Tim McTague (Underoath), Jay Vilardi (The Almost), and Ryan Gardner recently started a new audio/visual arts and music company called Audible Diversion Group. The company is currently running the Underoath and The Almost online stores as well as releasing free music from their newest band, Safety. For more information you can read the full press release below.
To download the Safety’s “A Season of bad Dreams” entirely free, or for more information on Safety, Verdure Studio, or any of the ADG family, visit www.audiblediversiongroup.com
Audible Diversion Group, a new audio/visual arts and music company founded by Tim McTague of Underoath, Jay Vilardi of The Almost and a Tampa Bay area based film maker Ryan Gardner, have recently been up to a lot these days. “I just wanted to start a small audio/video production collective in the beginning. The whole online/digital distribution end of things just fell into place really. I just wanted to make records and films with and help get it out,” says McTague. Audible Diversion Group recently took over the Underoath and Almost online stores mainly out of necessity. “We had so much extra merch after each tour and we would pay thousands of dollars shipping it across the country to sit on shelves and one day a light bulb went off in my head and it just made so much sense to do it ourselves. We started just selling off our tour overstock but then ended up taking over the entire stores.” says Vilardi. The company has taken on only a few select additional clients consisting of Person L (the new brain child of Starting Line front man Ken Vasoli), Verdure Studio (an arts collective out of Tampa), The Glass Ocean (an Atlanta based indie regime), and Safety (a Tampa based punk/rock band). “With our main focus on audio and film, and only so many hours in a day, we’ve really had to be selective with who we take on. We’d rather have a smaller roster and be able to go above and beyond what they would expect, rather than have dozens of artists and let things start suffering due to committing too much to too many people. I think it’s an easy trap to get caught in so we’re always aware of what our end mission is.” remarks Gardner in casual conversation about the companies intentions. Although the three members of ADG seem to downplay their recent additions and centralized success as “a small business made of artists working for other artists”, this “small” player in the game is committed to pack as big of a punch as it can handle giving. The company recently upgraded their already capable online system with a digital download feature which enables them to sell everything from films to records completely digitally and completely free of any distribution companies hold ups and stipulations. “With our new system we are essentially a one stop shop for online distribution for artists of film and audio. There’s no middle man, or corporate giant muddying the water. Anything that the artist wants within reason is possible. We have complete control!” McTague rants with excitement. The company, alongside one of their newest artists Safety, have decided to give the bands newest release “A Season of Bad Dreams” away for free digitally via their online store on www.audiblediversiongroup.com. ” We started this company to try and take back control of what we could within our respective genres and industries,” says Gardner. “We have had a lot of support in the past few months from a lot of great people who believe in what we do and the bands we work for. We felt like this would be a great way of giving back to the people who constantly give to us, as well as really put our foot forward in support of the new digital movement.” Safety recorded their 7 song EP with McTague at his home studio, and the effort was mixed by audio surgeon, Beau Burchell of Saosin. The band will be releasing a physical copy of the record in the coming months, but for now are content with spreading the gospel of Safety via the world wide web free of charge to anyone who has ears and a decent internet connection. Justin of Verdure Studio was at the drawing board for all of the art design to round out the release. ” This was as close to the ADG vision as we’ve come so far,” says Gardner. ” All of the art, web design, audio recording and distribution has been all done in house and/or with our collective family.” To download the Safety’s “A Season of bad Dreams” entirely free, or for more information on Safety, Verdure Studio, or any of the ADG family, visit www.audiblediversiongroup.com.