Recording Connection graduate Dominic Cerna signs with JBM!

Recording Connection graduate, producer, engineer and guitarist, Dominic Cerna isn’t wasting a minute when it comes to getting his music career off the ground. Cerna’s modern Rock/electro band The Taking was just signed by music manager T.J. Sagen of JBM Management in Chicago.


The path towards getting national management started when Cerna and The Taking visited Los Angeles to record a few demos with producers Mike Gonsolin (Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton), Jeff Blue (Linkin Park, Korn, Macy Gray) and Nick Nittoli at Trend Def Studios in Hollywood.

The Taking was rehearsing in their hometown of San Antonio when they got a call from the creative department for the San Antonio Spurs who said they wanted to use some of the songs they’d heard online. Cerna says, “They wanted to use our totally self-produced single titled ‘Anywhere’ in the Spurs’ arena (AT&T Center) and for other promotional media during the Spurs’ 2014 playoff run,” says Dominic. “Of course, we were stoked.” Dominic_cerna_live

Right about the same time, The Taking’s single, “The Bitter End” was played on KLOS-95.5 FM in LA on the Heidi and Frank Morning Show. Moments after it aired, T.J. Sagen got a phone call from his brother, telling him about the band. After that, The Taking showcased for T.J. in San Antonio. The well-known music manager liked what he saw and an soon a management agreement was reached.

“We worked our asses off to get here, but now the real work begins,” says Cerna. “Having a manager like T.J. really brings us to a new level of professionalism even though we’ve always set the standards pretty high for ourselves. We’re going above and beyond with him.”

Dominic gives mentor Mark Sinko credit for much of his success. “Big thanks to Mark at Salmon Peak Studios and The Recording Connection for helping me get prepared for this amazing new venture with our new management, JBM,” he says. “The other guys in the band are engineers as well, so we have many useful weapons firing at all times in our main studio and at our home studios.”

Congratulations to Dominic Cerna and The Taking!

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