Author: Jenna Hawryluk ‘20
When the Applied Music Industry II class at Monmouth University held auditions for the twelfth Blue Hawk Records compilation album, they were excited to select five different talented students to be a part of the record. It was then that they met Francesca. She is one of the lucky artists to be featured on the twelfth album entitled After Midnight. Francesca is currently an English and Creative Writing major, graduating from Monmouth University in 2020. With a passion for music, she auditioned for the student-run record label and blew everyone away.
Her original song, “Post Traumatic Love,” will be featured on After Midnight, and she is very excited for people to hear her work. This is not her first musical endeavor, as she has been working on an independent EP which is on track to release in the Spring of 2018. Last Wednesday night on Monmouth University’s radio station, WMCX, Francesca gave listeners an acoustic first listen to her song, “Post Traumatic Love”. It is a strong addition to Blue Hawk Records' compilation album, and Francesca’s beautiful and unique voice will certainly speak for itself on the record.
Photo By Shannon Lawrence ‘19
Francesca draws most of her inspiration from empowered female artists who have made names for themselves by being original. Amongst her plentiful inspirations are Amy Winehouse, Selena, and Donna Summer. She also gives credit to her mother for shaping her into the artist that she is now.
The Blue Hawk Records team has been working hard to develop Francesca alongside the other compilation artists including: Brianna Scangarello, Wynward, Brad Kraft, and the collaboration between Shadiyah Belton, Drew Fournier and Carlos Flores. The recording process is beginning this week, and the Blue Hawk team will be heading into the first studio session THIS Wednesday, February 28th at Lakehouse Recording Studios in Asbury Park. After Midnight will be available digitally on April 18th, with a record release show starting at 2:45pm on Monmouth University's Residential Quad on release day. To follow our journey as we make this record, make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat, and Facebook. For free SMS updates, you can text BHR to 882-02 to receive updates instantly!
Author: Hannah Clyne ’19
West Long Branch, New Jersey. On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, The Blue Hawk Records Applied Music Industry II class hosted auditions for their Twelfth Compilation album. The turnout at Woods Theatre was large, ultimately making the final decision extremely difficult, but by the end of the night, the class was able to choose five artists to feature on their newest album. The artists, all of various majors and years, include Brianna Scangarello, Wynward, Brad Kraft, Francesca Longiro, and collaborative act Shadiyah Belton, Drew Fournier and Carlos Flores!
Photo By: Shannon Lawrence’19
The chosen artists will be recording each of their songs at Lakehouse Recording Studios in Asbury Park, New Jersey and for some, this will be their first experience in the studio. Brianna Scangarello, pictured above, will be recording her song “Hold on Close.” “I was honestly really nervous to audition, but my friends in the band Malibu, who were on the Blue Hawk Records’ Volume 11 Compilation Album, were also playing with me, so that definitely helped calm the nerves” said Bri. “It was such a fun experience, and when I got the call that I made it onto the album, I started jumping and screaming from excitement. Everyone in Blue Hawk Records is really cool and great to work with and I’m so excited and grateful that I get the opportunity to learn more about the industry, while doing something I love, alongside some really great people.”
In the upcoming weeks, Blue Hawk Records’ A&R and management teams will be working with each artist in order to prepare them for their recording sessions and upcoming performances. The class will also be working all semester long with Joe Rapolla, the Chair of the Music and Arts Department at Monmouth University, to prepare for the album release.
The 12th album is on track to be released on Wednesday, April 18th and a celebratory release show will be held on the same day on the Residential Quad starting at 2:45pm! To stay up to date with Blue Hawk Records’ Album 12, make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. For even more updates, text BHR to 882-02 to receive updates straight to your phone!
Author: Rachel Disipio '20
Monmouth University’s student-run record label, Blue Hawk Records, will hold it's first public showcase at House of Independents in Asbury Park, NJ on December 8th to celebrate the release of their 11th compilation album, Volume 11.
“This is the kind of initiative we want our students to take,” says director of Monmouth’s music industry program, Joe Rapolla. “House of Independents is an important new venue in the vibrant Asbury Park music scene. Producing and marketing shows in a professional capacity, applying the skills and training they get at the university, and showcasing their talent adds to our students’ real-world experiences that equip them for life after Monmouth.”
Artists performing in the showcase include the five acts featured on Volume 11: Indie-Rock bands The Nooks and Malibu, soulful soloists Tim DiDomenico and Kristen Wilczewski, and pop/R&B lyricist Jack "Jacke Tripp" Haber. Pop-punk band The Carousers, and solo artist Antonio Gonzales, both acts that were featured on past compilation albums, will also make an appearance in the Blue Hawk showcase.
Album Cover Art by Nicole Govel '18
Each single on Volume 11 was recorded at Lakehouse Recording Studios in Asbury Park, as per their partnership with Monmouth University and Blue Hawk Records. “Recording at Lakehouse is such a privilege,” says senior Olivia Rohlfs of The Nooks. “My band was granted access to one of the best recording studios in the state all because the Blue Hawk team sees potential in our original music.”
Volume 11, whose title is inspired by the cult-classic movie, Spinal Tap, will be available for streaming and digital download on December 6th. Monmouth students are invited to attend a release show held in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center at 2:45 PM that day. Tickets for the House of Independents showcase are available for $8 on House of Independents’ website and can be purchased the day of show for $10. A portion of the proceeds will support student programming.
Author: Ryan Anderson '19
Working both as a General Manager and A&R consultant for Blue Hawk Records this semester has been a rewarding experience to say the least! It all happens in the classroom. The energy from the students has been radiant, and much more prevalent than last year. We cover it all, from graphic design, to organizing a street team, and coordinating a digital marketing strategy. We also have a phenomenal teacher who pushes us in the right direction while giving us space to do what we do best.
The Applied Industry III class chooses and prepares artists for Lakehouse Recording Studios by self-producing their demos with Blue Hawk Studio on campus. This extra preparation sets them up for success when it's their time to record in the state-of-the-art studio. This studio is extremely well-known in the area, has an incredible collection of equipment accessible for our use, and is even where Lorde has recorded in the past.
Once we have completed the recording process with all the chosen Monmouth University artists, we have the final cd's pressed for physical sale, and also organize their digital distribution. At the end of the semester, we run on and off-campus shows where the semester's artists are showcased and we can promote our merchandise and discography.
Being a part of Blue Hawk has been great. I love working one-on-one with artists, as well as working on marketing and overseeing all the different aspects that make "Volume 11" such an anticipated release.
Author: Mark Rodriguez '20
Over the past few weeks, I have had the wonderful experience of bringing our Volume 11 artists to Monmouth's on-campus radio station, WMCX (88.9 FM). Every Wednesday night from 10-12pm, Blue Hawk Records takes over the campus radio station for our own segment, "Blue Hawk Talk". Our great collective of singers and bands for this upcoming compilation are constantly preparing for recording and performing. In fact, many of the artists have already gone to the studio to record their tracks this semester. However, these radio shows allow our audience to see a different side of these artists. Not only musicians, these charismatic people also like to talk and have fun.
I’ve started incorporating more talk-show elements into the show since the beginning of this season. For example, my new “rapid-fire“ question segment has been a hit so far with the guests. These range from opinion questions about music and arts, to silly questions such as “what’s your favorite type of cheese?” My favorite part of running this show is the opportunity I get to pick the artist’s brains on all these different topics.
Our artists and I have also been collaborating on making their own “artist picks” Spotify playlists which get played live on-air. Each artist has had a different feel to their playlist, from Malibu’s Alternative-Rock hit-focused playlist to Jacke Tripp’s modern Hip-Hop and R&B collection. This allows for our show to appeal to a wider demographic of music listeners and hopefully make more people fans of Blue Hawk Records. Each artist also plays one or two songs live on air, including each artist’s original song for the compilation in production. Listeners caught a live rendition of The Nooks’ “Bulldog’s Cage” and Tim DiDomenico’s “Random Words” on the show in October.
The talk show is a ton of fun, and we are going to have our final artist, Kristen Wilczewski, on during the month of November Keep tuning in every Wednesday night from 10-12pm, folks! Click the WMCX logo below to go to their website where you can listen to the live broadcast. Don't be afraid to call in either! Drop us a line at 732-571-3493.
Author: Rachel Disipio '20
Students from various majors made their way over to Woods Theatre last Wednesday, Sept. 11, where Monmouth University’s Music Industry III class held open auditions for aspiring artists and bands to be a part of Blue Hawk Record’s eleventh compilation album.
This semester's auditions had one of the biggest turnouts to date, with almost 20 artists in attendance. So much talent came through the doors, but in the end, only 5 artists were chosen to be featured on the compilation album, on track to release December 6th.
After extensive deliberation, the managers of this Blue Hawk Release hand-picked just five artists and bands who brought an abundance of musical talent and uniqueness to the table. A lot of young talent proved themselves during audition process. Jacke Tripp, Kristen Wilczewski, and band that call themselves Malibu, are all freshmen students at Monmouth University. The final two artists on the album are Junior Tim DiDomenico, and returning Blue Hawk veterans, The Nooks.
The Nooks will be recording their song, “Bulldog’s Cage” for Volume 11 once again at Lakehouse Recording Studios in Asbury Park. The studio is a state of the art facility that has worked with large names in the industry like Lorde and NJ natives, The Front Bottoms. Lead singer of The Nooks Amanda McTigue said, “We are so gracious for the opportunity to be a part of another Blue Hawk Records compilation album.” Olivia Rohlfs, a Senior who plays ukulele, bass, and provides backup vocals for the band, continued, “We plan to make the most out of this experience just as we did last year. It’s really going to be a great record.”
Guiding the Music Industry III class along with the album release is Department Chair, Joe Rapolla, who has taught the course a number of times since he began teaching at Monmouth University in 2013. “I have so many expectations for this Music Industry III class. My goal is for the students to apply what they learned and experienced last semester when we created our tenth compilation album Hang Ten and take it to a whole other level while innovating and incorporating new ideas. The music industry is always evolving, and it’s doing so in such a dynamic way. We take the information the industry gives us and integrate it into everything we do,” Rapolla said.
The industry class is busy preparing for the upcoming weeks filled with promotion, recording, and marketing. Blue Hawk Records plans on having several promotional shows throughout the semester in addition to an official album release show on December 6th in the Rebecca Stafford Student Center from 2:45-4:30! You won't want to miss this.