FirstCom Music And Capitol Studios Launch ‘Capitol Studio Masters’

FirstCom Music, a division of Universal Publishing Production Music (UPPM), has partnered with Capitol Studios to create the new production music label, Capitol Studio Masters.

This marks the first time that the sister companies have come together to combine the power of their iconic brands, legendary genres, and world-class artists. The collection is designed to represent the spirit of Capitol’s history with relevant music spanning virtually every generation and every genre.

“Capitol Studio Masters has been carefully curated to capture the energy and legacy of the iconic Capitol brand,” says Michael Sammis, president of UPPM. “We are extremely proud to be working with our sister company on this landmark musical partnership.”

“Our legendary studios are where countless hit records were born and today’s top talent comes to record,” said Paula Salvatore, VP of Capitol Studios. “We are delighted that we have now inspired the Capitol Studio Masters label, which promises to bring our definitive music experience to a variety of producers and editors.”

Capitol Studio Masters is a collection of curated original music recorded, mixed and mastered at the iconic Capitol Studios and will adhere to the studios exceptionally high recording standards. The collection is designed for content creators in Film, Broadcast and Advertising, and offers tracks with stems for custom mixing and VR/AR environments.

The Capitol Studio Masters Label debuts with four albums:


  • Classic Rhythm & Blues — A rhythm and brass powered homage to classic R&B. Propelled by legacy performers to deliver bass ripped, funk inspired power sessions of delicious riffs, hooks and grooves from the golden era of R&B. Recorded and Produced by Tom Hambridge.
  • Best Beach — A love letter to the laid-back Cali beach scene. Conceived as an updated SoCal beach style very much in line with what’s happening with this sound now. West Coast pop and indie songs featuring the band Saticöy among others.
  • Feature First — Capitol has a rich tradition in feature film and soundtrack recording. Feature First pays tribute to that tradition while being true to form in current film sound and attitude. This album is powerful in scope with emotional string orchestra scores as the driving, unifying sound. By film score and sound designer Marc Aaron Jacobs.
  • Open Notes — Not your traditional Jazz, this unique approach takes the classic trio and adds a splash of sonic creativity to weave a web of intriguing underscores, powerful themes and moody atmospheres all delivered through virtuoso performances by M. B. Gordy, John Adams and Steve Fawcett.

And coming soon is Soundtrack of Dreams, an expansive, cinematic and atmospheric blend of emotive synth pop and shoegaze electro. Swelling synthesizers, tepid drumming, scattered bass-lines, saxophones and a seemingly endless supply of guitars create swelling and over-the-top synthetic stadium-prog that builds to a crescendo.

All tracks are available for licensing exclusively via FirstCom Music in the U.S. and Canada. The label is soon to be available via Kapagama in France and Universal Production Music in the rest of the World.

“Our creative vision was to reflect on the artists that represent the legacy of Capitol Records and Capitol Studios and to create a collection that pays homage to the styles of those artists.” says Ken Nelson SVP, head of global production UPPM/executive producer, FirstCom Music. “We had the resources to bring the best artists and composers to this project and the result is a very authentic sound of exceptional quality. We are confident this will be an incredible resource for our clients.”

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