Ossining, N.YMusic has often been a great connector, the solidifying force between two or more that creates a bond, if only for three to five minutes at a time. That bond is found between Grammy-nominated music producer Hal Winer, and Saw Mill Club vice president and general manager Kevin Kane.
Kane, though, is a man of many hats, and one of his all-time favorites is the singer/songwriter, which will be shown to the public in the coming months through Winers company BiCoastal Music. While Kanes involvement is impressive in and of itself, the pair claims that what his 2012 release will represent is the deserving focus.
Kane will be part of a musical movement, as the two describe, less attempting to reinvent the singer-songwriter, but to reintroduce it in a way the modern world can embrace. Lost recently have been the value of albums, the pair says, cherished instead are the single songs listened to then shuffled through. Winer and Kane, Winers self-proclaimed business partner, aim to strike a different tune.
Through Winers in-home studio in Ossining that rivals any in the country, BiCoastal Music is aiming to unveil Real Music. Real Musicians, sets of artists who will help reintroduce the genre to audiences around the area, and potentially further. The production company will take in local musicians that have a story to tell and cultivate them into becoming the best they can be.
Were trying to nurture local talent, says BiCoastal music director Clifford Carter, the renowned musician who has worked with the likes of James Taylor and the Four Tops. Taking an artist whos written some songs and bringing their music to life with the right arrangement, right instrumentation that will allow the story to be told.
Winer, who has recorded artists such as Rob Thomas, believes the music produced will be very unique compared to the direction of modern music. Lately, each artist is an ear of corn, and the listening public is on I-40 driving through Oklahoma, explained Winer. There are all these ears waving look at me, but the chances of you noticing is slim to none.
Kane agrees, noting that their business plan is a careful one. This isnt another house where a song comes out of a field of Kansas. Its a brand in and of itself, carefully taking time to build it and have followers who like what comes out of this studio.
Kanes album release will most likely occur in early February. Until then, the pair will nurture the album and other local artists messages, until they are fit for a revolution.
Theres nothing like this in Westchester, and Im not sure theres anything like this anywhere, said Winer. Brooklyn has a scene, San Francisco has a scene, L.A too, but this is a little bit different. Were a launch pad for artists who resonate with the singer-songwriter from a bygone era.
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