Well l Folks, its fall! Our favorite time of the year. Lots of great music happens in the fall, from outdoor festivals to Halloween bashes , it’s a great season for music! Here’s what has been happening at Baltimore’s best little record label.
Big news!! …Manta Ray Records has merged with Distrophonix to become one company. Distrophonix which has been providing distribution and business solutions to record labels and artists since 2006 , will now be working as a division of Manta Ray Records.
Mike Diamond president of Manta Ray records said “With the acquisition of Distrophonix’s marketing , reporting ,press and distribution channels , this makes Manta Ray Records the dominant player in the Mid- Atlantic area.”
Distrophonix was voted best music company in Baltimore in 2012 by the City Paper and one of their artists was nominated for a Grammy in 2010. This team up is very exciting for the label, as Manta Ray Records artists will now have access to a slew of features and services normally reserved for major label artists.
The company will operate separately from Manta Ray Records, for now , and will still do business under the name Distrophonix, until further notice.
Top Artists this month
The Amount of international airplay that Manta Ray records artist have received have been staggering. Every month our artists receive tens of thousands of plays from networks and stations, all over the world, and the numbers grow every month.
With the new merger we will be able to offer things like custom press kits and various fan building apps that will allow our artists to be in better touch with fans and be able to get music out to the industry connects faster and with better presentation. Schedule a meeting to discuss how these changes in our structure can help you call 443-447-4325
Manta Ray Records recording artist “YELLA JESUS” wants to share his message with you…. You can hear it in his new single WALKIN’ GOD. This song clarifies the YELLA JESUS philosophy for all his followers.
This project is produced by our own AUDDIO VIDDEO and is great 1st record by this soon to be hip-hop superstar… look for it soon.
We have been working on a space for our Hip-hop clients and small, indie type bands to rehearse for the last 5 months. Well, it is finally finished and ready for you! The room is equipped with PA and drums for bands or a PA and a open room for rappers. It is sound proofed and available.
If you are doing a show or showcase and you are not rehearsed, you are wasting your time. Come on in and polish up your act!
NEXT TO RISE TOUR (THE DMV TOUR) DC, MD, VA tour
A.) Tour Description:
-"Next To Rise Tour" is a Reality Show Promo 3 day tour .
-Four artists, all living and spending time together will be performing at 3 venues in 3 different cities.
-The tour is recorded for Comcast TV, so by agreeing to go on this tour you are giving " Next To Rise Tour" all the rights to the footage.
-Travel and hotel are included
- Artist take care of their own food, male and female will not share a room.
B.) Thing that will happen on tour:
1.) Radio Interview
2.) Photo Shoot
3.) Studio Time
5.) Site Seeing
6.) Mall Shopping
7.) Music Video
8.) 10 min set at 3clubs
9.) Visit Night Club if over 21
10.) Street Sale or Given out of CD
Because all of the extra activities, all artists will need to pay $200 per person when they get to the bus pick-up or hotel
C.) Please email:
3 pictures, 4 songs, facebook, twitter, and IG to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put Tour Info in the subject in email.
We need all this info 2 weeks before the tour
D.) Tour is only for the main artist no Hype man, Dancers, Band, only the artist on tour. They may come to the club and perform with you or travel with you however they are responsible for any club fees, travel expense etc
E.) Tour Dates:
Sept 30th -Alexandria VA -CLUB ONE 8786 Richmond Hwy,
October 1, Baltimore MD- EL DORADO'S 4100 Lombard street,
October 2, Washington DC -DA LUFT 1242 H street NE
Stage time is at 11pm sharp at all 3 venues
F.) Fights are not allowed. Any artist fighting will be put off the tour and will need to provide your own way home, no weapons are allowed if you are found with a weapon you will be sent home, Drugs is your business but there will be no drugs in the tour vechicles at all.
G.) Travel is by van and we will be staying at Days Inn and Suites 9860 Washington Blvd N Laurel, MD, 20723, for 3 days
If tour is cancel for any reason you will be place on another tour.
If you made a deposit and we cancel the tour for any reason, your deposit will be returned.
For more information please contact - Next To Rise Tour CEO ........Riley Cradle 443 621 4200
Larry Kessler and the GODZ band are back in the studio to make new tracks for an EP due out next spring … They are in talks with various festival organizers about doing some select dates this spring to promote the new E.P.
Catch them at their next show at Baltimore’s DEPOT lounge on November 8th with Noble Animals and Bootleggers and Baptists.
Going from a position that everybody knows and likes you for , to do something new and unproven is the true mark of an artist. BLAQSTARR knows this all too well. After reaching notoriety for being one of the breakout stars of Baltimore Club in the early 2000’s and working with people like Mos Def , Rye Rye and others , most people would play it safe and stick to what made them popular.
BLAQSTARR has come out with a new release on Manta Ray Records that turns that upside down … Check out Trinity 1.5.
Noble Animals band mates Kelli and Kyle are now life mates as they exchanged wedding vows this past August. Their new single “ Shake it out” drops next month. Congratulations.
Hard hitting punkers DOGHOUSE SWINE is joining the Manta Ray family of artists and will be in Baltimore to record their next release with legendary punk producer J. Robbins. After the release of the record they will begin a tour that will culminate with a spot on the SXSW stage in Texas… These heavy hitters have toured all over the country and are ready to do it again with their new record and single on MANTA RAY RECORDS… stay tuned!
IF ITS BALTIMORE...IT'S ON MANTA RAY RECORDS.