BHP MUSIC/GUITAR TRAX
This catalog includes the publishing and masters of the Guitar Trax record label that specialized in instrumental guitar music by some of the best artists in the industry. The label releases the Guitar Master Series featuring legends: Larry Coryell, Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde, Billy Sheehan to name a few.
TERM: LIFE OF COPYRIGHT
PAYMENT FOR WINNING BID: Please disregard the PayPal info listed. Payments can be wired, it will not be via PayPal.
CATALOG: This catalog includes the publishing and masters of the Guitar Trax record label that specialized in instrumental guitar music by some of the best artists in the industry. The label releases the Guitar Master Series featuring legends: Larry Coryell, Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde, Billy Sheehan to name a few (Full List Below). The releases were composed, compiled and produced by Tarquin, receiving rave reviews from Guitar Player, Guitar World and Vintage Guitar Magazines.
RIGHTS INCLUDED: • 100% OF THE SELLERS MASTERS AND PUBLISHING PAID BY SESAC
TYPE OF ASSETS: MASTER AND PUBLISHING
AVG REVENUE IN THE REPORTED LAST TWELVE MONTHS: $ 2,492
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own the masters to some of the best guitarists in the world listed below.
Guitar Master Series
Steve Morse (Deep Purple)
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy)
Billy Sheehan (Mr Big)
Mike Stern (Miles Davis)
Bumblefoot (Guns N’ Roses)
Reb Beach (Whitesnake)
Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake)
Hal Lindes (Dire Straits)
Chris Poland (Megadeth)
Chuck Loeb (FourPlay)
Alex De Rosso (Dokken)
Tony Franklin (Jimmy Page)
Will Ray (The Hellecasters)
Jeff Scott Soto (Journey)
Jeff Watson (Night Ranger)
Trey Gunn (King Crimson)
Max Middleton (Jeff Beck)
In 2019 we received the Global Music Gold Award for Orlando In Heaven for “Best Album.” Three years in a row (2016-2019) we received “Best Album Of The Year” nominations from the Independent Music Awards for the releases Guitars For Wounded Warriors, Orlando in Heaven and Guitars for Veterans.
BHP Music-Guitar Trax Records, LLC
In the early 2000’s, I started a boutique record label called BHP MUSIC/GUITAR TRAX, specializing in instrumental guitar music that was distributed by Redeye Distribution physically and digitally. Having been a successful jazz artist with a number of radio hits on Smooth Jazz Radio and being blessed by winning EMMY Awards for music composition, I decided to start an artist-run label. I concentrated on producing records for the artistic value, not the commercial one. As a side note, it is worth pointing out that when I started the label physical CDs still made up the majority of sales.
I tapped into my contacts and began to release the Guitar Master Series licensing various tracks from artists as Randy Coven, Zakk Wylde, Stanley Clarke & Joe Satriani. I also composed specialty albums, inviting famous guitarists like Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan, Leslie West, Gary Hoey, to guest on each track making them “Work for Hires”. By doing so the label would control the masters, copyrights and publishing of the songs. I also released various Classic Rock Tribute albums as Get the Led Out! Led Zeppelin, El Becko: Jeff Beck, Lenny: Stevie Ray Vaughan, to name a few. In 2010 I produced and released virtuoso bassist Randy Coven’s last album, Nu School featuring Leslie West. The label became a favorite among guitar heads and received rave reviews from Guitar Player, Premier Guitar, Guitar World, and Vintage Guitar Magazines.
At this same time, I built a recording studio called Jungle Room Studios where many of the releases were recorded. The studio featured an extensive analog/digital facility featuring a collection of classic outboard gear as, Trident recording console, Neve Compressor 33609, Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor, Neve 1074, Chandler ltd Germanium Compressor and a host of other gear including an array of microphones, guitars & amplifiers. Jungle Room Studios has been featured in Mix, Vintage Guitar, Progression, and Recording magazines.
After 30 years in the music industry, and the plethora of changes in the market, I have decided to sell the label and contents. I realize for buyers the bottom line is sales numbers but unfortunately the numbers are underperforming, in part because of the way people consume music through new technology today. However, I feel there is a lot of value in the catalog for the right buyer and endless opportunity to exploit financially. So, this sale really will be based heavily on the potential of exploiting the physical catalog of masters, copyrights including publishing; not just buying a royalty stream from The Orchard & SESAC. This has been a real labor of love for me, however, at this point in my life and career, I do not have the resources to exploit it myself. However, I’d like to see the catalog go to a good home and become financially successful in today’s new marketplace.
Below are links to our most popular releases.
Guitar Masters Collection https://open.spotify.com/album/1v4VtMfe7y5a8ZsopCuO8F?si=CfTXpXPQS9StI5hlw6zpzA
Guitar For Wounded Warriors https://open.spotify.com/album/1mlJVDLKMsdt5pRB2lZJ7J?si=oeAnkG8qQzWGGM7DGtlXNA\
Black Hawk featuring Billy Sheehan https://youtu.be/D98FHfFyLh4
On The Brick by Brian Tarquin https://youtu.be/7VwleyTT50o
Orlando In Heaven featuring Hal Lindes (Dire Straits) & Phil Naro (Talas) https://youtu.be/OU5GkLEchMY
This catalog is not just for investment, it is to enjoy the ownership of these incredible guitar masters. The overall yearly income for the catalog is about $440 from SESAC for writers/publishers share and $2052 from the Orchard for mechanicals and streaming for a total of $2,492.
There should also be a bit of a bounce from the new album that is included in this sale, Brian Tarquin Project – Vegas Blue, which you can read a full review of the album HERE.
Distribution is through the Orchard and would be transferred to the new buyer. The overall trend has a slight decline over the last 15 months although the income from 2017 was the same as 2019, so this might not be indicative of a continuing trend.
The top eleven tracks represent 50% of the revenue with the top track at 18%. This is a very spread of income across a large catalog of tracks that reduces overall risk and shows the overall traction of all the songs.
SESAC is the performance rights organization that is collecting the writers and publishing shares of these recordings. Although most of the songs are covers, there are original works written by Brian that are included.
Brian moved to SESAC at the beginning of 2019 from another performance rights organization which is why you see the spikes in revenue for Q1 and Q2. We would like at Q3 And Q4 as a better representation of the overall revenue.
The top three songs represent 84% of the income and it seems very stable.
The breakdown of income sources are expected in Sirius XM, Pandora, Apple and Spotify (free) are where the majority is coming from.
Overview from Pandora and Orchard
This report from the Orchard also bolsters the audience and engage is very consistent.
Analysis and Risk
A buyer of this catalog can expect solid performance for years to come. Some of these tracks go back 10 years or more and the quality not only of the music but the artists showcased on these tracks ensure they will be listened to for years to come. This also means that the risk for any sudden drop off in revenue is very low and long term prospects are good.
This catalog is for someone who can appreciate not just the revenue but who also would enjoy having ownership and access to the actual master recordings of these guitar masters. Think about having the ability to load up this content into your own mixing application and listening to individual tracks and playing around mixing your own version.
Complete List of 408 Tracks HERE
Brian Tarquin Bio
Multi Emmy Award winning Brian Tarquin is an established top rate composer/guitarist. He has won 3 Emmy’s for “Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series” and has been nominated for an Emmy 6 times. In 2019 Tarquin received a Global Music Gold Award for his release Orlando In Heaven for “Best Album.” Three years in a row (2016-2019) Tarquin received “Best Album of The Year” nominations from the Independent Music Awards for his releases Guitars for Wounded Warriors, Orlando in Heaven and Guitars for Veterans. On which, Tarquin shows his guitar prowess alongside such world-class shredders as: Steve Morse, Larry Coryell, Mike Stern, Billy Sheehan, Gary Hoey, Bumblefoot (Guns N’ Roses), Reb Beach (Whitesnake), Hal Lindes (Dire Straits), Chris Poland (Megadeth) and Chuck Loeb (FourPlay). In 2006 SESAC honored him with the Network Television Performance Award. Tarquin has graced the Top Billboard Charts with such commercial releases as: This is Acid Jazz, Vol. 2, Sweet Emotions, and Bossa Brava: Caliente on Instinct Records, followed by several solo jazz albums, which charted Top 10 at Smooth Jazz Radio R&R and Gavin charts. Brian has appeared on 38 releases, selling over 140,000 records in his career.
In 2017 Tarquin composed, produced and performed on two top 20 charting radio albums for Cleopatra Records Orlando In Heaven, which was #6 on the Relix Jam Band Charts and Band of Brothers, which was #21 on the Metal Contraband Charts. Orlando In Heaven was a special project featuring an incredible cast of musical virtuosos playing their hearts out for the Pulse victims in Orlando. The album showcases Tarquin’s guitar prowess on every song alongside such world-class players as guitar icon Larry Coryell, Grammy jazz guitarist Mike Stern, fretless bass extraordinaire Tony Franklin (Jimmy Page), Chris Poland (Megadeth), Hal Lindes (Dire Straits), Will Ray (The Hellecasters), jazz keyboardist Bobby Baldwin, Denny Jiosa and vocalist Phil Naro (Talas, Julian Lennon). Band of Brothers, features singer Phil Naro with guest appearances by Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Trey Gunn (King Crimson), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake) and Gary Hoey.
In 2006, Tarquin opened his own boutique record label called BHP MUSIC/GUITAR TRAX, specializing in instrumental guitar music. The label releases the Guitar Master Series featuring legends: Jeff Beck, BB King, Santana, Jimmy Page, Joe Satriani, Zakk Wylde, Steve Morse, Billy Sheehan to name a few. The releases were composed, compiled and produced by Tarquin, receiving rave reviews from Guitar Player, Guitar World and Vintage Guitar Magazines. He produced and engineered virtuoso bassist Randy Coven’s last record, Nu Groove featuring Leslie West in 2010. Tarquin also owns Jungle Room Studios where he records many of the releases for his record label. Jungle Room is an extensive analog/digital studio located in the beautiful New York Catskill mountains featuring a classic 1980’s British Trident 24 recording console, an Otari MTR 90 2” Analog Tape Machine, a vintage Ampex 440c 1/4” 2 track analog tape machine, Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro, a plethora of plug-ins and a collection of classic outboard gear as, the Neve Compressor 33609, Rupert Neve Designs Portico II Master Buss Processor, Neve 1074, Chandler ltd Germanium Compressor and a host of other gear including an array of microphones, guitars & amplifiers. Jungle Room Studios has been featured in Mix, Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar, Progression and Recording magazines.
Some of his other accomplishments include, custom-composing music for Ellen, CSI, 24, 20/20, Pawn Stars, Cajun Pawn, Extra, TMZ, ABC’s All My Children, Alias, MTV (Road Rules Themes) and films, The Watcher and Chill Factor, (see full credits below). For over 25 years, he has composed/produced 30 CDs for such music production companies as First Com, Sonoton, Megatrax, One Music and Zomba Music. And if that’s not enough, Brian also has a radio show called Guitar Trax on WFIT 89.5FM on the Florida Space Coast, which can be streamed on www.wfit.org. He hosts in depth interviews with world-renowned guitarists every Monday night from 10pm-Midnight.
Tarquin is also an award-winning Author of the following published books.
· Survival Guide for Music Composers (2017-Hal Leonard) – 2018 USA Best Book Winner Award in Performing Arts
· Guitar Amplifier Encyclopedia (2016-Allworth Press) – 2017 USA Best Book Finalist Award in Performing Arts
· Stomp on This: The Guitar Pedal Effects Guidebook (Cengage) – 2015 USA Best Book Finalist Award in Performing Arts
· Insider’s Guide to Home Recording (Allworth Press) – 2015 USA Best Book Finalist Award in Performing Arts
· Guitar Encyclopedia (Allworth Press) – 2014 USA Best Book Winner Award in Performing Arts
· Insider’s Guide To Music Licensing (Allworth Press) – 2014 USA Best Book Finalist Award in Business
· Recording Techniques of the Guitar Masters (2012-Cengage) featuring interviews with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Zakk Wylde, Ted Nugent, Billy Sheehan, Larry Carlton, Stanley Clarke, Steve Morse and Jeff Beck—a total of 30 outstanding players in all.
“Tarquin crafted cinematic soundscapes that opened things up for the guitars to be much more than just solo instruments.” Guitar Player Magazine
“…while Brian can play with speed of Steve Vai, he can play with the kind of grace and melody someone like Jeff Beck is known for.” Tape Op Magazine
“Brian’s a very good guitarist-The Godfather of Fusion gives him an A+!” Larry Coryell
“A supreme maestro of the Gold Top and Marshall Stack, Brian Tarquin is one of the most ridiculously gifted and flawlessly talented guitarists on the scene today. Hal Lindes (Dire Straits)
“The world’s greatest shredders doing what they do best—melting faces and taking numbers! Top notch.” Guitar World Magazine
PRODUCER CROSSTALK: BRIAN TARQUIN
Producer, engineer and musician Brian Tarquin picked up the guitar as a child. Around the same time, he began to experiment with his father’s reel-to-reel tape recorder and realized that he loved both equally. In the mid-‘80s, Tarquin worked at various New York jingle houses and recording studios, soon moved to Los Angeles and now works in his studio, Jungle Room, north of NYC. In addition to his prolific solo career, he has worked with artists such as Steve Morse, Gary Hoey and Billy Sheehan. He has also won three Emmys for his film and TV compositions.
Although versed in both digital and analog recording, of course, he tends to favor the old-school approach. His choice of which technology to employ is determined almost exclusively by the type of record on which he works. For instance, he prefers the way tape captures drums. “To my ears, drums sound a little thin when recorded digitally,” he observes.
His latest record Vegas Blue (released by BHP Music-Guitar Trax Records) was crafted in memory of the 2017 Las Vegas shooting victims. For this project, he chose to go with tape. “If I record directly into Pro Tools, it loses the girth, the low-mids and the presence,” he explains. “On tape, Reggie Pryor’s Ludwig John Bonham drums fill the room and feel natural. Digital recording has a way of thinning out the drums.”
Tarquin tapped a number of artists for inclusion on Vegas Blue. “I had Steve Morse and Hal Lindes in mind when I wrote ‘Distant Light,’” he recollects. “I knew their style and how their compositions have flow, so I gave them a section over which to improvise and the opportunity to add anything they liked.”
He’s also worked extensively in music for TV and film. One of the main differences he notes between those mediums versus a record is how much latitude for change he leaves himself. “In a TV or film environment, you always have to go back and change sounds, compositions, tempos, etcetera because producers and music supervisors almost always want them,” he says. “With digital, it’s much easier to go back and make changes; settings are recalled easily.”
After years of work in and for a number of studios, Tarquin decided that it was time to venture out on his own and opened Jungle Room. “You don’t really understand the way audio gear works until you have your own and do it yourself,” he asserts. “Jungle Room is a mobile studio in a custom-made twenty-six-foot trailer with ten-foot ceilings. It’s broken down into two rooms: a live one and a control room. I have a modified Trident London 24 console in there. Everything is stationary and locked in.”
When Music Connection spoke with Tarquin, he was poised to begin work on Brothers in Arms, which will feature a range of guest performers including Vinnie Moore, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (of Guns N’ Roses fame) and Steve Morse, among others. A portion of its sales will benefit Fisher House Foundation, which houses families of hospitalized veterans.
Contact briantarquin.com, jungleroomstudios.com
Label: Guitar Trax Genres: Rock Styles: Hard Rock
Visit Artist/Band WebsiteWritten by Robert Silverstein
April 27, 2020 – 2:21pm EDT
For the past 20 years, the name Brian Tarquin has been synonymous with high-quality guitar music. Dozens of instrumental guitar releases later, Brian is back with a new collection on his BHP Music label. Released in 2020, Vegas Blue is a powerful instrumental and hard rock vocal album featuring some of the biggest names in the rock fusion guitar world. With Brian’s rhythm and lead guitars and bass work anchoring the album, Vegas Blue features guitar spotlights from a range of top-notch talents including Trey Gunn, Steve Morse, Hal Lindes, The Flyin’ Ryan Brothers and more, including Phil Naro (vocals), Chris Ingram (bass, keys) and a pair of drummers. Brian’s latest work is quite commendable as Vegas Blue is a charitable effort for the victims of the notorious 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas. Speaking to the press about his 2020 album release Brian states, “This release is dedicated to the victims of the tragic events that occurred at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas October 1, 2017. All of our hearts and prayers go out to them and their families. Through this music we have tried to creatively express our deepest feelings.” With so many great guitarists and other musicians featured on the 11-track Vegas Blue, one can only commend Brian Tarquin for his guitar leadership on this tribute album dedicated to the victims and their families still reeling in the wake of this American nightmare.