Zac Cataldo - President
|Zac Cataldo was raised on The Beatles and Barry Manilow although he has forgiven his parents for the latter. At fourteen he formed Straight Edge, a ten-piece Boston rock band (that’s 4 girl backup singers and a cello) and played local clubs like the Rat and the Channel (gone but not forgotten). As the Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist, Zac figured out how to keep beer bottle throwing to a minimum. As the band’s Babysitter/Manager he learned the ins and outs of the local music scene, and could be seen pawning tickets in Kenmore Square to a show (back then you paid to play). To put himself through college, Zac worked as a mobile and radio DJ, in the days when you needed a van to lug around your “record collection”. |
Truthfully, Zac started playing in a band when he was thirteen that recorded in his Math teacher’s 8-track basement studio. Although he’d like to forget about most of the music, it was this eye-opening experience that sparked his interest to become a sound engineer. At 15, Zac began interning at Boston’s 24 track studios like Newbury Sound and Pyramid, working with producers like Drew Townson and WBCN’s Lisa Traxler. Zac was highly sought after and worked with 80’s bands like The Next, Bang, and Anastasia Screamed because he would gladly run off to the corner store for coffee and guitar strings (or dirty magazines for a certain bassist who will go nameless).
In the early 90’s, Zac relocated to L.A. (why – he still can’t tell you) and returned with memories of egocentric music executives, corporate power lunches, and earthquakes. Upon his return in the mid 90’s, Zac started Night Train Studios, a digital recording studio, when digital was still a bad word. Today, Night Train Studios is a busy place where musicians from heavy metal act Silencio to jazz diva Barbara Dolan go to record with Zac at the helm.
Zac's credits include: music placed on A&E Network's "Dog the Bounty Hunter", Discovery Network "Stalked: Someone is Watching", TruTV Network's "Storage Hunters", the voice and music behind Disney's "High School Musical" and "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" book series and the acclaimed audio books "Who Were The Beatles", "Who Was William Shakespeare" & "Who Was Claude Monet". The music for "The Zack Files" by Dan Greenberg audio book series and the Newbery Award winning book "The Midwife's Apprentice" by Karen Cushman. The music for the book "Baby" by Patricia MacLachlan and the Scholastic book series "Rainbow Magic" by Daisy Meadows. The music & voice for the audio book "Stone Fox" by John Reynolds Gardiner.
Zac has Produced the Barbara Dolan Group, Baza, Have At It, Marmalading, Jason Fickel, Francesca Reggio & Blue Shift, Paul V, Stilburnin', Slap That Cat, The Lascivious Trio, Ashley Jordan, Wastleand Within, Fever, Workin' Stiffs, The Pass, Montgomery Clift, Insigniya, The Cranks, Ramble On, Patrick McKenna, Ben Cesare, Shaun Merrill, Deep C, Scott Dockendorff, Booty Vortex, Sunshine Riot, The Heat Moon, Acoustic Curve, Meet The Day, Too Many Drivers, Steve LaBonte, Victoria Dehesa, Mirichle, Katie Sullivan, RTP Racer, The Dij, Sidpa Bardo, Chiemi, Dread Rocks, Phylo Ray, Leslie Hitelman, Depths of Underground, P.J. Shapiro, Lisa Locke, Logan Piercey, Errata, Gardy Gonzalez, The Zac Mac Band, Sounder, Offensive Jill, Interfere, Aontaigh, 3rd Man Factor, Two Tire Fire, Good Night Sheffield, Run 4 Cover, Levity, Red Box Panic, Jason Baron, Jeff Wolfsberg, Paul Hamilton, Operation Guillotine, Pop Gun, Trusting Fate, Brendan Asquith, just to name a few.
Zac's credits include: music placed on MTV's "16 & Pregnant", TLC's "19 Kids and Counting", Oxygen Network's "Bad Girls All-Star Battle", Discovery's "Buying the Bayou", truTV's "Container Wars", A&E Network's "Dog the Bounty Hunter", VH1's "I'm Married to a...", National Geographic Channel's "Life Below Zero", OWN Network's "Lovetown, USA", TLC's "Pet Rose: Hits & Mrs.", Discovery Network's "Stalked: Someone is Watching", TruTV Network's "Storage Hunters", USA's "Summer Camp", and the Discovery Channel's "The Presidents' Gatekeepers. In addition to the aforementioned placements, Zac has scored music for such projects as the film documentary "Sea Change" by NPR's Dan Grossman, 2012 Warner Bros. feature film "Lady of the Dark", and a 2009 Big 10 Network documentary film "First Wave." When he's not playing or publishing music, Zac enjoys playing basketball and cheering on his beloved Red Sox.
Zac McIntyre - Creative Director
Brent Godin - Producer
Brent Godin is a producer/composer for BCP since 2011. He received his education in music productions from the New England Institute of Technology and the Audio Institute of America. He plays a number of different instruments including the guitar, bass guitar, ukulele and upright bass. Brent has worked with such artist as Zac Mac Band, The Roscoes, Bobby Briggs, Matt Minigell, Quantum Paradox, 3MF, Dread Rock, Pop Gun, Guardrail Savior, Jason Baron, Brendan Asquith, Soulphonic and more. He has helped compose over 40 songs as a member of the BCP team and has created many more as an independent artist. You can also check him out at his website, www.LastPostRecords.com
Eric Daubney is a composer, producer and talent scout for BCP, as well as a key member of the BCP operations staff. He is a graduate of the University of New Haven, where he majored in Music Business. Eric plays bass, guitar, piano and sings. He has self-produced and released two albums. He has also composed scores for TV and film and has recorded, advised, and produced multiple artists.
Eric Daubney - Talent Scout
Bobby Briggs - Intern
Bobby Briggs is a senior at Innovation Academy Charter School, who focuses most of his time writing and performing music in his alternative rock band Forget the Former. He has a burning passion for creating music and traditional art. He hopes to pursue his interest in graphic design, and looks forward to working as an artist for the company Poster Envy. In 2013 Bobby was selected out of his junior class, to represent innovation academy at the highly selective Art Allstate Workshop. Since starting the band in 2010, Forget the Former has won 3 battle of the bands, including the regional patch.com competition. As a junior, Bobby interned for Black Cloud Productions at Night Train Studios, where he got the chance to dive into songwriting, film scoring, and be exposed to new aspects of the music industry. In the future Bobby seeks to do go to college for a major in professional music, and songwriting.
Benjamin Hanson is a senior at Innovation Academy Charter School and plays bass and guitar, sings, and writes songs for the alternative pop punk band Forget the Former, which has won the Appleblossom battle of the bands and a music video contest. In school, Ben has acted in the productions Les Miserables, The Wiz, and Check Please and was elected Treasurer for the student government, which is in charge of planning school events. He was an intern at Black Cloud Productions during his Junior year. While there he helped make a film score for the short film “Soft”and mixed guitar tracks for Jonathan van Atom. Music influences range from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to The Beatles and Blink 182 to The Velvet Underground. In his free time Ben enjoys reading, painting, and writing free verse poetry. Ben plans on expanding his solo singer/songwriter work and hopes to attend college for music in the future.
Benjamin Hanson - Intern
Celine Silva - Intern
Celine Silva is no stranger to music and has come from a musical family. All 4 of her grandparents were musicians (3 of them professional) and her father is a professional saxophonist in an upscale general business band. Like many of her family members, Celine too has developed an interest in music, and in 5th grade began singing. Now a senior in high school, Celine has been using her vocal ability to play lead roles in her high school's musical productions as well as participating in the school chorus. She has not only been successful in theater and music, but in her academics as well, being a member of the National Honor Society and consistently earning straight As in all of her classes. Celine loves interning at Black Cloud and has learned so much from her time here so far. Celine loves a wide variety of musical genres, such as classic rock, classical, alternative, folk-rock, but she is most proficient in R&B and soul. Some of her musical inspirations are Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Tina Marie, Orla O'Fallon, Neon Trees, P!nk, Ram Jam, and Earth, Wind, & Fire.
Dan Mayotte started his internship at Black Cloud Productions/Night Train Studios in the fall of 2012 through his school, Innovation Academy Charter School. He enjoyed learning about how the music industry looks at artists and what music publishers and record label look for. He started playing the bass when he was thirteen years old and started going to shows when he was fourteen. He has fallen in love with music ever since. His major musical influences include The Wonder Years, Black Flag, The Ramones, Ceremony, The Misfits and Guns Up! He played for bass for the band Commercial Compost for a few shows. Most notably, when they opened for the legendary punk band The Misfits 2011. He then played bass for hardcore band, Entrapment until they folded in December of 2012. Recently he has been focusing on his pop punk band, Lunch Table.
in addition to music, he is also a representative for his junior classes student government. Some of his duties include talking to the student body and coming up with new creative ways ideas for fundraisers.
Dan Mayotte - Intern
Nick Mariotti - Talent Scout
Nick Mariotti is an Intern/Talent Scout for BCP. He started his internship as part of the Westford Academy internship program in the spring of 2012. As a drummer of five years, Nick has played in groups such as Last Sound On Earth the Post-Rock quartet, and The Beauty in Isolation a hardcore band. Nick is an Electronic Dance Music composer/producer, who seamlessly blends heavy and melodic styles that fill the dance floor. His influences include everything from The Grateful Dead, to Deadmau5, to Explosions in the Sky and everything in between. Nick became interested in Audio Engineering during his first year of high school. Once he realized that he could make a living with music, Audio Engineering seemed to be the obvious decision. Nick is currently a part of the Sound Recording Technology program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Zack Roberts is an Intern/Talent Scout for Black Cloud Productions. He started his internship as part of the Westford Academy Internship program in the spring of 2012. Zack became interested in Audio Engineering around the time he picked up guitar, as his teacher was also an engineer. He picked up guitar 6 years ago and never looked back. He has played in the Westford Academy Jazz Ensemble for 2 years, and is currently attending the Audio Engineering Technology program at University of Hartford. Zack's musical influences range from Joe Pass, to Madlib, to Jimi Hendrix and Vivaldi.
Zack Roberts - Talent Scout
Hannah Jacobson - Intern
Hannah Jacobson became an intern for Black Cloud Productions in the spring of 2013 through the Westford Academy internship program. During her internship, she has rescored an award winning short film which is displayed on the BCP website. Hannah has aspired to be a sound engineer since she was in middle school. Through the years 2011-2013 she has been the sound engineer for the Westford Teen Arts Council at the Westford Parish Center for the Arts. During her time there, she engineered a Stephen Webber performance with some of his Berklee students and The Doubleclicks. In the fall of 2013 Hannah will be a freshman at the University of New Haven majoring in Music and Sound Recording. Some of Hannah’s musical influences range from easy listening bands like Tycho and Emancipator to handcore bands such as The Crimson Armada and Vanna. As a hobby, she has been lightly playing the guitar for seven years and has been learning drumming for one year.
Tory Summers is a student at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell studying Music Business. He started as an intern with Black Cloud Productions in May of 2013 with an interest in opening his own mobile recording business this fall. He has been studying percussion for twelve years and playing drum set for nine. He started recording music during his junior year of high school and has since completed multiple projects for his own bands and others including CT-based reggae band BadPilot. Lately he has been playing with the New Hampshire-based pop-punk band The Yellow Team and is currently in the process of recording their upcoming EP as well. During his time at UMass Lowell, he played in numerous jazz ensembles and the Contemporary Electronic Ensemble. Musical influences include Weatherbox, Motion City Soundtrack, Minus the Bear, Circa Survive, Rush, and many others.
Raised in Glastonbury, Connecticut, Tory has been involved in many projects and groups during his life. Throughout his time at Glastonbury High School, he was a part of the Varsity Crew Team, and was a Co-Captain during his senior year. He worked for the Multimedia department of the Glastonbury Public School system where he had a range of jobs from simple summer maintenance of all classrom equipment in every school in the district, to Head Lighting Designer in drama productions such as 'You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown'. He also ran sound for plays such as 'The Crucible' and 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged'. He has also been the pit orchestra drummer for 'Crazy For You', put on by the Glastonbury High School Drama Club, and 'Footloose', presented by the Glastonbury Youth and Family Services organization.
Tory Summers - Intern
Andy Gabrielson - Intern
Andy Gabrielson started his internship at Black Cloud Productions/Night Train Studios from the Senior Internship Program at Westford Academy. Proficient in a variety of instruments such as guitar, bass, piano, drums, as well as singing. He has also been a member in the pop-punk bands Now That You're All Here and Four Times Forever, as well as hardcore bands Break A Promise, On Frail Wings, the indie acoustic project Looking For Alaska, and more recently the progressive rock band Before Borders. Andy has recorded in three different studios including Buckingham Studios, JW Productions, and Project 2 Studios and has been recording in his home studio in the spring of 2013. He is going to be enrolled in Umass Dartmouth and will be continuing his personal recording. His influences consist of the soft rock bands Lydia, The Fray, Augustana, and Dashboard Confessionals, as well as the heavier bands Born of Osiris, Veil of Maya, Peirce the Veil.
Matt Cusworth is a business administration student at UMass Lowell who began his internship at Black Cloud Productions in 2013. As a drummer and bass guitarist, he has been in and out of rock bands since 8th grade. Matt currently plays the bass and writes the music for Quantum Paradox, a rock band out of Lowell, MA. His major influences are punk bassists from bands from the 70's, 80's and 90's, which include Greg K from The Offspring, Mike Dirnt from Green Day, Dee Dee Ramone from The Ramones, Sid Vicious from the Sex Pistols, and Cone McCaslin from Sum 41.
Quantum Paradox's debut album can be heard here
Matt has served as director of the Westford Academy Pep Band for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 school years, A position he will reprise in the 2013-2014 school year. As director, he is in charge of planning the rehearsals, selecting the music to be played, and leading the band in performance at all the WA home basketball and hockey games.
As a boy scout, Matt has earned the highest rank in scouting, The Eagle Scout Award, on March 22nd, 2009.