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Crossing all genres and having a strong lyrical point of view is what you’ll find with this year’s assemblage of vocal artists. Each share thoughtful and compelling personal stories and career perspectives for the benefit of fan and musical peer alike. Join us for conversation with Austin-based singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Bonnie Whitmore, Nashville veteran Wendy Moten, Lake Street Dive front person Rachael Price, Body Count lead vocalist and solo rapper Ice-T and the legendary Sir Tom Jones. Ice-T Contact: Claire Reynolds, [email protected]; bodycountband.com and icet.com Rapper-vocalist, producer, author and actor Ice-T has covered many artistic bases in his career. Since 2000 he […]

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It’s a weekday afternoon in late February, less than two weeks before 26-year-old music prodigy Jacob Collier would venture Stateside to add another gold statue (his 5th) to his collection of Grammys, and he is psyched about some breaking news. In the past 48 hours, the multi-hyphenate, impossible-to-categorize virtuoso learned he can finally start to reroute the tour plans that he—like so many of his peers—had to table due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It’s always such a thrill to be among the people,” he said via telephone from his home studio in North London. “It’s always nice to connect with […]

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“On the road, it’s so easy to feed into the woefulness of it all: the long drives, the 1-star motels, the array of impossible semi-deaf sound men, the bags of cash that never come, or the questions of why there is a line of fans around the block waiting for a Rave to begin after your show.” Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese philosopher, complete with flowing robes and white fu manchu, put it best––“Bend and you will be whole. Curl and you will be straight. Keep empty and you will be filled.” You can’t poke a hole in that now […]

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Let there be no mistake—pursuing a career in the music industry in the 2020s may look easy, but it is highly competitive. The successful musicians you see today in the media—getting millions of hits on YouTube, performing in front of large audiences at the coolest music festivals, or getting streamed on popular playlists—represent only a minuscule percentage of all the musicians in, or trying to break into, the music business today. Knowing these odds, why would anyone continue to pursue a career in the music business? The love of playing music, the tools and technology of the digital age, and […]

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Andrew Watt, commonly referred to simply as WATT, is in the news right now thanks to the fact that he has executive produced the new album from heavy metal titan Ozzy Osbourne, Ordinary Man. It’s an interesting but perhaps unsurprising move for the producer, songwriter and musician who is still only 30 years old. Throughout his career to this point, Watt has made a conscious effort to work with as many different artists from different corners of the musical universe as possible. His songwriting and production credits include Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Lana Del Rey, Post Malone, Camila Cabello and […]

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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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A veteran sound engineer’s hard-won expertise, found in his new book “First 50 Recording Techniques You Shoud Know To Track Music” will help you to nail those high-impact vocal tracks. Vocal Mic Choice OVERVIEW: The microphone is the singer’s connection to the audience, whether in person or on recorded media—it’s a very important consideration! The mic that’s used to track a vocalist can make a big difference in the quality of the vocal performance, for some reasons you may or may not guess. CHALLENGE: When tracking vocals, there are so many important variables. The quality of the mic is important, but […]

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When we last featured HAIM (sisters Este, Danielle and Alana) on our March 2014 cover, they were fresh off their debut, Days Are Gone, and a breakout performance on SNL and their name was getting dropped by youngsters, Coachella hipsters (where they played twice) and iconic rockers alike. The trio were nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy, sharing the stage and receiving accolades from Stevie Nicks and Dave Grohl, and getting pop radio play on KIIS FM. Shortly after, they became besties with Taylor Swift and were invited to open on her 1989 Tour. Actually, as we put this […]

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