10 Questions with Mike Marino

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by Ryan Meehan

Mike Marino – affectionately known to thousands of his fans as New Jersey’s Bad Boy – he is one of the most unique comics of our time. He has performed in every major comedy club from New York to Los Angeles including: The MGM Grand, Catch a Rising Star, The Comic Strip, Stand Up NY, The Improv, Rascals and The Icehouse. Mike, who has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, can be seen nightly as a top headliner at both the world famous Laugh Factory and The Comedy Store in Hollywood.  Mike has appeared in over 200 national television commercials, and has received a Best Actor Clio Award Nomination. He has acted in many Prime Time soaps and television shows including: As the World Turns, One Life to Live, Becker, Nikki, Frasier and Party of Five. His film credits include Crooks, Pizza with Bullets, Hangin’ in Hedo and Steven King’s Lucky Quarter. After great success in film, theatre, commercials and soaps, Mike Marino began touring the country performing at countless comedy clubs and sold out theatres in the thousands. His stand-up material ranges from cutting edge observations of everyday life to his Italian family roots; which recently spun into a T.V. pilot called “Marino’s”. His comedic style has landed him guest appearances on The Tonight Show as a regular sketch player, The Martin Short Show, Comics Unleashed, The Boomer Show, Wild Pitch, Hand Held Comedy Radio and the Rascals Comedy Hour to name a few. In the Fall of 2008, Mike Marino was inducted into the New Jersey Comedy Hall of Fame. Mike has also been featured on numerous talk shows and has hosted some of the most prestigious award shows including The Beverly Hills Film Awards, Hoboken Film Festival, and the Montreal Quintus Film Festival. He has performed in hundreds of corporate functions for companies including AT&T, United Airlines, American Express, Paul Mitchell, IBM, Wella, Merrill Lynch, Sebastian Intl., Toyota, L.A.S.D., N.J. Asphalt Assoc., The City of Hope, OSIA, and the LAPD. Mike Has performed for numerous charities including Aids Project – LA, Haven House, Team earthworks, and the Eric Davis Cancer Fund. When Marino is not performing, he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family on the East Coast but thankfully he took enough time away from those recreational activities to be my guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

10 Questions with Justy Dodge

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by Ryan Meehan

Justy Dodge is a New York City based comedian who hails from the land of meth labs and wolf T-shirts also known as northern Minnesota. At age 20 she hopped a train to New York City to follow her dreams of blah blah blah…yeah, one of those stories. Justy draws her material from her past that most people would describe as “colorful”. Her ability to find the humor in the darkest of topics is what has made Justy a fast rising name in the New York comedy scene, and it’s landed her a spot as my guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

10 Questions with Jack Russell of Great White

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by Ryan Meehan

Musician Jack Russell of (Jack Russell’s Great White) has been through some hard times during his three-plus decades in the business, but he is one of the few artists from the hair-metal era that has stuck it out and survived. (Russell’s) voice comes from one of the most recognizable set of pipes in the industry, and has stayed every bit as refined as it was when they released their hit cover of the Ian Hunter classic “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” back in 1989.  After a troublesome legal debate over the rights to the name, Russell now tours with a group of talented musicians under the name “Jack Russell’s Great White”. The band will be playing at The Rock Island Brewing Company on Friday, July 24th, and tickets are available at Co-Op Tapes and Records for just $15. We’re excited to have  Jack Russell of Great White as our guest today in 10 questions.   Continue reading

10 Questions with Ty Reynolds of Dawty Music Group

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by Ryan Meehan

Founded in 2008, Dawty Music Group (DMG) is a production company based in San Diego, CA, where it continues to create music that expands well beyond its West Coast headquarters.  It is not often that you come across business partners so different culturally and ethnically, but at the same time so much alike in terms of talent and determination. You need only experience the hard hitting sounds these young men produce to understand what love for music really is. Armed with explosive tracks and mixing acrobatics, Dawty Music Group promises to keep you attuned and on the edge of your seats.  DMG has perfected their multitude of styles to develop a unique plethora of tracks from fresh Hip-Hop and Rap to R&B off-shoots with a lot of Pop music influence. DMG is not a stranger to hard work and best be described as resilient, hungry and focused. These gentlemen are destined to become a strong music production force that will not be denied success.  DMG incorporates actual musicians and songwriters who have been influenced by many, many successful artists. The innate ability of these young men to write, arrange and produce songs has driven them beyond the “auditioned producer” stigma to a rare find of young talent who create songs that not only reach people deep within, but also reach out to people as a source of inspiration.  In a world where artists and producers so often become discouraged and frustrated because of industry bureaucracies, DMG perseveres knowing that their attitudes are the only things they can truly control in life.  Since splashing onto the pop scene, Dawty Music Group has created tracks for a number of hit singles, particularly in Europe. The emerging production team has recently earned credits with Estelle, Janelle Monae, Ne-Yo, Mya, Teddy Riley, Wale, and Boyz II Men.  We are delighted to have Co-CEO Ty Reynolds as our guest today in 10 Questions. Continue reading

Daytrotter Artist Profile: Mike Gentry

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by Ryan Meehan

As the man who maintains the day-to-day recording sessions at Daytrotter’s Rock Island homebase recording facility, Mike Gentry has heard a wide variety of musical stylings as that establishment’s Chief Audio Engineer over the past seven years.  Mike honed his audio polishing skills at the word-famous Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences beginning at the turn of the century, dexterity that has proved to benefit all that have the pleasure of doing sessions at the Horseshack.  Daytrotter’s setup is very unique in the sense that all of the recordings are mixed live to two-track, meaning that Mike doesn’t use multi-track software or do any overdubs.  Everything including the vocals are cut as a live performance, and he records and masters anywhere from between thirty to fifty bands every month of the year which has amounted to over three thousand sessions.  From time to time Daytrotter does field recordings at festivals such as SXSW, Noise Pop, and Gentleman of the Road.  They’ve constructed a new recording facility across the river in Davenport, Iowa that was acoustically designed by George Augspurger and electrically by Soren Wittrup.  This state of the art facility will include a recording studio and a venue all within the same building, and that’s just one reason why Daytrotter has become so important to the Quad Cities and the artists travelling through the greater QC metropolitan area.  I am excited to have my close personal friend and Horseshack Chief Audio Engineer Mike Gentry of Daytrotter as the subject of today’s artist profile. Continue reading