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Archive for February 10, 2012

Manor House Media Composer Cody Maniates

Music from Brighton Colorado. Cody is extremely creative, he gave us a few minutes of his time to tell us more.

How did you get started, little history bio basically?
My mother found me at a hospital in 1977 and filled the role of a vicarious artist, and so it all began! Seriously though, I got my start playing guitar and diversified from there. The piano is my main instrument and my forte, which helps me to write balanced compositions with a solid melodic platform.

What or who inspired you?
Bill Collectors, people with big houses and lots of cool stuff, that Nickleback song “Rock Star”. Mostly my inspiration came from film scores like those by John Williams (Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park), Jerry Goldsmith (Star trek Movie themes, Poltergeist), and Alan Menken (numerous Disney movies) which always drove a scene beyond where the actors could take it emotionally.

What instruments do you play and who manufactured them?
I currently play a keyboard by Roland, acoustic guitar by Sigma, and any other instrument I can find time with!

What do you listen too?
Vulcan logic, my heart, the universe, oh and my two daughters begging for things I can’t afford…

What makes you happy? sad?
Happy: Skinny jeans on women, montages, root beer, cool people who interview me, and of course my family.
Sad: Movies where people lose a finger, when “The Wonders” broke up, and skinny jeans on men.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Try to ignore the endless TV theme song database in my head. There’s no reason to still remember the theme song to Webster or Buck Rodgers, it’s weird. Remember Air Wolf…? I DO!

If you could do anything you wanted what would it be?
Bungee jump from the moon. I haven’t found a cord long enough though…Among my career goals, I hope to compose soundtracks for major motion pictures…. Steven Spielberg, call me.

Anything else you think people don’t already know about you that you want to share?
I am a cancer survivor and it has shown me that life can be short. Live in the moment while planning for the future and go after your dreams no matter what stands in your way.

Have you got another album in the works and/or music videos?
I am constantly working on new songs and ideas, so check often! I also have a top secret project in the works, but you can’t see that yet.

Who manages you and how is that going?
My wife…um, it’s going great according to her!

Check out more about Manor House Media at these links. Very best to Cody.
Facebook, ReverbNation, Twitter, YouTube.

Music News…..etc.

New Albums Out and Coming Out.
Dive “The Acoustic EP” comes out in March
David Cook “The Quiet Night” EP is out now
Van Halen “A Different Kind of Truth”
Madonna “MDNA”
Lyle Lovett “Release Me”
Adam Lambert “Trespassing”
The Cranberries “Roses”
Heartless Bastards “Arrows”
Iron Maiden “En Vivo!”

Playing in the Denver Area.
The Darkness Feb 15th at Summit Music Hall
Saints Feb 16th Marquis Theater
Kevin Nealon Feb 17 & 18 Comedy Works South
Wale Feb 17th Summit Music Hall
Ballyhoo! Feb 18 The Black Sheep
Soja Feb 25 Ogden Theater
Iced Earth Feb 25 Summit Music Hall

The Colorado Music Hall of Fame will be inducting Barry Fey and Harry Tuft at the Stadium Club, Folsom Field Boulder, Feb 12th.

Don’t forget this weekend is the Grammy Awards.

People gone but not forgotten.
Etta James, Leslie Carter, Don Cornelius, Dick Kniss, David Peaston, Clare Fisher, Gerry Rafferty, Amy Winehouse, Andrea True, Johnny Otis, Larry Butler, Jimmy Castor, Nick Ashford, Phoebe Snow, Pinetop Perkins, Nate Dogg, Don Kirshner, DJ Mehdi, M-Bone, John Walker, Larry “Wild Man” Fisher, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, Dobie Gray