Ch­ester stu­dent co-founds record la­bel

Record Observer - - Community - By JACK SHAUM jshaum@kibay­times.com

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.

PHOTO BY JACK SHAUM

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.

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