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GameChanger World is an artist-to-fan mobile gaming platform. The platform showcases mobile apps and games with artists and bands as the in-play characters. GameChanger intends to strengthen the relationship between artists and their fans. Fans will be rewarded for their dedication and engagement with the platform. It's time to change the game!

aquarian   New Jersey's oldest alt-weekly music and entertainment magazine. This is our Ninth year for The Break Contest, and The Aquarian has been with us since day one. The Aquarian features Interviews, reviews and news coverage of national and local music acts in the New York and New Jersey area. Since 1969.

lakehouse   New to our sponsoring team this year is Lake House Recording Studios. Lakehouse will provide the winner of The Break Contest with a 3 song demo. Lakehouse Music is a musical initiative committed to expanding creative possibilities. It's our aim to understand your vision and to help you facilitate that result. Sonic excellence and creative comfort set in the right balance of vintage gear and the latest recording technologies. "When one mind connects with a second, a third higher individual mind is created."
Contact them at Phone:+1 732 663 0118 or via E-mail: jon@lakehousemusic.net

soundwaves   New to our sponsoring team this year is Soundwaves who will be providing hte Break Contest winner with a live video recording of their performance! We are excited to be offering this prize for the first time, and their production work is top notch. Soundwaves Recording Studio is New Jersey's ideal spot to record your next record, hit single or live DVD. Their five- thousand square foot facility also includes four spacious rehearsal rooms, which double as facilities for guitar, bass, drum and vocal instruction.
To book studio time or lessons, call them at: (908) 688-4361 or email at: info@soundwavesacademy.com

toolbox   Artist Toolbox has been supplying discounted merch to bands since 1989. A co-founding sponsor of the Break Contest in the first two years, and sponsor for the first Skate & Surf back in 2002, we are pleased to have them back this year. We will beat any advertised price ANYWHERE. Once in The Break Contest, that artist can enjoy the same deep discount forever.
Contact David at 732-598-7586 or dsmith@artisttoolbox.com



OUR JUDGES:

 

Fred Mascherino   Fred is a veteran of the alternative music scene. He spent his early years fronting bands throughout the Philadelphia area. After taking his band Breaking Pangaea on several national tours, he took it to the next level by joining Taking Back Sunday on guitar and backing vocals. With TBS, he toured the world, recording a couple of gold records along the way. In 2007, he went solo as The Color Fred and now sings in his new rock outfit, Terrible Things. Terrible Things just released a new EP called "Pre-Transmission" which Fred produced and played all the instruments on.  

Maria Mar   Maria is the creator of "Jersey Rock," the longest-running local music show in Monmouth and Ocean County every Tuesday through Thursday night at 11:30 p.m. on 95.9 WRAT. Maria also started writing a Local Radar column for The Aquarian Weekly.  

Sam Bey   Sam is the drummer of a band called The Parlor Mob, from Asbury Park. Sam is a master at the craft of drumming, and has toured the world with some huge acts. Having started as a local musician, he has a a good eye for local talent.  

Dan Vassallo   Dan is the drummer for For The Foxes, a Pop/Indie band signed to Hopeless Records. Hailing from Barnegat, NJ, Dan is hitting the road in March with The Summer Set on the "Wake Up and Be Awesome Tour". For the Foxes will then be on board the Vans Warped Tour for 2013.  

Daniel Rinaldi   At the young age of 18 Daniel made his mark in the music business as the lead singer of signed band Bedlight For Blue Eyes. Now years later Daniel performs as a solo artist and works as a songwriter to himself and others.  

Aaron Van Allen   Currently the bass player of Terrible Things. Aaron's skills include bass, lead guitar, drums, vocals, as well as producing and audio engineering. He's shared stages with bands like Green Day, Valencia, Circa Survive, and he also contributed to the sound track of the award winning indie film "Things I Don't Understand".  

       

Russell Arcara   Frontman of the band "Profit"  

Paul Salee   Paul has run Freehold's Music University for over 20 years. Paul attended Julliard Shool of Music's pre-College Devision and graduated at age 16, then eventually moved on to Berklee College of Music in Boston where he earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Songwriting. Paul toured with a successful rock band before settling in Freehold in 1991 where he began his teaching career. Many of Paul's students have won state and local competitions.  

David Smith   David has assisted in running The Break Contest for the past 3 years and worked as a consultant to The Bamboozle for 5 years. David started working in the music industry over 20 years ago doing street team work for TVT Records, co-founded NJ's own Gig Records where they released over 70 CDs, and did national marketing campaigns for such major label acts as Radiohead, Coldplay, and Papa Roach.