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Tommy Strazza Wants You To Sound Great

originally published: 03/09/2018

Tommy Strazza Wants You To Sound Great

Tommy Strazza has been a staple of the New Jersey music scene for the better part of the last decade as both a singer/songwriter and lead guitarist for several bands (Hey Bulldog, Okra Winfrey, G-Man Syndicate) and solo artists (Anthony Walker, Anjelia, Emily Grove, and Michael Askin to name a few).  He recently announced that he was launching a new business called Mixes by Tommy Strazza.  It's the culmination of an idea that he's had for a few years.  New Jersey Stage reached out to him to learn more.

Tell me about Mixes by Tommy Strazza.  What is the focus of the new business? Great sounds, great sounds, great sounds!!! I love the craft and process of making recordings. I have been at it for long time, and around 5 years ago, I became very serious about learning how to get great sounds. I was blessed with a really good set of ears, and after years of wondering if I could get better sounds than whoever I was paying to get me those sounds, I decided to put my money where my mouth is, and start learning how to get them for myself, and other people. After that, I have been a very passionate student, and am now ready to assist others in achieving the best sounds possible for their projects. 

What you mean by achieving the sounds that your recording project needs and deserves? I usually come in after they are finished recording. Post production, mostly. I do track and produce other artists. I produced and recorded Melissa Anthony's upcoming LP. I am currently mixing and mastering that, and it will hopefully be out in 2018.

 I feel that when you put your heart, energy, and over extend your disposable income for that particular month(or more) for your recording project, I feel that it deserves to sound the way that you want it to. I will do my best to make that happen for the artist. 

I want the artist to feel that they are getting their money’s worth. The same way I want my fans to feel when they come to see me play.



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When did you first get into producing and mastering?  What led you in that direction? I have always been interested in the art of recording. Between that, the current cost of studio time, and the amount of material I was coming up with awhile back... I realized that I probably won't be able to afford to record, mix, and master anywhere near as much music as I was creating. Plus, after 5 lp's of only being partially-to-just-about satisfied with their respective sounds, I asked myself an honest question... "Do you think you could get it to sound better?" My answer was, and is... YES. Then, I REALLY got into the art of mixing, and have been aggressively studying it like I first started playing guitar, and then singing. I started buying preamps, compressors, interfaces, Pro Tools, and a whole lot of plugins!!! 

Give your best sales pitch: why should a musician turn to you for this?  Simply because I have been there. I understand how difficult, frustrating, and expensive it can be to achieve the sounds that you want. It can be really tough to get there, and you realize along the way why some of your favorite records cost as much as they did to make. BUT... The technology is now here, and we can now get the very same results on a computer, if you have the ability and desire. I feel that I have both and want to help share what I know, at prices that won't sink the artist.  

I'm sure your fans will want to know, when will we hear new music by Tommy Strazza?  Will you have to put your music aside while getting this going? Nope. I'm a musician and performer til the very end. The Strazzacasters debut E.P. should be out this year, and I am working on a new solo record, as well. My hero is Prince. I aim for the kind of greatness that he did. I don't know if I will ever get there, but that's what I'm going for. He was an "all of the above" kind of guy. I don't dance as well as he did, though. Haha.



If you are a musician and interested in contacting Tommy, email him at: tstrazmixer@gmail.com

For more information on Mixes by Tommy Strazza visit his Soundcloud or Facebook page


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(NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ) -- State Theatre New Jersey presents Diana Krall live in concert as part of her Turn Up The Quiet World Tour on Friday, October 12 at 8:00pm. Tickets range from $43-$153.50.  This concert will feature songs from Diana Krall’s stunning new album, Turn Up The Quiet, out now on Verve Records as well as a mix of some fan favorites. 
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(UNION, NJ) -- Going strong after more than 45 years, Grammy Award winner The Manhattan Transfer, with tenor vocals from Kean University alumnus Alan Paul '71, will captivate Kean Stage audiences with their distinctive four-part harmonies at Enlow Recital Hall on Sunday, September 30 at 3:00pm.
3rd Annual North Jersey Indie Rock Festival
(JERSEY CITY, NJ) -- The North Jersey Indie Rock Festival returns to Jersey City on October 6. Presented by Mint 400 Records and Sniffling Indie Kids, the festival includes acts from those labels and Little Dickman Records, Rhyme and Reason Records, and State Champion Records.  The festival takes place at White Eagle Hall. Doors are at 4:00pm and the music starts at 4:30pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
Bobby McFerrin To Kick Off the 125th Season Of Princeton University Concerts
(PRINCETON, NJ) -- On Friday, September 21, 2018 at 7:30pm, 10-time GRAMMY award-winning artist Bobby McFerrin launches Princeton University Concerts’ (“PUC”) 125th Anniversary Season in a special event performance at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. The concert will feature McFerrin alongside members of his a cappella group Gimme5 in a program titled “ Circlesongs ” -- an evening of spontaneous music-making through shared improvised sound, in a language growing out of tribal chant and sacred music. 
The Dryden Ensemble Presents Bach Cantata Fest
(PRINCETON, NJ) -- The Dryden Ensemble will present a Bach Cantata Fest on Saturday, October 20 at 7:30pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, Pennsylvania, and on Sunday, October 21 at 3:00pm at Miller Chapel, located on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer Street, Princeton, New Jersey. Tickets are $25 for general admission and free to students with an ID. They may be purchased at the door or online at www.drydenensemble.org.


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Even though the weather outside Holmdel, NJ’s PNC Bank Arts Center is cloudy with some light intermittent drizzle this Wednesday, September 12, 2018 afternoon, the venue’s stage is still shining brightly with talent thanks to a live performance by television, film, and stage actress/singer Lucie Arnaz!
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(BRANCHBURG, NJ) -- Raritan Valley Community College presents Aiken & Friends Fest, North Branch on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22.  The three-day event will feature a number of different musical shows by Mike Aiken, as well as other solo artists and groups.  
Virtuoso Jazz Violinist Jean-Luc Ponty LIVE! at the Newton Theatre
It’s a warm but lovely Aug. 23, 2018 evening here in Newton, NJ. After enjoying some hand-dipped Cliff’s ice cream from the window at Hayek Market, we march up Spring Street looking forward to hearing some world-class jazz at one of the Garden State’s favorite concert venues, The Newton Theatre.
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Event calendar
Thursday, Sep 20, 2018


MUSIC

ELI YOUNG BAND WITH CODY BRYAN @ The Stone Pony, Asbury Park - 7:00pm

CELTIC THUNDER X @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm

Lost 80's Live @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

Citizen Cope @ The Newton Theatre, Newton - 8:00pm

ICON 2018: ELIMINATION ROUND 2 @ Hamilton Stage @ Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC), Rahway - 8:00pm

Linda Eder @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Doug Deming & The Jewel Tones @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Souvenir @ Surflight Theatre, Beach Haven - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

East Lynne Theater Company presents SILENT SKY @ First Presbyterian Church (Cape May), Cape May - 8:00pm

The Shuck @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 7:30pm

Auditions for Seussical at CDC Theatre @ CDC Theatre, Cranford - 7:00pm

Playhouse 22's Third-Thursday Play Reading Series @ Playhouse 22, East Brunswick - 7:30pm

West End Festival of the Arts- Opening Reception @ West End Arts Center, Long Branch - 6:00pm

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 8:00pm

Brick City @ Premiere Stages at Kean University, Union - 8:00pm


FILM

New Jersey Film Festival @ Ruth Adams Building #001, New Brunswick - 6:00pm


KIDS

Crybaby Matinee: The Triplets of Belleville @ Hopewell Theater, Hopewell - 11:00am

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