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Dead By Nightfall

Products used: 63mm Custom Teardrop picks and 1.00 mm glow in the dark picks.

“I love the feeling of the Teardrop picks in my hand, it feels
natural and keeps me focused.”
-Gabe Ward (bassist)

Dead By Nightfall is a 5 piece melodic heavy metal band hailing from Placerville, California, that combines the heaviest and most melodic genres for a heavy, brutal sound.

Links:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/deadbynightfall
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/deadbynightfall
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQLqOaAo2WI

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DHARMATA

Products used: Custom Acetal Polymer Picks, Standard Shape. 1.52mm

“I’ve been using Clayton USA picks for 15 years. I tried one at a local music store and I’ve never used anything else since. Nothing else feels more right!”

DHARMATA is vocalist Jay Slim, guitarists Chris Turbo and Matt Nasty, bassist Kevin Sanchez, and drummer JC Lackey. DHARMATA formed in the summer of 2007, in West Palm Beach, Florida, after a chance meeting between vocalist Slim and bassist Sanchez.

Since its inception, DHARMATA has quickly created a large, loyal, and growing fan base in the Florida music scene, garnering buzz for their ability to combine polished song craftsmanship with captivating high-energy live performances.

A dynamic sound captures the collective best of each member’s influences, a wide-ranging spectrum that includes everything from Pantera to Jeff Buckley. In their brief existence, DHARMATA has already shared stages with artists such as 10 Years, Skindred, Sick Puppies, Filter and Nonpoint, and has been invited to participate in large music festivals such as SunFest, MoonFest, Florida Music Festival Crue Fest, and Buzz Bake Sale.
In 2007, DHARMATA’s very first song and recording, “The Fall,” had an immediate impact at radio, with airplay on West Palm Beach’s influential rock station, WPBZ 103.1 The Buzz. “The Fall,” an apologetic homage to vocalist Jay Slim’s previous band, nationally-recognized rock outfit Presence, showcases the emotionally palpable lyrics and soaring, powerful melodic hooks that have been seducing South Florida audiences.

In 2009, popular British ragga-metal rockers Skindred stumbled across a live DHARMATA performance and asked DHARMATA to join them on a tour of the Midwestern United States. DHARMATA’s first tour outside of Florida proved fruitful, as they fetched massive merchandise sales and a brand new ravenous fan base in select Midwest cities. At the request of Madison, Wisconsin’s WJJO, DHARMATA performed live on-air to immediate rave reviews. In December 2009, Benji Webbe, lead vocalist of Skindred, spoke highly of DHARMATA in a live South Florida radio broadcast, calling the band “soon-to-be international rock stars.”

DHARMATA completed sessions at Tony Bongiovi’s Power Station Studios with producers Rob Roy and Joe Butera in late 2009. The single, “The Awakening,” garnered airplay on WPBZ 103.1 The Buzz as well as WHDR 93.1 (93 Rock) in Miami.

DHARMATA is currently finishing up their debut full length album with producer Matt LaPlant and Benji Webbe (Skindred) at Beiler Bros. Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida. In November 2011, the first single off the new album, “Do It Again,” was picked up as an official add at WPBZ 103.1 The Buzz with 14+ weekly spins during mid-day and evenings. In December 2011, due to a swell of positive feedback from listeners, WPBZ asked DHARMATA to headline a stage at the Buzz Bake Sale and was one of the most talked-about artists at the event, after playing to an audience of thousands.
DHARMATA will release their debut album in summer 2012, followed by relentless touring in support.

Links:
Website: http://www.dharmataband.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dharmatamusic
MySpace: http://www.myspace/dharmatamusic
Reverbnation: http://www.reverbnation.com/dharmata
Sonicbids: http://www.sonicbids.com/dharmata

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4CiET-KTCE

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Abriel

Products used: Clayton custom picks

“I use Clayton pics because I know that unless I lose a pic or throw it out to the crowd during a concert, I will have it for many years. The pics are heavy duty, just the way I need them, and they never wear down. Plus Clayton has the best quality for my custom designed pics. I will not use any other pics in my career.” – Sean Hartman

Abriel is an American pop/metalcore band based out of San Francisco, CA, that was formed in 2008. The band is best known for their female vocals, mixing metalcore with pop, and their “DIY” approach to the industry funding their own tours, album releases, and marketing. In the past 3 years, Abriel has formed a huge fan base all over the world. The bands biggest markets in the United States are California, Washington, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and New York. Outside of the United States, the band’s biggest fan bases are Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Norway, England, and Japan. Abriel has headlined the 2009 Metaverse Apocalypse Tour, was support for the 2009 All Shall Perish summer tour, support at the 2009 Warped Tour, performed main stage at both the 2010 and 2011 California Metalfest, and released their debut cd through Island Def Jam. Abriel will be recording their sophomore release this summer in Los Angeles with producer David Julson-Rieley(Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Cute Is What We Aim For) and will be touring this summer in support of the album and in the fall to promote the soundtrack for the film that Abriel will be featured on.

In August 2007, gutarists Sean Hartman and Tim Wrobel decided to move down to San Francisco from Fortuna, a small town in Northern California, with an arsenal of songs ready to start a band. After a year of going through many drummer and vocalist auditions, near the end of 2008 they found east coast native Alexa Rae to hold down on vocals with amazing screams and the ability to switch to clean vocals. This is when the band decided to go with the name Abriel. Without wasting any time, the band recorded a two song demo and released the first single, “Show Em’ Your Hips,” that December, getting the band immediate attention from many fans for the synth-sounding hooks and catchy vocal melodies backed by headbanging riffs and a gut wrenching breakdown. At this time, the band did not have a drummer so Hartman switched to drums for the first two shows and the recordings. The band’s first show with a full line-up was with Alex Greenling on drums and Paul Littler on bass for a San Francisco battle of the bands in January 2009, which they won. The band then decided to self fund and headline a summer tour across the West Coast, with Peter Souza on bass filling in for Littler after he quite. The tour made a lot of noise for Abriel and caught the attention of many, thus earning them a spot on the 2009 Vans Warped Tour.

After the success of the the band in 2009, the band broke up due to life situations getting in the way causing the loss of Abriel’s drummer and bassist. Sean, Alexa, and Tim later decided to make a comeback in 2010 to record an album with bassist/producer Max Karon. After word got out that the band was back together, Abriel was asked to play main stage at California Metalfest in Pomona, CA with Bleeding Through on May 16th. Abriel brought in temp drummer Chad Evans to fill in for the year. The show brought the band back into the metal scene and got them attention from record labels like Century Media Records and Victory Records. The band was then asked to work with Zac Diebels (Deftones, Third Eye Blind, Death Cab For Cutie), but Alexa, Sean, and Tim were already working with their touring bassist and producer Max Karon. The album, “This Will Swallow You Whole,” was released on August 19, 2010 with a huge CD release party at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco which brought in a packed crowd. The band once again went on hiatus after the cd release due to life situations. Even though they had just released their debut CD and had just started to break into the industry, the band still had to work full time to make a living and this left very little time to be in a band. During that time, Wrobel started a career with Droid as a blogger and assisting with Droid troubleshooting and Hartman continued in music assisting writing and producing for pop artists, at the same time both worked full time at a college and Alexa was working as a server at a local restaurant.

Four months after the band’s split, Sean, Tim, and Alexa saw that there was still buzz going around about Abriel. The band became popular in Japan, Norway, Mexico, Canada, and all over the US. Since all three original members still had the want to keep Abriel together, Abriel brought in bassist Jordan Pendergrass from Orange County and held auditions for a new drummer. After many auditions, the band went with bay area drummer Rick Holbrook. The band’s first comeback show was headlining in San Francisco on January 31, 2011 at Submission with main support from Century Media Records band Arsonists Get All The Girls. On February 7, 2011, Abriel’s debut album was re-released digitally only through Island Def Jam Music Group. The album features the hit songs that got them where they are now. The band once again got asked to play main stage at California Metalfest in Anaheim on March 19, 2011 with their biggest influences and favorite bands As I Lay Dying, Suicide Silence, and Winds Of Plague. Abriel played in front of a sold out crowd at The Grove. After metalfest, the band played another sold out show in Sean and Tim’s hometown of Fortuna, CA, which was also Tim Wrobel’s last show with Abriel. He was later replaced by Christian Rey from Argentina, and drummer Rick Holbrook was replaced by Mathew McWilliams from San Jose. Now it is 2012 and the band has re-located to Huntington Beach, CA in Orange County to further their success in southern California. The band is currently writing for their sophomore release and will be recording this summer in Los Angeles with producer David Julson-Rieley(Kelly Clarkson, Usher, Cute Is What We Aim For), then will be touring in the fall to promote the album and the soundtrack for the film that Abriel will be featured on.

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Blake Wrinn

Products used: Acetal picks .50mm & .63mm

In addition to offering quality products with precision craftsmanship & detail, Steve Clayton, Inc. has one of the best Artist relations departments I’ve come across. They are always so kind to me. A big thanks to everyone at Steve Clayton.

Blake Wrinn has performed and led worship across the United States, sharing the stage with many top artists including Ricky Scaggs, Mercy Me, Lee Brice, Boyz II Men, Craig Morgan, Eli Young Band, .38 Special, Thompson Square, The Nashville Symphony, The Kentucky Headhunters, Lenny Leblanc, and Josh Thompson. He also played on demos for many top Nashville songwriters including Sarah Buxton, Ben Hayslip, Jimmy Yeary, Monty Criswell, and Mike Weaver (Big Daddy Weave).

Currently, Blake plays sessions ranging from Sound-A-Like companies to A-list writer demos that go straight into the hands of the artist (i.e. Rascal Flatts, Jason Aldean, Tyler Farr, Big Daddy Weave, Kelly Pickler, and Florida Georgia Line, Rodney Atkins, Leah Turner).

“Over the past four years, I have been focusing on the world of studio sessions.  I am always striving to consistently deliver clean, tasteful, and diligently refined guitar work in order to not waste an artist’s, producer’s, or company’s time and money.”

“I was raised in a small town south of Nashville, TN with a veteran road musician father, school teaching mother, and brother who shares the same passion for music. At a young age I was exposed to 
music and the fundamentals involved in playing with a band,” says Blake. “What I also consider to be a great part of my upbringing was being exposed to the love of God. I feel I could go on and on about the ways God has blessed me. A beautiful wife and child, amazing friends, and most importantly a relationship with Him.”

* From 2006-2010, Blake attended Motlow State Community College for Emergency Medical Services under a Full-Ride Jazz Guitar Scholorship.

 

Links:
Website: www.blakewrinn.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/blakewrinn

 

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