Rocktorium Records has its roots in the personal studio of producer and musician Ray Gennari, The Rocktorium of Love. As the number of projects coming out of the studio grew, and the services provided by the studio to clients expanded, it only made sense to call this entity what it was becoming, and Rocktorium Records was born. Diversity, of both genre and artist, is a major hallmark, as is undying support for the local music scene and artists of Rhode Island, where Rocktorium Records calls home. Support your own local music, too!
About Ray Gennari
Versatility would have to be the one word to describe Ray’s musical career. Since becoming a professional musician at the age of 18, he has played in, and written and arranged for groups spanning the whole range of musical genres- symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, reggae, blues, and rock bands, and virtually everything in between. He has toured extensively as a trombonist, bassist, guitarist, and keyboardist, and has performed with Roomful of Blues, the Drifters, the Marvelettes, Badfish, Irma Thomas, the Platters, the Coasters, Stanley Jordan, and countless others.
As a member of Roomful of Blues’ legendary horn section, Ray won multiple W.C. Handy awards for “Blues Instrumentalist of the Year”. He also works with the renowned reggae producers, Lustre Kings Productions, appearing as a bassist and trombonist on albums for many artists. Ray has played with well over 100 bands in the Rhode Island area, and is currently working with the Ravers, a reggae band from Newport, RI, and is the creative force behind the diverse and soulful Gumption and Glory. In 2012, Ray was inducted into the Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame, with Roomful of Blues, as part of its inaugural class.
Testimonials and Kind Words
I have worked with Ray for several years in a number of different capacities. First as a colleague, giving friendly advice on mixes in the studio. Then as a hired gun for bass and horn performances on my own productions. As of late a producer for my own songs. Ray has a way of making suggestions and bringing creative intelligence to a song or record without being intrusive, helping you see both sides of critical decisions and executing in a way that is paramount to making good music and getting the best out of the artists and musicians. That is, in essence, the job of a music producer. To get the best out of a song idea and turn it into a record that lasts a lifetime. It is a gift many strive for that Ray has a natural ability for.
- Andrew "Moon " Bain (Zion I Kings, Lustre Kings Productions)
I've worked with Ray in a number of different capacities over the past 15 years. Not only is he a versatile musician and all around great guy, but I've had some of my most memorable in-studio experiences with him wearing the producer hat. His attention to the small details and true passion for the "feel" of a track are what really make him a pleasure to work with.
- Scott Begin, drummer - Badfish, Scotty Don't
…it’s not just about getting a sound down. Being in the studio with Ray is about making the best of it, making the most out of yourself through a song, learning as much as you can from each verse before moving on to the next project. Just in the past couple of weeks, I’ve learned more about my own music, about the sonic art, about studio work than I have in the past five or six years. The Rocktorium of Love is a place where you figure out how to be the best of yourself through music.... Ray is an artist as a communicator, creator and engineer.
- Esmeree Skye (singer/songwriter)
By the time we took our five songs into the Rockatorium of Love to record, we had been playing them for well over a year and assumed they were finished; but as we worked, Ray – gently, unobtrusively, organically – showed us that we had been mistaken. The changes he recommended never effected the intention of our songs. Ray just shined a light into the unused corners of the compositions: a harmony here, a guitar trill or vocal fill there. He helped us to play them, yes. But more important than that he helped us truly to hear them. The songs we recorded were more mature, more evolved than we ever could have imagined going in.