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Nick Zampiello


Mastering Engineer Co-owner

Blame it on Tim for giving Nick a cassette of Ozzy Osbourne’s live album Speak of the Devil. The Metal and the rhythms spun like Tijuana popcorn kernals through Nick’s medulla oblongata!!! Like a fly on sh#t, like a moth to the fl@me, like a camel to an oas!s, Nick was drawn to Metal’s raw energy and a career path was born. 

Nick went to UMass Lowell for music performance and sound recording. The guy worked and pushed the college computer equipment to the max! 

Nick made the pilgrimage to Bostonland joined numerous bands and like the other mad geniuses in this sect, he ended up working at New Alliance in the old Fenway location. There he recorded tons of bands and it was over a once in a century lunar cycle and a marathon game of strip Twister, Nick somehow ended up with the keys to a sound mastering studio. He called it New Alliance East!

Since then Nick has been working on 200 or so records per year. Somewhere around 2007, Rob joined up and now we have a team. It’s fun and new every day for them. In Nick’s spare time he likes to repair electronic instruments and create pet toys for handicapped canines. Nick saves/repairs/upgrades whatever old keyboards and drum machines he can get his grubby mad genius hands on. Thus fulfilling the prophecy of his path on the planet, freeing electronic music from the bondage of self!

Oh, and XBS111 is his blog!

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Rob Gonnella


Mastering Engineer Co-owner

From his early days behind bars (his playpen), Rob was enthralled with rhythmic vibrations of the universe. His penchant for gnawing on wood furniture didn’t become a full-fledged addiction until he was 12 (teeth like Bat Boy) It was his faithful man-servent Tom (his older brother) who introduced Rob to the sounds of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Dio and more. It was then that Rob understood why Tom wore leather pants and sleeveless jean jackets with patches. It was the "a-ha" moment for Rob, where the music aligned with the gnawing and elevated the young squire to reach further spectrums. 

Rob had found his sounds, the notes swimming around in his head suddenly had associations– and then he became obsessed. Like "Close Encounters of the The Third Kind," Rob was drawn to Boston and the vibratory redundancies of EMF. He landed an internship at a recording studio called New Alliance (thank God). There, he met Sensei Nick Zampiello, who after much pestering agreed to take Rob on and teach him the Tao of Mix Mastering. Rob spent sleepless hours working and studying under Sensei Zampiello's tutelage. Like Uma Thurman in "Kill Bill Vol. 2" his fingers would cry and he would work with Sensei Nick all day and then stay late to milk the cows. 

The pupil and master aligned and started collaborating more and more on Masters. Two separate heads with two ears became one enormous head with four! Then, on a fateful early spring morn, Sensei Nick made Rob partner and co-owner of New Alliance East and then Nick quickly dived into a vow of social media silence for the remainder of the 21st century saying only to Rob, "You do the talking."

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Ian Kennedy


Mastering Engineer

"A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men" wrote author Herman Melville "and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects." And thus we begin the biography of Ian. He first touched a violin at the age of five. Perhaps it was the scripted plan for him to be first violinist in an orchestra or concerto ensemble. Perhaps not. That idea was altered after Ian witnessed the legendary BB King destroying an auditorium full of music lovers with the Memphis Blues. Ian transferred from violin school (Eastman School of Music) to guitar school (Berklee), and requested all friends call him IB King. It was during his IB days that he created the celebrated dance move The Back Bay Shuffle, which was famously mocked by actor Casey Affleck in the bar scene during the movie Good Will Hunting. At the same time Ian simultaneously was very instrumental in the early days of the burgeoning Neighborhood Nine Blues movement. He served time with various bands, sometimes as a frontman, others as a journeyman and though those that brought Ian into this world mastered the talking cure, Ian found his calling in musical literacy. 

Playing in bands led to interacting and working alongside studio engineers, who were both intuitive to the mastering process and most of the time genuinely interesting. Ian dropped the IB and his next chapter was recording friend’s bands. He interned at New Alliance, where he met the indomitable Nick Z, who was balls deep in the mastering studio with projects. Cut to present day where Ian masters, records and plays in bands surrounding his life with endless music. Ian also plays the violin again, ringing-in the classic motto that 'you can take the boy out of the violin, but you can't take the violin out of the boy.' 

Ian's previous clients include mostly unknowns like: Matisyahu, Lemonheads, Josh Ritter, Juliana Hatfield, Portugal. The Man, Chris Smither, BigD and the Kid’s Table, Cornershop, Tony Furtado, Jules Shear, Letters to Cleo, Rose Polenzani, Peter Mulvey, Rounder Records, Redbird, Peter Wolf, Green Pitch, Alecia Chakour, Session Americana, Miss Tess, Mark Erelli, Dennis Brennan. Performed or recorded with: Jimmy Page/Robert Plant, Lemonheads, Portugal.The Man, Reverse, Chris Smither, Susan Tedeschi, Lori McKenna, Sarah Borges, Kim Boekbinder, Dennis Brennan, Jenny Dee & The Deelinquents, Sarah Borges.

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Franny Stephan


Manager

Franny has always been obsessed with music, but when diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis and having to remain in bed during most of junior High, she became addicted to a hypnotic barbiturate that would forever alter her universe; METAL! Franny quickly became an acute savant for everything Sabbath, Pantera, and Zeppelin, which opened the flood gates to consuming all genres of music and music history! Security at concerts would confiscate her meds, but she thrashed anyway and normally would pass out. She saw EMT so many times in half-conscious blurs, that many years later when she conquered her disease and graduated and moved to Boston, when she saw the iconic EMF Building, she just walked in and stayed. At EMF rather than an IV for fluid, Franny gets infused by the pulsating energy of the music community that vibrates through the hallways. Franny is the “M” of the marketing team at New Alliance East and is thrilled to work on the incredibly dedicated team. Franny can also be found at Curve Of The Earth Records with Alvan Long, a mentor and the creator of the eclectic EMF music community.

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