Other artists Dale’s been fortunate enough to record are: Shawn Hook, David GoGo, Grimskunk, Sass Jordan, Long John Baldry, Joey Santiago (Pixies), Jamie Walters, KD Lang, Jimmy Barr (Portishead), Helix, Barney Bentall and Valdy.
2016 projects include Rosemary & The Sweet Sound Revival’s Global Music Awards Medal winning CD “Plum Coulee My Home” and emerging Houston artist Sami Murphy.
“I feel very fortunate to have made a living doing what I love for more than 25 years. I continue to meet and work with some of the most talented artists in the world.”
Tommy received his first guitar at age thirteen. Drums were actually what he wanted- but the guitar is what he got! This guitar was the biggest hunk of junk ever crafted. After learning a handful of chords from a family friend, he began trying to figure out riffs from all his favorite bands. It was the seventies so Tommy cranked out tune after tune from Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Sabbath, Cheap Trick, and KISS!
Fine tuning his guitar playing throughout high school in the eighties was not easy. As the seventies melted into the eighties guitar had morphed into something fantastic including the introduction of the shred guitar. This meant the average guitarist had to become better than average. Tommy’s numerous garage
bands were featured at the traditional high school keg party. Tommy formed his first serious band with childhood friend and drummer Jason Mackenroth (Mother Superior, Henry Rollins, Blue Man Group). In 1984 Sacramento based metal band Heathen hit the scene hard, tirelessly playing gigs and recording demos which were featured on local radio.
Tommy left Heathen in 1985 to attend GIT (Guitar Institute of Technology) in Hollywood. This allowed Tommy to study guitar with Paul Gilbert (Racer X, Mr. Big), Frank Gambale (Chick Korea) and Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson, Jeff Beck) just to name a few. GIT laid the foundation for Tommy to expand his style, range, and his technique. Graduating with honors in 1986, Tommy found himself back in Northern California and ready for the next gig. Wynch was an established band with a different sound. The band’s pop oriented hard rock songs earned them the attention of producer/singer/song writer Jessie Bradman (Night Ranger). Wynch recorded their 2nd EP Shut Up and Pay Attention on RMR Records.
This EP featured Tommy doing back to back guitar solos with one of his idols Jeff Watson of Night Ranger on the track Oak Park Shuffle.
In 1987, Tommy joined the coaching staff of “Stairway to Stardom”, an award winning summer music program in which students are placed in bands and coached through the essential steps of writing, performing, and recording. Tommy was half of the treacherous guitar harmony team in Wynch, which signed a deal in 1991 with Artful Balance/Warner. The band headed to Hollywood to record their debut major label album Sucker Punch with producer Davey Johnston (Elton John), one of Tommy’s heroes. The album was unfortunately shelved in 1992.
The band went through a few member changes and returned to Hollywood in 1993. They secured a production deal with Hollywood Sound. Working with producer Martin Smellsly (Danzig/Black Crows) the band recorded a brilliant full length album with drummer Michael Frowein (Lynchmob) and bassist Dan McNay (Frank Hannon Band). This album did not get picked up even though the work was the band’s most amazing effort to date.
Tommy was recruited in 1993 by veteran GIT faculty member Vic Trigger to teach and develop curriculum for the Guitar Activity Center. The Guitar Activity Center was a live playing workshop in which guitarists could prepare for the Musicians Institute. Tommy’s teaching style and curriculum contributions led to an expansion in the school entitled Rock Shop.
Ready for a major change Tommy took a brief break from the road to focus on publishing his first guitar instructional book Chord Camp 1. Tommy concurrently opened a recording studio and began producing and engineering. He worked on his book feverishly while he was touring, recording, and teaching an average of 50 students a week. Chord Camp 1 landed Tommy a distribution deal and rapidly the book was being sold in 8 countries. This led to two immediate sequels, Chord Camp 2 and Chord Camp 3, both released in 1994.
Scott Warner is a serial entrepreneur. His portfolio of success covers everything from tech start-ups to restaurants, from online blogging to film. He has a visceral passion for building companies that are innovative, profitable, and viral. A go-getter who never settles for less than the best, Scott has an uncanny ability to build teams who share his same vision.
As CEO of Gigg Inc., Scott’s endeavors are directed by a desire to help companies better understand and utilize the social media landscape while improving focus on business intelligence.
Scott has had a life-long love for music and the entertainment industry. Gigg Inc. was originally created to help open doors for aspiring artists through the company’s social media platform. Over time, he realized the Gigg feature set offered valuable solutions to businesses. While Scott is focused on providing Gigg’s platform to businesses, his passion for the arts remains intact. Through Gigg’s talent discovery medium “GiggSTAGE”, Scott continues to provide musicians a chance to be seen and heard on a global scale. Gigg was named a Top Ten Start-up at SXSW by ComplexTech in 2013.
During his time at Capitol Records, Bruce spent five years in radio promotion prior to being asked to become an A&R exec at the label. Bruce’s acquisitions are widespread and include The Knack (“My Sharona”), Duran Duran, Iron Maiden, Weird Al Yankovic, and Thomas Dolby (“She Blinded Me With Science”). He also was instrumental in bringing Missing Persons and The Motels to the label, among others.
Bruce currently hosts the indie/alternative “Go Deep” new music broadcast on three stations, including KX 93.5 in Laguna Beach and two stations in the Midwest. He’s been consistently among the first to make positive observations about a number of currently high-profile alternative acts.
Bruce also works with up and coming artists around the world on live show development, song selection, and overall strategies. He manages the rising LA-based alternative band Trapdoor Social and has served on the leadership team for the Sunstock Solar Festival.
Anita Rivas is a solo practitioner and former partner in the entertainment law firm, Escalante, Walner & Rivas, and works as co-counsel for other firms in Los Angeles. Rivas has represented a variety of clients, including independent labels, Modern Sky, Kung Fu Records (Blink 182), Hopeless Records (Avenged Sevenfold & Thrice), Fearless Records (Plain White Ts), Smartpunk and recording artists, such as The Vandals, Anti-Flag, Pennywise, The Aggrolites, Finch, The Long Beach Dub Allstars and individuals, such as Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Kim Deal (The Pixies & The Breeders), Josh Freese (Sting, Nine Inch Nails…), Dustin Hawthorne (Hot Hot Heat), Warren Fitzgerald (Gwen Stefani), Taku Hiranu (Bette Midler, Fleetwood Mac…), Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion, Tenacious D, Avenged Sevenfold), Joe Escalante (radio personality), Kevin Lyman (Van’s Warped Tour & Taste of Chaos owner/concert promoter) and Elijah Wood and Chad Gilbert (Newfound Glory), in connection with their respective independent label projects. Rivas has also provided consulting services for corporations such as Sears and Levis (campaigns involving digital rights); NBC Universal (rights analysis and asset management); Sole Technology (music licensing); Legal Zoom (band partnership agreements); and Best Buy (marketing campaigns involving A list talent). Rivas presently represents entrepreneurs, production companies, producers, writers, consultants, studios, labels, investors, executives, filmmakers and indie bands, such as The Mystery Lights, Dead Meadow, The Molochs, Fortunate Youth and Jakob Nowell (LAW).
Rivas is former production counsel (including all music clearance) and associate producer of Rockstar’s Taste of Chaos Live DVD/CD package and Van’s Warped Tour 2007 LIVE! DVD, and music supervisor and music legal counsel for the film, “Endless Bummer” (produced by Kevin Lyman) and its soundtrack, which features Katy Perry, Blink 182, Pennywise and Joan Jett. Rivas also successfully cleared immigration requirements for the sold out J Rock Festival on behalf of Yoshiki (9 bands from Japan), the US Taste of Chaos Tour (3 bands from Japan) and for M.I.A. (UK) and various business executives. Rivas served as production counsel for the award winning film, “She Makes Comics”. Rivas is production counsel and associate producer for the Todd Zman Zalkins documentary, which features Jakob Nowell and footage from the Long Beach music scene, including Sublime and Bradley Nowell.
Rivas has been quoted on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has been featured in the Bay Guardian, the SF Weekly (full cover and feature article), the SF Chronicle, the SF Examiner and the LA Times over the years, with regard to her legal expertise and involvement with the concert industry and artist development. Rivas has consulted for NARAS, ASCAP and BMI as a producer of various artists’ development and A&R programs and competitions. Rivas has moderated or appeared as a panelist for SXSW, CMJ, NXNW, NARIP, EAT’M, IPELS (LACBA), ASCAP, NARAS and the DIY Convention, which she co-founded in 2000 with then USA TODAY journalist, Bruce Haring, to support artists’ rights and education. Rivas is an Associate Member of the Recording Academy and the Co-Chair of the USC Beverly Hills Bar Association Institute of Entertainment Law and Business Syllabus Committee.
Rivas has written numerous articles about performance rights in sound recordings, the Audio Home Recording Act and US copyright law for NARIP and also testified on behalf of rights holders during the NII hearings held by the Clinton Administration in the early ‘90s. Rivas is a tireless artists rights advocate traveling to Austin, Washington DC and to the California regional offices of our Congresspersons to champion the rights of musicians, songwriters and producers. Rivas has also produced two benefit shows for the #IRESPECTMUSIC Campaign with Blake Morgan. Rivas serves as an adjunct professor for the CSU System, and interviews industry luminaries in her annual lecture series and was honored with the Exemplary Performance Award.
Rivas also enjoyed a remarkable career in the concert industry as a key promoter and talent buyer in Northern California, booking thousands of bands (e.g., Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, NIN, Chris Isaak, Billy Idol, Joan Jett, Replacements, etc.) in the heyday of Indie and Alt Rock for some of the Bay Area’s top venues, including the Kennel Club (The Independent) in San Francisco for Bill Graham Presents and The I Beam in the Haight. Rivas also set up, financed and operated several independent labels with distribution through Rough Trade, NAIL and the Orchard.
Strega Group helps emerging artists learn what they need develop their brands. When an artist is “performance-ready” we secure gigs and tour opportunities empowering the artist to perfect their craft and build their brand AND audience. Next, we find the right fit brand. Together artist and consumer brands grow as one creating a bond with their target audience.
For over twenty years, Jennifer Lyneis crafted a solid expertise in consumer promotions and marketing for the music and entertainment industry. Her innovative concepts in marketing recording artist through large corporate events attracted attention from record labels, movie studios, and booking agents nation wide. “I believe we can bring new acts to the attention of the buying public with great rewards to the corporate sponsors and all involved.” She has coordinated tour sponsorship for Miller Brewing Company, Heineken, TMobile, and Verizon to name a few as well as various charities benefiting arts and entertainment. “Aligning your artist with a major Brand is a more effective way to bring it to the masses and current ever changing market.”
Jennifer’s work promoting acts to national radio has earned her Top 40 Promotion team of the year, Hot AC Record Promoter of the Year, and AC record promoter of the year. She has worked with Grammy award winning and nominated acts such as Jack Johnson, Brian McKnight, Nelly Furtado, and Barry Manilow to name a few as well as numerous up and coming acts and most recently was voted TOP 10 Music Brand Executives by NARIP.
Jennifer Lyneis has become a staple in the music industry as one of the most sought after radio promotion and brand marketing consultants.
President of Ue3 Promotions a marketing firm specializing in Publicity, Artist Development, Radio Promotion, Corporate Sponsorship acquisitions and a division handling Music Licensing for Film, Television and Video. The company’s mission is to provide a haven for developing acts that require old-fashioned artist development, as they build mainstream status.
Dallas based Author, Singer/Songwriter, Vocal Coach and Artist Mentor, Brianna Ruelas has a passion for music and understands talent. As a singer and performer for twenty- five years, Brianna has studied internationally and performed all genres, from jazz to rock to pop, received a BA in Theatre Arts from Pepperdine University, and spent years honing her performance chops. While pursuing music in Los Angeles, she also worked as a commercial voiceover actor, fronted her own rock band and experienced the reality television craze in it’s early days, as a Top 100 finalist on American Idol, Season 4. Brianna’s book, Performing Artist Pathway: Navigate the Highs & Lows On Your Music Journey, is a practical guide for any artist seeking both personal and professional growth. More at www.briannaruelasmusic.com
Scott Velasquez is young and upcoming music supervisor. He has recently finished working on James Franco’s newest movie, “Actor’s Anonymous”. He has worked for well-known Music Supervisor Alex Patsavas at Chop Shop Music (Grey’s Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder, Scandal, The Hunger Games franchise and others). Scott comes from an A&R background at Universal Records, and is classically trained as a vocalist. He graduated from Berklee College of Music, specializing in Music Business and Music Supervision. He has an ear for cutting edge sounds and is always on the look out for the newest on-the-rise bands.
Steve Belkin’s career in the music business has spanned nearly forty years in various capacities within the industry including retail, tour management, road management, stage management, artist management, tour production, marketing, consulting, songwriting and performing. He’s worked with, toured with, managed and consulted artists such as The Tubes, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Narada Michael Walden, Neil Sedaka, Craig Chaquico (Jefferson Starship), Tangerine Dream, Gaelic Storm, Ray Parker Jr. and many more. His company, Open All Nite Entertainment consults for various independent artists in management, marketing, licensing, development, distribution and branding.
Innervision Records is an innovative record label with a special focus on operating within the ever-changing music industry and revolutionizing the way the artist-label relationship works. Innervision specializes in Groove/Smooth Urban Jazz, Jazz, Chill, Neo-Soul and World Music. Innervision is dedicated to infusing fresh, new styles of music, and raising the level of the music you hear by bringing your airwaves, internet and satellite radio great independent music created by artists with a passion for music. This passion, coupled with Innervisions rejection of the music industry’s corporate model, enables Innervision Records to bring unique and refreshing music to the masses.
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As co-founder and CEO of McCartney Multimedia, Inc., Ruth is a respected music industry veteran, communications expert, public speaker and strategist with a strong marketing, cross-promotions, and entrepreneurial background. In addition, Ruth’s brainchild is the online Customer / Fan acquisition and retention, tool iFanz.com®. The company’s past and present fan management and web development clients include Clint Black, Richie Sambora, Roseanne Barr, Paula Abdul, America, John Cleese, Kenny G., Steve Tyrell, Oleta Adams, REO Speedwagon, Jessica Biel and Edgar Winter.
Michael Faley is the President of Metal Blade Records. Metal Blade Records was founded as a way to increase the recognition of local metal bands. The label’s first release was a compilation album called The New Heavy Metal Revue presents Metal Massacre, and included Metallica, Ratt, and Black ‘N Blue.
Metal Blade artists that have appeared on the Billboard 200 chart include The Goo Goo Dolls, Amon Amarth, Trouble, As I Lay Dying, Behemoth, The Black Dahlia Murder, Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Fates Warning (the first Metal Blade band to have achieved this), Lizzy Borden, Anvil, GWAR, King Diamond, Job for a Cowboy, Whitechapel, Armored Saint, The Red Chord, Unearth, Between the Buried and Me, D.R.I., Corrosion of Conformity and Cattle Decapitation.
On January 18, 2017 Metal Blade Records was inducted into the Hall of Heavy Metal History for their large contribution to the Heavy Metal library.
5 Grammy Award Nominations
27 Dove Award Nominations
GMA Song Writer of the Year 1988
Co-written 27 #1 Songs
White Heart was inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame 2010
Beginning his career as a performer and producer for The Bill Gaither Trio, he produced the 1st four Gaither Vocal band albums selling more than 1 million units. Out of his relationships there he formed the Grammy nominated Rock Group White Heart with producer/guitar player Dann Huff (Rascal Flatts, Faith Hill, Keith Urban). White Heart went on to tour worldwide throughout 1998, selling over 3 million records, with 17 #1 Singles, 2 Grammy nominations, and 23 Dove nominations.
Producing over 150 albums, and 30 No. 1 songs, Smiley has 5 Grammy Nominations, one producing the 1989 Grammy nominated song “Silent Night”, recorded by BeBe & CeCe Winans.
As a songwriter he has co-written 27 no. 1 songs, over 50 top 10 songs, all the while writing for Brentwood/Benson Publishing, Word Publishing, Curb Records, Sony/BMG publishing, and his own company Meet You Halfway music.
He helped discover, develop, produce, and write for such artists as: The Newsboys, The Normals, Johnny Cash, Susan Ashton, Petra, Steven Curtis Chapman, The Insyderz, Clay Aiken, Justifide, and Charity Von.
2004 saw Smiley form his new company Northern Shore Productions, a studio based Production Company out at Dark Horse Recording Studios in Franklin, TN and Scottsdale, AZ, with a creative independent mindset, and he established major distribution partners – both digitally and physically with Naxos of America. Currently 5 of his latest artists will be distributed through a label partnership with Naxos in 2017 and beyond.
As a music supervisor and film/TV placement professional, Cindi Avnet’s passion is discovering new musical talent.
Cindi has also been the producer for BalconyTV.com LA since 2011 – a leading daily online viral music show that features bands, musicians, and a variety of artists on balconies in 63 countries around the world. Her notable recent acts include Vance Joy, Atlas Genius, The Wombats, and Temper Trap. In the last five years, Cindi has booked and produced over 500 episodes for BalconyTV LA and coordinates on a daily basis with managers, publicists, and record label representatives.
As Director of Music Placement for MusicSupervisor.com, Cindi seeks out new talent for pitching to film/tv placement. Cindi coordinates with the top music executives at all the major studios including Disney/Touchstone/ABC, Sony, Paramount, Warner Brothers, Dreamworks and others. She also works closely with some of the best-known independent and staff music supervisors working on major films/TV to determine specific song needs and to promote music from the MusicSupervisor.com catalog.
Cindi has placed many songs in TV shows and films including Vampire Diaries, Pretty Little Liars, Shameless, Hart of Dixie, and films such as Scary Movie 5, Blades of Glory, The Blind Side and many more. Cindi was the Music Supervisor for films such as Bitter/Sweet starring Kip Pardue and James Brolin, and Below the Beltway starring Tate Donovan.
German-born Martin, the child of a German Mom and American Father, was always the bi-lingual speaker, and latterly singer in the family. As a teenager, his band Stampede opened for The Scorpions in Germany, and then in Munich in the late 1980’s he was the chosen voice of Grammy-winning producer Harold Faltermeyer and featured in the soundtracks of Top Gun, Fletch and Fletch Lives. He continued his work in soundtracks and commercials (Burger King, BMW) in Europe, and then on moving to LA in 1991, co-founded fan management platform iFanz (managing 6.4 million data records for 1,600 bands) with his wife Ruth McCartney.
As President of McCartney Multimedia, Inc., Martin is responsible for business and creative strategy by overseeing the 50,000 foot view for the company. He runs the McCartney Studios video / film division of the company as well as writing, curating and creating the NetLoopz music library of instrumental tracks, which has been licensed by Jet Blue, United Airlines, Mazda, MGM Grand, The Farrah Fawcett Foundation and Mrs. McCartney’s Teas.
From video clips to music and effects libraries, graphics and photography, copy writing and voice overs, Martin has been involved with over 2000 projects in the last 17 years.
Currently, Martin’s own project Geist Musik, a rock trilogy series being created for Broadway as a “Harry Potter for Grownups”for which he created all the artwork, videos, vocal, compositions and production, can be found at GeistMusik.com
Robert S. Besser, Esq. has spent forty years in Civil Trial and Appellate Practice in State and Federal Courts; extensive transactional work in Intellectual Property, Music Publishing, Entertainment and Oil and Gas law. The primary focus within the last 18 years has been Entertainment, Copyright, Trademark and Business Litigation, including general Civil Litigation, Copyright Infringement and audit claims.
Representative Clients have included: Eric Clapton, Waylon Jennings, Robin Williams, George Clinton, Chubby Checker, Art Linkletter, Music & Media International, Inc., Hal Leonard Music, Gusto Records Inc., Verse Music, LLC, Concord Records Group, Union Oil Company of California and Mobil Oil Corporation.
Robert S. Besser,Esq
Paul K. Saunders has worked at a Label, been an Artist Manager, Tour Manager, Event Producer and even spent time as a Roadie. He spent many years working on radio, starting on a pirate station on a ship off the UK coast, then for the BBC in London and on several commercial stations around the UK. Since moving to the US 16 years ago, he was on the air at KQMT Classic Rock station in Denver and also on a nationally syndicated show broadcasting live from the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. After terrestrial radio, his focus has been split between creating and programming online radio stations, as well as returning to his passion of helping new singers and songwriters to develop their own music businesses.
Paul believes that the future of the music business is in the hands of singer-songwriters and New Music Lives is a way for them to be able develop their music businesses from the palm of their hands, while remaining in complete control. Early 2018 will see the launch of Fan Powered Touring, a unique way for singer-songwriters to create their shows and tours, only playing to people that truly came to listen. To ensure that this service is always on the cutting edge of new innovation and technology, Paul is constantly seeking new resources and services to offer the artists he works with.
Paul has recently started working with Zylia a Polish technology company, producing a unique single mic multi track recording system, which enables artists and anyone the ability to record a session, event, show or gig and create a mixable multi track recording. This technology expands the range of what is possible in terms of making quality recordings, more importantly it increases the range of products an artist can offer their fans – so your next writing session, the next rehearsal, and of course the next live show can all be recorded and released via this single microphone recording system.
PAUL K. SAUNDERS
Yael is currently the booking manager of Sofar Sounds San Diego. She oversees a team of artist reviewers who research and attend concerts to scout for incredible artists of all genres. Yael handles bookings, curates each line up, and supervises the stage production for each show. Since being a part of Sofar Sounds San Diego, the number of music goers have dramatically increased as numerous shows have been sold out with 100+ attendees.
Yael also manages the artist, Trubdr… Adam Road who recently relocated from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles. The indie future flamenco rockstar has since played his first U.S. tour this past summer. Trubdr.’s song, “Aint’ No Love” will be featured on Netflix’s Jessica Jones in January 2018, as well as playing other shows in the coming new year. You can spot Yael at any venue around LA searching for the next best music discovery.
Sherry Orson is a successful, established Music Publisher and Licensor, having secured music on television shows on every major network, major label recording artists, advertising brands, motion pictures and more. Ms. Orson began her career in the music industry during the Richard Branson years with Virgin Music Publishing in Los Angeles as a Creative Manager. From there she moved to Universal Music Group as Director of Creative Services for almost a decade and gained extensive experience in the fields of music publishing and licensing. While at Universal, she placed songs with major record labels on platinum artists such as Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton, Selena, Babyface, Jessica Simpson, Bette Midler, Chaka Khan and many others. In 2007 she joined musician and actor, Steven Van Zandt representing his music publishing company and rock and roll record label where she was responsible for placement of the roster of artists with major advertising brands: KFC, McDonalds and Fox Sports. Ms. Orson currently represents emerging artists and music catalogs for licensing in all areas of media through her own licensing and music catalog representation company, Star Vibe Group. Through Star Vibe Group, she has recently placed and licensed songs from the roster to Amazon, CBS, HBO, Showtime, MTV, NBC, Fox, E! and many more.