Tony Marinacci (TME) on the Pennsylvania Rock Show PARS
On September 2, 2015, Tony Marinacci passed away from his battle with cancer. Tony was a huge supporter of the Pennsylvania Rock Show and AK Music Scene. As a way of memorializing him, we put together an montage of all the interview portions from TME appearances on the Pennsylvania Rock Show. Tony’s mark on the Pennsylvania Rock Show and AK Music Scene are unable to be measured. He will be sorely missed.
The Shows involving Mr. Marinacci
- Nied’s Hotel Band 05-11-2005
- Tony Marinacci 09-21-2005
- JJ Smith 05-19-2006
- The Best of TME on PARS 08-04-2006
- TME 04-17-2009
- SickleEye 02-12-2012
- Tony Marinacci 04-12-2012
- Tony Marinacci 02-07-2014
Tony Marinacci is a professional producer, songwriter and musician. Currently, he runs an entertainment company – Total Music & Entertainment, multimedia recording studio and BMI affiliated music publishing company. Based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he is from one of the most accomplished and respected entertainment families to come from the area. Though his experience covers nearly every aspect of the entertainment industry, he has gained the most recognition as an audio engineer for major concerts and a wide range of world-class productions. His services are highly sought after by many live entertainment companies. His extensive studio capabilities also have him in very high demand. He has also been interviewed in MIX and EQ magazines as well as Variety, Billboard and many times in the Pittsburgh media.
From the very beginning, Tony has always been around world-class entertainers. His first real experience came when he joined his father who was a Lighting Director for Tony Orlando and Dawn. Also part of that crew was his father’s cousin, John DeSantis, who was already one of the best Production Managers in the biz. Tony has always had excellent instruction and mighty big shoes to fill.
Musically Tony learned piano while growing up in Pittsburgh. After his parents divorced he moved to California with his father. Growing up in the business as a 10-year-old kid in 1976, working on the road crew during summers and holidays. Being around professional musicians, he learned several other instruments, before finding his true love, and became an excellent guitarist. However, despite becoming a pretty good player, he realized that it would still be difficult to make a living being just a musician. Taking advantage of the professional entertainment environment around him, he was able to explore other production jobs. He gravitated towards sound and found that he was able to run mixing consoles. Soon, in 1982, he began helping doing sound for Tony Orlando.
After moving back to Pittsburgh to graduate high school, Tony went right out on the road. He would soon earn a national reputation throughout the late 1980’s and 1990’s, as a great Audio Engineer while doing sound for many people, including larger Vegas acts, as well as stints with Bon Jovi and U2. This would also lead to mixing experiences in major recording studios including, The Record Plant and Electric Lady Land, among others, and was also the begining to him becoming a great producer. The constant traveling allowed him to be based anywhere, so, he settled back in Pittsburgh, where he had also started TME. Using all the experience and resources he gained doing other tasks on the road, he had turned TME into a growing company – specializing in live entertainment. Next, several local partnership involving major concerts in the area, made TME one of the most resourceful entertainment companies in the region throughout the 1990’s.
Doing sound however, did not fulfill his need to be creative. He had begun writing songs as a teenager, and in his early 20’s, began to build his personal studio around an elaborate MIDI setup and a Fostex pro 8-track. A chance meeting in 1990 proved he was writing quality material, when it got him signed to write for a platinum-selling artists’ album on Virgin. The project however, was unfortunately shelved. After it was clear that they were not going to move ahead with any more plans, his contract was bought out. Hooking up with some friends at Geffen, he worked on several unique projects, and other opportunities later lead to work on Nissan television commercials, and some experiences in motion pictures with Disney and Universal Films.
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 leaned the decision. However, faced with unsuccessful efforts with recording projects, coupled with his then song writing partner taking material and the project name and releasing it as his own, excluding Tony from any credits or royalties – pretty much made it clear that he should go with live entertainment.
Concentrated too much in the concert business was almost fatal when starting in 1997, the entire industry began to decrease tours at a pace of 10-15% a year. TME was not able to evolve as the industry continued to shrink. Then in 1999 Tony suffered a series of personal illnesses. Now, physically hampered, in a demanding industry, made it all but certain it was time to change gears.
As TME was on the brink of extinction, Tony was working his way back. Fortunately he had his studio assets as his reputation as a great Audio Engineer had always put him in demand mixing in the studio, where he was also able to acquire 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. By 2001 he was well enough to work steady in a less physically demanding environment. He also would begin to record various types of projects and work as a producer with local talent. However, lack of a permanent location prevented him from going beyond a project studio status.
In 2005 things settled in one spot and Tony refocused the company’s direction by dropping nearly a third of its services. As a result, TME has again regained its position as a premier provider of professional entertainment services. Also, having a more suitable place to record in opens more opportunities. Now venturing into new areas, again using Tony’s overall industry experience, specifically in music publishing, TME has created a new line of services – which continually develop and adapt to the changing record industry for virtually unlimited possibilities in the future. It’s ironic in how much TME was not involved in that side of the industry, that it has now become a significant business advantage, and is perhaps half the reason for what has made it an even stronger company than ever before.
Needing to create, Tony is now back to writing songs and doing more recording. Completing his home studio has allowed him to build an extensive catalog, and has again gained the attention of several record companies and Artists. Currently he is working on many projects, and is producing some of the best music that he has done in years. Having had the fires re-ignited there may be no end in sight.