting her material covers some of the world’s A-list composers and songwriters, including, but not limited to, Cy Coleman, Carolyn Leigh and Joni Mitchell. Still, with an all-star lineup to live up to, this singer manages to maintain that “classic” feel of each composition while adding a modern, slightly sassy flair of her own. Wendy Kurtzman: Classic compositions with a touch of sassy flair.

material showcased a deep understanding of the genre as she expressed a personal emotion with each song. The set as a whole was highly entertaining; the singer’s standout moment, however, was her rendition of Billy Joel’s “New York State Of Mind.” Kurtzman sang with such Performance: Whether sourced from a career of gusto and heartfelt sincerity, the awe-struck discovering standout stars or just a sincere love crowd was left ridden with goose bumps. for the music she chose to cover, Kurtzman was a natural on stage. She was casual yet polished, Summary: Considering her experience nurturing confident yet modest. Her interpretation of the the budding careers of actors, it is no surprise 54 July 2012

this singer knows how to grab an audience. However, it is one thing to recognize talent and another thing to possess it. Wendy Kurtzman has both aspects working in her favor. With her proven ability to work a stage as a strong, classy, well-versed vocalist, Kurtzman’s walk down a new, less familiar path may prove to be a fruitful journey. ––Allegra Azzopardi



Rockwood Music Hall New York, NY

Material: When musicians from different musical backgrounds come together, the result can be a disparate sonic affair; in the case of Aabaraki, however, the players have formed a consensus of sound that seamlessly unites them. This group of four, dubbed “Alt-Soul,” meld their talents to bring elements of funk, jazz and R&B into a sophisticated smooth and updated incarnation of those genres. The group’s ace in the hole is their rhythmic diversity, changing the feel dramatically from song to song, which keeps the set interesting at every turn. The sultry “Karate,” the most memorable, with its infectious hook, lilting syncopated feel and martial arts metaphor (“Karate your body jiu jitsu I need you”) is right in the pocket. The material is inherently musical, but at times the lyrical content borders on thematic repetition that recounts the trials and tribulations of male/female relationships. Musicianship: Aamir Lee Bermiss, who fronts the group, is a self-taught musician who knows his way around a keyboard. His voice straddles the divide somewhere between Stevie Wonder and Rick James. With his solid technique and tonality that’s easy on the ear, Bermiss’ voice is extremely accessible. No matter how energized the band becomes he never over-sings. Meanwhile, each member of the rhythm section bring something


Contact: Web: The Players: Aamir Lee Bermiss, vocals, keyboards; Brian Forbes, guitar, Ari FolmanCohen, bass; Adam Christgau, drums. Username: Aabaraki

Aabaraki: Strikes a balance between top-notch playing and pure entertainment. different to the table. Brian Forbes (who has a strong hip-hop background) fills in with tasty licks, never upstaging Bermiss or the song itself, and moves easily through different styles. Ari Foleman-Cohen’s bass lines are creative and play with dexterity and panache. Adam Christgau on drums contributes interesting fills and adds some surprising nuances. The band closed the show with a big finish, putting a unique stamp on Alanis Morissette’s hit, “You Oughta Know,” and it was truly electric. Performance: Intermittently sipping his whisky, Bermiss created a laid-back atmosphere. Between songs, there was a modicum of involvement with the audience; just a few casual comments to introduce a song or deliver relevant band news. The group’s main focus was the music, which

they performed with energy, exuberance and total precision. Overall, Aabaraki brought a true feeling of involvement to the performance with no individual overstepping his role, but reveling in it just the same. Summary: Aabaraki strike the balance between top-notch playing and pure entertainment. They are a group that pool their talent and skill to form a solid foundation on which to launch their material. A bit more attention to expanding subject matter will give this band an even greater edge. They have recently released their new album, The Emancipation Pt. 1, available on iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp. ––Ellen Woloshin

Ronny North

Brixton South Bay Redondo Beach, CA Contact:, 562-214-5075 Web: The Players: Ronny North, guitars; Charles Wiley, drums; Johnny Zell, bass. Username: Ronny North

Musicianship: With atomic red hair covering his face for most of the set, North can’t see his strings but it wouldn’t have been any different if he were to play in the dark. This is particularly impressive considering how fast his fingers fly across the neck of the two guitars he utilizes. Bassist Johnny Zell adds a deep, primal layer to the metal music making it feel authentic and real, and Charles Wiley thrashes his set like it is a toy, easily heard over a dueling rhythm section. Performance: Ronny North went on stage 40 minutes late and played for approximately 20 minutes, which was wholly disappointing because he was just getting warmed up to rock the hell out of the audience. You might recognize


Material: A life-long, self-taught guitar player, Ronny North has appeared in an international spectrum of magazines, licensed his music to film and TV, played countless radio programs, and entertains at a long list of charity events. His heavy sound is reminiscent of the metal riffs of the ‘80s and ‘90s, but in contrast, his sans-vocals performances are an echo of the ‘60s-‘70s psychedelic era when it was cool to press 90-minute recordings of pure guitar feedback.

Ronny North: Fiery blend of ‘80s-‘90s metal riffs and ‘60s-‘70s instrumental themes. “Race with Me” from various reality shows, but not “Sea of Deception” from North’s Intertia CD that doesn’t even drop until this summer. Despite being the first act of the night, his band quickly pulled almost everyone off their seats to cluster around the front of the stage. They cheered rowdily after every song hit its climax. It looked like they had accomplished quite a bit in such a short set…only for North to announce that the crowd of 50-60 attendees was “larger than he was used to.” Ouch. Come on Ronny, don’t do that to yourself.

Summary: Older metal heads may miss his nostalgic sound most, but who cares how old you are? Cascading hair, black clothes, loud noises, and fingers displaying the \m/ sign will always get a bar crowd on their feet. A longer set would have been welcomed, though, and it would have been more smashing to see this group open for a great metal legend. ––Jessica Aves

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1-2-3-4 GO! RECORDS 423 40th St. Ste. 5 Oakland, CA 94609 E-mail: Web: 4AD RECORDS 17-19 Alma Rd. London, SW 18, 1AA, UK E-mail: Web: Roster: Blonde Redhead, Anni Rossi, St. Vincent, Camera Obscura Additional locations: 304 Hudson St., 7th Fl. New York, NY 10013, 2035 Hyperion Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027 825 RECORDS, INC. Brooklyn, N.Y. 917-520-6855 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: Artist development, solo artists, singer-songwriters, pop, rock, R&B 10TH PLANET RECORDS P.O. Box 10114 Fairbanks, AK 99710 E-mail: Web: 21ST CENTURY RECORDS Silver Lake, CA 323-661-3130 E-mail: Web: Contact: Burt Levine A389 RECORDINGS P.O. Box 12058 Baltimore, MD 21281 E-mail: Web:

acoustic, ambient, chill, rock, alternative, world music and classical ABSOLUTE RECORDS P.O. Box 681853 Franklin, TN 37068 E-mail: Web: ACCIDENTAL MUZIK, INC 1312 N. Ave. 45, Los Angeles, CA 90041 323-316-4932 Contact: Adam Moseley E-mail: Web:, Styles: Alternative, indie, latin, rock, acoustic, artists include: Claudio Valenzuela, Pink Noise, Jeremy Swan and the Black Waltz. Representing for music placement: Mimes Of Wine, Scarlletta, Cano Aragon, Aircrafting, El Dorado ACE FU RECORDS P.O. Box 552 New York, NY 10009 201-401-8482 E-mail: Web: ACTIVATE ENTERTAINMENT 11054 Ventura Bl., Ste. 333 Studio City, CA 91604 818-505-0669 E-mail: Contact: Jayson Williams A&R Styles/Specialties: urban, hip-hop, rock, metal, soundtracks A-F RECORDS P.O. Box 71266 Pittsburgh, PA 15213 E-mail: Web:

AARON AVE RECORDS 602 Jefferson St. Arlington, TX 76012 E-mail: Web:

ALIAS RECORDS 10153 1/2 Riverside Dr., Ste. 115 Toluca Lake, CA 91602 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: indie-rock, singersongwriters, electronica Distribution: ADA *No unsolicited material

AARON RECORDS P.O. Box 428 Portland, TN 37148 615-325-3340 E-mail: Web:

ALLIGATOR RECORDS P.O. Box 60234 Chicago, IL 60660 773-973-7736 E-mail: Web:

ABET MUSIC 411 E. Huntington Dr. Ste. 107-372 Arcadia, CA 91006 626-303-4114 Fax 626-236-5591 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: electronica,

ALTERNATIVE TENTACLES P.O. Box 419092 San Francisco, CA 94141 510-596-8981 Fax 510-596-8982 E-mail: jessie@alternative Web: Styles/Specialties: punk rock, spoken-

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word, underground *Unsolicited material accepted AMATHUS MUSIC P.O. Box 95 Hewlett, NY 11557 E-mail: Web:, Contact: Chris Panaghi Styles/Specialties: Dance music, electronic, pop AMERICAN EAGLE RECORDINGS 13001 Dieterle Ln. St. Louis, MO 63127 888-521-8146 Fax 314-984-0828 E-mail: info@americaneagle Web: AMERICAN LAUNDROMAT RECORDS P.O. Box 85 Mystic, CT 06355 860-460-8903 (business inquires only) E-mail: americanlaundromat@ Web: *Not accepting demos AMHERST RECORDS 1762 Main St. Buffalo, NY 14208 716-883-9520 Fax 716-884-1432 E-mail: Web: ANTI2798 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 213-355-5000 E-mail: Web: API RECORDS P.O. Box 7041 Watchung, NJ 07069 E-mail: Web: APPLESEED RECORDINGS P.O. Box 2593 West Chester, PA 19380 610-701-5755 E-mail: Web: ARCTIC SIREN PRODUCTIONS 4105 Turnagain Blvd., Ste. L Anchorage, AK 99517 907-245-7311 E-mail: Web: Contact: Peggy Monaghan ARENA ROCK RECORDING COMPANY 17 S.E. 3rd Ave., Ste. 405 Portland, OR 97214 E-mail: Web: ARKADIA LABEL GROUP/ VIEW INC. P.O. Box 77 Saugerties, NY 12477 845-246-9955 E-mail: Web: ASINNI RECORDS Houston, TX 77083 E-mail: businessoffice@asinni Web:

ASTRALWERKS RECORDS 150 5th Ave. New York, NY 10011 212-786-8082 Fax 212-786-8421 Web: Styles/Specialties: electronic/rock *No unsolicited material accepted AV8 RECORDS 630 9th Ave. 9th Fl. New York, NY 10036 E-mail: Web: AWARE RECORDS 1316 Sherman Ave. #215 Evnaston, IL 60201 847-424-2000 E-mail: Web: BA DA BING! RECORDS 181 Clermont Ave., Ste. 403 Brooklyn, NY 11205 E-mail: Web: BAR-NONE RECORDS P.O. Box 1704 Hoboken, NJ 07030 201-770-9090 E-mail: Web: Distribution: ADA *Unsolicited material accepted BARSUK RECORDS P.O. Box 22546 Seattle, WA 98122 Web: Roster: Death Cab For Cutie, the Long Winters, Mates of State, Menomena, Nada Surf, Rilo Kiley, Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, Rocky Votolato, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Ra Ra Riot, Phantogram, the Globes, Ramona Falls, the Wooden Birds, David Bazan, Maps & Atlases, and Say Hi Distribution: Redeye *No unsolicited material BASEMENT BOYS INC. 500 St. Mary St. Baltimore, MD 21201 410-383-9103 Fax 410-383-9103 E-mail:, Web: BEC RECORDINGS P.O. Box 12698 206-691-9782 Seattle, WA 98111 E-mail: Web: BEGGARS GROUP (Also XL Recordings, Wiiija, Too Pure, Mo’Wax, Mantra, Beggars Banquet, 4AD) 625 Broadway, 12th Fl. New York, NY 10012 212-995-5882 E-mail: Web: Contact: Matt Harmon, General Manager; Lisa Gottheil, VP Publicity; Lesley Bleakley, CEO North America, & Jennifer Lanchart Director of film & tv licensing. Styles/Specialties: indie-rock, pop, electronic and many more Roster: Badly Drawn Boy, Tinder-sticks,

Download This Directory From Our Website Mojave 3, the National, Electrelane, Peaches, Natacha Atlas and more Distribution: ADA BIELER BROS. RECORDS 4100 N. Powerline Rd. Sute U-5 Pompano Beach, FL 954-979-4781 Fax 954-979-9709 E-mail: Web: *Accepts unsolicited material BIG DEAL RECORDS 4658 Wortser Ave. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 818-789-4483 E-mail:, Web: Styles/Specialties: pop, rock, R&B *No unsolicited material Additional location: Nashville 615-242-0881 BIG MO RECORDS 2002 Gove Hill Rd. Thetford Ctr., VT 05075 E-mail: Web: BIG NOISE 11 S. Angell St., Ste. 336 Providence, RI 02906 401-274-4770 E-mail: Web: Roster: Artists have included Christina Aguilera, Katharine McPhee, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Doucette (Matchbox 20), Little Anthony & the Imperials, Jim Brickman, Jay Geils, Bela Fleck. *We are currently accepting demo submissions. Please call or e-mail first. BLACKBERRY RECORDS P.O. Box 16469 Jackson, MS 39236 601-206-4600 Fax 601-206-1777 E-mail: blackberry@blackberry Web: BLACK DAHLIA MUSIC P.O. Box 4940 Los Alamos, NM 87544 505-672-0333 E-mail: Web: BLACKHEART RECORDS 636 Broadway New York, NY 10012 212-353-9600 Fax 212-353-8300 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: all styles *Unsolicited material accepted, attn: A&R Dept. BLIND PIG RECORDS P.O. Box 2344 San Francisco, CA 94126 415-550-6484 Fax 415-550-6485 E-mail: Web: Contact: Ed Chmelewski Styles/Specialties: blues, americana, roots *No unsolicited materials

BLUE LADY RECORDS 5042 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 537 Los Angeles, CA 90036 323-937-9066 E-mail: Contact: Barbara Morrison Styles/Specialties: blues, jazz Roster: Barbara Morrison, Thurman Green, Buster Cooper, Al McKibbon, Phil Wright Tommy Gryce BLUE SKUNK MUSIC 12400 Russet Ln. Huntley, IL 60142 847-275-8378 E-mail: Web: BOMP/ALIVE NATURALSOUND RECORDS P.O. 7112 Burbank, CA 91510 E-mail:, Web:, Contact: Patrick Boissel Roster: the Black Keys, Two Gallants, Buffalo Killers, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Soledad Brothers, the Warlocks, the Black Lips, SSM, Brimstone Howl, Trainwreck Riders, Black Diamond Heavies, Bloody Hollies Distribution: Lumberjack Mordam Music Group *Unsolicited material accepted. We are a small team, but we listen to it all. Do not contact us, we will contact you if we dig what we hear. Thank you! BOOSWEET RECORDS P.O. Box 45256 Los Angeles, CA 90045 310-613-3535 Fax 909-877-9199 E-mail: Web: Contact: Pierre Neilly Styles/Specialties: jazz, jazz fusion, smooth jazz, R&B, pop, reggae, hip-hop, rap, rock, metal, guitar instrumental, alternative Roster: Miguel Mega, Kiko Loureiro, Vernon Neilly, Alex Martinho, Marcelo Roascio, Edu Ardanuy, Ricky Furlani, Mark Whitfied, U-Nam, Bill Hudson BRIDGE NINE RECORDS 119 Foster St., Bldg. 4 Ste. 3 Peabody, MA 01960 978-532-0666 E-mail: Web: BULLDOG EVANS RECORDS, LLC affiliate of Black Rose Productions 409 Rte. 112 Port Jefferson Sta., NY 11776 E-mail: Web: Contact: Roger Evans, Tito Batista BURNSIDE RECORDS 20048 N.E. San Rafael St. Portland, OR 97203 1-800-288-2007 ext 2049 E-mail: Web:

BLOODSHOT RECORDS 3039 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago, IL 60618 773-604-5300 E-mail: Web:

CANADIAN RECORDING SERVICES LTD. Vancouver, Canada 604-985-0679, 866-888-6464 E-mail: mimi@canadianrecording Web: Styles/Specialties: all genres, offers FREE studio referral and project coordination services

BLUE CANOE RECORDS c/o Blue Canoe Digital, LLC 43 Rose Brooke Cir. White, GA 30184 E-mail: Web:

CANYON RECORDS 3131 W. Clarendon Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85017 800-268-1141 E-mail: Web: CARGO MUSIC INC. 4901 Morena Blvd., Ste. 906 San Diego, CA 92117-3432 858-483-9292 Fax 858-483-7414 E-mail: Web: CASTLE RECORDS A Division of Tower Music Group (TM) 19 Music Sq. W., Ste.U-V Nashville TN 37203 615-401-7111 Fax 615-942-5409 E-mail: Web: CELESTIAL HARMONIES Division of Mayflower Music Corp. 1951 N. Wilmot Rd. Tucson, AZ 85712 520-326-4400 Fax 520-326-3333 E-mail: Web: CENTURY MEDIA 2323 W. El Segundo Blvd. Hawthorne, CA 90250 323-418-1400 Fax 323-418-0118 E-mail: Web: *Unsolicited material accepted, see web for details. CEXTON RECORDS P.O. Box 80187 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688 949-766-1384 Offices in CA and NYC E-mail: Web:, Contact: John Anello, Jr. Roster: Johnny Mandolin, Larry Luger, Chiz Harris w/ Conte Candoli, Doc Anello Trio, Tom Kubis Big Band, Jack Wood, Beach Front Property, Doc Anello & the Swing Machine Big Band, James L Dean Big Band, Reissues of Sinatra, Martin, Andante Duo Italian Music, Marie Anello Opera CD, Otaku in Crime Japanese Anime music Styles/Specialties: jazz, big band, swing and Italian-American artists Distribution: Indie, point of purchase, Internet, specialty stores CHANNEL PRODUCTIONS 1964 Filer Ave. E. Twin Falls, ID 83301 800-234-3694 Fax 208-734-6550 E-mail: Web: CHASE MUSIC GROUP P.O. Box 11178 Glendale, CA 91226 818-507-4240 Fax 818-230-9876 E-mail: Contact: Bill Stilfield Styles/Specialties: jazz Distribution: City Hall Records, Traditions Alive *No unsolicited material CHICKEN COUP RECORDS P.O. Box 26850 Tempe, AZ 85285 480-491-6430 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: jazz - B3 organ, blues Distribution: hard goods: Allegro Media Group (North America); digital: IODA CLEOPATRA RECORDS 11041 Santa Monica Blvd., PMB 703 Los Angeles, CA 90025 310-477-4000 Fax 310-312-5653 Web: Contact: Brian Perera, Tim Yasui Styles/Specialties: gothic, rock, metal, rap, R&B, dance, classics, soundtracks CLICKPOP RECORDS P.O. Box 5765 Bellingham, WA 98227 July 2012

E-mail: Web: CMH RECORDS 2898 Rowena Ave., #201 Los Angeles, CA 90039 323-663-8073 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: country, bluegrass, electric, children’s, Christmas COAST RECORDS 5018 Franklin Pike Nashville, TN 37220 310-325-2800 Fax 310-427-7333 E-mail: Web:; Contact: Paul Loggins Styles/Specialties: all styles COMPASS RECORDS 916 19th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37212 615-320-7672 Fax 615-320-7378 E-mail: Web: CONCORD RECORDS 100 N. Crescent Dr., Ste. 275 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 310-385-4455 E-mail: customerservice@ Web: Roster: Karrin Allyson, George Benson, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling, John Fogerty, Gerald Albright, Will Downing, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sergio Mendes, Jane Monheit, Ozomatli, John Pizzarelli, Poncho Sanchez, Spyro Gyra, Curtis Stigers, Angie Stone and Tierney Sutton COURTHOUSE RECORDS P.O. Box 8462 Richmond, VA 23226 804-320-7067 E-mail: Web: CRACKNATION Lombard, IL 60657 E-mail: Web: CROSSROADS ENTERTAINMENT P.O. Box 829 Arden, NC 28704 828-684-3066 E-mail: Web: CURB RECORDS 48 Music Sq. E. Nashville, TN 37203 615-321-9532 Web: *No unsolicited material accepted DAEMON RECORDS P.O. Box 1207 Decatur, GA 30031 E-mail: Web: DANCING FERRET DISCS 732 S. 4th St. Philadelphia PA 19147 E-mail: Web: DANGERBIRD RECORDS 3801 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039 E-mail: Web: Roster: Silversun Pickups, the Dears, La Rocca, Sea Wolf DEAD TRUTH RECORDINGS 9238 N.W. 13th Pl. Coral Springs, FL 33071 954-247-4584 E-mail: 57

Download This Directory From Our Website Web:, DECAYDANCE MUSIC E-mail: see website for demo submission Web: DEEP ELM RECORDS A&R Dept. 5095 Napilihau St. #109B-142 Lahaina, HI 96761 E-mail: Web: Styles: Indie, Emo, Post-rock, Posthardcore DEF RO INC 33 Prospect St., Ste. 1R Bloomfield, NJ 07003 973-200-8247 E-mail: Web: index.html Contact: Ro Smith Styles: R&B, Hip-hop, pop Clients: Mary J. Blige, Fabollous Tre Songz, Akon Jaheim and MJB Only accept demos via mail for Jive and Arista Records in pop, hip-hop and R&B genres only DEEP SOUTH RECORDS P.O. Box 17737 Raleigh, NC 27619 919-844-1515 Fax 919-847-5922 E-mail: Web: DELMARK RECORDS 4121 N. Rockwell Chicago, IL 60618 773-539-5001 Fax 773-539-5004 E-mail: Web: DELOS PRODUCTIONS P.O. BOX 343 Sonoma, CA 95476 800-364-0645, 707-996-3844 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: classical DISCHORD RECORDS 3819 Beecher St. N.W. Washington, DC 20007 703-351-7507 E-mail: Web: D’MAR ENTERTAINMENT, INC. 7723 Tylers Place Blvd., Ste. 275 West Chester, OH 45069 513-617-2392 E-mail: Web: Contact: Sheila A. Jordan Styles/Specialities: smooth jazz, R&B, gospel *Accepts unsolicited material DOMO RECORDS 11340 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 270 Los Angeles, 90064 310-966-4414 E-mail: Web: Contact: Dino Malito Styles/Specialties: new age, world music, rock, soundtrack, ambient, electronic

DUAL TONE RECORDS 203 N. 11th St. Ste. B Nashville, TN 37206 615-320-0620 Fax 615-320-0692 E-mail: Web:

FAT POSSUM RECORDS P.O. Box 1923 Oxford, MS 38655 662-234-2828 Fax 662-234-2899 E-mail: Web:

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FAT WRECK CHORDS P.O. Box 193690 San Francisco, CA 94119 E-mail: Web: Contact: Mark Tamo Styles/Specialties: punk *Unsolicited materials accepted

EARTH MUSIC PRODUCTIONS, LLC 174 Norfolk Road Litchfield, CT 06759 860-567 8796 E-mail: Web: EARWIG MUSIC COMPANY, INC. 2054 W. Farwell Ave., Garden Unit Chicago, IL 60645-4963 773-262-0278 Fax 773-262-0285 E-mail: Web: EAST SIDE, INC. P.O. Box 7367 Minneapolis, MN 55407 612-375-0233 E-mail: Web: EKLECTRA PRESENTS RECORDS, INC. P.O. Box 609040 Orlando, FL 32860 321-948-6282 E-mail: Web: ELEVATOR MUSIC 1601 Penn Ave. Apt. 409e Pittsburgh, PA 15221 914-509-5870, 914-573-9452 E-mail: Web: ELEVEN THIRTY RECORDS 449-A Trollingwood Rd. Haw River, NC 27258 877-733-3931 E-mail: Web: EMPEROR JONES RECORDS P.O. Box 4730 Austin, TX 78765 E-mail: Web: EPITAPH RECORDS 2798 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90026 213-413-7353 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: alt-rock, punk Distribution: Indies *No unsolicited material ESTRUS LLC P.O. Box 2125 Bellingham, WA 98227 E-mail: Web:

DRAG CITY RECORDS P. O. Box 476867 Chicago, IL 60647 312-455-1015 E-mail: Web:

EQUAL VISION RECORDS P.O. Box 38202 Albany, NY 12203-8202 518-458-8250 Fax 518-458-1312 E-mail: Styles/Specialties: Punk, hardcore, indie, emo, rock, pop, metal *Save some trees! Don’t mail physical demos. Instead please e-mail links to stream your music (no downloads), with a biography

DSPB 237 Cagua N.E. Albuquerque, NM 87108 505-266-8274 E-mail: Web:

EVIDENCE MUSIC, INC. 1100 E. Hector St., Ste. 392 Conshohocken, PA 19428 610-832-0844 Fax 610-832-0807 E-mail: Web:

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FAVORED NATIONS ENTERTAINMENT 17328 Ventura Blvd. #165 Encino, CA 91316 818-385-1989 Web: Roster: See web Styles/Specialties: all styles are welcome (Label is co-owned by Steve Vai) FEARLESS RECORDS 13772 Goldenwest St. #545 Westminster, CA 9268 Web: E-mail: Distribution: RED FERRET MUSIC 1290 Ave of the Americas, 24th Fl. New York, NY 10104 Web: E-mail: Distribution: Roadrunner Records, RED *See web for submission guidelines FERVOR RECORDS 1810 W. Northern Ave., Ste. A-9 Box 186 Phoenix, AZ 85021 602-595-3582 Fax 602-595-3590 E-mail: Web: FIELDCREST MUSIC P.O. Box 8462 Richmond, VA 23226 804-320-7067 E-mail: Web: FLOYD ENTERTAINMENT Floyd Records 1621 W. 25th St., PMB 115 San Pedro, CA 90732 Contact: Floyd Bocox, CEO & President E-mail: Web: Styles: Country, pop, rock FOLK ERA RECORDS 705 S. Washington St. Naperville, IL 60540 1-800-232-7328 E-mail: Web: FONOVISA RECORDS Miami, FL 33166 Web: FOODCHAIN RECORDS 6464 Sunset Blvd. Ste. 920 Hollywood, CA 90028 323-957-7900 Fax 323-957-7911 E-mail: Web: Roster: Supagroup, Minibar, Coyote Shivers, Betty Blowtorch, Dear John Letters and more FREDDIE RECORDS 5979 S. Staples Corpus Christi, TX 78413 361-992-8411 Fax 361-992-8428 E-mail: Web:

FRONTIER RECORDS P.O. Box 22 Sun Valley, CA 91353 818-759-8279 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: hardcore punk, OC punk, punk-pop, alternative rock Roster: Adolescents, Middle Class, Eddie & the Subtitles *Only reissuing vintage, punk material, no new artists. G2 RECORDS 14110 N. Dallas Pkwy., Ste. 365 Dallas, TX 75254 972-726-9203 Fax 972-726-7749 E-mail: Web: GEARHEAD RECORDS P. Box 2375 Elk Grove, CA 95759 530-750-7900 E-mail: Web: Contact: Michelle Haunold Styles/Specialties: rock & roll, outlaw country, punk, garage, rockabilly and sleaze metal. *We accept unsolicited material, but please don’t call or write bugging us, we’ll get in touch when we listen to it! GEORGE TOBIN MUSIC 102 N.E. 2nd St. Boca Raton, FL 33432 E-mail: Web: GET HIP, INC. 1800 Columbus Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15233 412-231-4766 Fax 412-231-4777 E-mail: Web: GO GIRLS MUSIC P.O. Box 16940 Sugar Land, TX 77496 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: We are all genres for women in music. GO-KUSTOM REKORDS & FILM P.O. Box 77750 Seattle, WA 98177 E-mail: Web: GREEN LINNET 916 19th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37212 615-320-7672 Fax 615-320-7378 E-mail: Web: HACIENDA RECORDS 1236 S. Staple Corpus Christi, TX 78404 361-882-7066 E-mail: annie.garcia@ Web: HEADS UP INTERNATIONAL 23309 Commerce Park Rd. Cleveland, OH 44122 216-765-7381 Fax 216-464-6037 E-mail: Web: HOLOGRAPHIC RECORDS Longworth Hall 700 West Pete Rose Way, Ste. 390 P.O. Box 18 Cincinnati, OH 45203 E-mail: Web: HOMESKILLET RECORDS Sitka, AK, Portland, OR Web:

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Cardo - Mitch - Alex - John

“I love Cardo’s record. It’s in my top 10 I’ve produced. A real storyteller with great songs.” David Kershenbaum

The album’s fifteen tracks are a mixture of rootsy, bluegrass-style storytelling and straightforward rock textures in the flavor of Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen and Robbie Robertson. Recorded in L.A., “Cardo and Friends” brings together two musical worlds: on one hand a bluegrass, Americana oriented group of players from West Texas who mixed up with a team of rock-oriented L.A. session musicians including Mitch Perry on guitar, Jorgen Carlsson and John Payne on bass, Denny Fongheiser on Drums, Doug Pettibone on pedal steel, and JT Thomas on keys.

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Download This Directory From Our Website HOMESLICE MUSIC 5060 SW Philomath Blvd., #301 Corvallis, OR 97333 541-760-3009 Fax 541-230-1545 E-mail: Web: Contact: Tony Styles/Specialties: pop/R&B/AC Roster: Debra Arlyn HONEY RECORDS 4929 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 415 Los Angeles, CA 90010 323-854-1714 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: rock, pop, punk HORROR HIGH 3120 W. Carefree Hwy., Ste. 1-339 Phoenix, AZ 85086 E-mail: Web: HOT TOMATO RECORDS DEEP SOUTH ENTERTAINMENT P.O. Box 17737 Raleigh, NC 27619 919-844-1515 E-mail: info@ Web: HYDRAHEAD RECORDS P.O. Box 291430 Los Angeles, CA 90029 E-mail: Web: Roster: Oxbow, Jodis, Nihill, Pyramids with Nadja HYENA RECORDS 4658 Wortser Ave. Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 818-789-4483 E-mail: Contact: Bill Dern Styles/Specialties: jazz, roots, blues, Americana, reissues Distribution: E-1 *No Unsolicited Material IAMSOUND RECORDS 830 Traction Ave., Ste. 3E Los Angeles, CA 90013 E-mail: Web: Roster: Fool’s Gold, Salem, NewVillager ICEHOUSE RECORDS Memphis, TN 38133 800-346-0723 E-mail: Web: IDOL RECORDS P.O. Box 140344 Dallas, TX 75372 E-mail: Web:

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INDIESPACE RECORDINGS Santa Monica, CA 90409 310-399-4349 Fax 310-396-5489 Web: Styles/Specialties: all styles Distribution: hard copy and Internet *Unsolicited material accepted for licensing and music supervision. INDIANOLA RECORDS Web: Styles: hardcore, metal, rock Distribution: E1 Entertainment INTEGRITY LABEL GROUP 4050 Lee Vance View Colorado Springs, CO 1-888-888-4726 Contact: David C. Cook E-mail: CustomerCare@ Web: INVISIBLE RECORDS P.O. Box 16008 Chicago IL 60616 773-523-8316 E-mail: Web: IPECAC RECORDINGS E-mail: Web: Contact: Greg Werckman Distribution: Fontana Roster: Fantomas, Melvins, Northern State, Dalek, Skeleton Key, Peeping Tom, Dub Trio IRONWORKS MUSIC Los Angeles, CA E-mail: Jenn.johnson@ Web: Contact: Jenn Johnson Styles/Specialties: a full facility entertainment company JAGGO RECORDS 10061 Riverside Dr., Ste. 718 Toluca Lake, CA 91602 323-850-1819 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: pop, rock, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, soul, World music *Unsolicited material accepted JAZZ LINK ENTERPRISES 3721 Columbia Dr. Longmont, CO 80503 303-776-1764 E-mail: Web: J CURVE RECORDS P.O. Box 43209 Cincinnati, OH 45243 513-272-8004 E-mail: Web: JONKEY ENTERPRISES 663 W. California Ave. Glendale, CA 91203 818-247-6219 1-800-259-6004 E-mail: Web: Contact: Chuck Jonkey Styles/Specialties: environmental, world, traditional, ethnic Distribution: Indies Roster: Chuck Jonkey, Carl Malone *No unsolicited material KALIMBA MUSIC, INC. 15260 Ventura Blvd. Ste. 1750 Sherman Oaks, CA 91403 818-528-7443 E-mail: admin@kalimba Web: Styles/Specialties: adult contemporary jazz, smooth jazz, R&B Distribution: Online KEMADO RECORDS 87 Guernsey St. Brooklyn, NY 11222 E-mail: Web: Roster: The Sword KILL ROCK STARS 107 SE Washington St., Ste. 155 Portland, OR 97211 E-mail: Web: KOCH RECORDS See E1 Music Group KOSMIC MUSIC E-mail: Web: K RECORDS P.O. Box 7154 Olympia, WA 98507 360-786-1594 Fax 360-786-5024 E-mail: Web: Contact: Mariella Luz Roster: Kimya Dawson, The Curious Mystery, The Blackouts LAMON RECORDS CORPORATION 2550 Meridian Blvd. Ste. 200 Franklin, TN 37067 615-379-2121 ext. 101 Fax 615-379-2122 E-mail: Web: Additional location: Hollywood, CA 310-494-0101 Charlotte, NC 704-282-9910

LAZY BONES RECORDINGS 9594 First Ave. N.E., Ste. 449 Seattle, WA 98115 206-447-0712, Fax 425-821-5720 E-mail: Web: LAZY S.O.B. RECORDINGS P.O. Box 4084 Austin, TX 78765 512-480-0765 Fax 512-499-0207 E-mail: Web: LEG (Loggins Entertainment Group) 5018 Franklin Pike Nashville, TN 37220 310-325-9997 E-mail: staff@ Web: LEVIATHAN RECORDS P.O. Box 745 Tyrone, GA 30290 770-257-8697 E-mail: Web: LITTLE DOG RECORDS 1146 N. Central Ave. #107 Glendale, CA 91202 818-557-1595 Web: Contact: Pete Anderson Styles/Specialties: Americana, roots rock, singer-songwriter, country Roster: Curt Kirkwood, Moot Davis, Pete Anderson, Chris Jones, the Blazers, Adam Hood LITTLE FISH RECORDS P.O. Box 19164 Cleveland, OH 44119 216-481-1634 E-mail: Web: LOVECAT MUSIC P.O. Box 548, Ansonia Sta. New York, NY 10023 646-304-7391 E-mail: Web: LOVEPUMP UNITED RECORDS 61 Greenpoint Ave., #508 Brooklyn, NY 11222 347-469-0627 E-mail: Web: Distribution: Secretly Canadian Distro LUAKA BOP 195 Chrystie, Ste. 901F New York, NY 10002 212-624-1469 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: pop, world *No unsolicited materials.

Download This Directory From Our Website MAGGIE’S MUSIC P.O. Box 490 Shady Side, MD 20764 410-867-0642 Fax 410-867-0265 E-mail: Web: MAGNA CARTA RECORDS A-1 Country Club Rd. East Rochester, NY 14445 585-381-5224 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: progressive metal *No unsolicited material MAJOR MONEY ENTERTAINMENT Dallas, TX 469-757-7133 E-mail: Web: MALACO MUSIC GROUP, THE P.O. Box 9287 Jackson, MS 39286 601-982-4522 Fax 601-982-4528 E-mail: Web: MAMA RECORDS P.O. Box 26850 Tempe, AZ 85285 1-800-543-5156 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: jazz - big band, contemporary Distribution: hard goods: Allegro Media Group (North America); digital: IODA MANIFESTO RECORDS 8340 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90069-5420 323-655-2780 Fax 323-655-3333 E-mail: Web: Contact: Evan Cohen (Business

Affairs), Vanessa Gill (Distribution Coordinator) Styles/Specialties: rock, indie, Brit-pop, punk Roster: Dead Kennedys, Wedding Present, Cinerama, Tom Waits, Tim Buckley, Lilys Distribution: MVD *No unsolicited material MARSALIS MUSIC 323 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02139 617-354-2736 Web: MATADOR RECORDS 304 Hudson St., 7th Fl. New York, NY 10013 212-995-5882 Fax 212-995-5883 Web: Styles/Specialties: all styles *Unsolicited material accepted MAXJAZZ 115 W. Lockwood Ave. St. Louis, MO 63119 800-875-8331 E-mail: Web: MEEK RECORDS 7900 S. Prairie Ave. Chicago, IL 60619 773-783-0038 Web: MEGA TRUTH RECORDS P.O. Box 4988 Culver City, CA 90231 Contact: Jon Bare E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: blues and rock MENLO PARK RECORDINGS 16 W. 16th St., #6RN New York, NY 10011 E-mail: menlopark@ Web: Roster: Deerhoof, Japanther MERGE RECORDS Chapel Hill, NC E-mail: Web: METAL BLADE RECORDS 5737 Kanan Rd. #143 Agoura Hills, CA 91301 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: heavy metal, progressive, rock *Unsolicited material accepted Additional location: Metal Blade Records GMGH Marstallstrasse 14 73033 Goppingen, Germany

Distribution: City Hall Records, Traditions Alive MILAN ENTERTAINMENT Burbank, CA 91505 E-mail: jc.chamboredon@ Web: Styles/Specialties: soundtracks, electronic, world Distribution: WEA MINT RECORDS P.O. Box 3613, M.P.O. Vancouver, BC, Canada, V6B 3Y6 604-669-MINT E-mail: Web: Roster: The Pack a.d., Hot Panda, The Organ, Immaculate Machine, Carolyn Mark, Fanshaw, Kellarissa MORPHIUS RECORDS 100 E. 23rd St. Baltimore, MD 21218 410-662-0112 E-mail: Web:

METER RECORDS 106, 7620 Elbow Dr. S.W. Calgary, Canada AB T2V 1K2 E-mail: Web: METROPOLIS RECORDS P.O. Box 974 Media, PA 19063 610-595-9940 E-mail: Web:

MOTORIZED MUSIC GROUP P.O. Box 3154 Glendale, CA 91221 818-548-7989 E-mail: Web: Contact: Randy Nicklaus, Laure Dunham

MIGHTY TIGER RECORDS P.O. Box 11178 Glendale, CA 91226 818-507-4240 Fax 818-230-9876 E-mail: Contact: Bill Stilfield Styles/Specialties: blues

MOUNTAIN APPLE COMPANY, THE 1330 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste. 001 Honolulu, HI 96814 808-597-1888 Fax 808-597-1151 Web: Styles/Specialties: traditional & contemporary Hawaiian

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Download This Directory From Our Website MOUNTAIN HOME RECORDS P.O. Box 829 Arden, NC 28704 800-966-7664 Fax 828-684-4495 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: bluegrass *No unsolicited material MRG RECORDINGS 310-629-9782 E-mail: Web: Contact: A&R Styles/Specialties: rock, electronic, ambient, folk NASHVILLE UNDERGROUND P.O. Box 218138 Nashville, TN 37221 615-673-7215 E-mail: Web: N. E. H. RECORDS 7915 Oxford Rd. Niwot, CO 80503 303-652-0199 1-888-652-0199 E-mail: Web: NEW PANTS PUBLISHING INC. & OLD PANTS PUBLISHING INC. 102 E. Pikes Peak Ave., Ste. 200 Colorado Springs, CO 80903 719-632-0227 Fax 719-634-2274 E-mail: Web:, Contact: Robert A. Case Styles/Specialties: pop, rock, rap, R&B, country Roster: Stephanie Aramburo, Chad Steele, C. Lee Clarke, Tech T, James Becker, Kathy Watson, Lisa Bigwood, George Montalbano, Silence, Sherwin Greenwood, Joel Diehl, John Ellis and Phyllis Shaw. *Unsolicited material through management or lawyer only. Please call or e-mail before submitting. NEW WEST RECORDS 9215 Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90212 E-mail: Web: Roster: see web NITRO RECORDS 7071 Warner Ave., Ste. F736 Huntington Beach, CA 92647 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: punk/pop Roster: see web

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E-mail: Web: Additional location: Minneapolis Office 3148 Bryant Ave. S. Minneapolis, MN 55408 612-375-1113 NONESUCH RECORDS 1290 Ave. of the Americas, 23rd Fl. New York, NY 10104 212-707-2900 Fax 212-707-3207 E-mail: Web: Roster: Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell, Gipsy Kings, kd lang, Randy Newman, Wilco, Brian Wilson, Stephen Sondheim, Kronos Quartet, Youssou N’Dour, Buena Vista Social Club, Laurie Anderson and more. PARMA RECORDINGS 223 Lafayette Rd. North Hampton, NH 03842 603-758-1718 E-mail: Web: PETROGLYPH RECORDS 209 Los Pandos #5A Taos, NM 87571 575-776-8819 E-mail: Web: PINCH HIT ENTERTAINMENT 901 Hermosa Ave., Ste. F Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Web: Contact: Mike Naylor Styles/Specialties: all styles

ODDS ON RECORDS LLC 14A Sunset Way Henderson, NV 89014 702-318-6001 E-mail: Web: Contact: Ted Joseph / Bobby Ferrari Specialties: pop / rock No unsolicited material please

POSI-TONE P.O. Box 2848 Venice, CA 90294 310-871-2652 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: jazz Roster: Orrin Evans, Jim Rotondi, Ralph Bowen, Sam Yahel, Jared Gold, David Gibson, Ehud Asherie, Doug Webb

OGLIO RECORDS P.O. Box 404 Redondo Beach, CA 90277 310-791-8600 Fax 310-791-8670 E-mail: Web: Contact: Carl Caprioglio, Mark Copeland Roster: George Lopez , the Sparks, Jackie the Jokeman Martling, reissues, novelty, soundtracks, Beatallica

PPL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP, INC. 468 N. Camden Dr., Ste. 200 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 261488 Encino, CA 91426 310-860-7499, 818-506-8533 E-mail: Web: Contact: Maxx Diamond *No unsolicited material accepted. Must first e-mail or write with SASE for permission.

OH BOY RECORDS 33 Music Sq. W., Ste. 102B Nashville, TN 37203 800-521-2112 E-mail: Web: *no unsolicited material accepted

PRA RECORDS 1255 Fifth Ave., Ste. 7K New York, NY 10029 212-860-3233 E-mail: Web: Contact: Patrick Rains Styles/Specialties: jazz Distribution: Ryko

ORANGE RECORDINGS 4614 Interlake Ave. N. Seattle, WA 98103 Fax 312-922-2884 E-mail: Web: Roster: see web ORIGINAL SOUND GROUP 7120 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90046 323-851-2500 Fax 323-851-8162 Styles/Specialties: oldies, Latin, rock, rap, soul Distribution: self-distributed *No unsolicited material

PRAVDA RECORDS P.O. Box 268043 Chicago, IL 60626 773-763-7509 Fax 773-763-3252 E-mail: Web: PRIMARILY A CAPPELLA P.O. Box D San Anselmo, CA 94979 1-800-SING-181 (746-4181) Fax 415-458-2961 E-mail: Web:

Styles/Specialties: a cappella *Unsolicited material accepted RAMP RECORDS Santa Barbara, CA E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: Eclectic Roster: Michael McDonald, Jeff Bridges *No unsolicited material RAP-A-LOT RECORDS P.O. Box 924190 Houston, TX 77292 800-861-7272 E-mail: Web: RAZOR & TIE ENTERTAINMENT PO Box 585 Cooper Station New York, NY 10276 212-598-2200 E-mail: Web: Roster: see website REBEL WALTZ / TIME BOMB RECORDINGS 31652 2nd Ave. Laguna Beach, CA 92651 949-499-4497 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: punk, alt. rock *No unsolicited material RED HOUSE RECORDS P.O. Box 4044 St. Paul, MN 55104 651-644-4161 E-mail: customerservice@ Web: RELAPSE RECORDS P.O. Box 2060 Upper Darby, PA 19082 USA 610-734-1000 Fax 610-734-3717 E-mail: Web: Roster: High on Fire, Jucifer, Origin, Brutal Truth REMBA RECORDS P.O. Box 611 Montrose, CA 91021 818-244-5661 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jennifer Russell, Michael Gayle Styles/Specialties: all styles REVELATION RECORDS P.O. Box 5232 Huntington Beach, CA 92615 714-842-7584 E-mail: Web:

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Styles/Specialties: rock, punk, heavy metal *Unsolicited material accepted. No phone calls please.

RHYMESAYERS ENTERTAINMENT Minneapolis, MN 55405 E-mail: Web:

ROUNDER RECORDS One Rounder Way Burlington, MA 01803 617-354-0700 E-mail: Web:

ROADRUNNER RECORDS 902 Broadway, 8th Fl. New York, NY 10010 212-274-7500 Fax 212-505-7469 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: rock *Unsolicited materials accepted, see web for details. ROCKZION RECORDS 673 Valley Dr. Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310-379-6477 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: Christian and crossover rock and film music ROIR (say ROAR!) (Reachout International Records) P.O. Box 150-460 Van Brunt Station Brooklyn, NY 11215 718-852-7647 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: punk, reggae, rock *Unsolicited material accepted, but look at our website so you know who we are. ROTTEN RECORDS P.O. Box 56 Upland, CA 91785 909-920-4567 E-mail: Web:

RRO ENTERTAINMENT P.O. Box 4263 Parker, CO 80134 E-mail: Web: SHANGRI-LA PROJECTS P.O. Box 40106 Memphis, TN 38174 901-359-3102 E-mail: Web: SHUT EYE RECORDS & AGENCY 1180 Vickers St., 2nd Fl. Atlanta, GA 30316 678-986-4931 E-mail: Web: SIX DEGREES RECORDS P.O. Box 411347 San Francisco, CA 94141 415-626-6334 Fax 415-626-6167 E-mail: Web: Roster: See web Distribution: Fontana SONIC IMAGES ENTERTAINMENT GROUP 12400 Ventura Blvd., #268 Studio City, CA 91604 323-650-4000 Fax 323-650-4028 E-mail: sonicimagesrecords@ Web: SONIC PAST MUSIC, LLC 25276 Via Tanara Valencia, CA 91355 818-203-9999 E-mail: Web: Specialties: Label specializes in unreleased material by famous artists as well as cult based musicians of the ‘60s through the ‘90s. Huey Lewis, Rick Springfield, Delaney Bramlett, Richie Sambora, Randy Meisner. We also feature many of the best soft pop/ sunshine pop artists of the ‘60s, artists like the Millennium, Curt Boettcher, Gary Usher, Sandy Salisbury, Les Emerson, Jackdawg SOUND KITCHEN STUDIOS, LLC 112 Seaboard Ln. Franklin, TN 37067 615-370-5773 Fax 615-250-4866 E-mail: Contact: Ira Blonder Web: Specialities: All Genres *Unsolicited material accepted SPARROW RECORDS P.O. Box 5010 Brentwood, TN 37024-5010 615-371-6800 Fax 615-371-6997 Web: Styles/Specialties: Christian *No unsolicited materials SST 406 Talbot St. Taylor, TX 76574 512-352-8165 Fax 512-352-8178 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: rock, jazz, punk, progressive rock *Unsolicited material accepted

STANLEY RECORDINGS 1655 9th Street Santa Monica, CA 90404 310-396-6291 E-mail: Web: STREETBEAT RECORDS/PANDISC MUSIC CORP. 247 S.W. 8th St., Ste. 349 Miami, FL 33130 305-557-1914 Fax 888-493-7778 E-mail: Web:, www., *Unsolicited material accepted SUB POP 2013 Fourth Ave., 3rd. Fl. Seattle, WA 98121 206-441-8441 Fax 206-441-8245 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: rock, alt. rock *No unsolicited material SUMMIT RECORDS, INC. P.O. Box 26850 Tempe, AZ 85285 480-491-6430 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: jazz, classical, brass, winds, educational, kids SUPREME ENTERPRISES INTERNATIONAL CORP. 12304 Santa Monica Blvd., 3rd fl. Los Angeles, CA 90025 818-707-3481 E-mail: Web: Contact: J. Sarmiento Styles/Specialties: trance, Latin, reggae *No phone calls, please

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True Vibe Records is proud to present the incredible Rufus Wonder, as this veteran singing sensation spearheads a call to action in the new smash hit-to-be titled “Uncle Sam’s Goin’ Broke.” He leads a diverse cadre of artists in this compelling social protest song which takes listeners through a description of the national state of affairs and some comedic relief, followed by spoken word artist Paradise’s suggested resolutions and Afro-centric perspective. Highlights of “Stitched To Your Hip” include the funky hip-hop track “Squash It” which features Wonder’s flawless vocals, Bay Area rapper keldamuzik, D’ Labrie, and Oakland producer/musician Bill Jackson. The track has an antiviolence message and is accompanied by a powerful video. Rufus Wonder lets his vocals swing on the funky blues of “Cut You Aloose”. Ladies will not be able to resist the funky come-ons from Rufus and seductive funk on “Hey!Sexy Lady”. Roll the car windows down and turn the bass up to ten on the funkdafied “P-Funk”. The centerpiece of “Stitched To Your Hip” is the bonus track “For Self-Respect, and Fair Play” which is characterized by Wonder’s powerful lyrics and vocals. The track also features Bay Area producer Jam G, and Rapper PUP [People Under Pressure].

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Download This Directory From Our Website SURFDOG RECORDS 1126 South Coast Highway 101 Encinitas, CA 92024 760-944-8000 Fax 760-944-7808 E-mail: Web: Contact: Anita Strine Roster: Brian Setzer, Stray Cats, Richard Cheese, Gary Hoey, Rusty Anderson, Slightly Stoopid, Dan Hicks, Butthole Surfers, Gibby Haynes, Dylan Donkin, the Wylde Bunch *Unsolicited material accepted SYMPATHY FOR THE RECORD INDUSTRY 120 State Ave., N.E. 134 Olympia, WA 98501 E-mail: Web: TANGENT RECORDS P.O. Box 383 Reynoldsburg, OH 43068 614-751-1962 Fax 614-751-6414 E-mail: Web: Contact: Andrew J. Batchelor, President Styles/Specialties: contemporary instrumental, rock instrumental, electronic, jazz-rock, world beat Distribution: self-distributed *Unsolicited material accepted THIN MAN ENTERTAINMENT P.O. Box 322 Torrance, CA 90507 310-320-8822 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jeremy Meza Styles/Specialties: alternative rock, darkwave, deathrock, gothic, industrial, jazz, junk, punk, and psychobilly THIRD MAN RECORDS 623 7th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37203 615-891-4393 Web: THUMP RECORDS P.O.Box 9605 Brea, CA 92822 909-595-2144 Fax 909-598-7028 E-mail: info@thumprecords.c om Web: Contact: Bill Walker, CEO Styles/Specialties: Latin rap, old skool, rap, R&B, Latin, oldies, disco Distribution: UNI TREASURE ISLE RECORDERS, INC. 2808 Azalea Pl. Nashville, TN 37204 615-297-0700 E-mail: fredvail@

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TRICOPOLIS RECORDS 33261 Adelfa St. Lake Elsinore, CA 92530 951-678-0831, 951-757-5055 E-mail: Web: Contact: Mike Nadolson Styles/Specialties: bluegrass, folk, acoustic Roster: See web *No unsolicited material TRIPLE X RECORDS P.O. Box 862529 Los Angeles, CA 90086-2529 323-221-2204 Fax 323-221-2778 Contact: Peter Huer Styles/Specialties: alt. rock, reissues, goth, rap Distribution: Navarre *Call before sending material U & L RECORDS 1617 Cosmo St., Ste. 411 Los Angeles, CA 90028 E-mail: Web:, Styles/Specialities: indie rock, alternative, singer-songwriter *Accepts unsolicited material Web: Roster: TweakBird, Totimoshi, Riverboat Gamblers, Valient Thorr WICKED COOL RECORDS 434 6th Avenue New York, NY 212-868-9000 Fax 212-8689003 E-mail: Web: XL RECORDINGS 304 Hudson St., 7th Fl. New York, 10013 E-mail: Web: Roster: MIA, Friendly Fires, Ratatat, Vampire Weekend, Peaches, The White Stripes YEP ROC RECORDS 449-A Trollingwood Rd. Haw River, NC 27258 877-733-3931 Web: *Note: for internship inquiries, contact Karlie Justus, karlie@


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ABC PROMOTIONAL MARKETING 22141 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 205 Woodland Hills, CA 91364 818-999-2226 Fax 818-999-2236 E-mail: Web: AIM MARKETING SOLUTIONS 530 Means Street, NW., Ste. G10 Atlanta, GA 30318 404-581-7131, Fax 404-588-9244 Contact: Kristi Atkins, CEO Web: Styles/Specialties: Sports and Entertainment marketing A.D.D. MARKETING & ADVERTISING 6600 Lexington Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90038 323-790-0500 Fax 323-790-0240 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: rock, hip-hop, electronic *No unsolicited material. No phone calls please. AFFORDABLE IMAGE 2515 N. 7th St. Phoenix, AZ 85006 866-961-4412 E-mail: Web: AIRPLAY ACCESS 5018 Franklin Pike Nashville, TN 37220 310-325-9997 Fax 310-427-7333 E-mail: Web: Contact: Paul Loggins Styles/Specialties: all styles ANDERSON MARKETING 3260 Ramos Circle Sacramento, CA 95827 916-361-3682 E-mail: Web: ARIEL PUBLICITY, CYBER PROMOTIONS, ROCKGIRL MARKETING 389 12th St. Brooklyn, NY 11215 212-239-8384 E-mail: Web: ARISTOMEDIA 1620 16th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37212 615-269-7071, Fax: 888-894-4934 E-mail: Web: ARTISTS HOUSE MUSIC Web: AUTHENTIK ARTISTS 4310 West Kling St.

Download This Directory From Our Website Burbank, CA 91505 714-321-1371 E-mail: Web: AWARD WINNERS 8939 Reseda Blvd. Northridge, CA 91324 818-349-3932 1-888-95award E-mail: Web: Contact: Jacque Styles/Specialties: gold records, specialties, t-shirts and tour jackets BIG 10 INDUSTRIES, INC. ROCK CITY MERCH 149 S. Barrington Ave. Ste. 812 Los Angeles, CA 90049 310-280-1610 E-mail: Web: BLACK DOG PROMOTIONS 9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste. 108 Tempe, AZ 85284 480-206-3435 Fax 480-753-7021 E-mail: Web: BRYAN FARRISH PROMOTION 1828 Broadway, 2nd Fl. Santa Monica, CA 90404 310-998-8305 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: In-house and field staff to handle regular rotation on every commercial station in the U.S. and Canada, generating up to 3,000,000 listens per week on a single station in a single city. Also, college radio, specialty/ mixshow radio, and for gigs in CA. CORNERSTONE 830 Traction Ave. #3F Los Angeles, CA 90013 213-217-4500 E-mail: info@cornerstonepromotion. com, Web: Contact: Rob Stone and Jon Cohen Additional locations: New York 71 W 23rd St. Fl 13 New York, NY 10010 212-741-7100 London +44-208-962-1440 DAISY GAMBIT MUSIC SERVICES E-mail: daisy@daisygambitband Web: Contact: Daisy Gambit Styles/Specialties: All styles, worldwide, PR, promotion, radio,

performance bookings, TV, website design, label submissions, management & distribution. No unsolicited mail/ packages. E-mail is fine only for initial contact. DAN DEL CAMPOS Media / Consultant Pop Culture Image 2554 Lincoln Blvd. #731 Venice, CA 90291 310-314-2790 E-mail: Web: DISTINCTIVE PROMO P.O. Box 95 Hewlett, NY 11557 516-792-1498 E-mail: Web: EVOLUTION PROMOTION 7 Arlene Ave. Wilmington, MA 01887 978-658-3357 E-mail: Web: Contact: Karen Lee EVOLVOR MEDIA 58 E. Main St. Newark, DE 19711 215-450-5804 Web: FANSCAPE 360 N. La Cienega Blvd. 3rd Fl. Los Angeles, CA 90048 323-851-3267 Fax 323-785-7101 E-mail: Web: FILTER CREATIVE GROUP 350 E. 30th #6a New York, NY 10016 646-202-1683 Fax 646-290-7082 E-mail: Web: label, music publishing, marketing & promotions, DJ coalition, consulting and marketing. G5 MUSIC MEDIA Miami, FL 305-917-5145 E-mail: Web: Contact: Joe Wiggins GAIL ROBERTS P.R. & INTERNET MARKETING 10061 Riverside Dr., Ste. 1400 Burbank, CA 91602 310-734-8193 E-mail: Web: Contact: Gail Roberts Styles/Specialties: longstanding music PR firm with marketing and online promotion, internet publicity, social networking. Firm also handles marketing and media for painters, authors, corporations and ecological projects. GARY GROUP, THE 2040 Broadway Santa Monica, CA 90404 310-264-1700 Fax 310-264-9744 E-mail: Web: Contact: Dick Gary, President Styles/Specialties: all styles *No unsolicited material

New York, NY 10001 212-989-2222 E-mail: Web: GONZALEZ MARKETING 4450 Cordova St., Ste. 110 Anchorage, AK 99503 907-562-8640 Fax 907-562-8641 E-mail: Web: Contact: Steve Gonzalez GREG STEFFEN National Music Marketing Services P.O. Box 8446 Berkeley, CA 94707 510-527-1861 E-mail: gregsteffen@nationalmusic Web: HANDS ON PR & MARKETING 310-341-3201 Fax 818-508-2044 E-mail: Contact: Craig Melone Styles/Specialties: all styles/indie labels are our forte HOWARD ROSEN PROMOTION 1129 Maricopa Highway, Suite #238, Ojai, CA 93023 805-382-2200 E-mail: Web: Contact: Howard Rosen Styles/Specialties: CHR/Top 40, AC, Hot AC, AAA, alternative specialty, mainstream rock, modern AC, college

GIANT STEP 62 White St., Ste. 3R New York, NY 10013 212-219-3567 E-mail: Web:

IFANZ.COM (McCartney Multimedia, Inc.) 322 Culver Blvd., Ste. 124 Playa Del Rey, CA 90293 E-mail: Web:

GIRLIE ACTION MEDIA & MARKETING, INC. 243 W. 30th St., 12th fl.

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Download This Directory From Our Website IMAGINE PR Washington, DC 202-713-0735 Web: INK TANK PR 6325 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste 100 Los Angeles, CA 90038 213-484-4488 Web: J&H PROMOTIONS 1020 Christopher Ln. Ashland City, TN 37015 615-792-3502 E-mail: Web: Contact: Mary Christopher, President Styles/Specialties: Award-winning promotions, brand management, ad agency, radio promotions, press/PR, representing all genres, from indie to major label. Clients: ABC Radio Networks, Dreamworks Records, Harrah’s Casino, MCA Records, Jones & Thomas Advertising Agency, Naxos Music, Stringtown Records, Town of Los Altos Hills, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, Polk County Utilities, 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines, Main Street Bank & Trust and Virgin Records. JJ ENTERTAINMENT 323-653-5438 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jodi Jackson Styles: All JAMALAMA 4757 E Greenway Rd., Ste. 107b PMB180 Phoenix, AZ 85032 800-884-4553 E-mail: Web: Contact: Ian Faith, CEO Styles: ALL “Now You Can Play With The Band” JEROME PROMOTIONS AND MARKETING, INC. 2535 Winthrope Way Lawrenceville, GA 30044 770-982-7055 E-mail: Contact: Bill Jerome, Pres., Laura Hollister, Sr. Talent Coordinator Web: Services: Independent radio promotion JON KONJOYAN PROMOTION 4464 Moorpark Way, Ste. 104 Toluca Lake, CA 91602 818-980-9217 E-mail: Web: Contact: Jon Konjoyan Styles/Specialties: AC and Hot AC *Unsolicited material accepted

KAREN MORSTAD & ASSOCIATES 79 E. Putnam Ave. Greenwich, CT 06830 203-661-1090 Fax 203-661-1091 E-mail: Web: KBH ENTERTAINMENT GROUP Van Nuys, CA 91405 818-786-5994 E-mail: Contact: Brent Harvey Styles/Specialties: consulting, artist management, event production, music licensing & placement, publicity, talent buying & booking. LAKES COMMUNICATION SERVICES 213-840-1095 E-mail: lakescommunications@gmail. com Contact: Jeffery Lakes Services: Specializing in marketing and promotional services for independent artists and labels. LARRY WEIR National Record Promotion 137 N. Larchmont Blvd. S-#500 Los Angeles, CA 90004 323-658-7449 E-mail: Specialties: Need radio airplay? Multi-format radio promotion LOGGINS PROMOTION 2530 Atlantic Ave., Ste. C Long Beach, CA 90806 310-325-2800 E-mail: Web: Contact: Paul Loggins Styles/Specialties: all styles LOTOS NILE MARKETING P.O. Box 90245 Nashville, TN 37209 615-298-1144 E-mail: Web: LUCKIE & COMPANY 600 Luckie Dr., Ste. 150 Birmingham, AL 35223 205-879-2121 E-mail: Web: Additional location: 3370 Sugarloaf Pkwy., Ste. G2-305 Lawrenceville, GA 30044 678-638-2611 W. Hollywood, CA 90069 818-232-4175 E-mail: Web: Contact: Steve Levesque LUCKY DOG 1429 N. 1st St., Ste. 100 Phoenix, AZ 85004 888-567-0522 E-mail: Web: THE MB AGENCY Getting you the exposure you deserve 817-239-7407 E-mail: Web: Facebook: Contact: Jeff Brannon Styles/Specialties: All styles, advertising & management MELODY MAKER PRODUCTIONS 453 S. Spring St., Ste. 937 Los Angeles, CA 90013-2089 310-266-9506 Contact: David Gielan E-mail: info@melodymaker Web: Services: Logo creation, press kit design, album cover art, promo materials (stickers, flyers, etc.) audio post production, composition for tv/ films/games, songwriting arrangement, record production, engineering, mixing, mastering, prepping, albums for duplication/replication, vocal coaching, vocal production, career consultation MIA MIND MUSIC 254 Sixth St., Ste. #2 Hoboken, NJ 07030 201-656-5458, Fax 201-216-1186 E-mail: Web:, www. MILES HIGH PRODUCTIONS P.O. Box 93157 Hollywood, CA 90093 323-806-0400, Fax 818-845-4805 E-mail: Web: Contact: Chip Schutzman Styles/Specialties: Social Marketing and digital press company catering to both indie and established artists. Styles/Specialties: We specialize in rock, pop, dance, jazz, blues, country/ roots, soul/urban and new age. Established in 2002.

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Santa Monica, CA 90401 310-434-1272 Fax 310-434-1273 E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: alternative rock Roster: Velvet, Voodoo, Brent Fraser, 10 Pound Troy, UFO Bro, Drag, Wendy Bucklew NERLAND AGENCY 808 “E” St. Anchorage, AK 99501 907-274-9553 Fax 907-274-9990 E-mail: Web: NEW MUSIC WEEKLY 137 N. Larchmont Ave., Ste. 500 Los Angeles, CA 90004 310-325-9997 Fax 310-427-7333 E-mail: Web: Contact: Paul Loggins, Larry Weir, Chuck Dauphin, John Loggins, Jon Hudson, Masika Swain, Debi Fee Styles/Specialties: all styles *National music magazine specializing in radio airplay charts, artist spotlights/ interviews and entertainment based editorials Additional location: 5018 Franklin Pike Nashville, TN 37220 615-323-2200 NOCTURNAL MOVEMENTS P.O. 6043 Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K2A 1T1 613-596-4996, 613-266-2488 Vancouver, WA 98668 E-mail: Web: NOT EVIL MUSIC VirontљrmЉnkatu 15 D 20 33310 Tampere, Finland +358 40 772 6551 Web: PACIFIC MARKETING LLC 2570 19th St. S.E. Salem, OR 97302 888-677-7658, 503-362-4020 Fax 503-362-8227 E-mail: Web: PEARCE CREATIVE SERVICES P.O. Box 892 Stinson Beach, CA 94970 415-706-3800 E-mail: Web: Contact: Drew Pearce PEOPLE’S REVOLUTION, INC. New York & L.A. 212-274-0400, 323-651-3500 E-mail:,

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Download This Directory From Our Website Web: Styles/Specialties: Fashion and lifestyle pr, marketing and events. This includes fashion show planning and production PERMANENT PRESS RADIO PROMOTION P.O. Box 26622 Rochester, NY 14626 585-764-0150 E-mail: Web: Contact: Ray Paul Styles/Specialties: AAA Radio (commercial & noncommercial), college/alternative and specialty shows. Industry consulting services in label set-up and distribution. PFA MEDIA 285 Broadway Ste. 630 New York, NY 10013 212-334-6116 Web: PINCH HIT ENTERTAINMENT 901 Hermosa Ave., Ste. F Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 Web: Contact: David Lebenthal Styles/Specialties: guitar-oriented rock, pop. Specializing in national radio promotion, distribution and press campaigns PLA MEDIA, INC. 1303 16th Ave. S. Nashville, TN 37212 615-327-0100 Fax 615-320-1061 E-mail:info@okanedua,cin Web: POP CULTURE IMAGE 2554 Lincoln Blvd., Ste. 731 Venice, CA 90291 310-314-2790, 310-650-7161 E-mail: Web: Contact: Dan Del Campos PPL ENTERTAINMENT GROUP INC. 468 N. Camden Dr. Ste.200 Beverly Hills, CA 90210 310 860-7499 Fax 310 860-7400 E-mail: Web: Contact: Maxx Diamond PRTHATROCKS.COM 17 Greenwood Cove Dr. Tiburon, CA 94920 USA 415-233-7350 E-mail: Web: Contact: Christopher Buttner, President Styles: Hard rock, heavy metal, progressive rock, indie, new age, electronic, jazz, instrumental (as well as events, concert tours, stage productions and technology) Clients: Dream Theater, Jordan Rudess, John Petrucci, Greg Kihn, Steven Halpern, Point Break LIVE!, Drunk Talk! SF MusicTech Summit,, Frank Serafine,, Berklee Press, TJ Martell Foundation, Beatstreet Productions, Budda PROPELLER PUBLICITY 214 N. 11th St., #4M Brooklyn, NY 11211 718-387-1301, Cell 347-215-4710 E-mail: Web: Contact: Angie Carlson PYRAMID COMMUNICATIONS 239 N.W. 13th Ave., Ste. 215 Portland, OR 97209 503-241-2341 Fax 503-238-5788 E-mail: Web: Additional location: 1932 First Ave., Ste. 507 Seattle, WA 98101 206-374-7788 Fax 206-374-7798

RANDOLPHE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP 372 Weston St. Waltham, MA 02451 786-472-7039 ext. 103 781-983-4120 E-mail:, Web: RELAX MUSIC GROUP New York, NY 11377 646-755-5627 E-mail: Web: Contact: Patrick Rule, Chris Lewis, E-mail: Web: RIOT ACT MEDIA 411 NE 22nd Ave., Ste 14 Portland, OR 97232 206-890-9906 E-mail: Web: ROCKSTAR PROMOTIONS 1926 Hollywood Blvd., #202 Hollywood, FL 33020 954-767-8385 Fax 801-740-6554 Contact: Aaron Schimmel E-mail: Web: Styles/Specialties: CD/DVD replication, merchandise production (T-shirts, stickers, posters, postcards, merch items), and graphic design.

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ASHLEY DI BUDUO Los Angeles, CA E-mail: Web: ashleydibuduo Clients: See web for details AUDIOS PRODUCTIONS Radio Campaign and Studio 323-332-0920 E-mail: Web: AUDIO CRUSH PR Bloomfield, NJ 07003 973-342-3259 E-mail: Web: Clients: Cash Cash, Those Mockingbirds, Val Emmich BEAUTIFUL DAY MEDIA & MANAGEMENT 128 Coffey St. 1R Brooklyn, NY 11231 718-522-5858 Web: E-mail: Elizabeth@BeautifulDayMedia. com Contact: Elizabeth Freund BIG HASSLE 44 Wall St., 22nd Fl. New York, NY 10005 212-619-1360 Fax 212-619-1669 E-mail: Web: Additional location: 5566 W. Washington Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90016 323-456-3490 BIZ 3 PUBLICITY 1321 N. Milwaukee Ave., Ste. 452 Chicago, IL 60622 773-342-3331 E-mail: Web: BLACK ROSE PRODUCTIONS, INC. 409 Route 112 Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776 631-509-0449 E-mail: admin@blackrose Web: E-mail: Web:

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DRPR 310-360-3997, 310-757-8938 E-mail: Web:

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o you’ve had trouble finding and keeping a good drummer for your band? You’re not alone. As a drummer myself, I understand that this can be a difficult task. It would seem that the few good drummers out there are always juggling projects and jumping from band to band. This can cause the perception that drummers are all “musical whores,” “flaky,” or just straight-up egotistical pains in the ass. Well, in the following tips I’m here to shed some light on the subject, give you the kind of insight that will help you to find a great time-keeper and keep him for as long as it takes. Be Prepared. I never walk into an audition or rehearsal without knowing the material inside and out, and I expect the same work ethic from the people I audition for. So be sure you have all the necessary gear for the situation and then some! Time after time I have to loan a DI box to a bassist or an extra cable to a guitarist who didn’t bring enough. Decide Who’s A Band Member. Almost every single day I read an ad online or get contacted by a band that wants a drummer who can “copy the existing drum parts to my songs,” and perform everything to exact specification. That’s fine––if your drummer is being paid. But if you’re not looking for a hired gun, or not willing to compensate your musicians, then everyone in the band needs equal rights. Everything from writing and performing the music, to the business decisions of the group, should be split equally; it can’t just be “your band.” If you want it to be “your band,” hire musicians to do the job your way. Be Professional. If you’re hiring a professional drummer, it is important to be professional yourself. Show up early to every rehearsal, session or gig. Be polite and communicate clearly to not only your drummer and other band members, but to sound engineers, promoters, club owners, managers. Most importantly, drop the ego. You are not as important as you think. Let ‘Em Juggle. Why is it that most professional drummers juggle multiple projects at a time? The first reason is that, believe it or not, drummers are artists too. Being able to physically create sound and rhythm is a magical thing. Not all artists can satisfy themselves with one canvas and are happy being able to play Death Metal Monday night and Latin-Jazz Tuesday. It doesn’t mean band “A” is more or less important than band “B.” Reason 2 is that the drummer is often the lowest paid member of a group. Singersongwriters who hire a musician don’t often share publishing rights, and are in a higher pay scale than someone who comes into the situation after it’s already functioning. So, in order to keep a roof over their head, many musicians, drummers included, have to take on more than one job. Don’t get bent out of shape thinking your drummer is cheating on your band. Don’t Be A Hard-Ass. There are a lot of bandleaders out there who want everything to be perfect every single time right from the word “go.” In a perfect world, this would be wonderful, but that’s not the case. Drummers are not machines, we are humans, and from time to time we make mistakes. Giving a drummer a day-and-a-half to learn 12 songs and then wondering why it’s not 100 percent perfect is unreasonable. This kind of behavior can often lead to you going through numerous drummers, and can give you the reputation of being “Hard to work with.” Expect Your Drummer to Provide the Human Touch. Nowadays nine out of 10 pop recordings are done with programmed drums, especially when it comes to independent artists. Not every sound or pattern can always 78 July 2012

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