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“I think my approach to this business has kept me doing this for so many years and that approach is I love music”
“Those house-rockin’ guys with the “New York attitude” – those “La Peluca” guys,” Dave Santiago & Latin Affair – are back and keepin’ it real with their long-awaited, outrageously-fresh and more-heavy-duty-than-ever second production! (I’m not kidding you – as I sit here Im tapping In Clave. Core members onboard with founding bandleader, lead vocalist and percussionist Dave, Sr. are his son, flutist, arranger and now, Latin Affair’s musical director, Dave, Jr. – “Rumbeando En El Solar” elegantly bridges the past, present and future, as well as generational divides. Showcasing Luis Rodriguez’s and John Campo’s eloquent Cuatro and Guitar artisty is the touching “Don Aquilino,” composed by Dave Santiago, Sr., a goose bump-rendering number not only paying tribute to his father, who passed away before the recording was completed, but also, in Santiago’s words, “to our Jibaro heritage, and those who paved the way for us here in the U.S.” “ ”
“LC: "My Name's Not Red," is a humorous and wonderfully done. The production that went into this cd is definately a noticeable difference from some of the other indie cds I have come across, very professional. Did you have a hand in that? JM: I appreciate you saying that because it is very important to have a record that sounded professional. This record was definately my brain child although I had alot of help. My producer/cowriter Brad Albertta and co-producer John Campos helped me create a sound that brought out the best in each song. I hired great musicians got it mastered by one of the best (Emily Lazar), hired an artist to do the artwork etc... it was a labor of love and a debt inducer but it was that important to me that the record be a good representation of me and my music. I wanted to have no regrets.”
“Alex Skolnick, who had enjoyed considerable success as lead guitarist for Testament and later Savatage, deserves kudos for essentially scrapping his rock & roll career to study, learn, and play jazz. Upon leaving Savatage after Handful of Rain Skolnick enrolled in the jazz department of New York's New School University. It was there that he began to formulate his notion of applying jazz arrangements to hard rock songs by Kiss, Aerosmith, Scorpions, Black Sabbath, and the Who. After all, since pop songs from past decades were accepted into the jazz vernacular and have since become standards, why should rock & roll pieces from the '70s and '80s not be treated similarly? Skolnick has a point. In fact if you hadn't heard the original versions of "Detroit Rock City," "Dream On," and "War Pigs," chances are you'd never suspect that they originated as hard rock songs.”
“STOLI HEADS TO NYC TO CATCH UP WITH CHRISTEN MARUCCI August 9, 2010 | by Skope Staff Another week is upon us and Stoli has another exciting & talented guest. This next female singer/songwriter has got it all from the looks, vocals, and ambition. Christen Marucci is coming out of Queens, NY and she recently released a new single, “Viper’s Love” that shows that she can hold any note and can write a hit song as well. Although people are quick to draw comparisons we ask that you give her music a listen first!”
“Who? New York via Sydney rockers Mink features vocalist Neal Carlson, lead guitarist Nick Maybury, bassist Grant Fitzpatrick, rhythm guitarist David Lowy, and heavy-handed drummer Stella Mozgawa. Mink's five-member formula churns out powerful pop-rock rock with gritty undertones, similar to the likes of Louis XIV, Franz Ferdinand, and the Darkness. Formed in 2006, Mink has toured consistently splitting their time between New York and Australia's club circuit. While their first single, rollicking guitar-driven "Talk to Me" is available for download via iTunes, Mink's U.S. debut album is slated for release on Spitfire in July. What's the Deal? After getting knocked out of early rounds of the first season of CBS's Rock Star: INXS , vocalist Neal Carlson found a greater calling teaming up with fellow seasoned rockers to form Mink. After a year of early successes (recording two songs with Grammy award-winning producer Chris Shaw),”