Relationships and Agreements in general, Band Agreements, Management Agreements, Recording and Distribution Agreements, Co-Writing Agreements, Booking / Performance Agreements, Licensing Agreements,
Producer / Engineer Agreements, Songwriting, Music Publishing, Pitching and Plugging, Copyright, Music Supervisors, Royalties, Licensing, Performing Rights Organizations, Music Publishing in General, Booking, Booking Agents, Tour Planning, Life on the Road, Sound Production, After The Tour, Touring in General, Recording in General, The Process of a Recording Session, Production, Mixing, Engineering, Mastering, The Musicians, Live Performance in General, Being an Effective Bandleader, Being an Effective Sideperson, Communicating With Your Audience, Getting Your Message Across, Preparing for a Great Performance, Stage Presence, Branding, Radio Promotion, Video, Album Artwork, Album Release Events
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Musician, producer and engineer Ethan Mentzer grew up around a lot of music in Pennsylvania: his parents played records, his multi-instrumentalist sister became a music teacher and his neighbors had a house filled with guitars, keyboards and drums. At the age of 3, his grandfather gave him a toy guitar that he couldn’t put down until taking up the trombone, piano and more at age 9. As a teenager, Mentzer was a drum major in the high school marching band, founded a punk band and played bass for a gospel group at church.
Mentzer moved to Boston at the age of 19to attend Berklee College Of Music where he went on to receive his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Production and Engineering. At Berklee he met who would become his co-founding bandmates in The Click Five (Lava/Atlantic). In 2003 he befriended producer Mike Denneen (Fountains Of Wayne, Aimee Mann, Howie Day) and got a real world education while making many records under him.
The Click Five released two albums on Lava/Atlantic Records — “Greetings from Imrie House” (2005) and “Modern Minds and Pastimes” (2007) — with combined worldwide sales of over 2 million, three gold records and eight different #1 singles in seven countries (including a #1 song on the US iTunes chart). The band performed in over 15 countries and in 2008 made history in Cambodia, performing the first rock concert ever held at Angkor Wat Temple (co-headlining with Placebo).
In 2009 Mentzer moved to Brooklyn, NY where he started his own project studio, befriended DC-area songwriter/musician Todd Wright (Celine Dion, Cazzette) and began playing in Miranda Cosgrove’s (Nickelodeon’s iCarly) band. He has written songs and/or produced tracks with/for Desmond Child, Andreas Carlsson, Lindsey Lohan, JC Chasez (’N Sync), Adam Levy (Norah Jones), Jon Kaplan (Gavin Degraw, Parachute), Atomic Tom (Republic), Main Street (#1 hit record in Holland), M-Three (Top 5 hit single in Japan), Lucky Bastards (TV show theme song), Tiffany Houghton (single), Emmy Palmer (single), Some & Any (single in Germany), Jesse Terry (First Place in the International Songwriting Competition), Junior Doctor, Lindsay Ray, Katie Costello, Kristin Cifelli, Cassidy Ford, Boh Doran and more. He has also composed music for film and TV and landed commercials with Google, Toyota, Target, Walmart, Chase Bank, Herbalife, US Customs and Border Patrol, VISA and more.
Mentzer currently lives in Los Angeles, plays guitar for Becky G (Dr. Luke/RCA) and continues to write songs, produce and mix records and score for TV, film and commercials.