Ed Cohen

Ed Cohen


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Ed Cohen

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CEO/Pres.
Bio
Ed is a native of New Haven, Connecticut and a graduate of the University of Connecticut, Class of 1969. In 1965, he founded Bands Unlimited which later morphed into Miriam Cohen Productions with his wife as his business partner. The business soon became the largest independent music management/booking agency in New England: managing five bands and booking 100. Simultaneously, he was playing 2nd sax, percussion and was backup singer for “The Gravy Train”. Throughout his involvement in the East Coast music scene, he worked with: Jerry Greenberg (later President of Atlantic Records and MJJ Music for Michael Jackson at Sony); Craig McGregor (Foghat); Bobby Torello (Edgar Winter); Fred Parris and the 5 Satins (of “In the Still of the Night" fame); and Michael Bolton (formerly known as Michael Bolotin); and many others. 

 In 1974, Ed encountered Dave Biro and his invention, The Birotron- widely recognized as the rarest instrument in rock music history. Ed arranged a meeting with Rick Wakeman, keyboardist of YES, while in search of an endorsement to raise funds to build the instrument. Wakeman instead suggested a partnership with manufacturing being carried out at his factory in High Wickham, UK. However,only 17 units were produced. Even so, the Birotron was used on recordings by YES, Wakeman, Tangerine Dream and extensively on the road. 

 In 1980, Ed left the music scene with the emergence of disco. No one could pay him enough to play or even listen to THAT! 

 When Ed moved to Southern California in 2008, he started hearing the music that he loved –ROCK! At a chance meeting poolside at a Palm Springs resort he met Robin McCauley, the lead singer of Survivor (now with the Michael Schenker Group). After a two-hour conversation, Robin said something that gave Ed pause for thought. Robin said,”You know what I’m most grateful about in life? That, at my age, I’m still privileged to perform and entertain audiences.“ Ed reflected on the great sounds of the 60’s and 70’s with the tight bass and drums, screaming guitars and incredible vocal harmonies, and realized that with all of the “Rockers” aging, this valuable musical legacy could be lost forever. Moreover, he believed that there had been no incentive in years for young bands to spend a lot of time writing music - what with clubs making them pay-to-play and people stealing the bands’ original songs when they did get them out into the public. 

 Ed decided that his first task was to revive and restore the 200 plus tapes from the groups he had worked with in Connecticut, and save them to digital media. He dubbed this effort “Rock Garden Conspiracy” – an effort to bring back those great sounds of yesteryear in a modern format for today’s fans. While learning recording techniques at Guitar Center, he met Rick Tucker, a prolific songwriter (1000 + songs to his credit) and a veteran film producer. They hit it off immediately and Ed started to manage Rick’s music career. They soon agreed that the best arrangement for their respective music careers would be to create an all-encompassing music conglomerate covering management, a music label, publishing and music placement.
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Expertise
artist management, record label, music production
Interests
indie rock, hard rock, classic rock, singer/songwriter, alternative rock, folk rock, pop music, progressive rock
Location
Palmdale, CA

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Sean Rubin submitted media.

Ed Cohen

Very strange and different in a good way.  I found it fresh and entertaining.

Juliana Strangelove submitted media.

To Amsterdam by Juliana Strangelove

Ed Cohen

Hi Julia. I enjoyed the tune-nice flow and feel.  Your writing seems best suited for film/TV placement vs Top 40.  hry to get it to music supervisors.

Michael Jaymes submitted media.

Chasing Tomorrow by Michael Jaymes

Ed Cohen

Hi Michael,
In general, I liked the tune...started off really nice, didn't quite take me anywhere for a bit, then built nicely and finished very strong.  My recommendation is to get a very strong country producer to tighten the whole package up, and add his own magic to it-sounds like a potential hit with the right producer.

Jay Clark submitted media.

Get Wild by Jay Clark Band

Ed Cohen

Good song, well arranged, backup vocals get you extra points, driving guitar work, well recorded...what more can I say?  Loved it.

Ulrich Ellison submitted media.

I'm Down by Ulrich Ellison and Tribe

Ed Cohen

Hey Ulrich,

Nicely done on the tune video concept and production...ya' had me laughin'!  Went on to a few of the YouTube videos and enjoyed those as well.

Sincerely, 
Ed

Chris Moreno submitted media.

All I Need by Chris Moreno

Ed Cohen

Hey Chris...really nice song, well produced.  The backing vocals really drive the song, and the song itself is strong. Definitely could be a country crossover.

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Ed Cohen

What can I say?  It rocks, it drives, it has a unique feel....love it.

Dean Merritt submitted media.

Fire Away by Trouble in the Wind

Ed Cohen

Hi guys, I basically liked the song.  Need to shorten the intro somewhat 33 seconds is too long.  Lead vocal seems to be straining at the top range--harmonies blend in well. Need to add a bridge to expand the idea, and break the monotony of verse/chorus.  The drums need to lay down a strong rhythm...just seem to be floating in the track.  Bass needs to be more prominent as well.
This is a good start...get a good producer onboard to flesh it out..

Sean Adams submitted media.

You and Only You by The Anchoress

Ed Cohen

The song and lead female vocal are good, but the male harmony vocal does not blend well,  Make that wor, and you may have a winner here,

Moses biko submitted media.

Ed Cohen

Not my normal genre, but interesting music with a terrific groove.

Olivia Hadjiioannou submitted media.

Ed Cohen

It's a nice tune.  I would get with a producer who can take it to the next level, and create the emotional dynamics the song leans towards.

Mike Patton submitted media.

Party Never Ends by 3 Parts Dead

Ed Cohen

A great kick-ass rock 'n roll band.  Good production and solid vocals.  Liked the whole Soundcloud page.  Would love to catch you guys live.

Pedro Meirelles submitted media.

Nostalgia by Pedro Meirelles

Ed Cohen

Outstanding piece and performance...really enjoyed it!