The Record Shop Nashville is honored to be mentioned in the latest issue of Mix Magazine, which features many our recent studio sessions!  Read what they had to say here!Blurb about The Record Shop in Mix Magazine.

 

 

 The Record Shop is proud to announce that Rick Monroe is hitting the road this year as part of Jagermeister’s 2014 Ultimate Summer of Music Tour with the Eli Young Band AND is releasing his new EP, “It’s A Love Thing” that was recorded at The Record Shop Nashville recording studio!

 “It’s A Love Thing,” is a product of love and labor for Monroe, “a tireless worker, strong songwriter, and relentless performer”.  This new MRG release will be made available to the public Jun 3, 2014, and though this EP has six incredible tracks, three of the songs have had particularly more emphasis put on them.  These three songs – “Small Town”, “Fire’s Out”, and “ Great Minds Drink Alike” – were produced by The Record Shops’ own Sean Giovanni who said about the project, “We had a blast working on Rick’s record. He does a an incredible job of straddling the line between traditional country, pop country, and southern rock, in way that is sure to please fans young and old.” 

 What does the man himself have to say about these three great songs?  “In the case of Small Town (5/20 release date on iTunes) Kenneth Duncan and I were stuck on the song we were writing and he just happen to play the first part of “Small Town” for an ear break… and that was it! We shifted gears immediately and boom. The one thing I’ve seen in all my travels is people are people, with the same basic wants and needs. We all love and we all struggle. I really feel we struck the perfect balance. With a basic chord progression & direct lyric I believe we’ve captured the large & small view of the world in simple song.” Rick continues, “Fires Out (5/27 release date on iTunes) was inspired by trying to mix a different flavor into country. Recently there’s a lot of country rap going on and I wanted to see if we could take from the groove/pop side of things ala Maroon 5/Bruno Mars. I know it’s pretty different, but I think it’s like a good gumbo you need to add a little kick of spice sometimes and not be afraid to try something new.”

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We had the great pleasure of working with Taylor Guitars to produce a series of videos covering their new product line and all of the amazing performances that took place on the Taylor Stage at NAMM 2013. Check it out!!!!

Taylor Guitars NAMM 2013

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We recently came across this alarming article regarding the future of digital performance royalties. Producers and artists in all levels of the industry should take notice of this developing situation. Let’s do our part to put a stop to the diminishing value of our intellectual property.

The Recording Academy- “It has come to our attention that satellite broadcaster Sirius/XM is seeking to bypass the standard system of paying royalties.  If they are allowed to do so, it will likely result in substantially reduced payments to artists and producers, a lowering of the value of performance royalties, and unnecessary conflict between artists and their labels.

What’s the issue:

Currently, satellite radio pays sound recording performance royalties to the nonprofit collective SoundExchange, which in turn pays 50% to the artists on the recording and 50% to the copyright owner (usually a record label).  SoundExchange pays the artists the full 50%, even if the artist has unrecouped royalty balances, and also pays producers their share as directed by the artist.  The system has resulted in an important new income stream for creators.

Sirius is now seeking to use the option of direct licensing with certain independent labels instead of using the system created by Congress that ensures fair payment to all parties.  Artists should be concerned about direct licensing; 100% of the royalties would be paid to the record label which in turn may pay artists at a lower rate, subject to recoupment.  And labels should be concerned as well; the lower rate being offered could have the effect of lowering the value of performance royalties to all parties.

What you can do:

If you are an artist signed to the independent label…

You can call your label today and request that it not direct license your recordings.  In the interest of fairness and transparency, your label should continue to license through SoundExchange.

If you own or manage an independent label…

It is in your interest to refrain from direct licensing.  While Sirius may be offering positive terms, the long-term effect of accepting a rate lower than the compulsory rate could be to reduce rates overall in the future.  Creating downward pressure on the value of music may be good for Sirius/XM, but it’s bad for artists and labels.  Please see the following statement from the American Association of Independent Music: http://a2im.org/2011/08/09/statutory-rates-versus-direct-licenses-for-digital-music-streaming/

The Record Shop is starting a new music industry interview series next month called “For The Record”, with our friends at The Funky Umbrella. The show will feature interviews with many of Nashville’s leaders in the industry. Each episode will feature a viewer question from our friends on Facebook. If your question is chosen you will receive a free day of studio time at The Record Shop. Tell us what you would like to know from:

Orville Almon: Entertainment Lawyer
Pat McMakin: Director of Operations at Ocean Way
Bob Bullock: Mixing Engineer
Anastasia Brown: Music Supervisor
Charlie Pennachio: Artist Development

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Funky

A little over a year ago I was out catching a set with one of our artists. I noticed a guy with a camera darting back and forth across the front of the stage in what looked like gymnastics maneuvers, but what was most likely his valiant efforts to catch the best shot he could in the crowded venue.

We were looking for a new addition to our video production team so I asked the club owner if he knew the guy. He said, “Oh ya, that’s Kaz, he’s here all time. He films all of the bands and offers them a great deal on the footage after their set.” I thought, “What a great concept. This is the type of dedicated, big picture work ethic that we’re looking for.” Of course before I was able to grab his attention, I got sidetracked with some friends, and we were headed to the next venue.

I was disappointed that I didn’t have a chance to chat with him. From what I could tell, this Kaz character was the hardest working videographer in Nashville. However, the disappointment was short lived. Sure enough, the next night I ran into him at a different venue. Or maybe it was his clone. I swear the dude is everywhere.

As our video department expanded we brought Kevin on for a few gigs and he nailed the project every time. He was always ready to work, but if he was ever tied up with another gig, Kevin would make some calls and have a crew ready for us right away.

So you can imagine that I was floored when he told me about his involvement in a new multimedia company called The Funky Umbrella. It is essentially a team of Kazanaters that have an unwavering dedication to their work and a genuine support of their clients. Could it be true? Did I finally find our match made in heaven? The Funky Record Umbrella Shop? While the name is a work in progress, I’m blessed to have the pleasure of working with these guys.

The Funky Umbrella is a unique media company that offers a wide variety of services under…….. (wait for it) one umbrella. They provide video, photography, web design, branding, and much more. But this ain’t the “one man, one stop shop” you’re used to. The Funky Umbrella has an amazing team of professionals, each with a specific skill set, working collectively to offer a comprehensive package of services for everyone from musicians to executives. (After reading that I realize I sound like I could be narrating their latest commercial, but what the hell, these guys are great!) But I’ll get off the soapbox and let you see for yourself.

Check out Thefunkyumbrella.com

The Funky Umbrella has teamed up with The Record Shop to handle the production of Balcony TV as well as our live video shoots and artist press kits.

We are stoked to be providing audio recording and mixing for The Funky Umbrella’s productions as well.

I am very excited about this new partnership (can you tell?) and look forward to continue offering our friends valuable resources in the development of their projects. Among our recent work, The Funky Umbrella and The Record Shop have teamed up with Lightning 100 to produce a video compilation of the Live On The Green Concert Series featuring Will Hoge, Los Lonely Boys, Edwin McCain, Ten out of Tenn, Here Come The Mummies, Brett Dennen, and many more. You can catch the videos here…. Don’t forget to check out The Funky Umbrella on  Facebook to see their latest work and viral resources!

Catch you next time

-Giovanni

The Record Shop

therecordshop1 (@) gmail . com

Here at The Record Shop, we are always on the lookout for forward thinking organizations that are in the biz for the love of the music. We love hearing about people who support artists with an undying effort to help them make it to the next level. Needless to say, I was floored when I hear about a new site called E Line Music!

E Line Music is a new kind of company dedicated to getting independent artists the tools they need for success in today’s industry. Their professional and affordable services include web development, graphic design, music videos, ringtones, photography, songwriter services/licensing, marketing, promotion, distribution, consulting, and much more. For more information, and to find out how to get your music featured on their website, contact Jen at jen@elinemusic.com. Be sure to catch Balcony TV on eLMTV, E Line’s 24 hour internet music video channel coming this fall on www.elinemusic.com!

As always, we love to hear feedback on our articles. Let us know your thoughts on this exciting new company! We love making new friends as well. Feel free to drop by our page on Facebook and sign up for our monthly newsletter to receive valuable resources and updates on the studio. Thanks for dropping by For The Record!

-Giovanni

Therecordshopnashville.com

Michael Ide, from itproportal.com ,  says that “new reports suggest that Apple may soon replace low bit-rate music tracks with upgraded, higher quality ones. This move could likely be the result of Apple’s licensing agreement with the leading record labels in the music industry. Earlier, Business Week reported that the agreement between the two sides was now on the verge of being finalised, and also that upon being fully implemented it will allow Apple to go through a user’s entire iTunes collection and mirror it”…. read entire article here

While I am in full support of Apple making the effort to maintain the sonic quality that we as Producers spend so much time perfecting, I wonder if the average consumer would go for the idea. In the eyes of the mass consumer, is a high fidelity recording worth the extra space it will take up on hard drives and Ipods? Let us know your thoughts!