Signing Story: Reddstar

Date Signed: February 2024

Label: SBG Records

Band Members: Daemien Drake, vocals; Mikey Lopez, guitar; Erik Tisinger, bass; Mike “Grizz” Weekley, drums 

Type of Music: Rock, Rap, Alternative

Management: George Vlahakis 

Booking: Imran Xhelili, Andrew Goodfriend - TKO

Legal: Eric German - MS&K 

Publicity: Hannah Wright  

Web: reddstarmusic.com

A&R: Shan Dan Horan

Finding the right people to work with can make or break your career. It seems like the connections made and consistently saying “yes” has paid off time and again for alternative rap-rockers Reddstar, who have just landed their biggest deal yet with SBG Records, a Sony subsidiary label that champions hard rock acts.  

From their beginnings with a handful of demos in early 2020, the band leveled-up with the release of their debut track "STFU" in May 2021, followed by a distribution deal with Blood Blast. Their collaboration with producer Sahaj Ticotin (Mötley Crüe) set the stage for a string of successful releases, including "Bad Decisions," "Outsiders," and "Outlawz," which showcased their blend of alternative rock and rap. 

Reddstar’s commitment to authenticity has earned them a devoted fanbase and acclaim for their high-energy live performances, earning appearances at the Welcome to Rockville, Louder Than Life and Aftershock festivals.

As their momentum continued to build, Reddstar caught the attention of industry heavyweights, culminating in a record deal with SBG/Sony Records in December of 2023. The signing signaled a new chapter in the band's career, promising greater exposure and opportunities for creative expression.

Their debut single under SBG revisited and retouched their earlier track, "Bad Decisions," now featuring horror hip-hop duo Twiztid and produced by Matt Good (Asking Alexandria, Hollywood Undead). 

“’Bad Decisions’ was one of the first songs we cut with Matt Good and we knew it was gonna hit people when they heard it,” says vocalist Daemien Drake. “We then wanted to take it a step further and thought we should add someone to the track to really give it more character and Twiztid came up as one of the groups. 

“"Too many bands these days play it safe and that’s never been what this band is about since day one. Love it or hate it, we're not going anywhere.”   

“"We’re super excited to be working with the stellar team at SBG,” says guitarist Mikey Lopez. “Everyone on Shan’s staff is top-notch and has been an absolute pleasure to work with. We still have a ways to go on this release, but everything has been amazing with the rollout of the first two singles, and we’re very excited about the growth and opportunities to come!”

Check out Reddstar’s cover of the Neil Young classic “Old Man,” featuring guest vocals from Rainy Terrell and produced by Jim Kaufman. Their debut full length album with SBG is slated for release later this year.