Do you ever dream of being a singer? Do you go to shows in Atlantic City and wish that it was you on stage performing? Do you have a passion for music? Do you wish there was a local place you could go to record your songs? Well, for those of you who have a passion for music and are gifted enough to express your talents, there are very few local outlets that will allow you to get your creative juices flowing.
However, I was very excited to find out that there is a new recording studio, La Famiglia Studio, which just opened on Tilton Road in Northfield. The studio is owned by Anna Casciole (aka Anina) and Joe Bonofiglia (aka J-Bono). They chose their studio name because they want you to have the “family vibe” when you walk in.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Casciole recently.
How involved are you in the music business?
I’ve been in the entertainment industry since I was about 16 years old. I’ve done modeling, acting, and been developing my own music career as well. I’ve done things from MTV to smaller networks. I’m still on the hustle today! Joe is also in the industry; his most recent gig is with a new cutting-edge television pilot called Westchester. Musically, J-Bono has performed from the Atlantic City casinos in South Jersey to the clubs in Philly and New York.
Can you explain what type of services you offer?
The services that we are offering exceed the services that the average studio can provide. We not only record music, we also offer videography and photography. We offer a live space for bands to rehearse, compose, or just rock out. We are offering “kid packages” too. The child will record the song of their choice. Then we will interview the child, and take pictures. We then put it together on a DVD that can be played at home. This option is great for parents that want to either create a memory, or actually pursue their child’s career. This is known in the entertainment world as a “press pack.” Press packs will also be available for aspiring artists of all areas of the entertainment business — music, acting, modeling.
Are you having any opening specials?
For an opening special, we are providing our customers with a low $50 an hour session. Also if you buy four hours you get the fifth free.
What is the benefit of someone recording in your studio?
Not only is La Famiglia one of the only studios around this area, but we offer such a wide variety of products that are beneficial to all artists or bands. Our recording booth is designed to fit and record a live band. Or they can just rent the space to rehearse. We also just built a new vocal booth that is made with state-of-the-art soundproofing material. Another thing about us is if an artist is serious about doing it as a career, we will help push their music.
When someone makes an appointment to record in the studio how long does a typical session last?
We do a session per hour. So [it depends] on how many hours the artist chooses. If they are interested in making a demo it could be a few hours.
Do you have any advice for aspiring singers or resources you would like to share?
Yes, of course, I have tons! One of our major goals is to accommodate our local artists who have dreams of making it. Nothing is impossible. ... Come in and we’ll chat.
Whitney is an on-air multimedia personality, and works behind the scenes helping businesses gain extra exposure, through her WIN Promotions video production services.