I've answered phones for, swept up studios, ordered lunch for & worked with, sat in on,written for and produced Pop Stars like Mandy Moore,(Crush) Willa Ford, (I Wanna Be Bad) LFO, (Life Is Good) Rich Cronin (Billion Dollar Sound) along with Singer Songwriters from N.Y.C. to LA. Today, I specialize in Artist Development.
It all began back in the 80's in my teens with a glam rock band signed to Mongol Horde Records. After that I helped form a rock act "Whats Up" in N.Y.C. that was signed to Image Records (Chrysalis Records). We were managed by the late great Bill Aucoin (Kiss, Billy Idol). I co-produced our debut CD along side of Bernard Edwards (Chic) at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, later on mixed at White Cloud Studios. We shared those few months tracking at Bearsville Studios with Deep Purple doing their Record as well. Tom Lord-Alge brought in his 6 space rack with what he chose to mix and work with and it was amazing to listen and see this. I've seen and learned a great deal about music, recording and development as a person and as an artist. You can can have all the gear in the world and the best looking studio in the world but if you don't have a good set of ears, you got nuthin' period. One of the most important things I've ever learned was from Bernard Edwards as he was teaching me the the bass line to "Freak Out" he said to me and I quote " Lemme tell you sumthin' my friend, nobody ever sees or hears the bass player, but they know when the bass stops playin'" He was teaching me "how not to play" and from there I know when to use certain gear and more importantly, when not to use certain gear! A lesson in producing that carries well over into this life!
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Reviews of Tommy Cangemi
Tommy achieves optimal levels of performance and accomplishment with his students. He shows a sincere interest in the people and brainstorms solutions. He lends support and guidance to when needed. Always smiling! Is highly respected by the music industry! Fantastic opportunities await you! What are you waiting for? Highly recommend!
I know Tommy for many years as a force in the New York music scene. Hard working, very talented, great knowledge of production and the technology that goes with it, super "ears" and a teriffic sense of humor. A patient and nice guy to work with.
Tommy knows his stuff. Great to work with and incredibly talented on many levels. One of the hardest working individuals in this industry. Would recommend Tommy to all I know!