Nicholas A. Cocco, ASCAP, Director, Producer, Musician
Nic Cocco grew up on the East Coast and began playing guitar at the age of 7 when his father got him started with his first teacher, Frank D'Amato (Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Frank Sinatra).
From the age of 7 through 17, Nic studied music with some of the best musicians between Boston and New York including Mike Roth (Junkhouse, the Philosopher Kings, former Sony A&R), Ned Tarentino (professional side-man, teacher) as well as others.
Nic is Berklee College of Music Alum and has collaborated with and/or worked with many artists, engineers and producers including Jim Dineen (Eddie Money, Chris Tomlin), Ronnie Lee Thomas (Metallica, Alan Jackson), Leon Medica (Tommy Johnston, The Doobie Brothers, Tab Benoit), Paul Pesco (Madonna, Lita Ford, Hall and Oats), Jerry Wonda (Fugees, Curtis Fields), Eric Bittingham and Jeff LaBar (Cinderella), Jim Odom (Kansas, Toto) as well as others.
Nic is also the founder and Managing Director of CoccoMusic, LLC and its affiliated entities, 148 South Street Studio and Underdog Music and Publishing based in Rochester, Michigan.
Through his studio and publishing company, Nic has credits on over 50 published works and co-writings/arrangements and has published works with Hal Leonard Music and others. His production studio has worked with multiple artists and acts including Mars Hill (Rock), No Resolve (Rock), Tomorrow the World (Rock), Allie Aro (Country), Brian Papson (Country), Antonn Walker (R&B Soul), Blood Memory Collective (Alternative Percussion), YBD (Hip Hop), Camaro Brothers (Rock), DiceKarma (Blues-Rock), Zay Kidd (Hip Hop).
As a performing musician, he regularly performs with his jazz band the Gene-n-Tonics (Jazz-Rock-Fusion), Acoustic Appetite (Americana) and Roc Steady (Classic Rock).
Kelly is a singer-songwriter, playwright and co-founder of Underdog Music and Publishing with her partner, Nic Cocco. She performs with Nic in their group Acoustic Appetite and with the Jazz Rock Fusion band the Gene-n-Tonics.
Kelly has a Master of Arts in Theatre from Wayne State University (Detroit), and spent 7 years teaching theatre history and technical theatre at Rochester University in Rochester Hills, Michigan.
Kelly left educational theater in 2011, to be a stay-at-home-mom. For the last 9 years, she has been raising her young family, home-schooling her children, and even found time to start the Oxford Community Theater through her local Parks and Recreation program. Kelly finds strength in her Faith and her four beautiful children (ranging from 3-10 years of age).
She is passionate about her new career in the music industry and hopes to continue working with artists and bands to help them reach their full potential.
Mike has worked as a professional accountant and analyst for over 30 years. During this time, he has maintained books of a $500 million dollar company and worked with auditors. He has performed due diligence for the purchase of five separate foam plants, and he has participated in the launch of a truck invoice and revenue system by interfacing with IT and build teams.
Mike’s priorities are his family and job. Although his experience has been in the Automotive Industry, music has been a lifelong passion for Mike. As a young man, Mike studied classical guitar and continues to play as an adult.
Mike is excited to be part of the Mars Hill Production Team and he is dedicated to helping his former teacher and the rest of the Mars Hill band achieve their goals.
Paul Eugene Cobbeldick (AKA: Smash) has been involved in the music industry for over 30 years as both a performer and manager director.
His experience in the industry are vast and include Drumming, Producing, Talent Buying, Tour Managing and Stage Managing.
Paul credits include work with such acts as Trapt, Adema and Trustcompany, and he has toured the United States as a drummer, Tour Manager and Stage Manager.
Paul’s professional interactions and experience includes Live Nation, A.E.G., W.M.A., C.A.A. and Artists Worldwide.
In addition to his musical talents, Paul has done various graphic designs for many different artists including international artist Halloween.
Paul brings all of these talents to the CoccoMusic team to make Mars Hill the music machine of the future.
Jay has been involved in the music industry since the late 1970's. In addition to his work with good friend Randy Rhoads, he has worked for Quiet Riot, featuring Randy Rhoads.
He also ran the light show for many bands including Arebesque. Jay played with Czar and Shaman as a guitar player.
Jay has an ear for talent and is working as an Assistant Producer and Consultant at 148 South Street Studio.
He has a long friendship with guitarist Kenny Hill, of Mars Hill, and he is determined to help this talented group of artists reach their musical goals.
VISUAL ARTS DIRECTOR
and MASTER LUTHIER
Born in Portsmouth UK in 1957, David became involved in the local music scene in the mid-70s, playing guitar in numerous ‘new wave’ bands. After moving to the USA in 1981, he became interested in photography and writing and went on to be the editor of a successful international motorcycle magazine.
David was also responsible for much of the cover photography and all the associated video work. He also founded and is still the sole employee of Eman Guitars, a bespoke electric guitar maker who happens to be a sponsor of 148 South Street Studio, where he also does video and production work. David is currently the bass player of Roc Steady, a Bad Company tribute band.
After moving to the United States at age 16, Luca began developing his Passions for Music and Business. Since then, he has consistently played in projects of his own while pursuing a higher education in Business Management.
Having recently attended the university in Spain, Luca decided to forfeit a promising internship in Amsterdam, instead returning to the United States to work at 148 South Street Studio.
Here, he aspires to pursue his passion by working with Producer Nic Cocco and the rest of the 148 South Street team to bring Mars Hill’s music to national and international audiences.
Additional Website Links
148 South Street Studio and YouTube Chanel
148 South Street Studio is a full-service facility dedicated to producing artists and their content! We provide complete audio, video, photo imaging as well as produce and direct acts for live performance. Whether you are a weekend warrior band looking to improve your chops or worldwide touring artist, we have everything you need!
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148 South Street Studio
Underdog Music and Publishing
Underdog Music & Publishing is a boutique publisher and music creation house by Nicholas Cocco and Kelly Brock. Our Mission is to help artists from all over the world develop their works of art! We provide everything for the artist- obtaining and managing copyrights, music scoring, composition, licensing and releasing the music. We can also produce complete sound and video recordings, mastering and manage releases! Just follow the link and click on “STORE” to listen to the songs in our catalog. All songs are available for licensing.
Also, be sure to visit Smash Concerts for Local, Regional, National and International bookings, we book tours with major headliners and for bands of every caliber.
Ever wanted a guitar built just for you? Something you can’t buy off the shelf, because it doesn’t exist? Thinking you can’t afford to have a custom-built guitar? Check out Eman Guitars (Kenny Hill of Mars Hill did!). Everything is handmade and hand finished in the United States, so your custom guitar won’t look like any other guitar.