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Whispertown

 
Whispertown
 

LA-based WHISPERTOWN is the latest iteration of the unique vision of Morgan Nagler (songwriter, lead vocals, guitar). What was once The Whispertown 2000 has morphed into a less structured version of itself, with Nagler’s unmistakable vocals leading a revolving cast of musicians and artists.
As The Whispertown 2000, Nagler and company garnered support slots for Jenny Lewis, The Breeders, Rilo Kiley, Bright Eyes, She & Him, The Elected, Azure Ray, Maria Taylor and many more. The band soon caught the attention of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, inspiring the first signing to their own Acony Records. Shortly thereafter, the band released 2008′s Swim, their debut release from Acony, comprised of classic songwriting and harmonious folk-pop.
WHISPERTOWN’S sophomore release on Acony Records, Parallel, sticks to Nagler’s earth grounded wisdoms while taking a turn toward a new form of lo-fi electronica. Parallel moves easily through rock gems like “Blood From Wine” and “State Of Mind” with lyrical prowess, only to be punctuated perfectly by stark dance tracks such as “Open The Other Eye.” Produced, recorded and mixed by Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes), Co-Produced by Jake Bellows (Neva Dinova), and Executive Produced by David Rawlings, the stars have aligned here. This is classic music for the people.

Chief Xcel

 
Chief Xcel
 

Frisbie is so very proud to have signed Chief Xcel for representation in Commercials, Film and TV. Xcel is the genius beatmaker/producer half of the illustrious duo, Blackalicious, with Gift Of Gab. He is also one of the founders and owners of Quannum Records (DJ Shadow, General Elektriks, Latyrx, Lyrics Born, Pigeon John and more). His classic beats are legendary in the hip hop world.
While Xcel is widely known for his master production skills, he is fast becoming a go to composer for scoring for brands like Apple, New Balance, Adidas, Target and more. His fresh insights and creativity when scoring to picture are inspiring to hear.
Xcel is also ready to drop 3 new records in 2013: the highly anticipated Blackalicious LP, Q1; Burning House and Loudspeaker. Burning House is a bombastic sonic summit created by Chief Xcel and keyboard wiz Herve Salters (aka General Elektriks). Created in San Francisco, Paris, and Berlin, Burning House’s first album is a radical and unprecedented collage of relentless hip hop, raw funk, contagious club and brash jazz that is ready for the clubs and prime time. Loudspeaker is a match made in music heaven with Xcel and Grammy nominated singer, Ledisi.
All this music is available upon request.

Benji Hughes

 
Benji Hughes
 

Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Benji Hughes has been described by many as one of the best songwriters in America today. His 2010 release, A Love Extreme, received a 4-star review in Rolling Stone. In Spring of 2012, he rocked all the fans of HBO’s “Eastbound And Down” with his song, “Kenny” that was featured in the closing scenes and end credits of that series finale.
Benji also wrote songs for the Judd Apatow feature, “Walk Hard” and has had numerous film an tv licenses.
His writing and singing talent are a secret weapon for the likes of: T-Bone Burnett, Meshell Ndegeocello and Priscilla Ahn.
To see Benji live is the ultimate closer. His heartbreakingly beautiful voice juxtaposed with his ironic lyrics, long hair, beard and hilarious banter have made him legendary in the LA music scene. It is not unusual to see fans like Sean Penn, Jared Hess, and Paris Hilton in attendance. He has toured America and beyond with Rilo Kiley and Jenny Lewis.
There’s no doubt that Benji’s upcoming release in the Fall of 2012 will not disappoint.
Benji’s songs have also been licensed for movies and TV including, Snow Angels, Beverly Hills, 90210 & How I Met Your Mother. He has also written commercials for GE, Mountain Dew and more.

 

Mike Viola

 
Mike Viola
 

Mike Viola is simply made of music. He sings and plays every rock instrument with such ease, it often makes one wonder if they ever knew anyone with such a gift for music. Frisbie is incredibly fortunate to have had Mike on board from the beginning. As he recalls it, ‘taking the Vespa without a license plate through smelly SOHO morning traffic… always at least 10 minutes late for whatever session we were doing’. But, Mike set the bar so high for songwriting, performance and production, we couldn’t let him go when he re-located to LA a few years ago.

Since being in Hollywood, Mike has been a songwriter for Russell Brand’s character Aldus Snow in the movie Get Him to the Greek: (African Child, The Clap, I Am Jesus, Searching For a Father in America, Little Bird, Furry Walls). He has also written and performed songs for, The Muppet s (Movie) and Judd Apatow’s, Walk Hard. He also produced Mandy Moore’s release, Amanda Leigh and has collaborated with Rachel Yamagata, Inara George, Adam Schlesinger and more.

Thankfully for fans like us, Mike’s solo career continues to dazzle with his live shows and latest 2012 release, Electro De Perfecto. It pulls listeners in with a hot-rodded version of his acclaimed songwriting that never disappoints. Previous releases from Mike include, Lurch and Just Before Dark. Releases from the his critically acclaimed duo, The Candy Butchers include:

- Candy Butchers aka “The Blue Thumb Album” (1996)
- Falling into Place (1999)
- Let’s Get Serious (1999)
- Let’s Get Christmas EP (1999)
- Temple of Static (2001)
- Play with Your Head (2002)
- Hang On Mike (2004)
- Just Before Dark (2005)
- Making Up Time Candy Butchers Rarities (2006)

Phony Ppl

 
Phony Ppl
 

Phony Ppl are a collective. They’re a rap crew, a songwriting/ production team, a live band, and and burgeoning force in contemporary music.
After loosely collaborating on projects over three years, Phony Ppl culminated into a nine-man crew of musicians, rappers, singers, producers and DJs. Their unique blend of hip-hop, pop, jazz and R&B music has enraptured fans and critics alike. Grown on equal parts Jay-Z, John Coltrane and Jamiroquai, Phony Ppl are quickly becoming the flagship crew for a new generation of music lovers whose iPods are filled with sounds of all genres and eras.

brandUn DeShay

 
brandUn DeShay
 

From the west side of Chicago, 23 year old brandUn DeShay, the rapper/producer is known across the industry for his music, positivity, and wit. A former member of Odd Future, he has now produced music for Curren$y, Mikey Rocks, Mac Miller & Tyler the Creator.
brandUn has a worldwide fan base without having a record deal.
His “World Famous” music video has had over 100,000 views in less than three months, and his featured music video “Why You Gotta Zodiac Like that” was featured on MTV and has almost 200,000 views on YouTube to date.
Brandun has been praised by some of the most prolific musical artists in the field such as Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest and Yasunori Mistuda, the premier Japanese film and video game composer of the Chrono Trigger series. Additionally, many of his inspirations come from the movie Donnie Darko, The Smiths, childhood video games, summer time Chicago, all things celestial, the beach, and love from his fans.
His work has been featured in numerous media outlets including most notably the October 2011 issue of XXL and a nomination for the XXL Freshman 12 list.
brandUn is a talent to follow and work with while he’s on his way up!

Mary Wood

 
Mary Wood
 

Mary Frisbie* Wood, founder and owner of Frisbie, was referred to as “the legendary Mary Wood” in a music article by Time Magazine in 2012.
The A-list of artists she’s written for and produced (face to face) in the studio include: Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, Dre’s Aftermath camp, Jordan Sparks, Isaac Hayes, Kiss, Faith Hill, Miss Piggy, Jessica Simpson, The Spice Girls and more.

She is currently co-producing an album for Benji Hughes, who received 4 stars in Rolling Stone for his 2008 release, “A Love Extreme”.

She is also co-writing the music for the hit show, Team Umizoomi. Her current commercial hits have been for Wendy’s My 99, McDonald’s, GE, 3M, and more.

Her sound first infiltrated pop culture when she co-wrote and sang a jingle for Pepsi that became a Platinum Album hit for the Spice Girls. While Atlantic and Geffen records, producers Glen Ballard (Alanis Morrisette Jagged Little Pill, Michael Jackson, Thriller) and The Butcher Brothers (John Lennon, Lauryn Hill) produced her songs and pursued her to make albums, Wood (with partner Clifford Lane) dominated and redefined what a contemporary jingle sounded like. With simultaneous hit campaigns for Coke and Pepsi on the air, songs for Sony and Amex hitting the Billboard charts, singing and co-writing the theme and all songs for the # 1 kid’s show, DragonTales, it became apparent that Wood was no one hit wonder.
In 1999, Wood was bestowed the honor of being Joey Levine’s first and only partner at Crushing Music.
Wood opened Frisbie in 2004, which continues to redefine what people think of as a music company today. (See Frisbie bio).

Other media she’s written and performed for include: Pepsi, Coke, Amex, 7-Up, Dr Pepper, Reebok, Sprite, Team Umizoomi, Sony, Dragon Tales theme song and other songs, AT&T, GE, Mountain Dew,

*Mary’s family owned the Frisbie Pie Company whose tins were made into a game on the campus of Yale University- that game was spun into the iconic game of Frisbee by Wham-o.

Frisbie

 
Frisbie
 

Frisbie is a rad music production boutique housed in Cool-Ass Loftville: a spacious loft, recording studio and storefront in TriBeca. Owned by Mary Frisbie Wood (that’s her real name), Frisbie represents and works with a select group of composers, artists, bands and DJ’s on albums, original songs and scores, remixes and licensing for all music media. (And we throw down the sweetest parties.)

Frisbie has written music for most major brands in America for National TV advertising (from Apple to Ziploc) on everything from iAds, apps and games to Superbowl spots every year since the doors opened in 2004. (And, we have awesome merch in our store.)

We have done scores and soundtracks for major motion pictures and TV shows (Get Him To The Greek, Walk Hard, Eastbound and Down, True Blood, Team Umizoomi and more.) The celebrity talent we’ve worked with include: Jay-Z, Rhianna, Dangermouse, Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, Jordan Sparks, Jessica Simpson, and more…(And we have the best snacks south of 14th street.)

Consistently, we have brought talent that goes from unknown to the top of the charts: Brody Brown (Bruno Mars), Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Regina Spector etc.) Kevin Barnes (Of Montreal), Inara George (Bird And The Bee), Freelance Whales, Holly Brook -now Skylar Grey (Eminem, Jay-Z) Jesse Harris (Grammy for Norah Jones) Larry Campbell (Grammy winner, Bob Dylan, Levon Helm), and the hits keep coming! (Plus, we’re cool to hang out with.)
So take advantage of the talent Frisbie offers. Most of all, enjoy the great music! That’s what truly inspires us. (No joke.)
Frisbie, we’ll turn you on to all kinds of music, the good kind.

Fred Sargolini

 

 
Fred Sargolini
 

Renowned Writer/Producer/Artist/DJ Fred Sargolini is as prolific as he is unique, constantly making music while exploring and creating in other artistic mediums. At its core, his urban perspective represents the bedrock of his musical and artistic process and is the key to his ability to create in a unique but accessible way.
Frederick Sargolini began DJ’ing, playing piano and guitar at age 10. Fred continued his musical journey studying jazz and classical piano at the Brooklyn Conservatory for Music.
Fred has gone on to share the stage with the likes of Sting, St. Germain. Run-DMC, Burning Spear, A Tribe Called Quest and The Roots.
Fueled by his interest in all media, Fred launched Patriarch Recordings, his production, artist and brand development company. He has scored numerous placements in TV, film, video games and advertising; including CSI, CSI:Miami, Weeds, Entourage, NBA Ballers, Stomp The Yard, The Real World, Delirious, and a national Chrysler TV ad campaign. Fred discovered, developed and produced the artist Kirsten Price for Columbia Records including her hit “Magic Tree.” Fred also created the Yo Yo Yo Kids brand. The first album, a children’s hip-hop Christmas record, features original holiday music and re-worked holiday classics. It was released by Razor & Tie and a toy featuring the original holiday song “Celebrate” will be released by Dan Dee Toys Christmas 2009.
Fred also co-founded Ming+FS and the Madhattan Studios record label. The duo of Ming+FS released four full-length albums and over thirty 12″ singles, all while touring their critically acclaimed live show around the globe.
With impressive musicianship, artistry and more than a little bit of wit Fred is the very model of the 21st century artist.

Tad Kubler

 
Tad Kubler
 

Tad Kubler is most notably known as the lead guitarist and songwriter for The Hold Steady and for his bands Lifter Puller and Song of Zarathustra. While he is without a doubt a Rock Star, selling out 10,000 seaters across the country, his everyday commitment to writing a great piece of music- every time- is unparalleled.
This will be heard in his new duo venture with Steve Selvidge called Pirate Heart.
Tad’s writing ability stretches far beyond the classic rock song, though. From cinematic to ambient movie scores, and solo piano pieces, Tad has a gift for working to picture. One can only guess that stems from his love of photography and film making. Tad is currently editing a book of pictures from the road, and is filming a series of short films. (Oh and, making a new record with The Hold Steady!!)
Add to all that what a great guy he is and you know why he’s had all this success and why there will be much more to come.

John Gold

 
John Gold
 

John Gold works as both a composer and producer from Frisbie’s west coast office. You’d be lucky to get to know him and and his music with all its west coast leanings.

Southern california and the music born of it are in my blood. i was born here, too, and i live here now. it’s a place of extremes in either direction, but most of the time the sun at the magic hour or the night blooming jasmine in the breeze or some fleetwood mac turned up with the car windows rolled down is enough to help us ignore what ails this place. Now here i go again i see a crystal vision…

the quick story goes like this: after a stint in new york city, i spent about eight years living in this apartment on wilton place in hollywood. it was really small but i didn’t mind because it was kind of like a tree house, and anyway it had everything I needed: a nice tube amp with a few shelves of lp’s, plenty of musical instruments, and a couple good microphones that attached to gear for recording ideas. my mom gave me our upright piano that now doubled as a desk to write on. when I was a little kid, harry nilsson made up a song for me on that same piano. i had a feeling that someday i’d sing songs, too.

so much went down on wilton: so much extreme shit around apartment fires, run-over pets, broken spirits and hearts gone cold. but there was always music, always my songs, and always this giant avocado tree in the sunshine outside my window. so-cal comfort. I wrote and recorded three albums there. a few songs were on tv shows and movies, and by some miracle people all over the world started letting me know that these transmissions from my tiny room were reaching them and keeping their souls warm.

i still had never sung a note more than 20 miles beyond the city limits, and a couple years ago I decided that if this music thing was gonna be real, i needed to make a change. i so badly wanted to move and i wanted to move forward! i felt stuck. i knew that the only thing that would make it happen would be to dream up some songs that no longer reported on and kept me living in the past, but that needed to dictate my future. i wanted to make something that sounded like the place i know, but maybe not a complete throwback to sounds like joni mitchell or csny – those are untouchable – just something new that feels good to be around and reflects my life here.

i asked my friend and musical wiz, scott seiver, to produce it with me and to get it well-recorded over the course of a couple months. he’s also a great drummer and can play a lot of instruments, so we covered a lot of ground between the two of us. my fairly sane but insanely talented group of friends in town (check those liner notes) played and sang and celebrated these songs with me and have everything to do with the songs sounding the way they do. a year later we somehow conjured the amazing shawn everett to mix it. my brother makes the album cover look like the music sounds.

so now i’m writing to you from a house not too far away from hollywood with orange trees in the yard and a one-year-old cat named ocho sleeping next to me and the album is coming out in June, thanks to the great people at vagrant records! i expect that some amazing adventures are on the horizon and hopefully along the way we’ll get to play the songs for you in person, wherever you are.

every word on this album is true to me. every line and each note stands for something important: it’s my own manifesto. it’s my own religion. my own cult of one. “don’t freak out” has been my mantra ever since keefus and benji hughes played their version of baby it’s your life for me. augusta vail has become my personal lord and saviour. i still drown it in white wine every now and again. best of all, what came of that seed of change has grown into the flower in my head, and it continues to bloom. I hope that you put it through your headphones. I want it to be like a flower in your head, too. your sun is coming up, and you’re still alive.

as above, so below.

Jeremy Silver

Jeremy

 
Jeremy Silver
 

Running point on the west coast for all things Frisbie is Jeremy Silver, a Chicago native who went Hollywood and never looked back. Based in Los Angeles, Jeremy handles the pitching and licensing of Frisbie bands and composers to music supervisors in the TV, Film, and Advertising communities. Because he can’t really sit still, Jeremy is also a songwriter and producer whose own music has landed boatloads of placements on shows like One Tree Hill (CW), Criminal Minds (CBS), Keeping Up With The Kardashians (E!), Boston Med (ABC), and films such as Sydney White, American Pie: The Naked Mile, and the upcoming documentary Craigslist Joe.

Oh yeah, his indie duo One Two recently teamed up with Frisbie to lend their sweet stylings to this recent Kraft campaign for Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

For all your Frisbie needs in Los Angeles, hit up Jeremy Silver right here: [email protected]

Chantal

 
Chantal
 

Chantal Claret is the front woman, lead singer and co-composer for a power pop and post punk revival band named Morningwood. She was born on a sunny Sunday afternoon on 2/21/1982 in Berkeley, California. She has also lived in Texas, but has spent most of her life in New York City. In summer 2007 she moved to California where she lives in a suburb of Los Angeles. She was married to James Euringer (lead singer, composer for the industrial/punk band, Mindless Self Indulgence) on January 18, 2008.

In 2002 Ms. Claret was featured in a short film by Kolton Lee called American Mod, in which she played Sandi, a tomboy trying to hide her cuteness behind a tuff persona. During 2007, but ending in December that year she was a magazine advice co-columnist for Alternative Press along with Riley Breckinridge, the drummer from Thrice. She also hosted a call-in advice show on East Village Radio along with her “Super Secret Sidekick”, James Euringer in 2007.

Her current position in Morningwood allows her the freedom to write and perform the kind of music she herself enjoys. Songs she has co-written range from almost grunge punk all the way to slick power pop. Morningwood songs are well know as vehicles for her humor, introspection, double entendres and even blatant sexual themes. In live performances Ms. Claret is famous for inviting both male and female audience members on stage to be stripped during the performance of a song called “Take Off Your Clothes”. Morningwood’s hit theme tune, Nth Degree is performed with an aerobic theme in which most of the audience participates by following Ms. Claret’s exercise antics. The three male members of the group take a decidedly laid back stance save for injecting occasional choruses while letting Ms. Claret grab the audience’s full attention with her wild hair tossing and frantic gyrations to the faster tunes.

Ms. Claret was selected as “one of the 17 Hottest Women in Rock” by Blender Magazine in March 2006 and AOL’s list of “20 Women Who Rock” in November 2006. The Morningwood theme song was selected for a number of Mercury car commercials and the demo song “Warrior” was used by Payless Shoes in the Summer of 2007.

Kaki King

 
Kaki King
 

Espionage, particularly the idea of living a double life, was the basis for Kaki King’s brand-new, stunning album Junior. And like a tantalizing spy novel that’s full of surprises, Junior delivers twists-and-turns: lyrically from exuberance and anger to heartbreaking melancholy; and sonically from experimental pieces to accessible pop. While there is some of the dazzling musicianship King has been renowned for, Junior showcases her further maturation as a well-rounded artist that defies categorization and expectations.

“I never made records for other people,” she says. “My evolution from record to record has been personal not commercial. For example there none of the guitar tapping that I’m known for. There not a single bit of it on the record except for a half a second on “The Hoopers of Hudspeth.”
As with her previous album, 2008′s Dreaming of Revenge, Junior was produced by Malcolm Burn (Patti Smith, Emmylou Harris) and recorded at his studio in Kingston, New York. But in contrast to that record, which was marked by deep textures and layers as well as unusual instrumentation, Junior was specifically made with only three musicians in mind in this case, King, multi-instrumentalist Dan Brantigan and drummer Jordan Perlson. The result was something more direct. “Prior to this I would have written a lot in the studio and played all the instruments myself,” King says. “This time, I really leaned on Dan and Jordan to help shape the songs and help me get the record written.”

The nearly-D.I.Y. aesthetic employed by King can be found on a couple of Junior’s tracks starting with the album’s punkish “Falling Day” and the noisy “Death Head.” “I was dragging this little ukelele around with me,” she says of the former song. “I tuned it weird and I came up with this one riff. The lyrics are basically nonsense. It’s a kind of rumination on a weird dream I had and imagery from that. It’s also got all these strange sounds that Dan came up with.”
Longtime fans may be surprised to hear a different side of King with the dance rock of “Spit It Back In My Mouth.” “I really wanted that to be my Cure song,” she says. “Like how the Cure would write these really happy, jangly songs and the lyrics would be utterly depressing. When I came up with that little groove, I thought this is way too happy, so I changed it to make people depressed.”

King’s mesmerizing guitar playing continues through Junior with a few instrumental pieces, including the electrifying number “My Nerves That Committed Suicide.” “I found a tuning on the guitar,” King says of that track, “and I was writing a little theme and a little melody. All of a sudden I thought, Why don’t we do this? and it really took off. Part of it is ear candy and a part of it is emotive air candy. You just go with that anthemic feeling and it kind of wins every time.”
The rawest song on Junior in terms of King’s passionate singing and wrenching lyrics is the folkish ballad “Sunnyside,” which is about the end of a relationship. “It happened very close to the time I was making the record,” the artist recalls. “It’s a very personal story about something that I went through with another person. Every reference to every lyric is true to life. I’m hoping there’s something universal in that song that someone’s gonna listen and think ‘Wow, I can relate to that,’ because I don’t want it to by my pity party.”

Alex Kahn

 
Alex Kahn
 

A man who wears many hats, Alex Kahn is a songwriter, producer and engineer currently working at Frisbie Studios and pumping out sweet jams full-time. With roots in Philadelphia, Alex moved to New York to study Music Technology at NYU in 2008. Since then he’s been in constant motion, composing music for commercials as well as his own material. He actively gigs with his band, Jackpot, Tiger, a four piece indie rock outfit that melts faces and hearts on a regular basis. As a producer and engineer he’s been working with Benji Hughes on his new records at Frisbie, as well as many other artists that have walked through these doors such as I’ll Be John Brown, Clifford Lane, and Chris Root.

Larry Campbell

 
Larry Campbell
 

Larry Campbell (born February 21, 1955 in New York City, New York) is a multi-instrumentalist who plays many stringed instruments (including guitar, mandolin, pedal steel guitar, slide guitar, and violin) in genres including country, folk, blues, and rock. He is most widely known for his playing on Bob Dylan’s Love and Theft and for being an integral part of Dylan’s live band for several years. He also appeared in Dylan’s 2003 movie Masked and Anonymous.

Campbell has had extensive experience as a studio musician. Over the past years, Larry has recorded with Levon Helm, Judy Collins, Linda Thompson, Sheryl Crow, B. B. King, Willie Nelson, Buddy and Julie Miller, Kinky Friedman, Levon Helm, Little Feat, Cyndi Lauper, K. D. Lang, and Rosanne Cash, just to name a few.

Campbell was a member of Bob Dylan’s “Never Ending Tour” band from March 31, 1997 until November 21, 2004. Through his association with Tony Garnier, Bob Dylan’s bass player, Larry joined the band, replacing J.J. Jackson as a guitarist, and expanded the role to multi-instrumentalist, playing instruments such as cittern, violin/fiddle, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, mandolin, banjo, and slide guitar. He also contributed vocals. When introducing Larry and the rest of the band, Bob Dylan often referred to them as some of the finest musicians in the country.

Campbell was felt to have contributed heavily to Dylan’s 2001 album Love and Theft, with its expansion into the realm of Western Swing and other groundbreaking areas for Dylan. He also was perceived as having a profound effect on the tightness and well-rounded sound of that period’s live performances, in part due to his years of experience producing, arranging, and freelancing with a rich variety of styles. During the ’70s and ’80s, Campbell performed regularly on New York City’s burgeoning Country Music scene, appearing with well-known local artists and musicians such as Tommie Joe White, John Leventhal, Bruce and Billy Lang, Tom Russell, Larry Eagle, Mike Holliman, Phil Leone, Dave Sonnenborn, Bruce Kirschner, Carolyn “Charlie” Burella, Charlie Story, Larry Federman, Marc Dannenhirsch, Soozie Tyrell, Mindy Jostyn, Skip Krevins, Mike Levine, Josh Dubin, Bob Miano, Kenny Davis (Leichtling), Jason Bergman, “Fooch” Fischetti, Drew Perkins, Mike Heaphy, Woody Vermeer, and others, at well-known venues such as Greenwich Village’s legendary Lone Star Cafe, City Limits, The Rodeo Bar, and O’Lunney’s, near the United Nations.

Since Campbell’s departure from Bob Dylan’s band, he has continued to make guest appearances with various artists including Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris and Rosanne Cash. He tours regularly with Levon Helm and Phil Lesh. He has also produced albums for many artists, including Jorma Kaukonen most recently.

In earlier years, Campbell contributed his talents to several musicals. In 1982, Campbell performed in the orchestra for Alaska – The Musical, playing fiddle, acoustic and electric guitar, pedal steel and banjo. Campbell also performed in the orchestra for Big River in 1985, and Rhythm Ranch in 1989. In addition, he played pedal steel guitar, banjo, fiddle and guitar for the entire run of The Will Rogers Follies, which opened on Broadway in New York City on May 1, 1991.

Beginning in the late 70s, Campbell was also a member of The Woodstock Mountains Revue, a unique folk group that featured Artie & Happy Traum, Pat Alger, Jim Rooney, Bill Keith, John Herald and John Sebastian. The Revue recorded 5 classic albums for Rounder Records, and although Rounder allowed over 50 of their albums to go out-of-print, the band is widely considered one of the premier folk groups of all time.

On Thursday September 18, 2008, at the 7th Annual Americana Music Association Honors and Awards Show, Campbell was presented with The Lifetime Achievement ~ Instrumentalist Award.

Campbell is credited with playing banjo, fiddle, and pedal steel on The Black Crowes 2009 album Before the Frost…Until the Freeze.

Stroik

 
Stroik
 

Hailing from the hills of North Carolina, this 23 year old factory worker’s story is as enticing as his music. He will be an artist to watch in 2012 and beyond.
Drew Stroik specializes in dreamy soundscapes of lush, lo-fi, extremely melodic tunes he lovingly characterizes as “generic pop.” The lyrics are sometimes literal, often oblique, but always honest. Let’s put it this way; Stroik’s songs could provide the perfect soundtrack for a long road trip or for a plush, debauchery-drenched, nightclub setting.
There is a lot he has been through in his short 23 years, and that’s putting it mildly. He was born in Chicago, where he actually lived with his young single mother in a funeral home with the bassist and drummer of alt-rock group, Veruca Salt. From the Windy City, he moved to Miami where his mother briefly dated the owner of Al Pacino’s palatial drug mansion in the gangster flick, Scarface – no lie. He spent some time in Los Angeles, transplanted to Las Vegas for about five years, and finally settled in North Carolina with his mom and new stepdad. His first introduction to music came at the age of seven when he was given a bunch of movie soundtracks as a Christmas present. “One of them was the Lion King CD,” he recalls, “I was a normal kid at that time – or so my parents thought, I became obsessed.” In North Carolina, he was given a guitar as a gift at the age of 14, and he self-taught himself until he got “really good.” Stroik was kicked out of high school prior to his senior year (the details surrounding said expulsion remain fuzzy), and thus he was forced to find a full-time job to make ends meet. During this turbulent period, it was his music that kept him afloat. He saved enough cash to get himself a cheap computer and a Yamaha keyboard and started laying down his own tracks at home.

Ultimately when it comes down to it, the music reflects its maker. Speaking to Stroik is a whirlwind experience of human awareness and curiosity. One frenzied minute, he’ll be extolling the vibrant, dance-heavy video for the song “Cat Daddy” (featuring Chris Brown) by The Rej3ctz, and the next, he’ll be explaining the many duties (including forklift operation) he executes at his 9-to-5 factory job. It’s the same urgency, honesty and transparency you see in his music. “Basically what I try to address in my music is the fact that people think they have all the answers but they really don’t,” he emotes. “I’m just tired of all the facades and smoke screens that exist everywhere, so I just make music that’s real to me.” Well said.

Fountains Of Wayne

 

 
Fountains Of Wayne
 

Formed in New York in 1996, Fountains of Wayne took its name from an iconic garden store in nearby Wayne, NJ (which, sadly, closed recently). The band has received steady critical accolades since its inception; “Dean Of American Rock Critics” Robert Christgau has called them “lyric poets” and “true art heroes.” The group’s line-up, which includes Adam Schelsinger, Chris Collingwood, Jody Porter and drummer Brian Young, has remained unchanged since they toured in support of their 1996 self-titled debut album. FoW were nominated for two Grammys, including a slightly belated Best New Artist nod, in 2003, after scoring a hit with their third album, Welcome Interstate Managers.

Average Superstar

 

 
Average Superstar
 

Clifford Lane (aka Average Superstar) has traversed the musical landscape as performer, writer, producer, engineer and all around studio rat. His band, The Poppies, broke the top 40 in Europe with ‘She Is Revolution”, has co- owned the Looking Glass Studios with Phillip Glass; also doing sound design and mixing his operas and engineering /producing a bunch of his offshoot projects.
Clifford has had his music used in campaigns for Pepsi, Coke, American Express, Captain Morgan’s Rum and many more. Spots featuring Kiss, Britney Spears and The Spice Girls, Clifford’s a pioneer in the happy/edgy sound of the modern jingle. He is somehow comfortable being equally reverent and irreverent, producing homemade sounding ditties or lush productions. Though the 60s is often his palette, his sensibility is always 100% modern: fusing genres to create his own unique stew. His lust for gear is unhealthy, but he’s determined to find one more color one more flavor….

Pat Sansone

 
Pat Sansone
 

Pat Sansone is a multi-instrumentalist in the rock bands Wilco and The Autumn Defense.
Sansone was born in Meridian, Mississippi. Upon entering college at The University of Southern Mississippi, Sansone found two musical kindred souls in Will Martin and Eddie Bo McRaney and started Beagle Voyage, a Minutemen/The Who/Rush influenced power trio, with Sansone on guitar. Sansone went on to play guitar for Stretch Armstrong, a Black Sabbath meets the Butthole Surfers rock unit. Soon after, Sansone formed the band Birdy, which included fellow Mississippians Trey Batson, Ike Marr and Glen Graham, who went on to play drums for Blind Melon. Sansone’s tremendously tuned ear has led him to become a studio musician and producer. in 2000, he joined Rogers Stevens (formely of Blind Melon) to play the bass in the band Extra Virgin. His own project The Autumn Defense was formed in New Orleans in 1999 with friend John Stirratt of Wilco, and the band is responsible for four full length albums, The Green Hour in 2000, Circles in 2003, the self-titled The Autumn Defense in 2006 and 2010′s Once Around. Stints living in Nashville and New York resulted in Sansone’s continuing activity as a producer and studio musician. He has contributed to albums by Joseph Arthur, Andrew Bird, Josh Rouse, Mavis Staples, Swan Dive, Jenifer Jackson, Ryan Adams, The Clientele, and others.
In 2004, Sansone joined Wilco right before their tour in support of their album A Ghost Is Born, following the departure of multi-instrumentalist Leroy Bach. On tour, Sansone plays guitar, keyboard, maraca, and several other instruments, as well as singing backup vocals. He was also involved in the writing and recording of Wilco’s 2007 release Sky Blue Sky, 2009′s Wilco (The Album) and The Whole Love in 2011. Pat Sansone received a co-production credit for his work on Wilco’s “The Whole Love.”
In 2009 Sansone made a guest appearance on Dawes’s album North Hills.
In 2010 Sansone appeared on the albums Familial by Radiohead drummer Phil Selway, Compass by Jamie Lidell, and You Are Not Alone by Mavis Staples. 2010 also saw the release of “Once Around” by the Autumn Defense, which was produced by Pat Sansone.

 

My Name Is You

 
My Name Is You
 

“Brandon & Anne met in college in southern California. After graduation Brandon took to the road and the studio; he co-produced Greg Laswell’s 2008 release “Three Flights From Alto Nido” and has recorded for and toured with a host of singer-songwriters including Joshua Radin, Cary Brothers, Greg Laswell, Ingrid Michaelson and Tristan Prettyman. Anne began her post-college carrier with a move to Kenya where she helped found a music program at an orphanage. They met up a few years later when Brandon was touring across Europe and Anne was living back home in rural Scotland. Both had been writing songs, and they decided to collaborate on a project. That winter, they met up again in Los Angeles to make a record, and My Name is You was born.”

Christina Schneider

 

 
Christina Schneider
 

When we first started working with Christina she was 19. Her lyric about morphine and broken condoms that seamlessly segued into a chorus about getting down to her little beat and having fun immediately drew us in. Deceptively simple, her elegantly crafted songs always offer a unique perspective and sense of levity- even in the darker moments.
Now 22, Christina is an artist to watch.
Check out her songs- they will speak for themselves.

Jesse Harris

Jesse Harris

 
Jesse Harris
 

Although best known for having written and played guitar on Norah Jones’ breakout hit “Don’t Know Why” (for which he won the Grammy Award for Song Of The Year), Jesse Harris is an accomplished producer and solo artist in his own right. He has released 10 albums, including his latest releases “Through The Night” and “Cosmo” (an all-instrumental recording) and has toured worldwide. His songs have been covered by numerous great singers, such as Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson, Cat Power, Solomon Burke, Emmylou Harris, and many others.

I Am Apollo

 
I Am Apollo
 

I Am Apollo have come to represent musically a flourishing artistic community developing within the southern suburbs of Sydney. Music has the ability to reflect the culture and soul of a place, and the people who call it home. I Am Apollo have created such music. There is a duality within I Am Apollo. While their music is uplifting, their lyrics possess a depth that draws you into what is a private conversation with their creator. The result is music that provides a unique perspective on life within a unique place.

I Am Apollo is gathered around the creative core of Jeremy Strother and George Georgiadis. From there, they are joined by old friends for live performances that show how life provides relationships based around a passion for an art form. This love of music is apparent in the care Jeremy and George have taken in developing I Am Apollo into a hard working and energetic live act. From George’s ability to produce a powerful force, or gentle guidance, on percussion, to Jeremy’s earthly yet peaceful voice, I Am Apollo have tapped into music’s ability to evoke old memories, and become the basis for new ones.

My Robot Friend

 

 
My Robot Friend
 

Also known as Howard Robot, My Robot Friend has appeared on Rolling Stone magazine’s Hot List and has showcased his robot singing/songwriting abilities around the world on stages, opening for luminaries such as the Scissor Sisters, Le Tigre and Herbert. His performances fall somewhere between the live energy of Devo and the creative, refined performance art of Laurie Anderson.

In November 2004, My Robot Friend’s ‘Hot Action!’ made its emergence from New York City’s electronic underground. The album spent several months in the CMJ charts and hit the top 20 electronic albums in iTunes international sales charts.

My Robot Friend’s second album ‘Dial 0′ was released by Soma Records in 2006. The style of the individual tracks in the album varies.

In 2008 the track ‘Robot High School’ is released as a free download. My Robot Friend’s third album ‘Soft-core’ will be released in 2009.

Tracks have appeared on compilations on influential labels like Mute, Ladomat, Soundslike and Ministry of Sound. Remixes & Covers have come from The Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams, Matmos, Steril and Zombie Nation.

Kid Savant

 
Kid Savant
 

Kanye with Daft Punk? Rihanna, T.I. and the miya-hee-haha O-zone song? You’ve got to be kidding. The reality of dance music right now is that today’s oh-shit hit is yesterday’s no-way-Jose fusion of disparate genres. Up-and-comers Kid Savant are taking that lesson to the studio. John Sullivan, Ryan Weisberger, Kevin Pariso, and Andrew Wendahl are four Chicago-based rockers who are flavoring their driving Floyd-inspired acid-funk with styles snatched from the after-hours trance scene that’s blowing up north of the border in Montreal.

Sullivan mixes live percussion from his kit with synth triggers in Ableton while Pariso lays down searching guitar phrases on the landscape and keyboardist/vocalist Weisberger weaves clean piano lines and dusty Bono vox across the top. What comes out the other end is an unexpectedly haunting sonic palette-Armand Van Buuren as played by Coldplay, or maybe U2 with a vocoder-a bass-laden trance-rock hybrid that can flip wigs and stroke chins with equal aplomb.

“We draw our inspiration from DJ sets at clubs like Circus and Stereo in Montreal,” says Sullivan. “They open at 3 a.m., after all the bars have closed. It’s deep, progressive, heavy house. They have something called ‘the crawl’ where the DJ takes a drum line or a bass loop and extends it for three minutes. The crowd stops dancing and just swirls their heads. And when the line comes back in, people are screaming. It’s the selling point.”

Sullivan says he and his bandmates are experimenting with bringing the hypnotic energy of a trance night to more conventional formats, like the four-minute pop song. “Now, we’re looking for that catchy top-40 sound, but with something unique to it,” he says. Listening to tracks like “Girl,” a dubby track that features guest vocals from dreadhead King Shadrock, one can’t really tell where the traditional instrumentation ends and the digital wizardry begins. But such Frankenstein hybridization is essential to the Kid Savant formula-hell, that’s how they got their name.

“I was thinking about how Mary Shelley got the idea for Frankenstein, just out of nowhere, sleeping,” Sullivan says. “Something similar occurred in the strange space before sleep, although it wasn’t so dramatic. I thought the word ‘savant’ was awesome and then Ryan [Weisberger] called and we added the Kid, maybe as a tribute to Radiohead’s Kid A.”

Like Radiohead, Kid Savant know just how to find the sweet spot for experimental, inventive music that’s still infectious and marketable. They’re hitting the studio again this summer in Montreal for jam sessions that give birth to embryonic riffs, riffs that develop into fully realized, emotive tunes. Expect great things in the near future from these 21-year-old savants.

The Ghost

 
The Ghost Of A Sabre Tooth Tiger
 

The Ghost Of A Sabre Tooth Tiger is two people, Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl. It is, in itself, a chimera; a fabulous creature made with parts of two distinctly different creatures. It is also an acronym, as you might guess from its being capitalized like that. By virtue of being a friend to, and fan of, both the zygotes in this organism, I know what its letters stand for, but it’s not mine to reveal. I expect they will do so at some future point.

Having driven my Ducati to Sean and Kemp’s house through the darkened October streets of 4 am New York to type these words, I realize the absurdity of my task. If I wrote a novel and gave its protagonists stories of origin like the ones from which the two parts of GOASTT arose, people would say I was a fabulist in need of a hyperboectomy. Or an artless sophomore. But life is allowed a liberty with plotlines that novelists are not. Take these two:

Sean Lennon is a man of many hats. Like an alien who fell to earth and had to quickly assimilate humanity, he is a vast rolodex of accents, facts, farce, a myriad of motor skills (from archery to sketching) and can play any musical instrument (as if all undertakings are merely transposable keys to a song he knows by heart). Hyper-aware, there’s almost nothing he isn’t good at… This may be the result of his legendary genetic endowment, or simply the enormous pressure of his parentage; his father was perhaps the most accessible and experimental songwriter of his century. But, just as he reached the age of 5 when his father might have reared him with the milk and honey of nurture rather than the iron fist of nature, Sean’s father was assassinated. As a consequence of this huge event and other shadows, Sean’s life has been strangely both circumscribed and exaggerated. To the insouciant improvisational “Art is a Verb!” nature of his parents was added a welter of natural anxieties that would have made Woody Allen feel at home.

When I briefly encountered Sean’s mother as an avant garde artist at Wesleyan University in January of 1966, I thought she had the most original mind I’d ever met. Later as she was dragged across the yawning screen of American hypercelebrity, I didn’t know what to think, save that she, and all around her, seemed improbable.

And improbable was the first word that came to mind when I met Kemp Muhl almost exactly 40 years later.

Though her background was as unlikely as Sean’s, hers was as private in its peculiarities as his was public. And her origins as the Georgian daughter of a military lieutenant colonel who had been nipped off to be a supermodel in New York, at about the tender age improbably beautiful girls are usually abducted – which is, chronologically at least, almost criminally young – did not in any way explain the fact that she has the other most original mind I had ever encountered.

After meeting Kemp, I followed her around- to the extent that I could move quickly enough- not, like most others, for the scenery, but because I found her casual triple-entendres, her “Kempisms,” to be so improbably delicious in my mind…

She is such a free-running spring of cool creativity, that it didn’t surprise me much when, shortly after she paired off with Sean and began to experience the musical ecosystem that is his unique mind, she revealed herself to have an utterly original sense of melody and lyrical realization as well. Her lines are like Borges short stories. I might have known.

As a symbol of her transformation for Sean, she now goes by Charlotte (her first name), much like a Native American who gets a new name upon having killed their first buffalo. Erstwhile Sean, (since his past chapters of turmoil and Shakespearean tragedy,) has shed the dark scales of his brooding artist skin for that of a newfound composer and puckish poet of an invincible fiber.

My great fortune lies in being an audience very close at hand to the gestation, birth, and early being of The GOASST. It is beautiful and strange and new. Let us watch it grow together.

 

 

Ben Lee

Ben Lee

 
Ben Lee
 

Ben Lee made his stage debut in 1993, fronting the indie rock band “Noise Addict”, a foursome of Sydney school friends. The band was signed to “Fellaheen Records” that same year, when the average age of the group was only 14. Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore also signed the band to his “Ecstatic Peace” label. Then, in 1994, Mike D of the Beastie Boys signed “Noise Addict” to the young label “Grand Royal Records”. Ben Lee’s solo debut “Grandpaw Would” was released in March 1995 when Ben was just 16 years old. He followed that with the album “Something To Remember Me By” in 1997 and “Breathing Tornados” in 1999. On “Breathing Tornados”, Ben collaborated with Harmony Korine and Petra Haden. As for his film debut, Ben stars in The Rage in Placid Lake (2003) with Rose Byrne and directed by Tony McNamara.

Luna

 
Luna
 

In 1991, after leaving Galaxie 500, Dean Wareham signed a demo deal with Elektra Records, and recorded some demos with drummer Jimy Chambers of Mercury Rev. Songs included Anesthesia, I Can’t Wait, and Slash Your Tires. Anesthesia was released as a single (under the name Dean Wareham) on Number 6 records.
Elektra liked what they heard and Dean began to put Luna together, calling his friend Justin Harwood (former bassist with the Chills) in New Zealand. Justin moved over to New York City, taking an apartment on east 16th street, and the two began auditioning drummers. The first drummer’s name was Byron Guthrie, and the trio rehearsed in the basement underneath his apartment on Avenue B. They recorded another group of demos (produced by Dave Fridmann) and played a couple of shows together that included Grasshopper (also of Mercury Rev) on guitar.

Byron was replaced by Stanley Demeski (ex of the Feelies), and this lineup (Dean, Justin and Stanley) recorded the first album, Lunapark. The record was produced by Fred Maher (former drummer with Richard Hell and the Voidoids and Lou Reed) and recorded at RPM Studios in New York.Upon completion of Lunapark, an ad was placed in the Village Voice seeking a permanent guitar player, and Sean Eden was recruited. Sean had come to New York to pursue an acting career after studying at North Carolina School of the Arts.The first recordings as a quartet were the covers for the Slide EP: Ride Into the Sun, That’s What You Always Say, Indian Summer, and the Christmas single Egg Nog. These recordings were produced by the band and recorded at Mixolydian Studios in Boonton, New Jersey.Luna toured the United States in the fall of 1992 and spring of 1993 opening for The Screaming Trees and the Sundays respectively, and landed the bizarre job of opening for the Velvet Underground on their European tour that summer.Bewitched was recorded in the fall of 1993, co-produced by Victor Van Vugt, and recorded in New York at Right Track and RPM over a period of six weeks. Sterling Morrison of the VU came to New York and played guitar on two songs, Friendly Advice and Great Jones Street. Bewitched was released in 1994.Luna’s third album, Penthouse (1995), was recently deemed one of the 150 best albums of the 90s by Rolling Stone magazine. Most of the record was recorded by Mario Salvati at Sorcerer Sound in New York. Penthouse features a secret hidden track which is a duet with Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and a cover version of Serge Gainsbourg’s Bonnie and Clyde, and the record also features Television guitarist Tom Verlaine on a couple of tracks. The record was mixed, with some additional recording and production by Pat McCarthy.

In 1997 Lee Wall replaced Stanley Demeski on drums. Lee had in fact been working at RPM making coffee and sweeping the supply closet during the Penthouse sessions, and he (like Sean) had attended North Carolina School of the Arts. His first assignment was a short but hellish trip to Spain. Upon returning the band recorded demos for the Pup Tent album. Pup Tent was recorded over a period of 14 weeks at seven different studios, mostly in New York but also including a three week stint in Cannon Falls, MN in the dead of winter. It was painstakingly produced from beginning to end by Pat McCarthy (R.E.M.’s current producer).

In November and December of 1998 LUNA recorded their fifth album, The Days of Our Nights, produced by Paul Kimble at Sear Sound and RPM studios in New York. After much discussion, the powers at the Elektra Entertainment Group decided that they did not want to release The Days of Our Nights. It was released on schedule in Europe by Beggar’s Banquet, and the band were quickly signed by the Jericho label in the U.S. The album was released domestically in October,and went to Number One on the college radio charts.

In December of 1999 Justin Harwood returned to New Zealand for good. He was replaced on bass by Britta Phillips. The band recorded their next album, Romantica, in 2001, with Gene Holder, at Jolly Roger Studios in Hoboken. The album was mixed by Dave Fridmann at Tarbox Road studios. Once the record was completed, Luna signed with Jetset Records. For the Romantica tour, Luna added keyboard player Lara Gray to the band, she has been performing with them whenever possible.

Romantica was followed by the mini-LP Close Cover Before Striking, which features cover versions of songs by the Rolling Stones and Kraftwerk, a handful of new Luna songs, and two video clips.

Luna’s final album, Rendezvous (2004), was produced by Bryce Goggin at his Trout Recording studio in Brooklyn. The band played their very last shows at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City, at the end of March, 2005.

2006 will see two new releases from Luna. One is a documentary about the band’s final tour, directed by Matthew Buzzell, and tentatively titled Tell Me Do You Miss Me. The DVD will be released by Rhino DVD. Rhino will also release a single-disc compilation of Luna’s greatest hits.

Meridian

 
Meridian
 

Writing, Producing and Recording in a dodgy little one window room in BedStuy Brooklyn, NY forced Meridian to focus on the nuances of life that makes it worth the struggles. They began to create songs that spoke of life’s various occurrences: reckless highs, sobering lows, and a slew of erotic while patriotic love songs linked together by Chronic Optimism. Meridian is Bradley Valentin and Yohimbe Sampson and their version of Alternative Rock N Soul will make you want to wake up tomorrow.

Their first single “Magic” sonically introduces audiences to the Meridian sound: heavy groove, strong melody, descriptive song writing, sing along hooks and a strong guitar presence. The song asks listeners to reflect upon the World they live in and the things that occur and asks the proverbial question “how we gonna feel the magic?”

Daniel

 
Daniel
 

Born and raised in Brooklyn, Daniel, a.k.a. Big D (think about it), a.k.a DJ Taino, has been mixing house, drum & bass and other genres for quite some time. Seeking more knowledge in the field of music, Daniel was certified in Digital Media Arts at Toro College. From there, he found a studio that would not only take him in, but also make his love and knowledge of music grow even more.

The Neverendings

 
The Neverendings
 

“The idea for The Neverendings started cause I wrote a bunch of songs on a harpsichord and wurlitzer for some reason…these songs sounded very retro. I was getting frustrated that it was taking 5 years between Ivy albums, and I wanted to start another band with Dominique that was VERY different from Ivy, just something between her and me – the two of us. Yes we had done Paco, but that was more of an electronica studio project with a friend of ours. I wanted to start a band – a real band – that was clearly just me and Dominique. And these new songs were so different from IVY and Paco (and even Brookville) that it seemed the perfect beginning for this idea. I wanted to record it like a band – live in the studio. So I asked John and Chris (from The Postmarks) to come to NYC for a few weeks and be the drums & bass (rhythm section) for this band. I had Bruce play guitar, and I played keyboards. We set up the four of us in the same room at my studio, Stratosphere Sound, and rehearsed the songs until we felt comfortable, then started recording them. Most of the songs they were learning the parts that I had written on my demos, and we also used a lot of the stuff from my demos on the final recording. But in many cases they also added their own new ideas and changed my parts to make them better, cooler…”

Chris & Juju

 

 
Chris & Juju
 

When you give Chris and Juju’s music a listen, their intentions are clear- like a director setting the scene for each movie he makes. From the lush, cinematic songs of Undersea Poem (Six Degrees), the hip shaking, bossa nova, indie pop of The Mosquitos (Bar None), and the spirited, sunny rock of Chris’ AM60 (V2/Shifty Disco), their abiding love and commitment to the art of songwriting always shines through. This love is what has driven their musical odyssey.

Consistently,Chris and Juju’s music has had great success in licensing with particular concentration in US television and advertising. Currently licensed songs can be heard on HBO’s Bored to Death, MTV’s My Life as Liz, and ABC’s Private Practice as well as the iconic bicycle-maker Schwinn’s first television campaign in 15 years (“Just a Dream”). Previous licenses include: Felicity, Malcolm in the Middle, Grey’s Anatomy, The OC, Nip Tuck, Intel, Michelob, Sears, CVS, Bailey’s, Old Navy, Payless Shoes, Fedex and JC Penney.

Currently, Chris and Juju are in a creative whirlwind writing songs for the new, greatly anticipated Mosquitos record.

Benji Hughes

 
Benji Hughes
 

Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, Benji Hughes has been described by many as one of the best songwriter’s in America today. His 2010 release, A Love Extreme, received a 4-star review in Rolling Stone. In Spring of 2012, he rocked all the fans of HBO’s “Eastbound And Down” with his song, “Kenny” that was featured in the closing scenes and end credits of that series finale.
Benji also wrote songs for the Judd Apatow feature, “Walk Hard” and has had numerous film and tv licenses.
He is currently working on a kids’ space odyssey musical story that will break new ground in terms of style ,format and sound. A few examples of the more traditional pieces can be heard here.
Benji’s writing and singing talent are a secret weapon for the likes of: T-Bone Burnett, Meshell Ndegeocello and Priscilla Ahn,
To see Benji live is the ultimate closer. His heartbreakingly beautiful voice juxtaposed with his ironic lyrics, long hair, beard and hilarious banter have made him legendary in the LA music scene. It is not unusual to see fans like Sean Penn, Jared Hess, and Paris Hilton in attendance. He has toured America and beyond with Rilo Kiley and Jenny Lewis.
Benji’s songs have also been licensed for movies and TV including, Snow Angels, Beverly Hills, 90210 & How I Met Your Mother. He has also written commercials for GE, Mountain Dew and more.

Taylor McLam

 
Taylor McLam
 

Taylor McLam is a multi-instrumentalist, music composer,producer and indie rocker. He has composed music for countless brands including Verizon, Chrysler, Mitsubishi, Cotton, Visa, Miller Lite, Sears, Lego, McDonald’s and Coca-Cola.
In 2008 McLam co-wrote the bonus track “Jungle in the Circus” for the Gavin Rossdale album Wanderlust, released on Interscope Records. In 2010 McLam scored the independent film “Chlorine,” directed by Jay Alaimo and starring Kyra Sedgwick and Vincent D’Onofrio. He is also a co-writer of the theme song to the children’s show Pinky Dinky Doo on Nick Jr.
McLam was a member of the band Orange 9mm and contributed his song “Failure” to their 1996 album Tragic, which was released on Atlantic Records. With Orange 9mm, McLam played the Warped Tour in 1995, 1996 and 1997 and toured with bands including The Deftones, The Misfits and Kid Rock.

Mary Wood

 
Mary Wood
 

Mary Frisbie* Wood, founder and owner of Frisbie, was referred to as “the legendary Mary Wood” in a music article by Time Magazine in 2012.
The A-list of artists she’s written for and produced (face to face) in the studio include: Aretha Franklin, Britney Spears, Dre’s Aftermath camp, Jordan Sparks, Isaac Hayes, Kiss, Faith Hill, Miss Piggy, Jessica Simpson, The Spice Girls and more.

She is currently co-producing an album for Benji Hughes, who received 4 stars in Rolling Stone for his 2008 release, “A Love Extreme”.

She is also co-writing the music for the hit show, Team Umizoomi. Her current commercial hits have been for Wendy’s My 99, McDonald’s, GE, 3M, and more.

Her sound first infiltrated pop culture when she co-wrote and sang a jingle for Pepsi that became a Platinum Album hit for the Spice Girls. While Atlantic and Geffen records, producers Glen Ballard (Alanis Morrisette Jagged Little Pill, Michael Jackson, Thriller) and The Butcher Brothers (John Lennon, Lauryn Hill) produced her songs and pursued her to make albums, Wood (with partner Clifford Lane) dominated and redefined what a contemporary jingle sounded like. With simultaneous hit campaigns for Coke and Pepsi on the air, songs for Sony and Amex hitting the Billboard charts, singing and co-writing the theme and all songs for the # 1 kid’s show, DragonTales, it became apparent that Wood was no one hit wonder.
In 1999, Wood was bestowed the honor of being Joey Levine’s first and only partner at Crushing Music.
Wood opened Frisbie in 2004, which continues to redefine what people think of as a music company today. (See Frisbie bio).

Other media she’s written and performed for include: Pepsi, Coke, Amex, 7-Up, Dr Pepper, Reebok, Sprite, Team Umizoomi, Sony, Dragon Tales theme song and other songs, AT&T, GE, Mountain Dew,

*Mary’s family owned the Frisbie Pie Company whose tins were made into a game on the campus of Yale University- that game was spun into the iconic game of Frisbee by Wham-o.

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LEXUS

Crowd Of None

HONEY NUT CHEERIOS

Medley Crunch

BRIDGE ACADEMY

Chant

VISA

Dance Fever

LEXUS

Eeny Meeny Miny Go

HONEY NUT CHEERIOS

Kids

YUMMILOO

Teaser

HONEY NUT CHEERIOS

Launch

CHASE

Birthday

VERIZON

Hiking

DURACELL

Prequel

Bay Area

Shakespeare Camp

Walk Hard

Let’s Duet

Eastbound

Kenny

Adidas

Streak

BUD PLATINUM

Factory

GAP

Be Bright

Philadelphia

Where When

PEPSI

Campaign

RUN KITTY RUN

Trailer

Nickelodeon

Team Umizoomi

RUN KITTY RUN

Level 1-1

RUN KITTY RUN

Level 3-6

RUN KITTY RUN

Level 5-1

GE

Ecomagination iAD

DRAGON TALES

Opening Theme

SONY

The Trip

MTVu

Campaign

GE

Locomotive

To The Greek

Furry Wall

BAND-AID

Kids

AMP ENERGY

Walk Of No Shame

3M

The Pick That Sticks

UPS

Logistics

JIF

To Go

REEBOK

Tailor

BRAHMA

Cart

AMERICAN EXPRESS

Freedom

Starz

Crash Promo

TJ MAXX

Fashionista

Eastbound

Kenny

NFL

Playmate

REEBOK

White BBall

CAPTAIN MORGAN

Pizza

BRAHMA

Dominoes

WENDY’S

My 99

Newlyweds

Trailer

G4 NETWORK

Interstitial Campaign

MASTERCARD

Meet The Parents

CAMPBELL’S

Nature Knows

G4 Network

Campaign

TEAM UMIZOOMI

Theme Song

CAPTAIN MORGAN

Ultimate Pose Off

PEPSI VANILLA

Trucks

GE

Clouds

MERCEDES BENZ

Tree

Walk Hard

Montage/ Various Songs

RADIOSHACK

Bumpy

MASTERCARD

Small Bus Trip

CIALIS

Be My Baby

NFL

Personality

NFL

Big Man Dance Off

MONSTER.COM

Beaver

MASTERCARD

Meet The Parents

NFL

Playmate

GE

The Power Of Sound

CAREFREE

Bubble

NETS/YES

Opening Night Promo

NFL

VooDoo

IAVA

Signs

TANQUERAY

House of Tanqueray

TANQUERAY

House Of Tanqueray

MASTERCARD

Idea

AFLAC

Pigeon

MAXWELL HOUSE

Campaign

NETS/YES

Opening Night Promo

  • LEXUS
    Crowd Of None
  • HONEY NUT CHEERIOS
    Medley Crunch
  • BRIDGE ACADEMY
    Chant
  • VISA
    Dance Fever
  • LEXUS
    Eeny Meeny Miny Go
  • HONEY NUT CHEERIOS
    Kids
  • YUMMILOO
    Teaser
  • HONEY NUT CHEERIOS
    Launch
  • CHASE
    Birthday
  • VERIZON
    Hiking
  • DURACELL
    Prequel
  • Bay Area
    Shakespeare Camp
  • Walk Hard
    Let's Duet
  • Eastbound
    Kenny
  • Adidas
    Streak
  • BUD PLATINUM
    Factory
  • GAP
    Be Bright
  • Philadelphia
    Where When
  • PEPSI
    Campaign
  • RUN KITTY RUN
    Trailer
  • Nickelodeon
    Team Umizoomi
  • RUN KITTY RUN
    Level 1-1
  • RUN KITTY RUN
    Level 3-6
  • RUN KITTY RUN
    Level 5-1
  • GE
    Ecomagination iAD
  • DRAGON TALES
    Opening Theme
  • SONY
    The Trip
  • MTVu
    Campaign
  • GE
    Locomotive
  • To The Greek
    Furry Wall
  • BAND-AID
    Kids
  • AMP ENERGY
    Walk Of No Shame
  • 3M
    The Pick That Sticks
  • UPS
    Logistics
  • JIF
    To Go
  • REEBOK
    Tailor
  • BRAHMA
    Cart
  • AMERICAN EXPRESS
    Freedom
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