Total Music & Entertainment
Total Music & Entertainment 25th Anniversary

From The Owner

I am extremely proud that something that I started in June, 1987 is still going strong all these years later! Though the company was officially named as 'TME' then, it was actually not the very beginning of the story. The company actually started several years earlier as a sound company with a different name.

How It Began
After moving from Los Angeles back to Pittsburgh to finish high school, Tony joined the family business and worked his way up the ranks of production in the major concert industry. Two weeks after he graduated he went right out on the road. He soon earned a national reputation as a world-class Audio Engineer while doing sound for many popular entertainers throughout the 1980's and 1990's. He has done stints, starting with Tony Orlando and Dawn and Andy Williams to such acts as Bon Jovi and U2. His ability as an audio engineer also led to many mixing opportunities in major recording studios including, The Record Plant and Electric Lady Land, among many others, and was were he would learn how to become a producer.

Also, in his "free time" Tony would write songs. This is where he would learn his most painful lessons in the entertainment business. But it was also be where he learned some of the most critical elements that would lead to some of his biggest and most long-lasting success.

Enjoying growing success in both live and studio production put tremendous demand on his time and it soon became clear that he would have to decide between the two. Having already been established in major concerts and faced with litigation with his songwriting partner over royalties - made it clear that he should go with live entertainment. Though the constant traveling allowed him to be based anywhere, Tony chose to be in his hometown of Pittsburgh, where he soon began providing many entertainment services to local entertainment companies with help from some of his closest friends. Wanting a team environment, Tony started a company named High Tech Sound (HTS) - which people took to calling HiTS. Another company called Hi-Tec Sound prompted a name change to Totally Incorporated High Tech Sound (TIHTS), but it was soon realized that a company could not be taken serious when the connotation that name had with the female breast became more relevant than the actual function of the company.


The Story Of TME
Total Music & Entertainment began business in June, 1987. It happened as a result from the first individuals interested in investing in to the company as well as looking for an image and a name that was more professional and that could be marketed. It would also become separate from the sound company that was named as Tony Marinacci Sound. Using all the experience, resources and contacts Tony gained on the road, helped turn TME into an ever-growing company. Though specializing in live entertainment, it would add a number of services over the years to accommodate needs in the area. Next, several local partnerships involving major concerts, made TME one of the most resourceful entertainment companies in the region throughout the 1990's.

TME's original mission was to help its hometown by providing local acts and venues with an affordable level of professional entertainment services that were the same as the major clients received. It was an idea that worked well for many years. But no good deeds go unpunished - and when the company began squabbling with some local bands over a 10% ($25-$50) booking fee and other acts only looking for handouts, it became unproductive to continue on with those services.

TME had by now established its four-core services that it has always been known for providing; Audio, Recording, Live Production Personnel and Entertainment Services for major events. The "Tour Services" also gained national recognition. Some other services like Computer and Electrical would become quite popular and have continued even to this day. We have gained all our clientele by providing top quality service. But the national concert scene was changing and it's effects locally got the attention of the company that a major change to the emphasis of its operations was needed and quick.

Tony had also found some success as a songwriter that was separate from the company, from 1989 to 1994. Despite a huge legal battle over misuse of material by his songwriting partner and his associates, Tony did manage to complete many projects ranging from commercial songs to material in motion pictures and computer games. Tony also began assembling a modest amount of recording equipment for his own projects. His reputation as an Audio Engineer had always put him in demand mixing in studios, where he was also able to acquire much cutting edge software. As he began to assemble what had now become quite a substantial collection, he soon realized he had digital capabilities that were on par with major production facilities.

Focusing too much on the concert part of the industry was almost fatal when starting in 1997, major tours began to decrease at a pace of over 15% a year. TME was not able to able to retain its entire staff and continued on as practically a 1-man-show. Then in 1999 Tony suffered a series of serious physical setbacks that left him hampered for several years. The physical demands of the concert industry, made it all but certain it was time to change gears or lose everything.

As TME was on the brink of extinction, Tony was working his way back. The company found it difficult to establish some new services locally as it had outgrown the area. Fortunately Tony had his studio and added those assets to the company. By 2001 he was well enough to work steady in a less physically demanding environment. He would record many types of projects and his work as a producer with local talent was gaining recognition. However, the lack of a permanent location prevented him from going beyond a project studio status.

A short line of independent CD releases would create a timely production deal with a major label in 2003/04. Though it yielded little in sales results, it helped the company secure what it would take to run as an independent operation. It also secured a path to digital distribution through iTunes and many other online distribution affiliates. In 2005 things finally settled in one spot and TME refocused its direction by dropping nearly a third of its services. As a result, the company was again able to regain its position as a premier provider of professional entertainment services. Also, having a more suitable place to record in opened more opportunities.

Now venturing into new areas, again using Tony's overall industry experience, specifically in music publishing, TME has again found new opportunities which shows it will continually be able to develop and adapt to the changing entertainment industry for virtually unlimited possibilities in the future.

Another development deal starting in 2012 allowed the company to upgrade in many areas. It started by adding new computer technology and upgrades to our studio resources. Then by creating a mobile website and marketing platform that has gotten the attention of many industry professionals. It separated all publishing aspects to create a BMI affiliated company. It has also made the company's record label a separate entity and has officially joined the RIAA and Nielsen SoundScan.

It's ironic that when TME started that it was very reluctant not to be involved in the Publishing and Record Label side of the industry and that it has now become a significant business advantage, and is perhaps half the reason for why TME is an even stronger company than ever before.

Clients
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Comments
These are comments from friend from over the years.
"I would like to say that although we haven't seen that much of each other, Tony and I have always kept in touch over the years. He struck me as a very determined young man. He has always sent me CD's of his latest project and kept me up to date on what he was working on. To me, he was always working on something. I am very proud to know this young man and I say, "Look out world, here he comes". I know one thing, he has always, from day one, been a wonderful support system and I thank him for all the uplifting words he has said to me over the years. I wish nothing but the best for this talented man. God Bless him."
By: - Joyce Vincent 2012 - (Friend since April 1976) Tony Orlando and Dawn, Vincent Sisters, Former Ladies of Supremes

"It was always a pleasure. U2 loves YOU to."
By: - Paul McGuinness - U2

"It was great having you aboard. Wish you much success."
By: - Jim Shock & Bob Rock - Bon Jovi

"(Tony) You are truly a great audio engineer and a tremendous person!"
By: - Greg Bockart - Yamaha Musical Instruments (USA)

"Congrats Tony! Thank you for teaching me so much. You are still the best soundman I have ever heard(seen). You've also been a terrific friend!"
By: - Ritchie Santori - The Record Plant east

"Congratulations TME! I haven't heard a soundman better than Tony in 25 yrs in this industry. I can see why you've been around so long."
By: - Ken Mallet - Show Co Sound

"Would you please just get a real job!"
By: - Darlene Marinacci - Mother (RIP)

"Without Tony, and TME the Pennsylvania Rock Show would never had sustained itself for 8 years. Tony took the time to teach me how to run a sound board and has been both a great asset to the show and someone that I am proud to call my friend."
By: - William Domiano - Pennsylvania Rock Show and AK Music Scene

"Out of all the studios I have recorded in, and all the producers I have worked with, I think TME and Tony M. have been the greatest. Tony isn't afraid to let you know something doesn't work, and he has the experience to find something that does. I am happy and proud to be a member of the TME family, and look forward to future projects with Tony."
By: - Sam Hudson - Lead Singer - SickleEye

"Hello Tony, Just a little note to say we are pleased to have experienced over the last few months a bonding relationship. We are pleased to have joined with the TME family and I myself am glad that I have the chance to work one on one with you - Mirror Entertainment and its artist wish you and your team another successful 25 years in the industry and here's to 2012 being the year that we begin to take it all. "
By: - Rose Marie Jarvis - President/Founder of Mirror Entertainment

"Congrats Tony and TME for the first 25!! Looking forward to the next 25 years of great music!!!"
By: - Daryl Strodes - Artist and Songwriter

"Happy 25th to Tony and the entire team at TME. Wishing you guys continued success for many, many more years to come. Thank you for your trust and faith in my music."
By: - John Vento and The Nied's Hotel Band

"Tony,
Never thought when we met in September 1992, that we would some day be going to battle every day. I can remember doing my internship at my uncle's firm, helping you get you stolen songs back. You've never backed down from any fight and it sure has been fun kicking ass with you all these years! I'm sure uncle Jerome is watching, proud as can be. Here's to many more!"

By: - Eric Weinstein - Vice President & Chairman

"Tony,
I met you when I 7 and thought you were the coolest person ever. Candy took me to your studio when I was 18 and knew you were the coolest person ever! Now that I've been working for you for a while, I can't thank you enough for letting me be a part of something so cool! You've ALWAYS been a great boss, great friend and someone I love very much."

By: - Lexi Reynolds - Executive Manager - National Operations & Marketing

"Tony,
Thanks for bringing me on and letting me become a part of your company. It's been the best time of my life! I want to be here for 25 years and more! Thanks for helping me through college and telling me that you would fire me if I quit ... it did make me go back and finish. You always push me to be my best!"

By: - Chris Tant - Manager - Local Operations & Sales

"Tony,
Thanks for 3 of the best years ever. I hope to be here for the next 25 years!"

By: - "That's the fact Jack" Jack Kennesaw



Company Timeline
This is a timeline of significant events in the history of the company

1
9
8
4
Jan Start Totally Incorporated High Tech Sound (TIHTS)
1
9
8
5
June Tony begins working Tony Orlando Tour
1
9
8
6
Jan
July
Changes name to Tony Marinacci Sound (large club)
Tony begins working Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet Tour
1
9
8
7
Feb
June
June
Sept
Audio Engineers Scociety names Tony one of top Audio Engineers in all US (9 years)
Starts Total Music & Entertainment
Tony Marinacci Sound expands to (2-3k seaters). 1st client is BB King
Tony begins working at Civic Arena
1
9
8
8
1/1 Tony begins partnership with B/B-S Publishing Company
1
9
8
9
Feb Dissolves Tony Marinacci Sound
1
9
9
0
April
6/17
Begin offering professional entertainment services locally
Tony begins working at Star Lake Amphitheater
1
9
9
1
1/1
April
Start Madrigal Publishing Company
Tony begins development deal with Virgin Records
1
9
9
2
Feb
March
Aug
Sept
Nov
Move to Penn Hills (Universal Road)
THE CRASH OF '92 (lose all data from computer sever)
Tony begins working U2 Zoo TV Tour
Start 8-track project studio with unlimited MIDI (Tony Marinacci Productions)
Tony begins development deal with Geffen Records
1
9
9
3
1
9
9
4
1
9
9
5
  
8/6
  
Studio client booking exceeded in-house projects
1
9
9
6
Feb-May First downsizing in company history
1
9
9
7
1
9
9
8
Feb
May
Start NONA Jams Publishing Company
Company finishes downsizing and establishes the "Core 4" services
TOTAL MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT TME RECORDINGS
1
9
9
9
Mar-Dec Convert all company operations to digital   
May    Start TME Records, Ltd.
June    Tony Marinacci - Time For The Other Shoe To Drop (Cassette)
  
Tony Marinacci - Time For The Other Shoe To Drop
2
0
0
0
June Start Madrigal Publishing Company Inc. (A.S.C.A.P.)   
June Start NONA Jams Publishing Company Inc. (B.M.I.)   
6/22    Tony Marinacci - Time For The Other Shoe To Drop
Tony Marinacci - Time For The Other Shoe To Drop
2
0
0
1
Jan Shuts down Tony Marinacci Productions   
Jan TME takes over studio assets from Tony Marinacci Productions   
1/8    Veronica Lateef
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2
2/19    Tony Marinacci - Instrumentals
March Produce Company Video in house   
Dec Shut down Madrigal Publishing Company Inc. (A.S.C.A.P.)   
Dec Shut down NONA Jams Publishing Company Inc. (B.M.I.)   
Tony Marinacci - Instrumentals
2
0
0
3
1/1 THE CRASH OF '03. No data loss. 3 months to recover.   
3/5 - 7 Move to Harmer   
6/9    Begin name change to TME Recordings
8/26 Launch website   
9/2    First day all products in stores
Oct TME takes over all publishing assets   
2
0
0
4
1/15 Sign development deal with Interscope   
June    First music video previews
7/17    Nied's Hotel Band
Aug    Time For The Other Shoe To Drop tops 1,000 units sold
Oct    Tony Marinacci - Instrumentals tops 1,000 units sold
  
  
  
Nied's Hotel Band - Nied's Hotel
2
0
0
5
1/18    Complete name change to TME Recordings
Mar Upgrade studio DAW & editing workstations. Added Sampler station.   
Mar-Apr Significant website upgrades (Forums, Playlists, media)   
6/11 The Move pt 1 (to Wilkins)   
9/24 The Move pt 2 (to Penn Hills)   
  
2
0
0
6
1/1 Most all operations are shutdown for just over 6 months.   
7/1 Launch new company website design (BWS)   
7/18    John Vento & the Nied's Hotel Band - Nied's Hotel 2
8/1    Launch new TME Recordings website
10/31    Tony Marinacci - Tight But Loose
Nov Make Disc Makers exclusive CD/DVD media supplier   
John Vento & the Nied's Hotel Band - Nied's Hotel 2
Tony Marinacci - Tight But Loose
2
0
0
7
1/1 Begin major company reorganization plan   
Jan New Website Server company for media playback   
Feb    Record CD sales over 6,200 units per year
5/1    Launch new TME Recordings website design
June    Launch new SNOCAP/BMI online sales
Sept    TME Recordings (indie label) affiliates with RIAA
8/9 The Flood - Studio & offices are flooded   
10/9    John Vento & the Nied's Hotel Band - The Way That You Roll (original)
  
John Vento and the Nied's Hotel Band -  The Way That You Roll
2
0
0
8
March Complete major studio software upgrades   
7/28    Begin digital distribution through SNOCAP
8/5    Daryl Strodes - 2008 EP
Daryl Strodes - EP (2008)
2
0
0
9
Feb    Begin TME Recordings Online Distribution Affiliates
April THE CRASH OF '09 (lose parts of last 18 months)   
6/9    SickleEye - 2009 CD Sampler
9/1    Begin digital distribution through iTunes and more
12/1    Daryl Strodes - 2009 EP
SickleEye - 2009 CD Sampler
Daryl Strodes - EP (2009)
2
0
1
0
5/17 VP & Co-Founder Jerome Weinstein passes away   
6/18    John Vento & the Nied's Hotel Band - Archives
6/26 Last concert Mellon/Civic Arena   
Aug Begin Flight 93 Memorial Campaign   
9/18 First event at Consol Energy Center   
Nied's Hotel Band - Archives
2
0
1
1
Feb New studio DAW and major software upgrade   
Feb    Begin European distribution
6/7    John Vento & the Nied's Hotel Band - The Way That You Roll (final)
Aug Launch TME Mobile Website Launch TME Recordings Mobile Website
9/21 Start Tony Marinacci Publishing - BMI   
12/1    TME Recordings - Begin new investors
  
  
John Vento and the Nied's Hotel Band -  The Way That You Roll
2
0
1
2
1/3    Tony Marinacci - Here We Go
April    TME Recordings welcomes Vincent Sisters
June Launch Tony Marinacci Publishing - BMI website   
Tony Marinacci - Here We Go


Hall Of Fame
There have been many people come by over the years. Most good - some not so good. These are the ones who have left their mark from over the years.

Tony Marinacci
Anastacia Grear
Jerome Weinstein
Stacey Marinacci
Vince Canpone
Karen "Candy Girl" Rinaldo
Mike Choby
Jimmy DeMatteo
Vinnie DeMatteo
Allan Miller
Joe Pappanick
Dale Deer
Chris Walsh
Damian
Marty "The Scarab King" Henderson
Ira Madison
Eric Pfserer
Allen Roberts
Sean Leech
Tommy Larkin
Rick "Privy" Briedy
Rene` Wolfe
Michael Kreiger
Bill Damiano
Eric Weinstein
Lexi Reynolds
Chris Tant



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