Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hybrid Studios Helps Of Mice & Men Come Full Circle

After relentless touring in 2014, the metal band Of Mice & Men stepped into Hybrid Studios in their home base of Orange County, California to record some new material. The sessions resulted in four new songs, which appear as bonus tracks on their February 24, 2015 release of Restoring Force: Full Circle, a follow-up to their 2014 album Restoring Force on Rise Records.

Having completed 10 days of pre-production to dial in the songs and lyrics that were mainly written on the road, multi-platinum Producer David Bendeth (Papa Roach, Vertical Horizon, As I Lay Dying) and the band sought to record locally for some much needed R&R, but needed to match or exceed the quality of the original material on Restoring Force.

"Being a local band to Orange County, it was important for us to find a comfortable and state of the art studio that could house the team of engineers as well as give us an overall great vibe to our session, and Hybrid did just that," said the band's drummer Valentino Arteaga. "Their team really took care of us and the atmosphere at the studio really helped keep the creativity flowing throughout the sessions."

The band spent three weeks in October recording at Hybrid. Bendeth, who works out of House of Loud Studios in New Jersey, acclimated to new surroundings quickly. "Hybrid has top of the line gear, a great sounding live room, and an SSL 4064G+ in the control room," said Bendeth, adding that familiarity with the mixing console, which is similar to the one installed in House of Loud, made for speedy and smooth tracking sessions.

Of Mice & Men are on tour in support of Restoring Force: Full Circle with a European swing in March and in the US from April to June. For more information, visit

For more information about Hybrid Studios, visit

About Hybrid Studios
Hybrid Studios is fully integrated multimedia production facility in Orange County, CA. Not only does Hybrid feature a state-of-the-art analog & digital recording studio; it also boasts a massive sound stage, including a pre-lit cyclorama. Equipped with the best gear and an experienced staff, Hybrid provides a variety of products and services to clients across the creative spectrum from recording, mixing and mastering to video and photography.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

New Acoustic Seed Records Folk Album For Review: Dan O'Connor - The Other Shore

Acoustic Seed Records releases new acoustic folk album by Dan O'Connor "The Other Shore". The CD includes 10 songs of inspiring and intelligent original material with layered solo acoustic guitar and vocals. The sound is similar to Jack Johnson, Damien Rice and Ryan Adams. Tracks are available to buy and stream: Search "Dan O'Connor The Other Shore" on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play, Xbox, Rdio and other major music services.

Artist: Dan O'Connor
Album/Single: The Other Shore
Description: Inspiring and intelligent acoustic folk rock songs similar to Jack Johnson, Damien Rice and Ryan Adams
Format: Original material. Layered solo acoustic guitar and vocals
Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Rock
Label: Acoustic Seed Records
Catalog Number: ACS-109691
UPC Code: 889211324989
Released on: 1/30/2015

All songs written, performed and recorded by Dan O'Connor (BMI). Mastered by Nathan Reiner

Complete album download:
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About Dan O'Connor
Dan O'Connor (born October 9, 1969) is an acoustic folk rock singer-songwriter from New York, NY. O'Connor began playing guitar and writing songs at the age of 13. He went on to study music at the Hartford Conservatory and The Hartt School where he graduated with a degree in music business and jazz guitar. Dan's music is on hundreds of soundtracks such as the TV series "The Reviewers", the documentary "Mumbai Nights" and the film "Waiting for Ruby". His many composing clients include Disney, Harvard University and IBM. The singer-songwriter also studied acting at H.B. Studios in New York City and appears in indie films such as "Curious Design", "Subject to Retaliation", "Ovelia and Gregoria" and "Zedic & the Crimson Born".

Cosmo Distribution Offering Digital Music Distribution Service

Cosmo Distribution is providing quality digital music distribution services to customer at most cost effective rates. Cosmo provides more possibilities of digital distribution by allowing independent musicians to sell their music without facing problems of excessive fee as charged by some of the well-known distributors.

Speaking to media, spokesperson from Cosmo Distribution said, "Yes, we are providing high quality digital music distribution service to artists. Now they do not need to pay high amount for getting the service from famous distributors. Our services are much more affordable. We believe that you should pay only for what you make use of and this makes us different from several other music distribution platforms." He further added, "We help you to distribute your music according to your wish. You can chose to distribute in a specific country or go for a more international reach."

Experts of the field confirm that most digital distributors increase their prices by providing complete packages with lots of extra services that most artists do not need or get any benefit from. The concept of Cosmo Distribution is designed to give needed services according to the budget of musicians. The artists only pay for what they use. The company allows them to focus their music distribution to only specific outlets and take full control on their art.

Another factor that makes this music distribution service different from others is that it offers several free services to their artists such as free cover art design, free digital mastering and more. The company also offers Ringtone distribution to iTunes without charging heavy fee. The company also provides promotion and PR service according to the need of musicians.

Cosmo Distribution has access to more than 300 international shops and streaming services. They distribute music on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, 7Digital, and several other highly regarded services across the globe.

About Cosmo Distribution
Cosmo Distribution offers music distribution service to musicians at good prices. The company is a part of Cosmo Media, a successful record label, built by musicians, for musicians.

Tribute To Amy Winehouse & Other Members Of The So Called '27 Club' From No Mad Karma

No Mad Karma are a unique blend of ancient Kazakh melodies and traditional instruments crafted by composer Aidos Sagat, blended with cutting edge western soundz and lyrics by vocalist Sye who is a cousin of cult artist Amy Winehouse, and incredibly also the son of legendary 60's vocalist Frankie Vaughan. Backed by a group of London's finest musicians.

The first single from the band, '27', is a tribute to Winehouse written by Sye shortly after her death, in which she joined Cobain, Hendrix and the other members of the so called '27 club'. The lyrics and the video – filmed in Camden where Winehouse became so iconic – pay emotional tribute to one of our generation's finest talents, and honours the awesome musical legacy The “27” Club has left us.

The new single is the just first part of a 2015 music industry assault by this band of incredible musicians, with an album coming soon. Recorded in part at the infamous Rockfield Studios in Wales – where Bohemian Rhapsody was recorded – the clash of styles and cultures make for a heady, and very unusual mix.

It's little wonder that the sound of the band is so precise and smart, as it is full of players with incredible pedigree in the music industry. Soul Power House Backing vocalist Jaelee Small is the daughter of Millie Small of 'My Boy Lollipop' fame, while the No Mad Karma Rhythm Section have played on countless Gold and Platinum Records with a who's who of the music industry.

Bassist Phil Spalding (with Mick Jagger, Mike Oldfield, Ray Charles, Robbie Williams, Elton John) and Drummer/Producer Preston Heyman (Kate Bush, Paul McCartney, Massive Attack, Tina Turner, Terence Trent D'arby) clearly know how to create top class foundations for new music, and it shows in Prestons crisp cinematic production here.

No Mad Karma's d├ębut single '27' is released on April 20th with the album to follow in the spring !

check out the video here