Chester student co-founds record label
CHESTER — When we last spoke with Anthony Cianchetta back in October 2011, he had just turned 14 and had released his first online solo music album.
Fast forward to July 2016, Anthony is 18, has recently completed his freshman year in college and has co-founded his own record label with a college classmate. It should come as no surprise then, that he is majoring in audio engineering at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., with an eye toward making audio engineering his career.
“It’s what I love to do,” Cianchetta said during a recent interview at his Chester home, where he’s continuing to work this summer on recordings for the planned launch of his Mind Flight Records label in September.
He founded the label along with classmate Marcus Vandeyacht during their freshman year at Belmont, where Cianchetta said music is a major pursuit of many students. He and Vandeyacht didn’t know each other before their freshman year but then they both showed up at college with their separate stocks of recording equipment. It didn’t take long for a partnership to develop.
Cianchetta, a 2015 graduate of Gunston School, studied classical music at the Peabody Preparatory division of the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore. His instrument of choice is the piano, although he also plays guitar. Much of the music he is recording and planning to record he describes as folkrock.
“I love rock music, but I don’t want to limit myself to one genre,” he said, referring to the kind of repertoire he hopes to record in the future. Two artists who are classmates at Belmont — Case Wooton from Texas and Emma Shilliday from California — are already signed up to release albums around the end of August and others have also expressed interest, according to Cianchetta. Some of the music will be released as CDs and other numbers will become available online, he said.
He’s doing a lot of school work during the summer in hopes of graduating in three years. He then plans to live in Nashville and along with three others, has rented a house there in which they’re creating a recording studio. The partners already have a fair amount of electronic equipment, which he hopes will help keep down the cost of creating the studio.
Cianchetta said he is developing relationships with some of the big names in music in Nashville and has already received a lot of guidance from them. The partners are also working on creating a website and other social media sites, in addition to word of mouth, to spread the word about their work.
“We’re learning as we go,” he said, referring to the need to market their work as well as record it.
The official launch of Mind Flight Records will take place in September in Nashville, and Cianchetta is hoping the release party on that occasion will draw a lot of people, including potential future artists.
Anthony Cianchetta takes a break from recording work in his home studio in Chester. He and a fellow college student have founded a new record label in Nashville.