from the megatrax newsletter: catching up with la riot’s chris lang & eric cunningham

l-r, megatrax’s jc dwyer with eric cunningham & chris lang Catching up with Chris Lang and Eric Cunningham, the Producers behind Megatrax’s LA Riot catalog. In 1992, Chris Lang and Eric Cunningham created the brand LA Riot, naming it after the riots that had just left bullet holes in the door of their original studio. In 2006, the Chronic Music and Killer Edge founders signed the LA Riot catalog with Megatrax, and the urban, youthful tracks in this high-energy catalog have turned the volume on Megatrax’s offerings up to eleven. We managed to grab a few moments with Chris and Eric recently to talk about LA Riot and their history in […]

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The Value Of A Great Recording Engineer

It will be 40 years ago this June that I first went into a recording studio. It was called Track Studios in Silver Spring, MD, and to me it looked like the inside of a jet cockpit. The unmistakable odor of cork on the walls made an indelible impression on my sense of smell. When I saw where I would be “working” (the beautiful grand piano), I thought I had died and gone to heaven. The band I was recording with was much older than me and had recorded before. But as it was my first recording experience, I was soaking it all in and watching everything the engineer and […]

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amazon to apple: hey, you, get off of my cloud

The future of media storage an access is here, and it’s called the cloud. What might strike some as more shocking than the idea that we live in an era where you can access files you own from multiple devices anywhere you go, though, is that it looks like Amazon might have beat monolithic Apple to the punch with adopting a technology, and the ripples my edge Android phones and other non-Apple products ahead with music lovers. Says David Pogue for the New York Times: Amazon’s big idea is that instead of sitting on your computer, your music collection will sit online ( or “in the cloud,” as hipsters insist […]

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catch megatrax’s phil macko on the sales sense show

Megatrax’s VP of Sales, Phil Macko, appeared on the Sales Sense Show on Blog Talk Radio this month. Use the player below to listen! Listen to internet radio with Sales Sense Show on Blog Talk Radio

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five questions with… marquee artist darby orr

Marquee Music artist Darby Orr took some time to answer our five questions this week, sharing a little about his musical background and the work he’s done for Megatrax. Megatrax: Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got into music? Darby Orr: I’m from Dallas, Texas and grew up in a house where there was always music playing – either my mom playing Gershwin on the piano or my brother and me blasting Beatles records.  After the usual years of garage bands and cover bands I had a band signed to CBS.  From that I was signed as a staff writer/producer at Sony and they moved […]

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megatrax to toast 20 years of independence at nab

Production Music Leaders Bring Anniversary Celebration to Las Vegas MARCH 23, 2011 – North Hollywood – Megatrax Production Music, the leading independent production music source for film, broadcast, advertising and multimedia, has been celebrating their 20th Anniversary since 2011 commenced, and next month they’re bringing the party to the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas. On Monday, April 11, Megatrax execs will host a champagne toast in their booth, SL9115 in the South Lower Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Vice President of Sales, Phil Macko, will kick things off at 4:00 p.m. with a short speech and the presentation of the winner of the recent […]

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eminem beats universal music in court

Will Eminem’s victory over Universal in their royalties dispute change the music business? Some think it will. ABC News reported yesterday that “The Supreme Court won’t get involved in a fight between Eminem’s former production company and Universal Music Group over downloads of the rapper’s songs and ringtones.” Mike Masnick clarified the significance of the decision for TechDirt: For a few years now, we’ve followed the lawsuit between Eminem and Universal Musicconcerning digital royalties. The basics are that the record labels offer incredibly low royalties on sales of music media, such as CDs. However, when it came to “licensing” music (generally for movies or commercials or whatever), it offered a much higher […]

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megatrax’s aircast production division and the history channel’s “american pickers”

Megatrax’s Aircast Production division has been uploading some great examples of their recent work to their YouTube channel at www.YouTube.com/aircastcsd, and one of the cool pieces they shared recently is a promo they created for the History Channel’s “American Pickers.” Take a look here:

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the latest from the aircast blog: if you don’t have a good song

I had breakfast this morning with a couple of good friends. These guys aren’t just friends, they’re mentors to me in many ways (though I would never want them to know that!). But they each have made their mark on the music industry with iconic popular records and songs through the years. Their successes and associations span 50+ years and touch many other music legends who are no longer with us. They’ll remain nameless so they won’t get a big head if they read this . Given their history, I think it’s safe to say their observations about the music industry past and present have validity. Nashville, my current home, […]

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video from the megatrax/la riot party at lucky strike

Megatrax and the LA Riot crew partying at Lucky Strike in Hollywood.

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