Syracuse University Magazine

Syracuse Sounds

Marshall Street Records teamed up with the SU chapter of Habitat for Humanity in March to host “Raise the Roof with Electrocuse,” an event to celebrate the student-run music company’s release of Electrocuse Volume 3 and raise money for a worthy cause. Electrocuse is a mixtape that features nine tracks of electronic music created by SU students and alumni. The release party, held at Schine Underground, showcased Electrocuse DJs and live performances by other student musicians and local artists signed with Marshall Street Records (MSR), as well as plenty of Electrocuse gear giveaways and gift certificates donated by Marshall Street businesses. “There are a ton of great electronic artists who go through Syracuse University,” says Meah Pollock ’14, MSR’s general manager. “Our goal with Electrocuse is to bring them exposure and help promote the Syracuse electronic music scene from within.”

According to Pollock, the electronic dance music craze has exploded in popularity everywhere in recent years, including here. “What SU students may be surprised to hear, though, is how well student and alumni artists have been doing outside of campus,” she says. For example, The Chainsmokers, a DJ duo featured on Electrocuse Volume 2, recently toured Europe, playing in night clubs in cities from Barcelona to Rome.

MSR is one of two student-operated music companies at SU, the other being Syracuse University Recordings. Both provide hands-on learning for students in the Music Enterprise Laboratory, a two-semester, credit-bearing class offered through the Setnor School of Music. Participating students include those enrolled in the Bandier Program for Music and the Entertainment Industries, music industry majors, and students whose talents lie in such diverse areas as illustration, commercial design, and business management. Through the Music Enterprise Laboratory, students produce and release music, promote live events, and market merchandise. They have negotiated, recorded, manufactured, and marketed 25 CDs and several digital projects, in genres ranging from folk and pop rock to funk. They have also booked and promoted theater-level concerts, including three sold-out Ra Ra Riot shows in Syracuse. “The students do much more than record and release music,” says Professor David Rezak, director of the Bandier program and faculty founder of both music companies. “So, similar to what we see in the commercial music world, an eclectic skill set and a very collaborative environment are needed to make this a successful music company team.”

MSR also allows students opportunities to contribute to the life and culture of the University and the Syracuse community through the promotion of student, alumni, and local musicians. “We learn every single part of the music industry that it’s possible to go into,” says Pollock, who holds a summer internship with Big Hassle Media in New York City and will spend the fall semester in Los Angeles through the Bandier program. She has her sights set on a career in music publicity. “We’re definitely going to be continuing Electrocuse,” Pollock says. “It’s a growing genre of music and a great way to get the Syracuse community involved with the University. All of us at MSR are excited to continue our many projects and hope to grow and improve as we go forward.”     —Amy Speach



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Listen Up

To learn more about Marshall Street Records and listen to music samples by current artists, visit marshallstreetrecords.com. A free download of Electrocuse Volume 3 is available on SoundCloud.



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Singer/songwriter Joey Milewski '16

Photos courtesy of Marshall Street Records