Soundglass, a band based in Miami, has won the 2015 South Florida Rock Showdown. The band competed against Day 4, Bonnie Riot and Spoonbeach this past Saturday night during the competition’s Final Round, held at Revolutions in West Palm Beach.
Enrico Carducci of Circo Massimo Entertainment, the Rock Showdown’s producer, said, “Soundglass is a dynamic young band and we see brilliant potential in them. They impressed the judges with their sound, songwriting skills, stage presence and technical proficiency.”
Carducci will now work with Soundglass through CME Music, Circo Massimo’s counterpart that focuses on talent development, on their recording of a three-song EP at Fort Lauderdale’s Vanquish Studios with Founder and CEO, Joseph Salamida.
After the recording session, Carducci will work alongside Mixing / Recording Engineer and Studio Design Consultant Matt Knobel of MK Mixing to get the best from the Soundglass recording session. Knobel’s 10-year collaboration with Lenny Kravitz encompassed four consecutive Grammy Awards for Kravitz for Best Male Vocal Performance in the Rock category.
“Knobel is a recognized sound professional and it’s guaranteed that he’ll work our recordings to sound crisp and perfectly balanced,” said Salamida.
The mixed recordings will go to Mastering Engineer, Emily B. Lazar of The Lodge Studios in New York City, who Carducci will work with and has collaborated with since 2012 and who has worked with Foo Fighters, Sonic Youth and Linkin Park.
“Emily will add the final touches to the recording, ensuring that the sound is clean yet powerful,” explained Carducci.
Soundglass is comprised of brothers, Anthony Maestu, 19, on lead vocals and bass and Dean Maestu, 17, on drums and background vocals, along with Jose Mena, 30, on lead guitar and background vocals and Jevon Olea, 28, on guitar and background vocals. The Maestu brothers have been playing together since childhood and, in 2013, formally launched Soundglass after finding Olea and Mena through YouTube and seeing them perform with various acts on the local circuit. The band worked together for nine months on their first album, “All You Ever Wanted,” which is available for download on Bandcamp at www.soundglass.bandcamp.com. Their sound is inspired by Cheap Trick, Nine Inch Nails, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Stone Temple Pilots.
Anthony Maestu said he and the band look forward to their recording session with Carducci. “We’ve heard nothing but positive things about him,” he said, “and since our only other recordings have been done in our Uncle Jack’s bedroom, we’re excited about the challenge of recording with a professional producer and sound engineers.”
Bob Lidell, 48, of Hollywood, who has played with Spoonbeach, one of the Showdown’s four finalist bands, for the past five years, also won this year’s Best Guitarist category. He competed against three other finalists to win a hand-crafted, Made in Italy electric guitar from Tribe Guitars of Milan, Italy that is valued at over $2,000.
Saturday’s finale also featured a guest performance by tween rock band, Mason Pace Band led by thirteen year-old Mason Pace. He’s been recording with Mark Hudson, a Grammy Award winning producer who has worked with Ringo Starr, Aerosmith, Scorpions and Ozzy Osbourne. Additional band members include Kyle Jones, 14 and Matt Schneider, 16, of Coral Springs; and Rylan Talerico, 16, of Lighthouse Point.
South Florida Rock Showdown is an annual competition that will be held again during Spring Break 2016. Carducci said, “We were overwhelmed by the positive support we received from the music industry, local bands and venues and their fans and have already started planning next year’s Showdown, which will include a call for national bands. The best is yet to come.”
Soundglass Wins 2015 South Florida Rock Showdown, Event That Took Place at Revolutions, WPB. Bob Lidell of Spoonbeach of Miami also Awarded Best Guitarist.