WRECKORDS RECORDS – Brooklyn's Own Label
The Wreckords Records Story:
Wreckords Records, Inc. was created in Brooklyn, NY in 1994 by Anthony J. Foti and Eric Blackwood (New York City singer/songwriters) to feature and track local New York musicians' releases. About a year after the company's inception, Eric left the firm to pursue other interests, leaving Anthony to run the company since. Wreckords Records is a recognized publishing firm of ASCAP and Anthony is a member both as a songwriter and the record company's president.
As President of Wreckords Records, Anthony studied at Pace University for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Studies (class of 1989, Summa Cum Laude, Valedictory graduate) receiving a Concentration in Musical Studies from its Dyson School of Arts & Sciences with a 4.0 G.P.A. This study included: history of jazz, history of rock & roll, music theory, songwriting & classical appreciation. Anthony has worked as a morning DJ for WPUB, 640 AM, guest starred on Manhattan College Radio, & formed the professional disc-jockey service, Skyline Sounds. He has been the President of TEMPO, Pace's music club, producing shows for charities including the United Way, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy & the Lighthouse for the Blind while performing for four years at the Schimmel Center for the Arts in Manhattan (home of James Lipton’s Inside the Actors Studio). As the president of TEMPO, he organized all musical events for the university: recruiting its talents, public relations, publicity, rehearsal & performance.
Personally, he has played the Village scene from Kenny's Castaways to The Bitter End, been featured on WWOR-TV UPN 9, had articles spotlighting his writing & performance appear in newspapers & magazines from New York to Switzerland, has been commissioned to sing the National Anthem at varied political fundraisers, including accompaniment by renown New York Yankees/Rangers organist Eddie Layton, has sat in, performing jazz classics, with Louie Prima's & Sammy Davis, Jr.'s legendary guitarist/mandolinist/trombonist Joe "Matty" Maranzino, has worked with Terry King of Drifters & Temptations fame, & has done freelance vocal work with songwriter Alan Baboff (Chaka Khan) & for famed NYC Broadway/TV/Film Score Producer Michael Kingsley.
After graduation from college, the concentration of crafting this smaller Indie Label to produce independent albums for New York based acts went forward. Historically, the label has released work by the progressive acoustic duo “Blackwood & Foti,” Anthony's pop solo work, as well as the New York based singer/songwriter rock band, “CLOSENUF.”
The recordings of Wreckords Records have been offered solicitation by noted entertainment attorneys Eve Nelson (sister of Judd Nelson) & the firm of Jacobson & Colfin (attorneys for Toni Braxton & Johnny Winter), as well as CPI Talent Exposure Services, Amerecord Records, Rodell Records, Wright Stuff Records, Sexy Killer Records, ANTV, North Coast Stars, Nextposure, Octobertunes, Black Rose Productions, Bill Jerome Promotions, Pic Hitz Entertainment, & Big Noise Promotions, granting the label the opportunity to showcase for major labels.
Appearing on Wreckords Records releases are: Drummer Vinny Conigliaro (who has toured with Joe Lynn Turner & Joe Satriani), Guitarist Al Pitrelli (most noted for his work with Asia & Alice Cooper), Guitarist Jeff Munzert (from Jim Messina's troupe), Saxophonist 'Screamin' Steve Barlotta (musical director for Gary U.S. Bonds), Saxophonist Robert Randazzo (composer for Marvin Hamlisch), Award Winning Coloratura Soprano Phyllis Falletta, Producer Dave Greenberg (background vocalist for Van Morrison & the leader of the Woodstock band Sly Boots), Producer Al Greenwood (keyboardist for Foreigner), Producer John Abbott (whose credits include Dionne Warwick & Jim Stafford), Producer Steve Jerome (whose credits include Neil Diamond, Simon & Garfunkel, The SugarHill Gang, The Left Banke, & many others), & Producer Steve 'Woody' La Cerra (EQ Magazine editor, & soundman for Blue Oyster Cult).
Noted accomplishments for this Indie Label include: From Blackwood & Foti's June 1994 EP release, "Haunted Memories," on 9/14/94, Anthony's composition "In The Eyes Of The Rose (The Jerome Mix)," was released through Bill Jerome Promotions as a single through the Gavin Report. For six weeks, against works by Eric Clapton, Richard Marx & Gloria Estefan, radio stations in Missouri, Wyoming, Kentucky, Georgia, South Dakota & Texas played it on their top 40 play list rotation; from Anthony J. Foti's solo 1996 EP release "Fourword," on 7/15/99, his solo version of his composition, "Music Man (The Barlotta Mix)," won Honorable Mention in the 9th Annual Billboard World Songwriting Contest; & in September 2004, Anthony was named a Semi-finalist in Disc Makers' Northeast Independent Music World Series.
In September 2001, Wreckords Records' current effort, the New York based Singer/Songwriter Rock Band, CLOSENUF, was launched by the label performing live throughout the New York City area attracting a fan base from The Beatles to The Stones, from Dan Fogelberg to Billy Joel (aka “The CLOSENUF Corps”); a multigenerational love-fest of melody & good clean stage oriented Rock & Roll. In April 2005, they released their all original self-titled debut CD "CLOSENUF" to appeal to all from the college kids to the baby boomers. This work was guided in the studio by EQ Magazine editor, & soundman for Blue Oyster Cult, Steve 'Woody' La Cerra, with whom the band continues to collaborate. Anthony penned 8 tracks including all new versions of his Fourword work, a New Age instrumental he plays all keyboards on, a spoken word track & 2 new tunes - one hard rock & one classic rockabilly. With this release, the band has become a staple on the New York City music scene being featured in publications from The Village Voice to 20th Century Guitar Magazine, has appeared on the Joey Reynolds Show on WWOR 710 AM national radio, & received a number of Garageband.com Reviewer Awards. And on July 26th, 2006, CLOSENUF's music video was nominated by The Independent Music Conference Committee (Philadelphia, PA) for the 2006 IMMIE Award (Independent Music Award) for Best Indie Music Video of the Year, & on August 17th 2006, by DigiFestival (Milan, Italy) for an Absolute Winner 2006 Edition Award (ranking 7th overall in International Voting – in the top 6%), which Anthony conceptualized, story boarded & co-produced! Also in September 2006, members of CLOSENUF appeared on Philadelphia Radio on The Dr. Lou's House of Blues Radio Show on WNJC 1360 AM.
On November 6th, 2006, Wreckords Records & Pic Hitz Entertainment jointly released CLOSENUF music for U.S. National CHR/Pop (Contemporary Hit Radio) & AAA (Adult Album Alternative) airplay to radio stations coast to coast, with 3rd quarter 2006 & 1st quarter 2007 airplay resulting across New Mexico, Texas, Ohio, Kentucky & Virginia! On December 4th, 2006, CLOSENUF was asked to perform in The Original Sessions National Band Search Series Competition in NYC competing for 3 rounds! On February 10th, 2007, CLOSENUF was chosen to perform in The 2007 Goodstock Festival in July 2007 in Summersville, WV promoted by Artie Kornfeld of Woodstock fame. On March 12th, 2007, members of CLOSENUF filmed an interview to be aired summer 2007 on The Media Factory Show on PATV, Ch 15 in Enfield, CT, with the station subsequently choosing the band's tune "Buy The Boat" from their album, to appear on Netshows TV Soundtrack Unique Series Program Compilation #11 released by airing.. On May 25th, 2007, CLOSENUF was chosen to perform in The 14th Annual Long Island Music Festival run by Good Times Magazine. On July 2nd, 2007, CLOSENUF was asked to perform in the 2007 M.E.A.N.Y. Fest in NYC. During 2007, Wreckords Records with CLOSENUF proudly participated in (& in some instances coordinated) fundraisers to benefit Katrina Victims, Cerebral Palsy, Organ Transplant & Hunger Awareness & St. Jude Children's Hospital raising thousands of dollars for the various causes.
In January 2008, Wreckords Records signed rights & clearances for usage of various CLOSENUF compositions from their Album for the Soundtrack Score, in the Spring 2008 Independent Film Festival Documentary Entry “American Pop Culture: Going Against the Grain.” On April 1st , 2008, CLOSENUF proudly co-sponsored (along with Prudential Insurance Co., & more) The 2008 Bay Currents Newspaper – YourNews.com Brooklyn Cutest Kid Contest. On May 1st, 2008, CLOSENUF was requested to participate in The 2008 Make Music New York Festival co-sponsored by Time Out New York Magazine; & on May 26th, 2008, Wreckords Records proudly co-sponsored with RockCanRoll (a hunger relief organization collaborating with rock concerts to collect canned & non-perishable food for local food pantries) an outdoor CLOSENUF Concert at The Woodstock Trading Company's Great Lawn in Cherry Hill, NJ to benefit local agencies that assist families who live with hunger or in poverty. And on July 23rd, 2008, CLOSENUF was chosen as Semi-Finalists in Disc Makers' Northeast Independent Music World Series making Anthony's second appearance in this competition at this level!
Like most projects of such extended life, some member shifts are inevitable, but on the 15th anniversary of the record label, they celebrated with a June 2009 LP release, “CLOSENUF…to a new beginning” (with a second printing in 2103), capturing all of Anthony’s writing & lead vocals from the band’s established repertoire, as well as new selections with the fresh sounds of the current line-up (as always, all talented NY Musicians in their own right), as well as alternate mixes of fan favorites with special guest players. In August 2009, Mojo Alt 94.1FM Radio 2 in Macedonia, Europe started spinning tracks regularly from the release. In October 2010, Anthony was given his own 1 Hour Special on Blog Talk Radio on NYC’s Roman Midnight Music Show focusing on his career.
In the Summer of 2012, members of CLOSENUF had the pleasure of jamming at The Bitter End, NYC with saxophonist Richie Cannata (Billy Joel) & noted actor John Stamos on drums. On June 1st, 2012, CLOSENUF released their first cyber-exclusive release: the EP of "...new beginning's" highlights: "CLOSENUF...to our universe." Shortly thereafter, Zest Radio, Rocker's Dive Radio & Digital Revolution Radio picked up "The World Is Crying" for their regular rotation. On 11/15/13, CLOSENUF was nominated for a 2013 LadyLake Indie Music Award for Best Independent Music Artist of the Year! And on 12/7/13, CLOSENUF was chosen to appear in Terra Rising's Independent Music Film Documentary: "Universal MusiCARE: The Music Therapy Experience" to be released 2015.
On 6/10/15, Anthony & CLOSENUF released their 4th product, “In The Eyes Of The Rose – The EP” including the single, “In The Eyes Of The Rose (The Americana Mix)” given a fresh take in honor of the true roots of American Music “Country.” Anthony brought in guest players for the remix including the international award winning Irish Folk fiddle player Cady Finlayson, as well as Philip Sterk, noted Nashville/Memphis session player on pedal steel guitar. Accompanying the single is 7 other versions for a “true study in song.” And on 12/1/15, Loveable Lola, LLC, a company which creates & markets cartoon doggies that spread inspirational messages & releases children’s music has acquired multiple compositions from Anthony’s catalog & published them as part of their 2015 album & video releases “Loveable Lola – Songs To Love.” Foti is credited for penning half the album, as well as a Christmas single, in addition to lending vocal, percussion, production (co-producing with producer Nick Price (Wu Tang Clan/A Tribe Called Quest)), arrangement, video editing & package design duties. The company is part of a 501(c)(3) where sales are scheduled for charitable endeavors, & Anthony is taking no proceeds for his works.
Check out the EPK to end all EPKs, www.closenuf.com for everything CLOSENUF: band member bios, photos, news, reviews, downloads & appearance schedules.
They write it, they play it, they rock it! Musical Perfection? CLOSENUF!
Wreckords Records, Brooklyn's own label, awaits the investment and backing of the majors to launch its current artists into a future both fiscally and musically beneficial to all parties involved.
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