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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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!
Interview with Tommy Cangemi
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Edie Carey's CD "Call Me Home" I produced, engineered, recorded, played several instruments on and co-wrote a few songs on it. I'm proud of it because, I pulled Sean Pelton (SNL) on the drums that we tracked over at Unique Studios in NYC, put them on my drive and moved my rig into a house on the coast of Maine that we stayed in for two months to record the CD. I asked T-Bone Wolk (Hall & Oats) to drive up and lay down some bass and more. Edie is the ultimate Singer Songwriter that LIVES THE MUSIC LIFE of writing, performing live everywhere and always touring. Her truth is all throughout her music and it was an honor to work with her.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: How much I actually do and am committed to.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Producing-Developing a talented artist starting on May 21st 2017 in the new studio!!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Not yet, brand new here.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Analog if we can but digital overall. Music has changed and our ears and listening preferences are changing with the times. It all really comes down to a good song, a great performance and vocal with a purpose for creating it. The only bad choices we make, are the ones we make for the wrong reasons!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: At playback/listen down you will feel inspired to keep going! You will be motivated and will say to yourself, WOW THAT'S ME, I SOUND GREAT!!! THIS IS GREAT! I'm comin' back Tommy-C!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Freedom of expression, toys, creativity and the relationships that I build through music.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Question: How much will this cost me. Answer: Let's talk and figure out a budget that you can afford and let's make a great record!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What would you like to accomplish with your music and with me?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: You will get what you pay for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: A solar powered Battery, Mac Pro filled with BFD and Plug-ins galore, Acoustic Guitar, Fender Strat, Neumann
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path was glam rock in the 80's to full pop rock in the 90's to producing upwards. Spanning well over 3 decades.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Organic, realist, natural, funny, fun, more fun, not to serious, dedicated, motivational, inspired!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: I'd love to work and write with Grace Potter because to me, she's got it all. The talent, that "TONE" in her vocal, the live experience and the life of music behind her and what's in front of her.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Learn how not to play, where not to sing and let it go so everything can flow the natural way.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Pop Rock, Singer/Songwriters
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I have many strong skills with one of my strongest skill sets is helping an artist be comfortable in front of the mic and as they create. I can pull from the artist things they never knew they had inside them.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring my decades of life, studio time, every live gig, all the different talent that I've been a part of working with. I am a multi-instrumentalist so I can cover most every instrument and if I can't play it, I pull from my roster of talented session players in NYC and LA.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: It all depends on the artist. Some artists come in to my private studio with just lyrics and I put the music together with them, some just music and we do lyrics, melodies together and so on. Everybody's different and has different needs. I try my best to just LISTEN!
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have a Pro Tools HD-2 set up and just built out a brand new space with Pro Tools HD 12 moving in! We have BFD with V-Drums and if the artist wants live drums my good friends live studio is just around the corner where we can track the kit there.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: The ones that continue! The artists that live eat and breathe their art and will stop at nothing to do it anywhere and everywhere!
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common type of work that I do today is in the field of Artists Development.