Thomas W. Demerritte (a.k.a. Tommi D) Summary of Music Industry Background
Band Founder and Member: I founded and performed in the musical group Love Unity and Virtue (a.k.a. LUV), which shared the performance stage as an opening act for such groups as Earth Wind and Fire and Shirley Brown. This band toured the Southeast region, recorded at famed T.K. Productions during the era of such artists as Betty Wright and K.C. & the Sunshine Band, and helped launch the successful international recording careers of group members Stevie B and Howard Johnson.
Performing Musician: After receiving training while playing in the Miami-Dade College South Jazz Ensemble, I played lead guitars, piano, keyboards, and drums in many pro bands in Miami, Tallahassee and Fort Lauderdale.
Studio Musician: I have worked as a studio musician (union scale) at many Miami area recording studios specializing in playing drums, guitars, keyboards, and synthesizers.
Concert/Show Promoter: I promoted and directed live stage shows for my artists, including my recent Tavette artist showcase, and provided similar services for other bands as required or contracted.
Songwriter: I have a current catalog of over 150 songs (lyrics and music) I have written, including several which were released by other labels or artists. This includes writing or co-writing the current material on the albums by my signed artists Trellini (R&B), Note 2 Note (R&B group), Bonnie Flint (hip-hop), Young Flame (hip-hop), Spencer Wiggins (gospel), L’Mia (hip-hop), and Wetwerx (hip-hop group).
Record Producer: I have served as an independent record producer for many songs in my own professional studio and outside studios such as Hot Productions, Crystal Sounds Recording, Natural Sounds, Criteria and other facilities. I have full responsibility for all aspects of these projects including budgets, musician acquisition, direction of recording activities, music arrangement and all other business and creative aspects.
Sound Engineering: Having received over a year of specialized engineering training at Miami-Dade Community College, I have provided recording and mixing engineering services on numerous music projects.
Recording Studio Owner: From 1993 to present, I have owned and operated D-Lite Productions, a full service professional recording studio that features the latest in equipment and technology.
Record Company Owner: In 2000 I founded and developed Tavette Records, which signed and produced albums for seven (7) exclusively contracted recording artists. We released the first of the company’s four CDs in October, 2001, and sought promotion and distribution deals with other labels to facilitate further releases.
Video Producer: I also own a full service video production studio (including digital video cameras and full video editing suite) and have supervised the production of music videos for the rock group Never On Sunday, the gospel group Bless Praiz, the pop act Inixia, the R&B group Note 2 Note, the rap group Unda Presha ,as well as produced several cable T.V. commercials. Antwan Smith is our video director and he has directed or contributed to videos and commercials for numerous established artists including Trick Daddy, Trina, Jay-Z, and others.
Music Publisher: I have had several songs published and released through other publishing companies and I have my own publishing company, to which my artists are also signed.
Artist Management and Development: I have worked to establish the careers of several recording artists by managing their careers, selecting or creating their songs, developing their stage and media personas, advising them regarding their personal and professional activities, and providing other management and development services. Consultant/Educator: I have helped to develop several recording studios and record labels by providing direction, insight, and consultation based on my years of industry experience and training. I also developed and implemented the Alternative Directions Music Industry Training program to train youths as well as adults in the music business.