Here's a peek at some local New York City talent as well as artists from all over the world who choose Metrosonic as home for their music.
The Damned Things
THE DAMNED THINGS crank it up at METROSONIC
Hard rock group The Damned Things are currently recording their debut album at MetroSonic. (more pics)
Chromeo at Metrosonic
CHROMEO Makes METROSONIC Home Without Missing a Beat
The Canadian duo Chromeo are bunkered down at the NYC Recording Studio Metrosonic for a two-month lockout session. P-Thugg and Dave 1 are well known for their “hook-heavy”, soul infused dance music. (full article)
Jon and Pete with Neon Dynamite
"Boring into the past for inspiration, Neon Dynamite unearth the soul of the blues, adding modern flourishes of soul-rock to a rich musical tradition....Jeremiah Furr’s epic leads emit echoes of the greats, as Ariel Scherbacovsky’s smart and funky bass lines exude charm, while providing the music with its undeniable character"
Hank and Cupcakes with Brett, George, and Jon
"We have fallen head over heels for Pop/Electro band Hank and Cupcakes. With infectious sounds...that make you want to turn up the volume and dance,...Mixing pop, rock and electro they...create a new hybrid of pure, intelligent music that get's you ready for a night out...."
Hank and Cupcakes were recently voted The Deli, artist of the month.
Arielle Feinman and Yakir Ben-Hur
"Arielle Feinman blends the sounds of Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Pop. She is currently in her final year at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, working towards a BFA in Jazz Performance. At 21, Arielle is in the process of recording her first original album and performing with her band throughout New York City and her hometown area of Rockland County."
Jon, Arun Ramamurthy, and Pete/ Thiruaarur Bakthavathsalam
We at Metrosonic, had a blast working with Arun from start to finish. His project presented some strong challanges to overcome. We were more than set to approach the challenges of South Indian classical music. We made sure that his project kept the realism of a live performance. He started his project in house, with tracking, and finished with the mastering done at Metrosonic. It was a great experience all around.
"Bakthavathsalam had his initial tutelage from his maternal uncle Thiruvarur Krishnamurthy and was further groomed by his mother T. R. Anandavalli, herself a talented musician. He has been accompanying a galaxy of musicians on the mridangam for musicians of three generations. "
"He is (a)…founding member of the very excellent Death in Vegas, DJ/producer and now founding member of new band Black Acid, which came into being earlier this year. Self described as, "A punch in the face with a velvet glove. Repetitious psyche rock."
Flight of The Conchords, Bret McKinsey
"...in New Zealand in the late 90's. Bret and Jemaine were flatmates...Bret "dribbled on for ages" studying English and music at Victoria University while Jemaine attempted to study film and theatre but eventually gave that up...McKenzie was a keyboard player, but both flatmates decided they wanted to learn the guitar also, and started writing songs."
"With the combination of their cynical irony ...and the hard seriousness that are the fundaments of every song, Deathstars walk the fine line of sophisticated darkness with the always clear and present vibe of sex, guts and horrorish vogue. It is hellish hot stuff, but also entertaining, and somewhat frightening."
Care Bears On Fire
"Sophie (lead vocals, guitarist, 13 years old), Izzy (drummer, 13 years old) and Jena (Bass, 15 years old) are Care Bears On Fire. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, the young band have become favorites on the New York City club scene, winning over jaded hipsters of all ages..."
It was great to have Steve Lironi at Metrosonic producing the Session.
"A Grammy-award winning musician, Peter Rowan's career has spanned from Sea Train to Old & In the Way to numerous solo and ensemble projects with Don Edwards, David Grisman, Richard Greene and others. He is a soulful singer and a poignant songwriter. He began his professional career playing guitar, singing lead vocals and co-writing as a member of the Bluegrass Boys, led by the founding father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. He embarked on a well-received solo career in the late '70s, releasing such diverse and critically acclaimed albums as Dustbowl Children and Bluegrass Boy, as well as much-admired collaborations with ace Dobro player Jerry Douglas, Flaco Jimenez, and his brothers Christopher and Lorin Rowan."
Pete and Peter Gordan
"Mr. Gordon's music has been categorized both by its peripatetic, eclectic curiosity and by its rootedness in European compositional tradition. Since he is a polymath and not a one-note artist, it is difficult to summarize his work and any short account must leave out much."
"...She don’t come cheap...
hairspray and glitz, Splenda sweet beats and sweaty slow jams...your heart-shaped jacuzzi or hers?...a rainbow-brain naughty nerd, a one-girl girl group, soul-scream machine from straight up outer space! Join Chevonne as she speed-dials the forces of mascara and nylon, challenging the powers of boring stuff in a battle to keep our hearts on our sleeves and our dreams in our bras."
moby with Robby and Pete
Tracking and mixing with Moby was an incredible experience. This was an experiment of sorts for Moby and a departure from his past works.
His goal for this session was to record everything on the 1st or 2nd take. He wanted capture the raw spontaneity of the performance and not let the recording process get in the way. With Pete Mignola at the helm and Jonathan Martinez assisting, Metrosonic was able to rise to the challenge.
Moby came in on the first day of tracking with only his guitar, a bass and his drummer. He showed true musical talent and dedication by laying down all thirteen tracks with final guitar, bass and drums in one day. We hardly even stopped to listen back, recording straight through, one song after the next. Moby came in the 2nd day to overdub keys, and vocals.
The crew, lead by Pete, did an outstanding job keeping up with Moby’s high pace work ethic by having things ready to roll at the drop of a dime. As a result Moby soared from the Fender Rhodes to the Hammond organ then to the Steinway Upright without even taking a breath. The project was completely tracked and mixed by the end of the third day.
Hartley C. White with Larry Mcdonald
"Hartley was born in Kingston, Jamaica and currently resides in Queens, New York.
Hartley sings, writes and plays various instruments including guitar, keyboards, drums, percussion, harmonica, and recorder."
Larry Mcdonald is regarded by many as the premier percussionist in world reggae music. credits that include such beloved artists as Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Toots & the Maytals, Bunny Wailer, Bad Brains, Taj Mahal, The Skatalites, Gil Scott Heron,
Irv Irving with Jay Foote
"New York City based writer and singer Irv Irving has just completed his debut full-length recording entitled “Infamous”. The record includes appearances from Mr. Irving’s many friends such as Reid Burgess (King Wilkie), Samantha Parton (The Be Good Tanyas), Arthur Kremer (Stellastarr), and many more. The album will be released on a label to be determined.
Mr. Irving has shared stages with a diverse range of performers from folk music legend Ramblin’ Jack Elliott to the MTV hit-making art-rock act Stellastarr, and admirers of his evocative lyrical abilities include famed musician and political activist Pete Seeger. Irving is also the subject of an in-the-works documentary called “Irv Irving: A Hero For Our Time”."
Danielle Lewis Band
"Singing since the age of four, Danielle has graced pulpits and stages across the tri-state area, Maryland, Florida, Detroit, New Jersey and Germany...she decided to pursue music as a career and attended Five Towns College. Music is her passion, writing is her love, singing is her heart and ministry is her life. Her utmost desire is to reach the world for Christ thru song."
Cop City Chill Pillars with Dan Rineer from Florida
Manuel Valera and Engineer Joe Barbaria
"Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger, Manuel Valera is in the forefront of contemporary modern jazz. He represents the next generation of great performers and composers. His sound is fresh, inviting and evocative, and his goal is to forge innovative sounds that bring a vitality and newness to the idioms of jazz and Latin jazz. "