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Contact: [email protected] Web: spotify.com Seeking: Label Style: Hard Rock/Heavy Metal We’re mixed about this trio of solid players. The guitarist and drummer seem to be the tightest. The vocalist, however, can’t decide if he wants to be hair metal, speed metal, or just angry. And the lyrics are absolute YIKESville. The band achieves a visceral attack on “Escaping Hell,” but the vocals are somehow out of tune with the music even though it’s metal and shouting/screaming shouldn’t matter. We do appreciate the drummer doing more than just being in the pocket and the bassist keeps pace well. The vocal on […]

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The ninth annual She Rocks Awards went virtual for the first time on Jan. 22. Presented by the Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN), the virtual celebration started off with a red carpet Q&A with the honorees, hosted by John Stapleton, Senior National Artist, M.A.C Cosmetics, followed by the pre-show countdown hosted by Yahoo Entertainment music editor Lyndsey Parker, and the evening culminated with this years star-studded array of honorees hosted by Lzzy Hale of the rock band Halestorm, that included Nancy Wilson, The Go-Go’s, Cherie Currie, Cindy Blackman Santana, Amy Lee, Margaret Cho and many other women from all corners of the music and audio industry. The event […]

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Royer Labs royerlabs.com The Art of the Ribbon Microphone: David Royer, founder of Royer Labs, is one of an elite group of microphone designers who know that music and sound are inseparable from electronic design. He founded his first company, Mojave Audio in his Fullerton garage, where he modified amps and made his own condenser mics, mic pre’s and compressors. Building gear under the Mojave and DVA labels, he created a number of popular condenser mics. During this “garage period,” Royer came across his first ribbon mic, a Reslo that needed repair, and his fascination for ribbon mics was born. […]

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Big Sean Joins Detroit Pistons as Creative Director of Innovation Hip-Hop icon Big Sean has signed on to become the Creative Director of Innovation for the Detroit Pistons. In this role, Sean will provide counsel and strategic guidance for on- and off-the-court community initiatives. The Detroit native’s 2020 album, Detroit 2, was awarded the Key to the City in 2017 for the contributions of his organization, the Sean Anderson Foundation. “I grew up in the city, which naturally made me a fan of the Bad Boys,” says Sean. “I look forward to contributing to their legacy and dedication to the community […]

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Web: brandxmusic.net Contact: brandxmusic.net/contact Often cited as the premiere music library for film and entertainment advertising, Brand X Music in the past year named    Alicia Richards as the company’s new Head of Creative Sync. As such, Richards oversees the sync department, development of the company’s catalog, and placements in films, TV, advertising and other content for an in-house library of over 8,000 tracks, 115 albums and 55 original songs. “I think the most challenging part of the job is always finding the exact right piece of music for what the client needs. It’s being able to understand what they’re looking […]

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Eventide eventideaudio.com Half a Century of Pioneering Sound: Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, Eventide has long been a ubiquitous name in audio broadcasting and recording, consistently pioneering unprecedented methods of bending and layering sound. Revolutionizing the industry with their H910, Harmonizer and Instant Phaser, their world renowned “Eventide Sound” consists of pristine delay, lush reverbs and pitch shifting effects. Before they introduced the H910—whose devotees have included Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Tony Visconti and Brian Eno—experimenting with pitch shifting and delay required multiple effects, tape machines and hands-on effort. The H910 put the power of these tools into […]

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Winners of the NAMM Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC Awards), honoring the best in professional audio and sound production, have been announced in a virtual event on the final day of NAMM’s Believe in Music week, a global online gathering to unify and support people who bring music to the world. Universal Audio picked up the day’s biggest collection of prizes in the Technical category for its Apollo x 4 (Computer Audio Hardware); Neve 1084 Preamp & EQ Plug-In (Signal Processing Software-Dynamics/EQ/Utilities), and the company’s LUNA Recording System (Workstation Technology/Recording Devices). Two pro audio brands who each have a long history […]

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Producer, engineer and musician Bruce Sugar began his engineering saga when he was a drummer and pianist as an undergraduate in Boulder, CO. He knew little about the field then. But a friend had assembled a mobile studio for recording live shows and he was invited to join in. His first session was with Little River Band at storied venue Red Rocks Amphitheatre. He then made for Nashville, where he landed a gig at Quadrafonic Sound Studio, at which he shaped and sharpened his skills. He moved to Los Angeles five years later and has now worked with artists such […]

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Respected musical theater duo, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty’s latest composition, “How Do I Tell You?,” was written for Nasrin, a documentary film about Iranian human rights activist, Nasrin Sotoudeh. Delivering a poignant and timely message of hope and humanity, the original song is performed by four-time Grammy-winner, Angelique Kidjo, and was inspired by letters from Sotoudeh to her children while behind prison walls, in her effort to explain her absence. Shares Ahrens, “She’s not just an activist, not just a woman who’s going to fall on her sword for her ideals. She’s a mother, and the pull of that […]

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Quarto Valley Records Managing Director Years with Company: 4 Address: Woodland Hills, CA Phone: 818-227-0800 Web: quartovalleyrecords.com E-mail: [email protected] Clients: The Immediate Family, Savoy Brown, Paul Rodgers, Narada Michael Walden, Deborah Bonham, Denny Seiwell Trio,T-Bear, Edgar Winter, Texas Scratch, Dominic Quarto BACKGROUND Mike Carden has worked alongside heaps of great artists, playing an important role from many angles of the entertainment industry. Coming to Quarto Valley Records carrying an enviable list of contacts amassed through positions at hotspots like Atlantic Records and Eagle Rock Entertainment, he has been able to entice big names to join the indie label founded by […]

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