History of the band, Cutting Edge
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Since: Sep 08
#1 Sep 17, 2008
Cutting Edge (now based in Litchfield Park, AZ) started at Lonzoland Recording Studio in Compton, California with the band’s first single,“D.C. Shuffle”. This is the studio that brought you such acts as Dr. Dre, Ice Tea, and of course, World Class Wreck’n Crue. I know.... I know.... strange place to begin a rock band, but what the hell.
“D.C. Shuffle”, written by Leli, William Zimmerman and David Pesnell shot up to number one on dance charts in the U.S. The original single was a rock song, but thanks to Guisseppe D and Ricky Ric doing remixes of the song, the song hit hard and charted for three months. Again....what a strange beginning for a rock band. Originally,“D.C. Shuffle” was recorded as a ‘lark’ and was intended only for friends and was never even promoted to radio, but strange things happen.
After the success of “D.C. Shuffle”, the band recorded their first album and released it over their own label, Thunder Quest Records. The album hit college radio with a BANG!...and stayed at college radio for over a year. At the same time,“Without You” hit 20 and “Love Police” hit 21 on the Pop charts, while the singles “It’s Time”,“Abuse of Power” and “Judas of D.C” charted on the Rock charts. In fact,“Love Police” stayed on the charts the whole year, which is remarkable for any artist...but remember, Cutting Edge is an indie recording act.
The next album released is the Big 14’ N More which is a unique album. The first disc is a mixture of 14 rock and ballad recording by Cutting Edge and the second disc is various dance remixes of some of the songs by some of the best remixers in the world, including Chris the Greek, Guisseppee D and Ricky Ric. The first two singles from the album moved up the charts; “Venomous Love Affair” did well at commercial alternative and rock radio while the single “Every Time I Try” hit 3 in the U.S. and 1 on international charts. At the same time that Thunder Quest Records released The Big 14’ N More, the band also released another album of protest songs to college radio stations. The songs “F --- the IRS” and “She Wore Red” are beginning to rip it up at international radio stations....not bad for a rock band based in Arizona and recording in a rap/hip hop studio in Compton.
Over 450 radio stations are playing the songs of Cutting Edge....from Australia and the Philippines to England, Minsk and the United States.....hey even the one radio station in Antartica has jammed to their songs. While the three members of Cutting Edge; David Pesnell, William Zimmerman and Leli continue to work on their own individuals projects (the individuals involved with Cutting Edge have over 70 gold and platinum albums while working as musicians, songwriters and producers) they keep an eye on the fact that 2008 may be the year that they should do their next concert tour. As offers for concert dates pour in from promoters around the world, the band is currently (in their spare time) putting together a backup band and trying to answer the question .....is this the right time to tour? Hope we will know soon.
Cutting Edge is David Pesnell, William Zimmerman and Leli with all the songs written by Leli/Zimmerman for Magenta Rose Publishing (ASCAP) and produced by Leli/Zimmerman. For more information, check out Leli on her myspace site. Leli is the first friend listed on the Cutting Edge site.
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