Asbury Park independent record label Telegraph Hill Records have recently been cementing their reputation as one of the strongest for artists in the area. Their roster includes many bands that have made big strides on the scene in 2018 and have started to appear on best of end-of-year lists that have started to come out from music journalists. Today they are releasing a compilation of brand new singles from each of their artists.
I asked co-founder Matt Fernicola what he looks for when considering working with an artist. “It’s hard to boil it down to one thing when talking about what we look for in our artists. For us, it’s a combination of their live performances, songwriting, work ethic, and the way they evolve their songs in the studio.” He continued, “We want artists that put on a show that people talk about after the show is over but we also want people to be excited to listen to their recorded music to get a whole new experience with the music after the show. Above all, it’s the bands that understand how hard we all need to grind to “make it” in today’s music industry. Telegraph Hill wants to partner with the artists, and as partners we all need to put in the work needed to be successful.”
The artists on the compilation are a diverse and impressive array of talented musicians. From well-established acts in the area to those newer to the scene but with the skills to stand apart. If the album is any indication they will all certainly thrive in 2019.
The roster here is Lowlight, Des & The Swagmatics, Keith Egan, Mayay0 featuring Taylor Tote, Leah Voysey, Levy and The Oaks, Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son, Connor Bracken and The Mother Leeds Band, Natalie Farrell, Airacuda, The Foes of Fern, The Burns and Avery Mandeville. Whew! From alternative to soul to pop and electronic to heavier riffs and straight up rock and roll every song on the compilation is strong.
Why start a label and what can one bring to the established Asbury Park music scene? Co-founder Joe Pomarico “After working with Fern on many different recording projects over the years, ultimately managing one of his bands, we found ourselves in the thick of the Asbury Park Music Scene. When we realized what was happening around us, I felt the need to help all these talented local artists make a larger impact with their recorded music, as channels for major distribution seemed to be missing.”
“With the flood of artistic creativity and passion flowing down by the boardwalk, we’re hoping to bring a spotlight to the entire Asbury Park Music Scene. By creating a greater identity for what’s happening right now in our scene, we could help set up our artists for success and spread their stories/experiences on a bigger scale (especially when a lot of the bands talk directly in their lyrics about being performers in a scene).”
You will be able to see many of the label’s bands at two events in Asbury Park. What A Wonderful Year is a two-night event at the Wonder Bar on tonight and tomorrow with many local favorites including Lowlight, The Burns, Leeds, Des and the Swagmatics, and Bobby Mahoney and the Seventh Son. Then the always fun Another 90s New Year’s Eve at The Stony Pony with Natalie Farrell as Alanis Morrisette, Levy & the Oaks as Oasis and Avery Mandeville as Neutral Milk Hotel.
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