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Artist Spotlight: Cameron Mizell & Destiny Records

Cameron Mizell

Cameron Mizell, a Brooklyn resident for the past decade-plus, was educated in music at the University of North Texas and Indiana University. In New York City, he has played with rock bands, singer-songwriters, bluegrass acts and Latin groups, as well as for Broadway musicals and dance companies. The second solo guitar release from Mizell, Memory/Imagination, features nine deeply emotional improvisations. Each piece is a meditation on the fight for social justice in America. The resulting music is contemplative, dark, and vulnerable, but offers glimmers of hope and perseverance–abstract soundtracks to the imagination of a solitary musician. Accompanying the album’s release […]

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Completely Custom: Macklemore “Gemini”

Gemini Deluxe Packaging - cover

We had the pleasure of creating another deluxe package for our good friend and long-time customer Macklemore. This was created completely custom in order to achieve a totally unique package. FINAL SPECS – 6×9 custom zine printed on uncoated stock board with glued in sleeve on front panel, die cut pocket for back panel, plus a 28 page booklet of artwork printed on 80# uncoated paper stock – Disc printed full color with matte varnish – Die cut “Golden Ticket” printed on gold metallic board stock with 1 color printing, plus a peel and win label on the back with sequential numbering and variable copy underneath […]

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WTF is that? PMS Colors

Pantone swatch book

Welcome to our next installment of “WTF Is That?”! We’re going to start off on the easy side today. We will be tackling the elusive, Sasquatch of color: the Pantone Matching System. Also referred to PMS Colors.  So, what IS Pantone? Well my friend, it’s quite simple. It’s just a standardized color system. Your regular office printer, or in Copycat’s case–our large offset printers, use the standard CMYK printing (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key = Black) system. Pantone is just another way to specify colors. The difference of Pantone being that the color range is broader, and more exact than offset printing. Using Pantone you can even achieve metallics […]

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WTF Is That? Bleeds

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Welcome to our first installment of “WTF Is That?”. This is a new series of blog posts we will be doing to help shed a little light on some of the more *complicated* parts of CD, DVD, and vinyl manufacturing. We often get the same questions about the same things so we thought why not address each one of them individually to help you out? One of the biggest issues we come across when it comes to art files for print is BLEEDS. Bleeds you say? Like blood? Slow down Slayer, not blood. What we’re talking about here is print bleeds. Bleed, […]

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IPR Forms, and why they’re important

ipr form

Why do I have to fill out an IPR form for my music project? We get it, filling out the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) form can seem tedious, and not fun at all, but we promise there is a good reason Copycats has you do it. As one would assume, piracy is a big issue within the recording industry, even more so now we’re in this era of digital music. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has set up the IPR system to help battle the problem. If our customers don’t comply, the RIAA can file a (very expensive) lawsuit. Not […]

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