Monday, February 5, 2007

EMP Sixth Annual Sound Off!

2007 marks the sixth year that Seattle's Experience Music Project has held its Sound Off! contest, a competition for musicians in the Pacific Northwest that are under 21. Past winners include bands known around the Seattle-ish circuit, like Schoolyard Heroes, Mon Frere (who've since broken up), Idiot Pilot, the Hollowpoints, and the Gruff Mummies, who beat out my good friends in Tacoma-based electro-duo Handshakes two years ago. The competition's an exciting mess of teen bands being cheered on by their friends and families, and not without reason - in addition to the first place spot, each semi-final round reserves an Audience Response prize for the act most enthusiastically supported. Semi-finals take place once a week for three weeks, each round a contest that involves four acts. The winner of each semi-final round will compete at Sound Off!'s final round, set for Feb. 24.

The prizes (in addition to those provided to all three finalists, including Shure microphones, industry consultation from the Recording Academy and a Drumcore software package):

1st Place - A performance slot at Bumbershoot 2007, a live on-air performance on 107.7 The End’s The Young and The Restless, production of a song from Glenn Lorbecki at Glenn Sound Studio, two additional days of studio time at Soundhouse Studio, and a Gibson Les Paul Double Cut guitar and amp provided by Gibson.

2nd Place - A live on-air performance on KEXP’s Audioasis, two days of studio time at Orbit Audio Studio and an Epiphone Sheraton II.

3rd Place - A Kramer Vanguard FR-440

The performance dates:

Round 1 – Feb. 3

-Don't Tell Sophie
-For Years Blue – WINNER (round one)
-The Oregon Donor – Audience Response Prize (round one)

Round 2 - Feb. 10
Round 3 - Feb. 17
Finals - Feb. 24

All shows take place at the EMP Sky Church in Seattle. Shows begin at 8:00 pm and tickets are available at the EMP for $10 general/$7 EMP members and students.

For a list of all performers and links to their MySpace pages, check out Megan Seling's article at The Stranger, or the official webpage of the EMP Sound Off!.

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