Adam Michael Rothberg is a singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is also a producer and recording engineer who has worked with Dar Williams, Bernice Lewis and others. This year Adam launched his first crowd funding effort in support of a CD he was already working on. Even though the campaign only ran for one month, he exceeded his financial goal, and as Adam shared in a recent interview, was a show of support by friends and fans above and beyond the funding aspect.
Experience of crowd funded campaign …
RO: You have recorded a couple of cds of your own music before and also produced for other artists, is this the first time you have used a crowd funding campaign and what did you think?
AMR: It was actually the idea of Neale Eckstein at Fox Run Studios in Sudbury MA, who I was working with on the CD. I didn’t expect much from it but gave it a try. It was gratifying. The public, supporters and friends expressed interest and really wanted the album. It was 80 % done when I launched the campaign, but it provided a forced end date. I wanted to deliver on the promised date to honor their support.
Adams influences include writers like John Hiatt and Steve Earle, the Beatles and Wilco, Randy Newman, Paul Simon, and Mark Knopfler. I asked him about the songs on this recording, “Soul of a Man” …
RO: Were these all new songs written just for this cd?
AMR: Some are brand new, some 5-6 years in the making. I like to live with songs. But sometimes they are instantaneous. It has been some time since the first album and second studio album. On one of the songs for this cd, the music was written 20 yrs ago. I was never really satisfied with the lyrics. I rediscovered the song and wrote new lyrics. Some of the music was recorded earlier for the first album and then we added new tracks using today’s technology.
RO: How do the recorded songs translate to live performance? Do you perform solo with one guitar?
AMR: For the CD release I will interpret with a full band. With the solo interpretation, it is like bringing it full circle. Initially I write on one guitar, but then the songs are produced with multiple instruments. The live performances have little pieces of both. The live shows are about taking risks. On one song, ‘Sanguin Sophia’, it features sax. But if I just was to play it live with Bobby Sweet, for example, he would interpret the sax part on Mandolin. I love the disparity between live and the recordings. Like listening to the out takes of the Beatles in the studio. They were taking chances. I think it is important to have a distinction between the live performances and the produced recordings.
Adam has performed with some great local and national artists including Joan Baez, Bill Morrissey, Cliff Eberhardt, Victoria Williams and Mark Olsen, Sloan Wainright, to name a few. This coming Friday, April 10, Adam will be opening for Duncan Sheik at Drury Performing Arts Center DPAC at Drury High School. For tickets follow this link.
Copies of Adam’s cd, “Soul of a Man” released this week, will be available at the show or you can contact Adam, order cd baby, or request as a download. www.amrsounds.com
At the age of 12 Mercedes, along with her sister Morgan, founded the all girl heavy metal band Kittie. Mercedes was 15 when they recorded and released their first Album “Spit” which was met with critical acclaim and was RIAA certified gold. Following on the success of “Spit”, 2002 saw the release of their sophomore effort entitled “Oracle”. Six albums and three EPs later Kittie has sold roughly 2 million albums Worldwide. Mercedes and her sister are currently writing a tell all book on the history of Kittie and will be releasing a Documentary on the band in 2016.
Mercedes is well known for her unique melodic, or musical, style of drumming and writing. She shares her thoughts on writing and recording and of course drumming, in this Youtube ‘Lesson Alley’ interview:
In October 2014, Mercedes was featured in Fierce Magazine online. Advice from this Rock Goddess… “Be the best you can be. Be persistent, and take other people’s negativity towards you and turn it into your driving force.”
We are looking forward to having Mercedes at RockOn Workshop this coming July.
Metal fusion guitarist Emil Werstler of Chimaira and Daath will also return in 2015 as a mentor July 13-24.
RockOn Workshop 2015! Its gonna Rock!!!
Violinist Alla Zernitskaya, Director of the Pittsfield High School Chamber Orchestra, will direct a two-week String Chamber Music Workshop at Berkshire Community College July 13-24 as part of Rock On 2015. The string chamber workshop will focus on lessons, coaching ensembles, and sight reading through repertory. Activities will also include performance classes in which the students will perform for each other with follow up discussion and feedback. This program is open to intermediate to advanced violin, viola, cello and double bass students ages 10-18. The string program will run in parallel with Rock On’s regular program of contemporary music performance and production. String players will have the opportunity to perform both classical and contemporary repertory.
The string program is being supported by RO founder Akiva Talmi. Mr. Talmi, who holds a BA and MS in Music Composition from Juilliard, sponsors the performances of young solo artists and college orchestras as part of the international tours he promotes.
Ms. Zernitskaya, founder and director of the PHS Chamber Orchestra, arrived in the USA from the former Soviet Union in 1990. Since then, she has gained national recognition as a highly esteemed and innovative pedagogue. In addition to receiving the 2007 Yale School of Music “Distinquished Music Educator Award”, the City of Pittsfield honored her in 1997 with its “ Most Valuable Teacher” award for her work with the PHS string program. Among the highlights of the numerous awards she has received is acknowledgement from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for her teaching excellence.
RockOn Registration opens March 1 ! Stay tuned ..
T Bone Daddy at Flavours
Saturday January 24 at 9:00pm
Come out and dance and melt away the Winter Blues!
75 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201 $5 Cover 21+
Sandy McKnight and the Idea
with The Matchstick Architects
Sunday Jan 25 @ 2:00pm
Fairways at the A
303 Crane Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201 $10 All Ages
Concert Window is an online music venue where musicians broadcast live shows to earn money and meet new fans. It is part of a new music industry with online distribution channels where artists to tap into large audiences, and actually generate income for their web content. Playing a show requires only a laptop, allowing artists to share a real-time experience with many more fans. More info…
stay tuned for more info!
new course and faculty announcements!
Local jazz, folk and blues artists – including Carlton Maaia II, Linda Worster, Charlie Tokarz, Jon Hadad, Andy Kelly, Between the Banks and Hal Lefferts– will perform for this holiday event. This year special guests will include the Gospel Gang who will share acoustic songs from the country gospel tradition.
November 26, 2014 7:00pm
First Church of Christ, 27 East Street Pittsfield, MA
* Free Will Donation *
* The proceeds benefit the Pittsfield Area Council of Congregation’s Fuel Assistance Fund.