I may only be speaking for myself here, but Chamberlin held a special place in our SXSW journey as they were the first band to ever perform a Presskit.to bus session. At the early stage in our Austin stay in which Chamberlin performed, we were still oblivious to the strange Texas law prohibiting an alcohol-branded vehicle from projecting music, so we happily rigged up a PA to play their music out onto the street during their set. For all too brief a time, Chamberlin’s “Maryland” and “Jealousy” provided the soundtrack for our first Demo Day, and for any SXSW-er who was fortunate enough to be passing by at that point in time.
We couldn’t be more excited to premiere their unreleased track “Jealousy” here on IAtv. Check it out in the player above, and be sure to catch Chamberlin on their mini Midwestern tour this week and next if you like what you hear!
It’s not a stretch to say that Wilmington’s The Spinto Band might be the most DIY band to ever play an IAtv Session. To start, the project has been around in different incarnations since the 90s, and they’re still together. Back then, songs were recorded on an inherited 4 track, and their music self-promoted via bulky envelopes through snail mail. Over the years, they’ve created their own record label called Spintonic Recordings, built their own club house called The Garden Center for making music, hosting events, and housing their label operations, and have even built a recording studio out of salvaged university lab equipment and craigslist supplies.
Matt Halpern is one of my favorite drummers. The work he’s done with Periphery has been nothing short of amazing. And watching a guy make all of this look so effortless, while having it sound so good is equal parts inspiring and defeating. It makes me want to play and learn and progress, but it also makes me feel like I should have stuck with the telecommunications degree I was pursuing before the whole “drumming” thing entered into the equation.
Because car troubles forced the cancellation of the IAtv Session we had planned with Savoir Adore in 2011, we were more than a little excited to finally capture this buzzing “fantasy rock” group doing their thing on the Presskit.to bus at SXSW.
It has never been the intention of this website to review or analyze music in writing, but in this instance I will go so far as to say that the strength of Brent Walsh’s voice in person almost knocked the camera out of my hands. To his and all of I the Mighty’s fans’ benefit, this talent is complimented by the top-notch musicianship exemplified by his band mates—check out bassist Chris Hinkley’s frenetic fingers in the video above. That said, who is I the Mighty?
Check out the latest video from our Presskit.to IAtv SXSW Sessions with Ximena Sarinana!
All artists are motivated people, otherwise they wouldn’t take on the risk of making it as a musician. However, it takes an especially ambitious songstress to step outside a comfortable, national market in which she is well established to search for legitimacy in the intimidating American music market. For Ximena Sariñana, even though it would require writing an album in English instead of Spanish, the choice to “start from scratch and convince people that she was worth it” in the U.S. was an easy one.
A while back, we wrote a piece aiming to answer the most common questions musicians have about copyright. Today, we’re going to do the same for copyright’s cousin, trademark! Continue reading to learn about the difference between service marks and trademarks, how you acquire the right for a name, what happens in the event of a dispute, how to register, when the cost is worth it and more!
Welcome to the first installment of our Presskit.to Bus Session videos from SXSW 2012! So yeah, it’s evident in the title that something is a little different about this round of IAtv Sessions—they took place on a bus! For those unaware, we picked up a BandWagon tour bus in Indiana and drove it to Austin for South by. It was our living quarters, a billboard for our new Presskit.to web app, and our mobile IAtv studio. We setup shop in a prime location across from Bandpage HQ on 7th and Sabine and hosted bands from around the world for Bus Sessions. As always, a big thanks to the generous tour support from Shure and the always stellar production services of Strewnshank Productions. These sessions wouldn’t be possible without their help! Over the course of 3 days we recorded Bus Sessions with 13 bands, and probably used a BandWagon like it’s never been used before!
We were pretty pumped to be able to collaborate with some Boston friends while down south, one example of which can be seen in this video of Herra Terra playing their new tune “Buried Youth.” The guys had a pretty successful SXSW all in all, highlights including hanging out at various panels at the convention center, seeing Kimbra perform in all of her glory, playing an official showcase at Valhalla and with Bad Rabbits at the final Beauty Bar show to round out their week on Sunday.
You’ll notice pretty quickly that this video was not shot with musicians playing a stripped down tune as is the case in the rest of our Bus Sessions. What started as a joke about an acoustic Herra Terra shoot consisting of the band drinking whiskey and breaking things on the bus quickly turned into us realizing that we could probably squeeze Herra Terra’s entire live rig and light show into the bus. The temptation to have a band play totally electric with all gadgets plugged in grew irresistible in this case, and Strewnshank's Crickie Thomas made it happen. It was also our only session with a live audience. With five or six people crammed into our smelly bunks and countless more craining their necks on the street as they walked past, it was a pretty awesome experience.
Watch the guys play “Buried Youth” in the video above, and stay tuned throughout the rest of month for more Bus Session vids from South by Southwest 2012!