TribeSound Records has been a steadily growing independent record label and recording studio since 2005. We are located in the heart of downtown West Chester, just outside of Philadelphia, PA. Our gear is state-of-the-art but it’s not just equipment that been building our reputation for being one of the areas top recording studios. Our staff of engineers, producers, and session musicians have the talent and expertise you’d expect from a major label. And, they’re pretty freaking fun to work with too!
Head Engineer, Producer, A&R, Session Drummer
Chris Cotter has spent over 24 years studying and performing music. His experience in recording studios began at a young age while working with Grammy Award winning producer, Tom Hambridge, in Philadelphia’s Sonic Studio. He later went on to work on many projects at Indre Studio, Target, Range Records, The Roots (private studio), Morning Star, The Mastering House, and Phil Nicolo’s Studio 4. After years of recording in the regions finest studios, he decided it was time to develop his own record label, TribeSound Records. Chris has produced, engineered, and performed on many records and continues to lend his expertise to talented musicians, writers, and bands in the area. In addition to Chris’ many accomplishments he owns and operates a collaborative website geared toward helping musicians write music globally with CollabaJam.com.
As a well-rounded drummer, Chris Cotter’s sound integrates Rock, Folk, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Funk, and Latin Styles. He has taken private lessons and master classes from internationally recognized educators including – Greg Zeller, Fred Biondi, Tom Palmer, Chris Hanning, Memo Acevedo, Guy Licata, Kim Plainsfield, Frank Katz, Michael Lauren, and most recently Dom Famularo. You may have seen Chris behind the drums at the following national venues: The TLA (now The Filmore), Electric Factory, Rusty Rudder, Bottle and Cork, Stone Balloon, CBGB’s, the Elbowroom, the Lions Den, and the Virgin Mega Store NYC.
Chris is voting member for the Grammy Awards and is proud to be sponsored by Vic Firth Drum Sticks and Sabian Cymbals.
Brian Davis has been writing, playing and recording music for over 15 years. He started his music career working and touring the country with several bands including NSD Whoa, Things Fall Apart and J.J. Arms. In the past few years Brian has also worked as a media composer, working on projects ranging from video games titles such as ‘Wii Summer Sports’, ‘Dreamball’, the television show ‘Dream Team’ and various animation projects such as ‘Duel’, ‘Trees’, and ‘Bees for Breakfast.’ These days you can find Brian working as a multi-instrumentalist and recording arts teacher at the School of Rock in Downingtown; he also continues to record and produce his own music. Brian’s experience with such a wide range of media has given him the ability to remain flexible with his musical talent and abilities; and bring a different and open ended look to the world of music production and engineering.
Engineer, Producer, Composer, Bassist
Jason has been an active member of the Philadelphia music scene for the past 10 years as a musician, producer and audio engineer. He plays bass, keys and vocals in the psychedelic rock band, Busses, and has performed with many groups including The Late Saints, Size and various jazz ensembles. He also produces hip hop and DJs under the name Johann Sebastian.
After playing tuba, upright and electric bass in high school Jason went on to study bass with Jim Miller and music composition with Scott Eggert at Lebanon Valley College in Anneville, PA earning music degrees with focuses in music composition and music recording technology. During his time at LVC he led various small jazz groups, vocal groups and informal bands as well as recorded many students in a wide variety of genres. After school he moved to Philadelphia and fell into the local music scene, playing bass in Busses and other groups and mixing live sound for the long running live hip hop event, The Gathering. Jason now produces hip hop and DJs under the name, Johann Sebastian.
Composer, Arranger, Guitarist, Producer, Engineer
Colin has been creating and performing music for over two decades now. He can be found on many recordings as credited for arrangement, composition, instrumental work, vocals, production, and engineering. Colin has worked with some of the area’s best musicians and writers within a wide variety of genres. When he’s not busy in the recording studio, Colin can be found teaching the guitar or performing in bands around the greater Philadelphia area. Colin has performed with Ka-Pow!, The Sermon, Venomous, John Grecia, and Rain Dogs among other bands and combos. With a few televised and radio broadcast performances behind him, Colin has also played the majority of popular venues in Philadelphia. Today his main focus is set on his band, WaveRadio, as they gear up to record their second album.
After earning his associates degree in Recording Engineering at Full Sail University, Dom came home and began his career at TribeSound. He’s been working as an accomplished engineer in the studio and he’s also a very successful bass player.
Video Production, Web Media, Artist Relations
Joe has been writing, shooting, editing and scoring films and videos for over ten years. While earning his film degree from Emerson College in Boston, MA he took part in long-term studies of film, literature and music throughout Europe and Los Angeles. He has also performed as a lead guitarist on many well-known stages including the Warped Tour, the TLA of Philadelphia and Lollapalooza.
Graphic Design, Photography, Web Media
Bob Marley graduated in 2001 from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor in Arts. He focused in photography in college and has extensive training in Photoshop, Illustrator, Motion, and Final Cut. His keen eye for photography is invaluable in his sense of design ensuring each project is unique, clean, and completed on time.
Assistant Engineer; Marketing and Management Associate
Kevin McMann is a recent graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania, where he received dual degrees in Music Education and Jazz performance, with a concentration in saxophone. He is a committed performer and has been seen performing throughout the country, and internationally, with such notable artists as Charlie Sepulveda, Tito Carrillo, Tony Kadleck, and Doug Walters, and in such notable Philadelphia venues as the Theater of The Living Arts, The Trocadero, and The Legendary Dobb’s.
A versatile musician, Kevin has studied both classical and jazz/popular music performance and composition under the tutelage of Dr. Greg Riley, Peter Paulsen, Dr. Karen Danessa, Dr. Larry Nelson, Dr. Robert Maggio, and Chris Bacchus. He has also attended master classes led by Rufus Reid, Fred Hersch, Donny McCaslin, David Sanchez, among others. He has performed with wind ensembles, big band and latin jazz bands, small jazz combos, saxophone and clarinet chamber ensembles, area cover bands, rock outfits, funk/hip-hop bands and marching ensembles.
Kevin currently resides in the Philadelphia area and works as a freelance musician, session player, and private woodwind teacher.
Publishing, Marketing & Artist Relations Specialist
Sarah Detwiler’s passion for original music and local talent has led her to TribeSound in the spring of 2013. She’s studied music business at Drexel University and has a key role here as our Artist Relations specialist. Sarah also spent much of her life studying music through mallet percussion and the violin. Some of her other interests include contemporary dance and drinking copious amounts of coffee.