We’re so thrilled to welcome the multi-talented Colorado-based singer-songwriter Courtney Hartman to the Maximal Music Sync roster!
With her stunning new release, Ready Reckoner, out as of June 14th, Courtney Hartman provides the listener with a conduit for self-exploration—a factor that fulfills one of her greatest hopes in sharing the album with the world. “If you listen to any of these songs and step away feeling lifted or carried to a different place, that is a real and true honor,” she says. Born from purposeful self-examination, Ready Reckoner finds Hartman taking the helm as producer transforming her most private ruminations into songs both bracingly intimate and magnificently vast. In that process, the Loveland, Colorado-based artist worked in collaboration with co-producer Shahzad Ismaily (a multi-instrumentalist known for his work with Lou Reed and Tom Waits) and assembled a close-knit community of musicians, including guest appearances from Anais Mitchell and Bill Frisell. Recorded mainly at Figure8 in Brooklyn and mixed by Tucker Martine (Neko Case, My Morning Jacket), Ready Reckoner unfolds in extraordinarily detailed textures, a nuanced yet wholly unpredictable sound equally given to moments of hushed simplicity, improvisatory freedom, and flashes of symphonic splendor.
Hartman’s finely-honed musicality has firm roots in her upbringing, which included taking up violin at three, learning to play guitar at 11, and writing her first song at 12. She spent much of her childhood immersed in the bluegrass world, a factor that eventually led to her seven-year stint in Grammy-nominated band Della Mae. During her time with the band, Hartman also released a collaboration album with Robert Ellis (2017’s Dear John) and another with Taylor Ashton (2018’s Been on Your Side).
We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome songwriter and musician Chris Staples to the Maximal Music Sync roster!
Chris Staples is a Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist and song maker. His songs are narratives that are plainspoken and universal, with simple, disarming arrangements and delicate melodies that seemed to float on air. His music has been featured on NPR Music, Paste Magazine, American Songwriter, and Apple Music.
Maximal Music Sync is ecstatic to welcome Austin-based indie-pop outfit Shy Beast to our roster!
Shy Beast is undeniably Austin, with a strong following of fans, but the band is not bound by geography or genre—the appeal is universal, while all their own. This tight-knit group evolved organically, with deep connections to one another and to the local music scene. Shy Beast is made up of Mariclaire “MC” Glaeser (lead vocals, synth), David Tenczar (guitar, backing vocals, synth), Jay Cesak (bass), and Drew Silverman (drums). All have collaborated in different iterations before joining MC in Shy Beast. Newest member, Taylor Wilkins (lead guitar), joined the group after the band finished recording their forthcoming album, Shy ‘Til You Die, which is due out May 30th, 2019.
MC’s mature, feminine vocals belie the vulnerability she confronts in her honest, straightforward songwriting and the refreshingly playful charisma she exudes on stage. This demure beauty breaks free all insecurity—jiving behind the keyboard, breaking into Byrne-esque dance moves, miming her passions and pain, and belting out choruses in a swell of certain strength. With inspiration ranging from The Cardigans to Burt Bacharach, MC says her ultimate goal in writing songs is to “make people feel something similar to my experience, and also get them to move.”
Maximal Music Sync is super psyched to welcome Brooklyn-based indie rockers Haybaby to our roster!
Haybaby is a very good band from Brooklyn, NY, that makes music for human beings. It is post-90s pre-death sometimes loud sometimes less so music for flipping out or being sad to, or you can put it on while driving past a big empty field and feeling a way about yourself. Vice's Noisey called Haybaby's 2015 LP Sleepy Kids "everything you love about grunge, punk, art rock, indie rock, and riot grrrl rolled into one", and The Fader called follow-up EP Blood Harvest "visceral and nearly terrifying." Haybaby's sophomore LP They Get There is due out in June 2019 via Tiny Engines; it's a record about encountering loss and reckoning with legacies of harm both public and personal. They Get There expands on the band's already broad sonic palette, maneuvering between demolishingly huge and delicately small passages with lush layers and an intimate understanding of the power every note can hold.
We are thrilled to welcome acoustic soul singer-songwriter Jenn Mundia to the Maximal Music Sync roster!
Jenn Mundia is a Brooklyn based singer-songwriter with Kenyan roots and a southern upbringing. Her raw and honest vocal has carried her storytelling in albums that will take you from a New York paradise all the way to the point of flipping a coin to decide whether or not to stay in a relationship. As a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Mundia found herself working on the production and engineering side of the business right out of school. Thankfully, she found her way back to the stage singing in her hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, where she recorded “Busy Heart”. Jenn eventually made her way to New York where she created “Heads or Tails” with Greg Seltzer, and she has not stopped writing since. Although the evolution of her sound is clear, you can always crawl inside the airy and vulnerable voice of this acoustic soul songstress and relive her stories as if they were your own. Jenn’s passion outside of her original music is singing background vocals for local acts as well as on national TV. Most recently, you can see Jenn on the stage of Saturday Night Live supporting Kacey Musgraves. She has also made appearances singing on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon behind Wallows and others, as well as Late Night Seth Meyers. Check out jennmundia.com to find Jenn singing her original music around New York, your city, and to stay update on TV appearances and placements.
Maximal Music Sync is definitely feeling lucky - we’re happy to announce that we’re now representing Texas-based Lucky Hound Music and 484 Artist Management for sync!
484 Artist Management provides longevity to developing artists through authenticity while offering unique resources through access to Studios at Fischer Campus. Their roster includes artists like Reuel, Autumn Walker, Dry Clean Only, and Black Satellite. Lucky Hound Music is an open-genre record label that is also part of the Studios at Fischer Campus. The label believes in building artists from the ground up as partners in their success, and works with a variety of artists, including Nobody’s Girl, Matthew Bell and the Next of Kin, Michael Fracasso, and the aforementioned 484 artists, Reuel and Autumn Walker.
Maximal Music Sync is delighted to welcome the genre-melding Boston-based singer-songwriter Matthew Connor to our roster!
Matthew Connor is a crooner for the 21st century, writing heart-wrenching songs that combine the windswept ideals of classic American balladry with stark depictions of modern-day alienation. The Boston-based Connor has a haunting voice that conjures ghosts of past heartbreaks, and he pairs it with spectral guitars that recall country tearjerkers and alt-pop brooding. Connor, who also writes film scores, has proven himself adept at crafting intricately wrought mood music that grabs the most painful parts of his listeners’ souls, then soothes those wounds with his knowing lyrics and evocative voice.
Maximal Music Sync is absolutely thrilled to announce that we are now representing the PEN Music Group catalog for sync!
PEN Music Group, Inc. has operated as a full-service independent music publishing company since 1994, when Michael Eames co-founded it as an alternative to the large multinational publishers. That independent spirit infuses everything PEN does as it celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2019. PEN provides one-on-one attention to their clients and leverages their worldwide network of both administrative and creative relationships to maximize the value of the copyrights they represent.
PEN proudly represents a catalog spanning every musical genre, from pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop to folk, jazz standards, Latin, world music, and film and video game scores, including the work of songwriters and artists such as: Don Felder (formerly of the Eagles), Grammy®-nominated Wendy Waldman; Grammy®-nominated Philippe Saisse; Julia Fordham; Lizz Wright; Gina Schock (The Go-Gos); Raining Jane; Shana Halligan; Dan Bern; Ivor Novello Award winner Pam Sheyne; Emmy®-nominated composer Miriam Cutler; Emmy®-nominated lyricist Amy Powers; Sam Barsh & Dan Seeff; CJ Vanston; JoLi; and Todd Wright, alongside a developing roster of independent and up-and-coming artists and bands, including Mikey Wax, Holly Conlan, ShyBoy, Jaime Wyatt, Gospel Whiskey Runners, LittleDNGR, Kimberly Cole, James Day, and The Hundred Days, among numerous others.
We are so very happy to announce that Maximal Music Sync is now repping RED MUSIC, including Lostboycrow, Jake Miller, birthday, and Trifecta, for sync placements and licensing!
Founded in 2017, RED MUSIC is a label group and multi-faceted label services division of Sony Music. RED MUSIC is home to a diverse roster of Sony Music artists, joint venture label brands and partners like Century Media, Disruptor Records, Triple Tigers and 88 Classic. RED MUSIC is home to a robust division of label services that include radio promotion, advertising, streaming marketing, publicity, brand partnerships, sync, influencer marketing, digital marketing and creative services.
Maximal Music Sync is super psyched to welcome St. Louis-based indie rockers Sleepy Kitty to our roster!
With Paige Brubeck on vocals/guitar and Evan Sult (former Bound Stems and Harvey Danger) on drums/tapes, Sleepy Kitty makes what NYLON magazine describes as “rainbow-tinged indie pop." Distorted guitar layers and hooky vocals garner comparisons to Courtney Barnett and the Breeders, while Brooklyn Vegan describes them as “a grungier, more layered Best Coast.” The duo's garagey drums, engrossing melodies and layered harmonies create a sound derived as much from the Velvet Underground as from Gershwin. Both musicians are also designers and screenprinters, and the influence of Warhol and Rauschenberg doesn’t stop in their visual art – Sleepy Kitty's songs are often spiked with shards of French 60s yé-yé, jazz standards, and even deconstructed Beatles songs, making both their live sets and recordings a surprising audio pop-art collage.