Stereotytans: WMMR Artist of the Month

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The Philadelphia comic book-inspired rock band Stereotytans is working on an EP of theme songs from popular epic movies and television shows at Forge Recording. The EP will include theme songs from Wonder Woman, Game of Thrones, Spider-Man, and more.

 Stereotytans prepping in Studio A

The Tytans take inspiration from Living Color, Fishbone, Radiohead and Public Enemy to create rock music with hints of soul, funk and metal mixed in for good measure. Each member personifies a Tytan from Greek mythology: Gab Guma (guitar, Hyperion); Marc Brasof (drums, Oceanus); Damen St. Alborne (vocals, Prometheus); Chris Jones (bass, Kronos); and Ken Khaoss (DJ, Hades). The band is 93.3 WMMR’s Artist of the Month for December 2017.

Steve Rosplock with members of Stereotytans

Steve Rosplock with members of Stereotytans

Steven Rosplock is the mastermind behind Stereotytans and is also a member of Phantasm, which tracked its latest album at Forge Recording.

Here is the video Clowns from the Stereotytans’ debut album Escape.


Many millennia ago, the earth and sky gave birth to the mighty Tytans! Freed by Athena, after eons of imprisonment at the hands of her father Zeus, the Tytans now reside powerless on Earth trying to regain their former glory. In a bid to overthrow Zeus’ reign, these mythic beings have formed a rock band with a plan to convert fans into an army of Demigods to battle Zeus and return them to their rightful place among the heavens. And thus, the STEREOTYTANS were born!

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In Memory of Jerry Ross

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Trivia Question:

Which Philadelphia native discovered Kenny Gamble, produced I’m Your Venus (The Shocking Blue) and Sunny (Bobby Hebb), co-wrote I’m Gonna Make You Love Me (Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations), and was an announcer for American Bandstand?

Answer: Jerry Ross

Jerry Ross (1933-2017) was a true Philadelphia music pioneer. He did the news, sports, morning wake-up shows and DJ’d for Armed Forces Radio; attended Temple University’s communications program; DJ’d on WFIL-TV with Dick Clark’s Caravan of Music; DJ’d for WFIL radio; and was the announcer for Dick Clark’s American Bandstand—the first national TV show totally dedicated to playing pop music.  He then founded Heritage Records and signed Kenny (Gamble) and Tommy (Bell) to his label. The rest, as they say, is history. Read the interview in Spectropop.

Forge Recording has had the privilege of manufacturing CDs for Jerry’s company, and will miss him deeply. We look forward to working with Jerry’s daughter, Cheri, as she continues his legacy. Titles include: The Best of the Sapphires, The Best of Bill Deal & the Rhondels, The Cherry People Suddenly, and The Mob.

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Jamie Knight “Lift Him Up”

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Gospel and R&B singer Minister Jamie Knight recently released her third album Lift Me Up which was recorded, mixed and manufactured at Forge Recording.

The album was produced by Seth “Digital Crates” Barmash and executive produced by Karl “Dice Raw” Jenkins (The Roots, Henry Box Brown). Knight is signed to RawLife Records, an independent label based at Forge Recording and owned by Jenkins.

Knight returned to Forge Recording to throw her CD release party. Check out some photos from the event below.

You can purchase Lift Him Up on iTunes. Listen below to one of the album’s singles, “I Need You.”

 

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Kristin Callahan Videos

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Kristin Callahan’s voice has been described as fresh, vibrant, hypnotic and mesmerizing. To capture her unique style, Kristin chose Forge Recording’s Studio A as a backdrop and guitarist Josh Nussbaum as accompanist for four videos. The songs were recorded and mixed by Forge Recording Lead Engineer Ron DiSilvestro.


Kristin is a Baltimore native who has been performing jazz since 2009. She is currently working on two projects. The first is Songs of Peggy, a program consisting of songs Peggy Lee recorded throughout her career and original songs by Lee. The second is Sway with Me, a program of Latin jazz tunes, and highlights songs written by Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Kristin will be performing at the Cultural Center in Havre de Grace, MD on December 17 with the Melting Pot Big Band.  She will also be performing at Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, on March 16, 2018 for Women’s History Month.


I had a great experience with Forge Recording! Everyone was easy to work with and I received my final takes so quickly.
–Kristin Callahan

You can learn more about Kristin at www.kristincallahanmusic.com.

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The Voice’s Joshua Howard releases “Make You Feel Right”

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Joshua Michael Howard (JMH) worked with Adam Levine on The Voice. Now he’s working with Forge Recording lead engineer Ron DiSilvestro. The first song in this collaboration is entitled Make You Feel Right.

JMH sings and plays guitar on the track. Ron DiSilvestro plays drums and also produced, recorded and mixed the music. The other musicians are Manny Hampton (keys), Josue Santiago (bass), and Josh Nussbaum (guitar).

JMH competed in the sixth season of NBC’s The Voice. He is not the only Voice contestant to call Forge Recording home. Matthew Schuler (Team Christina Season 5), Nadjah Nicole (Team Blake Season 9) and Gina Costanzo (team Blake Season 10) have all produced major projects at Forge Recording.

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Gina Zo “Free Your Soul”

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Gina Zo is releasing her second album with Raw Life Records. Free Your Soul was recorded and produced at Forge Recording by Seth “Digital Crates” Barmash and executive produced by Karl “Dice Raw” Jenkins and Christopher Wood.
Gina was selected by Blake Shelton on The Voice in 2016. When not performing she spends time collaborating in the studio with producer Digital Crates.

 

Working with Digital Crates has always been incredible for me. He understands how I record and it is easy to play off him as he plays off me in a session. He is that person I can finish his sentence to as he can do the same for me.– Gina Zo

Gina held her CD release party in Studio A at Forge Recording and is performing on Tuesday, August 1st at Voltage Lounge in Philadelphia.
 
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I really enjoyed getting to utilize Forge to allow my visions come true. The grand piano that is here holds a lot of my secrets so to speak because I have gotten to write a few of my songs using it. This album holds a lot of truth to it. It is very much a fun and loving album but shows the side of me I do not think people always get to see because I am so driven and focused. It shows my passion for life and the arts and how love plays into all of these things. — Gina Zo
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Bad Boy’s Gizzle Records at Forge

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Songwriter and rapper Gizzle worked on new material for three days at Forge Recording. Gizzle is signed to Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Records and has written for Teddy Riley, Puff Daddy, Pharrell, Timbaland, Nicki Minaj, T.I., Meek Mill, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Trey Songs, Ty$, YG, Iggy Azalea, Hit-Boy, Kid Ink and others.

While at Forge Gizzle recorded vocals in The Academy Studio and live instruments in Studio A. She also took advantage of Forge Recording’s quick turn CD duplication services for her album 7 Days in Atlanta.

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“Do Better” at Forge Recording

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The title track from Dejure Hest’s album Do Better has been released as both a single and a video. The song I Can Do Better was recorded and mixed at Forge Recording by Dejure Hest and Mike Harmon, and is performed by Philadelphia artist Troi Lauren.

The Album Do Better is a collection of songs that inspire us to live a purposeful life with determination to succeed. The single I Can Do Better reflects one person’s journey to overcome adversity.

Dejure Hest is a resident producer at Forge Recording. He can be reached at dejurephil@gmail.com.

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Ryan Leach Records Movie Score at Forge

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Award winning TV and Film composer, Ryan Leach, chose Forge Recording to track the music for an upcoming movie. Ryan holds a degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music and has scored a dozen feature films. His music has been heard on every major TV network.

Ryan conducted a string quartet which was recorded by Forge Recording Lead Engineer, Ron DiSilvestro. The film, entitled Candy Jar, stars Academy Award winning actress Helen Hunt, Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, and Orange Is The New Black actress Uzo Aduba.

I really enjoyed working at Forge. The atmosphere was very professional. Ron is on top of things and really knows what he is doing. It was great working with him.–Ryan Leach

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Music Publishing Goes Live

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Forge Recording’s Live Events Team hit the road to record four classical pieces performed by The Bucks County Wind Ensemble. Our client, Northeastern Music Publications, is a publisher of sheet music for bands and orchestras. Forge Recording provides a multi-track recording and mixing of the musical arrangements.

On the Steppes of Central Asia

Northeastern’s most recent offerings include On the Steppes of Central Asia by Alexander Borodin, Fantasie on the traditional Chinese folk song A Beaded Purse, Golden Age by Yu Jianfang, and Swarm Theory by Gary Fagan. The works were arranged by Dr. Randy Navarre who will be traveling to China to perform some of the pieces with local middle school students.

Audio Engineer Brendan McGeehan recorded the ensemble on location, while Forge Recording Lead Engineer Ron DiSilvestro mixed and mastered the recordings in Studio A.

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