Archive for October 22nd, 2009

Cutting Edge Technology Provides Music Artists The Unique Opportunity to Create a Music Video and be Showcased at HMMA November 19!

HMMA logo revisedThe Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) announces today it has partnered with Studio One Media, Inc. (OTCBB: SOMD) to host a new music video contest on the company’s web site, www.mystudio.net. The winner of this music video contest will be showcased as a “virtual performance” at the HMM Awards main event on Thursday, November 19 in Hollywood, CA. The winner will also be a VIP red-carpet guest at the awards show which will feature awards presentations, live performances, celebrity presenters and a gourmet banquet dinner served by Wolfgang Puck, Inc.

The contest is open to all musicians performing any style of original music.  Videos can be created at the MyStudio personal audio/video recording studio located in the 944 Magazine building at 8560 Sunset Blvd., Suite 100 in West Hollywood, or the MyStudio location at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale, Arizona through October 31, 2009.  Complete contest details can be found at www.MyStudio.net.

About MyStudio®

MyStudio is a self-contained, state-of-the-art, audio/video recording studio offering true professional recording studio-quality audio and HD broadcast-quality video with an ease, economy and convenience never before available. MyStudio eliminates the high cost and technological and logistical barriers inherent in the creation of high quality production and uploading of video content onto the internet. MyStudio opens up a new world of opportunities for the creation of user generated video content by amateurs and professionals alike.

MyStudio can be used to create videos for music, modeling, comedy, dating, job resumes, auditions, personal messages and greetings. A five minute recording session costs $20. Using Hollywood-style green screen technology, MyStudio users can choose from over 1,000 HD virtual backgrounds for their video or they can upload their own custom background. In addition, MyStudio offers thousands of licensed karaoke tracks from EMI Music Publishing which allows a consumer to legally create a music video for public viewing online. Within minutes of recording, videos are automatically uploaded to the MyStudio.net website, which offers free member profile pages and video sharing in a social networking environment. At MyStudio.net, Members can enter contests, order a free DVD of their video, download MP3 audio files, access embed codes or print high resolution photos from their video. MyStudio locations are in Scottsdale, Arizona, West Hollywood, California and coming to New York this fall.

About the Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA)

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards recognizes and honors the music of visual mediums, the talented individuals responsible for selecting it, and the music of artists, both mainstream and independent, from around the globe. HMMA is the first music awards event to recognize and honor excellence in music supervision and to place video games alongside TV and film in terms of importance. Iconic artists will also be presented with a variety of awards, including an award for Outstanding Career Achievement in honor of their accomplishments and longevity in the entertainment field. The evening will feature live music performances, celebrity appearances, award presentations, an exclusive VIP reception, and a dinner banquet catered by Wolfgang Puck, Inc. The entire event will be shot with multiple HD cameras for digital and cable broadcast in 17 countries and U.S. territories (120 Million households).

About Studio One Media, Inc.

Studio One Media, Inc. (“Studio One”) is a diversified media and technology company with offices in Scottsdale, Arizona and West Hollywood, California. Studio One subsidiaries and divisions include Studio One Entertainment, Inc., MyStudio Recording Studios, MyStudio Music, Inc., MyStudio Management, Inc., and MyStudio Mastering. Over the last six years, Studio One and its wholly-owned subsidiary Studio One Entertainment, Inc., have been engaged in the research and development of proprietary, leading edge audio and video technologies for professional and consumer use. Studio One introduced its first groundbreaking product in September 2008, with the installation of its first MyStudio interactive audio and video recording studio in the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall. Studio One has completed multiyear agreements with EMI Music Publishing, The GRAMMY Foundation and Reality TV giant, Mark Burnett Productions.

For more info on the HMMA, visit:  www.hmmawards.com

For more info on MyStudio, visit:  www.mystudio.net

CHICAGO PRODUCER J. NOIZE WILL BE  FIRST ARTIST TO DROP — YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK,  FROM SOUL ELECTRIC RECORDS SCHEDULED  FOR FALL 2009

soul electricLegendary House Music producer Roy Davis, Jr. and long-time ally Los Angeles area club promoter and producer Juan Hoerni (pronounced Her-nee) have joined forces to create Soul Electric Records. Soul Electric, with offices based in Chicago and Los Angeles, will feature R&B, house, hip-hop and rap artists, along with special mix tape and dance remix projects. Soul Electric’s first release is Young, Gifted & Black by Chicago native J. Noize, who has a direct personal relationship with Davis and Hoerni.

Soul Electric Records is a logical extension of a 10-year professional and personal friendship between Davis and Hoerni. Davis is a highly respected house music producer and DJ hailing from Chicago, with an extensive production and dance remix track record involving virtually every key artist in urban music since the early 90’s. Hoerni is known for putting on innumerable concerts and parties throughout the greater Los Angeles region, as well as creator of Cha Cha Project Recordings.

“I had been doing work for a lot of different artists, and I reached a point where I wanted to do something different, more commercial…when it came to starting Soul Electric, I was looking for a partner. When I brought it up to Juan, he was anxious to be a part of it and said, ‘Whenever you’re ready to start, I’m ready’,” explains Davis about the creation of Soul Electric.

Davis and Hoerni pored over the details of their vision of Soul Electric Records and found a convenient first artist in Davis’ own brother, 24-year-old producer and rapper J. Noize. J. Noize (Jason Davis) had his own buzz in Chicago by virtue of winning various beat battles, including the influential Dynamic Producers 2005. The project, Young, Gifted & Black, is scheduled to hit retail and most major music download services in fall 2009.

Young, Gifted & Black bucks trendy “me-first” fare and offers insightful messages that emphasize family, community and a way out from a seemingly endless cycle of poverty, crime and corruption. The first single “Find Him” revolves around finding a positive direction in life and features the vocal strength of veteran R&B diva Terry Dexter. Prior to the release of “Find Him,” a remix tape is planned to help create a street buzz and awareness of Soul Electric Records and its roster, including J. Noize, hip-hop/R&B vocalist Manny and songwriter and artist D-Illa.

Davis admits to the luxury of having his younger brother J. Noize as the first artist on Soul Electric.

“The best first artist to work with was J. I worked with other artists – and there will be more artists to come – but since he was right there in my face and also putting out consistently good music, I felt he was a solid choice.”

Davis and Hoerni are Executive Producers of Young, Gifted & Black, as well as producers of several songs on the CD, while allowing J. Noize enough space to develop his musical dream. To that end, even more family is involved, including another brother, songwriter/artist D-Illa—whose soon to be released solo project is titled Products & Goods—and nephew Yung Nef (also a producer) who also contributed to the project.

Roy Davis, Jr. began his career as a DJ at the tender age of 12, and was influenced by local hometown Chicago house music spinners DJ Pierre, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Lil’ Louis and Marshall Jefferson. Davis quickly picked up the nuances of working a crowd and honed his craft to the point where he surpassed the aforementioned and rapidly became the go-to house and dance-remix producer/DJ in Chicago. Davis’ reputation spread around the world and he is now in demand in such places as Dubai, Tokyo, England, Australia and France. As his reputation grew, Davis was approached by numerous acts for his incendiary dance remixes, which have heightened visibility for the likes of Seal, Daft Punk, Jill Scott, Eric Benet, Terry Dexter, Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle,  and Christina Milian. In the summer of 2009, Davis released a well-received solo album, God, Life, Music, on the Chicago-based label Largetek. The experimental effort features R&B, Electronic dance, spacey hip-hop and more, with input by Chicago area artists Dexter, J. Noize, Yung Nef, XL, Manny and Erin Martin.

Juan Hoerni began his career as a publicist for a high-tech firm in Silicon Valley after graduating in 1998 from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Communications. The Mountain View, California native gravitated to music PR and concert promotion when he discovered that the high-tech field left him unchallenged.

“I used to produce radio shows at KMEL-FM and college radio stations. I took all that I learned and started DJ-ing in clubs in the area.”

A one-off house music concert booking turned into a full-time entrepreneurial adventure when Hoerni’s reputation grew as a major club event specialist. Hoerni is also the creator of Cha-Cha Project Recordings, an eclectic collection of experimental music that he wrote, produced and collaborated with several DJs, including DJ Spinna and Davis.

“I called Roy’s manager for an event I was throwing in 1999, and then I began using him all the time, because Roy knows how to get a crowd started,” Hoerni explains on how he and Davis met.

Davis elaborates, “Juan used to fly me out for weeks at a time, and I’d play at boat parties and huge warehouses that he would rent out. Our friendship grew throughout time, and then we eventually started producing records. We realized we had the same goals in common and liked the same broad range of music. So, we decided to go ahead, push the button and make it happen. It was always in the back of my head, when I was shopping J-Noize’s project around, to start a label.”

The idea of Soul Electric Records became reality in January 2009, and accelerated once J-Noize finished his solo effort.

“Soul Electric- the name itself- is not limited to hip-hop. It could be house, soul and other avenues, as long as it has substance and soul within it,” Hoerni concludes.

HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARD (HMMA) NOMINEE PROJECT LIONHEART IS SEATTLE’S RISING INSTRUMENTAL  HIP–HOP GROUP AND FEATURED ARTIST UNDER AMERICAN IDOLIST BLAKE LEWIS’ MYSPACE MUSIC PLAYLIST

HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARD (HMMA) NOMINEE PROJECT LIONHEART IS SEATTLE’S RISING INSTRUMENTAL HIP–HOP GROUP AND FEATURED ARTIST UNDER AMERICAN IDOLIST BLAKE LEWIS’ MYSPACE MUSIC PLAYLIST

Front and center on MySpace Music home page today is American Idolist Blake Lewis’ featured play list (http://music.myspace.com/). Among the artists Lewis highlighted were Seattle favorites Project Lionheart (PLH) (www.myspace.com/lionheartproductions) off Sound Records (www.soundrecordsmusic.com).

The Hip-Hop group also had the pleasure to work with Lewis as he is featured on one of PLH’s tracks, “My Eyes” off the re-released album The Art of Resistance Special Edition which is now available on iTunes. PLH and Lewis have also collaborated on live performances in Seattle which Lewis and front man of PLH Caleb Cunningham can be seen on YouTube rapping and singing to PLH’s “Hell Yeah” earlier this summer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKSYdqhnBrA).

PLH also received a nomination from the Hollywood Music and Media Awards

(HMMA) under the Hip-Hop category for their track also off The Art of Resistance Special Edition titled “The Way We Live.”  PLH are planning a tour in 2010 and coming to a city near you.