LA-based Thick as Thieves sound incorporates intention-filled rap verses and uplifting catchy choruses with dual vocals, all brought to life by sinuous stalking rhythms. They’ve toured nationwide in college markets, opening for national favorites such as Imagine Dragons, Nas, Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun, Sean Kingston, Matt & Kim, Young the Giant, The New Boyz, among others. At home, they’ve played at many of the world famous Sunset Strip venues such as the House of Blues, Troubadour, Whiskey a Go Go, and The Roxy. Thick as Thieves continues to pursue their path as innovators in support of their recently released EP “These Days.” Currently, the band is in the studio, writing and recording new music for an upcoming 2014 winter release. To hear their music and see their videos, go to thievesmusic.com.
Jeff Hirshfield is a native New Yorker who grew up on Long Island and began his jazz education after high school by working and traveling with some of the jazz greats. Since then he has continued to do extensive touring worldwide as well as conducting workshops and masterclasses focusing on the art of group interaction and the importance of listening. He has played on over 325 recordings, including projects he has co-led: Cloning Americana (Billy Drewes, Gary Versace, Scott Lee), ETC (Fred Hersch, Steve LaSpina), Loose Cannon (Tim Berne, Michael Formanek), and Lan Xang (David Binney, Donny McCaslin, Scott Colley).
Performance and recording credits include; Jim Hall, Toots Thielemans, Charlie Mariano, Joe Lovano, Red Rodney-Ira Sullivan, Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, Dr. John, Jerry Bergonzi, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Orchestra, John Taylor, Randy Brecker, John Zorn, Mose Allison, Bennie Wallace, Bob Brookmeyer, Paul Bley, Eliane Elias, Mike Mainieri, Gary Peacock, Tim Berne, Woody Herman Orchestra, Tom Harrell, Fred Hersch, Mike Stern, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joe Diorio, Bob Belden, Joey Calderazzo, Eddie Daniels, Bob Berg, James Moody, Harold Danko, Ray Anderson, Tal Farlow, Marc Copland, Dave Liebman, David Binney, George Garzone, Michael Formanek, Loren Stillman, Jamie Baum, Daniel Schnyder, Ed Simon, Ben Monder, Greg Osby, John Lewis, Tim Hagans, Chris Potter, Slide Hampton, Joe Henderson, Rich Perry, Jazz Composers Collective, George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Wayne Krantz, Frank Kimbrough, Bill Frisell, George Colligan, Richie Bierach, Adam Rogers, Benny Golson, U.S. State Department Jazz Ambassadors and many others.
Endorsement agreements with: Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks, Drum Workshop Drums and Hardware, Evans Drum Heads, Puresound Snare Wires, and Mono Cases.
Rob is an established producer, writer, musician and filmmaker, with experience spanning many years in the business.
His three-decade career in the entertainment industry is a direct result of his ability to consistently create uncontrived works that inspire people.
Couldn't imagine going a day without them!
Paul Von Mertens is a Chicago-based composer/arranger and a performer on saxophone, flute, clarinet and harmonica. He has played and recorded with a variety of artists including Mavis Staples, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Stereolab, The Sea and Cake, Poi Dog Pondering, Broken Social Scene, Wilco, and Mono. He has been member of the Brian Wilson Band since 1999 and is currently music director. Paul joined Brian for the Beach Boys 50th anniversary tour in 2012 as co-music director.
Paul has written arrangements, orchestrations and performed for Brian Wilson's tour and Grammy-winning recording of "Smile", the Pet Sounds Tour, "Live In London" "Gettin' In Over My Head", "That Lucky Old Sun" "Wilson Reimagines Gershwin" and Brian's latest recording "In The Key Of Disney".
His arrangement of "Dvorak Re-mix Fantasy" was premiered at Orchestra Hall with Poi Dog Pondering and the Chicago Sinfonietta in 2005, and "Carmen Remix" in 2007.
Writing credits include music for Steppenwolf Theater, the Peabody Award-winning documentary "The Lost Children of Rockdale County"and "Merchants of Cool" for Frontline, and the long-running "Workplace Essential Skills" for PBS.
Paul and his wife, Cynthia Von Orthal, have created original puppet musicals "Akuba's Dream" "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "Tara's Story" for their own company, Von Orthal Puppets.
Very simple in design and low-profile. Since there are many products available that sound good, details like cabling and fit are important to me. I also like the fact that they can be used very effectively as generic fitting ear buds or custom fitted with molds."
Jon Cobert is a New York-based composer/arranger/pianist/session keyboardist/vocalist. He began his career recording and playing live with John Lennon (you can see him in the movie "Imagine"). Other recording and touring credits include John Denver, Harry Chapion, Dion, among others. He has played with Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Richie Havens, Taj Mahal, John Mellencamp, and many more. He recently appeared at Madison Square Garden in the tribute to Pete Seeger's 90th birthday concert. Since 1988, Jon has been working with Tom Chapin, recording, touring, writing and arranging, and producing. He has earned 5 Grammy nominations for his work as producer on Tom's recordings.
Hey guys! My name is Jeremy Davis and I am a 21 year old drummer from Lexington, South Carolina. I have been playing drums for about 14 years and I utilize every moment I can as a learning opportunity and a practice experience. I play drums in many settings. Some of those settings being: my youtube drumming, performing at churches, and playing in a touring band.
Throughout all of these situations I put all my effort into every performance and leave all of my energy on stage. Whether I am recording Youtube videos: playing to a camera, playing to 5 people at a concert or 5,000 people, every setting gets the same energy level out of me.
From 1986 to 2006, John Emrich was a member of the United States Navy Band. While with the Navy, John performed throughout the world including performances for Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, Pope John Paul II, The Crown Prince of Norway and visiting heads of state. After retiring from the Navy, John was able to devote his time to advancing the field of electronic drumming.
John has produced sample libraries on FXpansion's BFD2/Eco platform receiving worldwide critical acclaim. He has also produced samples and recordings for companies like Modern Drummer, Cymbal Masters, Wavemachine Labs, Mapex, Alesis, Pearl, Yamaha, and Zildjian.
John is also a contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine with product reviews and articles and he continues to advance the overall development of electronic percussion as a consultant for many of today's top companies.
Eric Moore is a Professional Touring Drummer with Infectious Grooves and Suicidal Tendencies. He is well known for winning the 2004 Guitar Center National Drum Off.
Joey Zak has been touring the country playing drums for the past 10 years. You can see him performing with his current band Dorydrive. Dorydrive has played with artist like Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, Papa Roach, James Durbin, Candlebox, Sevendust, Hinder, 12 Stones, Shinedown, Taproot, Fuel, Puddle of Mudd, Silver Sun Pick-Ups and many more! Joey has played drums with artists such as Eli Mattson (2008 NBC's Americas Got Talent runner-up) Joan Red, Marashino, as well as many studio sessions. Joey has appeared on multiple CBS stations, was a 2008 receiptent of a WAMI award for best drummer, and has also been featured in Modern Drummer magazine. Joey is currently a Ddrum endorsed artist and uses the ER•4PT ear buds live and in the studio.
Shok is a producer, musician, multi-instrumentalist. His use of bass guitar, guitar and even live drums (including live tambourine) and his own voice as backing vocals, set his sound apart from the usual fully electronic remix.
Notable remixes include Fischerspooner, The BellRays (Lisa K of The Basement Jaxx), Nick Cave and Warren Ellis's Grinderman, Mirah, KMFDM, Combichrist, Fun Lovin Criminals, Isaac Hayes & Burt Bacharach, Godhead, autoKratz, featuring bassist, Peter Hook (Joy Division / New Order), Daniel Myer's Architect and Haujobb.
Recently having wrapped a mix for the new UK sensation, Queen Of Hearts, he is currently remixing Neil Finn (Crowded House, Split Enz) for the Pajama Club album, Max Pashm and Gotye.
Production and collaborative credits include work with Josie Cotton, Lady Gaga, DJ Superstar Keoki, L7's Donita Sparks, Traci Lords, Douglas McCarthy (Nitzer Ebb), Technical Itch and Daniel Ash (Bauhaus / Love And Rockets).
Shok has composed music for Nickelodeon cartoons, A&E’e Biography, Paramount Pictures, Fox, Miramax, M. Night Shyamalon, PS3, Newgrounds and Michael Bay’s Transformers in a musical collaboration with Adam Freeland, Bassbin Twins and Alex Metric.
He has been the drummer of Mount Sims and Thrill Kill Kult and is presently a member of Juno Reactor, Red Light District (1920s, 30s neo-vaudeville cabaret vs. a time machine), Zeitmahl and also Tres Vampires, a project with Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde and David J. of Bauhaus / Love And Rockets set for release 2012.
I'm a UK musician, composer, producer and very occasional DJ based in Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire.
I co-founded Fila Brazillia with David McSherry in 1990 with whom I released 10 lp's and produced over 70 remixes for artists such as Radiohead, Busta Rhymes, Black Uhuru, Simple Minds, A Certain Ratio and Moloko.
Prior to this I was signed to Big Life records as one half of Ashley and Jackson. A group that enjoyed moderate success in the late eighties and had a minor hit with 'Solid Gold', which went to number 3 in Austria. On a trivial note, the A&R man that signed us is head of Universal now.
My other writing and production collaborations include Heights of Abraham with ex Chakk members Sim Lister and Jake Harries; J*S*T*A*R*S with Lister and The Cutler with Dave 'Porky' Brennand . I also released two solo lp's and as The Solid Doctor and a selection of remixes under my own name. I've written and recorded with Cabaret Voltaire's Steven Mallinder under the guise of 'Hey Rube'. Our debut lp 'Can You Hear Me Mutha?' was released in October '12.https://soundcloud.com/heyrube.Adam Regan from Different Drummer and Leftfoot in Birmingham is also a regular collaborator. The project is entitled 'Chieftain' and aimed fairly and squarely at the dance floor. Digi ep released last year. CD to be released in '13.
I co-produced Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli's debut solo l.p. 'The Twilight Singers' in 2000 and also co-wrote and produced Three White Roses and a Budd ep with Bill Nelson and avant garde American composer Harold Budd. I worked extensively with old chum Darren Emerson on his solo lp, in an engineering and writing capacity. Looking ahead,I'm off to France to work with ex Cocteau Twin Robin Guthrie in a couple of weeks.
My work has been used on a wide array of international film and television programs. From Sex and the City and CSI Miami to Blue Peter and Homefront in the Garden, my PRS statements are testament to the wide appeal of my back catalogue.
'Loose Nuke Threat' by J*S*T*A*R*S was used on two extensive UK advertising campaigns for John Lewis in 2005/2006 and Fiat in 2011. Nokia used Motown Coppers by Fila Brazillia on an international campaign in 2010. Two international feature films by Stacy Peralta - Riding Giants & Dogtown and Z Boys also feature Fila tuneage.
I've DJ'd on every continent but Africa and performed live and extensively toured both Europe and the States with Fila Brazillia.
As you can gather, I have a wide range of production, writing and engineering skills.
I'm currently represented by Roberto Neri at Eagle I publishing.
Ron Gannaway started out playing rock and top 40 before he started playing drums for country legends Tom T. Hall and Mel McDaniel in the 80's. Since the early 90's he has worked with Steve Wariner, Bill Anderson, Ricky Van Shelton and Joe Nichols before working with Gretchen Wilson.
Born and raised in the "Live Music Capital of the World," Abe The Assassin is no stranger to music. Abe grew up in, and eventually ran the family record store in Austin, Texas. He was dubbed, "The Assassin" for simply "killing" the club, wowing the audiences since day one behind the decks. Abe has been tapped by the biggest hip hop and top 40 KiSSFM stations in Austin to be featured as on air talent, as well as being featured on the small screen as the tv and real life DJ for hit NBC drama, 'Friday Night Lights'. Abe The Assassin is no stranger to accolades, having been tagged as a Scion Emerging Artist, won numerous best of Austin nightlife related awards, and being in demand at some of the best clubs in Austin and around the country as one of the most diverse, sought after DJs in Texas. His biggest award to date is taking home the crown at the 2012 Red Bull Thre3style regional in his hometown, with the national title in his sights. Recognizing his skill, Abe was recruited to the Free Agent Management roster of artists and has since performed at nationally known venues and includes major corporate events like Super Bowl XLV, Bud Light's private island in the Carribbean, BCS national championship, and more. Abe also co produces a party that's arguably the unofficial kickoff to the SXSW music week for the last few years, the Assassin Entertainment/Free Agent Management Showcase. Looking towards the future, expect more mixtapes, bigger clubs, and many, many more press clippings. Sonically speaking, Abe The Assassin is just that. Capable of making dance floors across the country, young to old, square to hip, a target of his musical massacre.
Ernie Becquer started his musical journey when he was a young boy. His grandmother, Ubalda, exposed him to her favorite Cuban music and planted the seeds of Son, Bolero, Cha Cha, Mambo and many other types of Cuban music in his heart. He grew up listening to that music and it influenced him tremendously. Ernie also was inspired by his other grandmother, Anita, who was a poet, painter and artist who painted 100's of paintings, recorded several records, many poems and a children's book called "Nachito". She encouraged Ernie to pursue his passion for music. Ernie is constantly searching for knowledge and history to expand his musicianship. His grandmothers can be credited for his passion for music and his constant journey of musical growth.
Ernie has lived in San Diego for more than 15 years, and his talent continues to be sought after by the top Salsa and Latin bands throughout California. His steady meter and passion for the conga is evident in his performances. He has performed all over the United States, Mexico, Central America and recently became the first Toca Percussion Artist to perform Salsa in Lagos, Nigeria (Africa). "It's a blessing to be able to perform and express yourself through music," says Ernie.
Ernie has performed and shared the stage for some of the biggest names in the business, including the late Ray Barretto, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz and Cachao, as well as Oscar D' Leon, Irakere, Cubanismo, Luisito Carrion, Son by 4 and Tito Nieves. "When you perform and share the stage with your musical heroes you can't help but be honored," says Ernie. "I am very thankful."
Jon Davison's earliest involvement with music began when he sang in the church youth choir led by his mother. From an early age, she instilled in him an appreciation for music and love for singing. Soon after he took up guitar and bass, which eventually led him during high school to perform in various original and cover bands with his childhood best friend, Taylor Hawkins (currently the drummer for Foo Fighters). Jon is currently an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist musician, and the current lead vocalist of progressive rock bands Yes (since 2012) and Glass Hammer (since 2009). He has also been the bass guitarist of Sky Cries Mary.
Jeff Glidden has been a professional drummer since the age of 12 and has played virtually every genre of music, from eclectic jazz to new country. He's had the pleasure of opening for/sharing the stage with/jamming with/recording with some amazing talent: Michael McDonald (Steely Dan, Doobie Bros.), Willie Nelson & Family, Donna Jean Godchaux, Vince Welnick, and Tom Constanten of The Grateful Dead, JGB, members of The Allman Bros. Band, Jim Weider's Project Percolator, Charlie Daniels, members of Phil Lesh & Friends, Keith Urban, Jon Fishman of Phish, Rodney Holmes of Santana/Steve Kimock Band fame, members of Blues Traveler, Gov't Mule, Barbara Mandrell, Karl Denson, members of The Steve Kimock Band...the list goes on and on. Jeff's currently endorsed by Sabian cymbals, Vic Firth drumsticks, Sonor drums, Kelly SHU, ButtKicker low-frequency transducers, K&K triggers/mics, Etymotic in-ear monitors, and Evans drumheads. Jeff's recent highlights include the CD "Night Blooming Cereus," by The Sumner McKane Group. 'ECHOES,' National Public Radio's highly acclaimed music program, placed the CD in their Top 25 Listeners' Poll for 2006 (www.echoes.org) and placed it at number four in their Essential CDs of 2006. The CD also recently placed #58 in ECHOES Top 200 CDs of The Past Twenty Years Listeners Poll.
Currently freelancing, The Time Traveler and Human Metronome is available for any musical situation.
Lady D spent her childhood in Chicago studying theater, music and dance at an early age. Several years of performing paid off in commercials and a movie with Morgan Freeman and Cicely Tyson. Moving on to high school, college and grad school, she left her acting days behind her to explore science. Eventually she found her way back to the creative arts to become a premier DJ.
Darlene Jackson aka Lady D is a pillar of the Chicago House community. She's been a constant player at every relevant House club to rise (and often fall) in the city. She has played extensively throughout North America (Canada, US & Mexico) and globally in Russia, Asia, and parts of Europe. She's appeared at numerous festivals including Lollapalooza's 20th Anniversary on Perry's stage alongside Skrillex, Afrojack and others because she is a performer of the highest caliber. Fierce, sexy and classy, Lady D knows how to move the masses.
A media darling, Lady D has enjoyed covers and features in UR, New City, Billboard, Spin, Chicago Mag, iDJ, Urb, XLR8R, Mixer, Venus, DMA, and been the subject of radio broadcasts stateside (NPR) and overseas (Galaxy Radio UK) and documentaries such as: Midnite Madness, Girl The Movie, Slipcue, Godfather of Disco, Maestro and more.
Ross Lahey is an instrument and backline tech currently working with both Bonnie Raitt and Furthur. Based in the San Francisco area, he also serves as a production and stage manager and has worked with Brian Wilson, Stevie Nicks, Gloria Estefan, Phil Lesh, Tom Petty, Black Crowes, among many others.
Owner/Founder of The Daily Swarm. A seasoned writer, publisher, event organizer, and new media professional who brings a cutting-edge approach to the creation of innovative publications, internet properties, and live productions.
Richard Rainey is an Irish producer/mixer. Based in London, he has produced and mixed records with a wide range of artists from U2, Paul McCartney, Mansun, Mando Diao and The Aliens to The Beautiful South and Zucchero. He has also produced soundtracks for TV, mixed concerts in 5.1 for DVD and remixed club tracks as one half of dance duo Quincey and Sonance. Richard has worked extensively with U2 over the last 12 years including engineering both the recent No Line on the Horizon album and the 11 million selling All That You Can't Leave Behind which he won 3 Grammys for. He has also mixed many of their live performances for TV and radio and completed a year on tour with them as a monitor engineer on their record breaking 360 World Tour.
Steve Elliott Smith is best known as the drummer for Journey and one of the top drummers of all time. The Berklee grad emerged as a jazz drummer touring with Jean-Luc Ponty, but it was his time with rock band Journey that put him on the map. He's since played in sessions and on stage with a who's-who of jazz, rock, pop, world and other artists. Today, he leads his own jazz band, Vital Information. Steve uses Etymotic ER•4s as his in-ear monitors.
Whether at a music venue or in the studio, Tyler strives to provide the best possible audio to a wide range of talented musicians, producers, and artists. Currently, Tyler could be found at front-of-house, mixing concerts for artists like Steve Smith & Vital Information, Hiromi and Nelson Rangell, as well as at home in Denver, recording and mixing a wide variety of pop, rap, rock, and jazz.
From the streets of Chicago, to the rainforests of Cameroon, Earl's multicultural blend of music has touched millions of listeners with the message of inclusiveness and respect for each other's heritage.
As a multi platinum recording artist, Earl has provided 96 songs for Oprah, Dr. Oz, and Harpo Radio, from Maya Angelou's "Human Family Remix" to Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy's production of "The Hush Sound" with Shawn O'Keefe. Earl's hit song "Yakaleo" with French sensation "Nomads" earned a Diamond Record for it's success throughout Central Europe and North Africa.
His drumming career includes performances with Cyndi Lauper, Master Griots Dialy Mady Cissoko and Morikeba Kouyate, Poi Dog Pondering and The Chicago Symphony Orchestra to name a few.
Earl's expertise with Rhythm stems from years of touring, and constant study including Central African traditional styles from Cameroon.
"Earl has a fluidity as a musician that can't help but inspire others. Be it rock and jazz or the poly-rhythms of Cameroon, Talbot is capable of most anything percussive.
His real talent, however, is his inexhaustible patience and enthusiasm for music. Any student of his is lucky."
~ Patrick Stump, "Fall Out Boy" at The Drum School with Earl Talbot
I use ER•4's exclusively for my amazing 'in-ear monitor situation'. On stage I've got no more need for a loud wedge that competes with my own drum volume levels. In studio I've got a true reference, and record and mix at low volume levels- perfect! I love being able to work for hours, and when I 'un-plug' my Etymotic products, the world sounds the same as it did before I started. I can't believe I used to rock without protection, but now I'm at ease and can enjoy listening for the rest of my life."
Drummer Dan Wojciechowski currently plays in Peter Frampton's band. He got his start in the 90's when he worked on The Backstreet Boys 'Millenium' CD. He later recorded the song 'On The Side Of Angels' with LeAnn Rimes, and continued on an extensive tour with her. An in-demand studio and side musician, Dan played on various recordings and gigs over the years and tours the world with Olivia Newton-John and The Andy Timmons Band, both of whom have recently released live concert DVD's. ??He can also be heard on countless commercials and music for radio and TV: CNN, FOX, ABC, NBC, CBS, and most recently, shows such as: 'Dancing With The Stars' and a trailer for the television show 'Heroes'. His movie soundtrack credits include: 'Good Will Hunting', 'Quest For Camelot', 'Driven', 'Angel Eyes', and 'Land Before Time', among others.