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The Road to SXSW 2011

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The personal music library has expanded quite a bit since the first SXSW 2011 post. Here’s a quick update on where we are for booking our 3 unofficial showcases.

For a minute there we (Sarah, Jasper in Amsterdam, and I) were trying to create themes for each of the showcases. Then I snapped out of it. Here’s a portion of an email I sent Sarah a week ago:

Sarah,

Sorry to barrage you with emails, but here’s where I’m at right at this moment–fuck themes to the party…Try like hell to book the bands that can draw (middle brother, sharon van etten, vanderslice, etc.), fill in the line-ups with bands we really believe in and love, end of story…Once we have a line-up, then we can figure out how to label it.

Genres be damned. As you can tell, I’m a little slow at times. Bear with me. Also, in no way are the acts I listed booked or even contacted. These were just examples of bigger bands that we like a lot.

I keep saying this, but it’s worth repeating–my god, there are some great bands I’ve never heard of. Some of my recent favorites include Tim Knol (Hoorn, NL), Wallpaper (San Francisco, CA…how have I missed this in my own backyard?), Menomena (Portland, OR), and Lower Dens (Baltimore, MD).

Also, I don’t want to jinx anything, but I’m hoping to have a big announcement for SXSW booking after the holidays that may or may not include free nachos in Austin. Nothing is in stone, but we’re working on something pretty exciting that’s close to confirmed.

Parting shot–As I’ve been working on filling three bills, it got me thinking, what would be my ultimate lineup? Then, because I’m a stickler for rules and I can’t leave well enough alone, I thought it might be cool to have some guidelines. At least one of your picks must be a current act not singed or affiliated with the big 4 record labels. Here are mine, but add yours to the comments below. And, again, let me know bands we should be contacting for SXSW 2011!

Ultimate 3 band bill (headliner and two openers):

Otis Redding, with Led Zepellin (don’t over-think this, folks) and Ha Ha Tonka (Bloodshot Records)

Happy Holidays, folks. Go easy on the eggnog.

Phil

The Road to SXSW 2011

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Well, it’s official. SXSW 2011 is back on the radar. SXSW is leaking out official acts, and I’ve created a spreadsheet for bands. Last year was BAMM.tv’s first go-round on the HGH-bull know simply as “South by” (still can’t commit to using this phrase myself), and we made quite an introduction. Who else drives an RV into the convention center and records bands right there on the trade show floor? (Again, my sincere apologies to the SXSW staff being a pain in the ass and cracking non-sponsor beers in the RV).

BAMM.tv rolls into SXSW '10 trade show like Uncle Eddie in Christmas Vacation, much to the chagrin of SXSW staff.

Things are a bit different this year for BAMM.tv. First of all, we are putting on three (3!) unofficial showcases (3/17-3/19)–one at Beauty Bar and two at Palm Door. I’m still in disbelief that we secured such badass venues, and they are located right in the heart of the action. What does “Unofficial” mean? It means we can book whoever the hell we want and you don’t need a badge to get in. Anyone who’s waited in lines to see a show on 6th St. knows why I’m so excited about this. This year will be different for another reason (aside from ripping off the back RV bumper at a gas station last year): BAMM.tv will be launching our platform service at SXSW! We’ve been producing some incredible music content for the last year, and we’re ready to share it with all of you.

First order or business: booking bands. We are talking with a bunch of incredible bands that I will share just as soon as they are confirmed (won’t be for a month or so), but I want to know who you think we should book? What bands or artists are you excited about? Musicians are like books–it’s impossible to know all the good ones. Help me out, folks. Leave the bands link in the comments field and I will check them out.

I will check in with all of you on a weekly basis here and fill you in on all developments leading up to SXSW.

Regards,

Phil

Phil Lang

Music Operations Director–BAMM.tv

BAMM Latino Presenta… Bang Data

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Los miembros de Bang Data llevan casi tres años juntos, luego de tener sus propios proyectos: Deuce Eclipse con Zion I Crew y J-Boogie Dubtronic, Dave Lopez con Flipsyde y Caipo con Orixa. Tras el debut de su producción primogénita “Maldito Carnaval”, han tenido un aceleradísimo año que incluye presentaciones en respetables foros como el Fillmore, el House of Blues (en Los Angeles y Las Vegas) entre otros. Han atraído la atención de varios medios, recibiendo menciones en MTV3, Alt.Latino de NPR,  el semanal East Bay Express, Live 105, Indie 103, sin olvidar que fueron download de la semana en Itunes.  Deuce Eclipse describe a Bang Data como una sopa, pues en ellos se mezclan varios ingredientes que juntos obtienen un sabor formidable. Preparénse para probar este picante, energizante, y por demás caliente mezcla de Latin, Reggae, Hip-Hop & Rock, en vivo  desde los estudios de BAMM.tv, este Jueves 9 de diciembre a las 8:00 pm.  Eva Vargas  BAMM Latino Presents... Bang Data  The members of Bang Data almost have three years together, after having their own projects: Deuce Eclipse with Zion I Crew and J-Boogie Dubtronic, Dave Lopez with Flipsyde, and Caipo with Orixa. Since the debut of their firstborn production “Maldito Carnaval”, they’ve had a fast pace year which has included shows in reputable venues such as The Fillmore, The House of Blues (in Los Angeles and Las Vegas) amongst others. They’ve attracted the attention of various media outlets, receiving mentions on MTV3, Alt.Latino of NPR, the weekly East Bay Express, Live 105, Indie 103, and they were the download of the week on itunes. Douce Eclipse describes Bang Data like a soup, expressing that they are the mixture of different ingredients that together form an irresistible flavor. Get ready to try this spicy, energetic and firey mixture of Latin, Reggae, Hip-Hop & Rock, live from the BAMM.tv studios, this Thursday, December 9th at 8:00 pm.  Eva VargasLos miembros de Bang Data llevan casi tres años juntos, luego de tener sus propios proyectos: Deuce Eclipse con Zion I Crew y J-Boogie Dubtronic, Dave Lopez con Flipsyde y Caipo con Orixa. Tras el debut de su producción primogénita “Maldito Carnaval”, han tenido un aceleradísimo año que incluye presentaciones en respetables foros como el Fillmore, el House of Blues (en Los Angeles y Las Vegas) entre otros. Han atraído la atención de varios medios, recibiendo menciones en MTV3, Alt.Latino de NPR, el semanal East Bay Express, Live 105, Indie 103, sin olvidar que fueron download de la semana en Itunes. Deuce Eclipse describe a Bang Data como una sopa, pues en ellos se mezclan varios ingredientes que juntos obtienen un sabor formidable. Preparénse para probar este picante, energizante, y por demás caliente mezcla de Latin, Reggae, Hip-Hop & Rock, en vivo desde los estudios de BAMM.tv, este Jueves 9 de diciembre a las 8:00 pm.

 

BAMM Latino Presents… Bang Data

The members of Bang Data almost have three years together, after having their own projects: Deuce Eclipse with Zion I Crew and J-Boogie Dubtronic, Dave Lopez with Flipsyde, and Caipo with Orixa. Since the debut of their firstborn production “Maldito Carnaval”, they’ve had a fast pace year which has included shows in reputable venues such as The Fillmore, The House of Blues (in Los Angeles and Las Vegas) amongst others. They’ve attracted the attention of various media outlets, receiving mentions on MTV3, Alt.Latino of NPR, the weekly East Bay Express, Live 105, Indie 103, and they were the download of the week on itunes.
Douce Eclipse describes Bang Data like a soup, expressing that they are the mixture of different ingredients that together form an irresistible flavor. Get ready to try this spicy, energetic and firey mixture of Latin, Reggae, Hip-Hop & Rock, live from the BAMM.tv studios, this Thursday, December 9th at 8:00 pm.

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BAMMsterdam: Popronde, a Dutch talent melting pot.

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Every week our colleagues over in Amsterdam report on the current developments in the music scene of Northwest Europe.

That's the way it goes down at Pompronde, the Dutch festival with some serious momentum.

By Jasper van der Put

So you’re a young, talented act. So you’ve got a couple of half-decent songs in the back-catalogue. Where to find an audience? Filling support slots for bigger artists requires is an honorable way to earn your chops…and go broke in the process. Participating in music competitions is another option, but many consider it ‘selling out’ or ‘phoney’, not to mention you probably forfeited your copyright by entering the contest.

Well, in the Netherlands we’ve got the answer.

The Dutch festival Popronde, pronounce as ‘pop-rohndah’, (www.popronde.nl) started back in 1994 as a side event for a local festival in the student city of Nijmegen. From there on, it grew into a traveling festival, visiting as many as twenty-five cities this year. In this way, bands that are only well known in their own city can get to know a new audience in other Dutch cities. Popronde has also gained acclaim as a platform that supports a broad range of artists without comprising their integrity. Last week the festival came to a conclusion at it’s traditional last stop in Eindhoven, ending up in a frantic, drunken live jam between some of this year’s top participants.

So what’s the recipe for this ingenious festival? Every year a special committee hand-picks 100 artists from a total of about 700 applicants stretching every conceivable genre. This selection is then programmed in varying combinations of about thirty acts per city. The programming is based solely on the capacity and taste of the venues and local promoters of Popronde – there’s no influence from big commercial sponsors or major record labels.

It’s a close-knit community of artists, pop promoters, booking agents and national media that have created a platform which has proven itself to be a fertile breeding ground for tomorrow’s leading artists. Whether the artists are singer-songwriters, rock bands or hip-hop outfits; they all took as a touring band at this festival. The involvement in recent years of a large range of national Dutch media only adds to Popronde’s status as a leading institution for talent development in the Netherlands.

Here are some of 2010’s noteworthy Popronde artists:

BAMM.tv (San Francisco) is start-up focusing on live music production and licensing with a fixed presence in Europe. Platform launch is scheduled for March, 2011 at South by Southwest. For more information, please check out BAMM.tv or follow us on Facebook.

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