Hidden Beach Recordings was formed with fairly lofty goals in mind. In addition to our (absolute) commitment to releasing the highest quality recordings by the best of the best of those rare artists capable of transferring emotion to tape, Hidden Beach has been committed to helping showcase voices having a hard time getting heard in today’s musical landscape.
At first blush, one might naturally assume this commitment would extend only to the immediate Hidden Beach Family of artists, but from the very beginning we have believed in trying to help all artists producing good music. In fact, much of the inspiration for Hidden Beach is rooted in all the amazing unreleased music I heard in my travels pre-Hidden Beach that I simply believed should be available to the public.
For this reason, at our launch party on June 1, 2000 - strange as it seemed to many observers - we had a prominent stage dedicated to showcasing unsigned talent in the center of our 2,400 guests and the throng of media in attendance. We called this our "back to front" stage, so named because we took the performers from the industry’s background (e.g., background singers, studio musicians, writers, producers) without record deals and gave them the opportunity to shine in the spotlight being focused on the company.
In fact, we contemplated releasing a "Back to Front" album before a single artist was signed to the label. It was intended to be a much-needed development tool for new artists without a household name. Knowing that we would never release hundreds of records a year like the conglomerates, I believed such compilations would be a fitting way to share the best of "hidden" talent while creating an all-important starting place for new careers.
With thousands of demo recordings being submitted to record companies every week, the odds of getting noticed and signed are miniscule. I hoped that a series of compilations dedicated to showcasing "hidden talent" would increase the odds that some of the deserving but unheralded performers could achieve their dreams of sharing their musical gifts with the world.
The one future star that I didn’t anticipate we would develop is our very own Mike Parker, hidden talent in his own right. Mike joined Hidden Beach as the third employee to fill in for the second employee was out sick for the day. Mike has been the unexpected star to rise from this project.
Since being handed the responsibility for taking what started as "Back To Front" and evolved into "Hidden Hits" from an idea to reality, Mike has shepherded virtually every facet of this record. From the massive job of listening to literally hundreds of submissions, handling the initial discussions with all considered, to finding a "hidden" designer for the package, all fell on his lap.
We are super proud of all thirteen artists who have joined us on this first - of hopefully many - Hidden Hits compilations to come. Please support them all on the first leg of what can be a daunting, but - we hope fulfilling – journey.
While there are some familiar voices among the crowd, all artists here do not presently have record deals, but we believe this is a short-term situation. Hopefully some of them will find permanent homes right here.
Join us in celebrating all of the 15 new stars (the 13 artists + our own Mike Parker + brand new designer, Micah Chambers Goldberg) allowed to shine here.