Thanks to everyone who has supported Sonic Bloom so far!
Rocket Hub Fan Funding campaign launched.
3/19/2013 Rocket Hub Fan Funding campaign launched. Here is your first opportunity to PRE-ORDER Sonic Bloom on-line. 31 days to go!
CLICK HERE: http://www.rockethub.com/projects/21792 to watch a FUN video, read about the recording process and check out the incentives to support this project that has been almost 2 years in the making.
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Late Bloomer, Call Me and Better Half of Me are finished, and they sound awesome. 3 songs are mixed—8 more to go!
Rocket Hub is like Kickstarter, where fans get rewards with each donation, like homemade burned CD's with rarities, guitar picks, t-shirts, posters, original artwork and even a guitar. What's different about Rocket-Hub is that your donations are A) tax-deductible B) and whether or not I reach my goal, I will get to use the donations to use for recording. They do not revert back to the donor. I will keep you posted and share a tune when we launch the fan-funding campaign.
I love share this music that I create with those who will connect to it and embrace it.
We are getting very close to our goal of May for the CD release.
12/28/12 We will be mixing at Cowboy Technical Services on January 10th
I can hardly believe it...this is actually happenning...and I couldn't have done it without your help!
We are finally going to mix three songs— Late Bloomer, Call Me and Better Half of Me. I can't wait to hear how they sound coming out of the monitors over the console. I can't wait to hear how they sound blaring from my I-Pod into my ears.
Roscoe, Tim and Mario at CTS are going to really make this album sound great. A single is in the works, so that everyone can hear how the recording is coming along. It is so important to me that the friends of Sonic Bloom to get to listen to some tunes. I will definitely need more help with funds to finish mixing, and to pay for packaging. I have some really cool artwork planned.
8/16/2012 So far, we're getting a lot done in the studio!
This record is gonna ROCK! IT ALREADY DOES! It's a little Beatles, a little Eagles, a lot of great vibe.
Homeboy Steve has added some great guitar parts that have given the tunes a uniquely driving Antonakos sound. We had two differrent drummers on the sessions, Kenny Soule and Tom Curiano, both are seasoned pro's and they've got great grooves along with Skip Ward on bass tracks. And, on this Eric Ambel produced recording you can expect some select licks from Roscoe himself. Harley Fine has played some great Hammond B3 that'll make you either wanna go to church, or put on your roller skates. Next week Ms. Shannon Brown and Mr. Kenny Soule (of Trailer Radio) will be singing some fine background vocals, and the illustrious Skip Krevens will lay down some pedal steel. Yep, there's two Skips on this record. More cool stuff is in the works, then its artwork, mixing, mastering and pressing of the CD's. I can't hardly wait! I am aiming for an October release, but this stuff takes time, and er...money. Some of the grants I applied for didn't come though, but we're still chugging along.
There are so many musicians from the New York City area who love and play Americana music, which is a blend of folk, country, and rock. I have been frequently asked why is it that a nice Jewish girl who grew up on Long Island, NY chose to write this kind of music, which sometimes sounds like classic country and old time music? My work is a result of our evolving culture and traditional music themes often used in songwriting in Americana music such as heartache, loss, struggle, aging and death, appeal to me.
Being vulnerable, demonstrating my preoccupation with loss, and vocalizing my feelings with song elevates constant internal conflicts into craft. I love to share this music that I create with those who will connect to it and embrace it.
Sonic Bloom has been generously supported by the Sparkplug Foundation, NYFA Strategic Opportunity Stipend, Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance (funded by the JP Morgan Chase Fund and Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone), ASCAP Plus, The "RockDoc", and many generous individual fans like you! With this funding I have so far been able to record basic tracks for 11 songs at Cowboy Technical Services studio with Roscoe Ambel at the helm.
I hope this has shed some light on my work, if it hasn't bored you to tears!