Sat. June 26 @ The Isabel Bader Centre
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KPP AT 20 - new recording project for Kingston musicians!
KPP Concerts is excited to announce a special project for our 20th anniversary year: KPP AT 20.
Twenty years ago, we released a compilation CD featuring some of the emerging bands that had been playing our weekly KPP shows at Club 477 (now Trek bike shop) – some went on to big things (a young Silverstein were featured!), some broke up in the subsequent weeks, a few are still around. We printed and distributed 100 copies and if you have one....wow! Bring it to our next show for a free ticket or high-five!
Fast-forward twenty years, over a thousand shows later, and here we are celebrating our 20th anniversary year but unable to present a live show. While pandemics are awful for gigs, they’re actually not horrible for making compilations. Yes, you it heard it here first: KPP compilation number two will be coming to all major record shops (aka Brian’s, Zap Recs, Something Else) in 2021! But, we’re doing things a bit differently this time around, so interested bands/musicians please read on.....
Here’s what’s up:
We’re seeking 10 artists to feature on our album KPP AT 20. Those selected will be invited to record a new 'live off the floor' track at The Spire with pro recording engineer Aaron Holmberg/Full Frequency Productions (you’ll know him from his days as the house engineer at The Hip’s Bathouse Studio and currently as the Technical Director at The Isabel Bader Centre).
When all 10 artists havefinished tracking, we’ll mix, master, print a run of vinyl, and distribute digitally. While we’d love to feature some ripping loud tracks with Neil Peart sized drum kits and full Marshall stacks, we’re seeking acoustic tracks only. With constantly changing restrictions and the general uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we figure keeping things simple is best. For our 30th anniversary we vow to roll out the Marshall stacks.
Some other details:
- Solo or duo performances are great! Members of bands are fine too – ie. Eddie Vedder (from Pearl Jam) would be an acceptable artist (other than he’d break the “local” rule below). Just remember,we’re trying to keep this easy on our techs, so performances with an easy setup are encouraged like piano, guitar, synth, vocals, etc. Think if you’re playing a coffee house or open mic, you don’t wanna be that person with a giant bag of bells and whistles, cutting into everyone else’s performance time.
- We’re looking for artists from the Kingston area (ie within 50 km of The Spire, give or take). This is where Eddie Vedder gets disqualified. We want the project to feel local so we can showcase the awesome music scene in Kingston. So, preference given to area artists.
- Genres: no limits here! For bands, especially those on the louder/fuller side, maybe there’s a track you can adapt for the project? Remember the coffee house rule above. We’re also looking to present a lineup that is diverse with an equitable gender balance. Newer emerging artists can apply too. A shelf full of Juno’s or a lengthy resume is not necessary (but if you have either of these things, you can still apply).
- Artist perks: we’ll pay you a cash honoraria for participating, you’ll also get a pro recording of your new track that we’ll promote far and wide, and you’ll also get your track to use for your own purposes.
- If accepted, we’re looking for tracks less than 5 minutes. Preference given for new unreleased material or adaptations of previous songs. Artists retain 100% ownership and publishing rights. All digital distribution will be linked back to artist accounts (ie. back to artist Spotify accounts).
- Date: please submit an artist bio, links, and sample track to email@example.com – deadline May 31, 2021. In the email subject line, please enter KPP AT 20.
- Recording dates: we’ll choose a mutually agreeable weekend this summer – so, recording dates to be announced. We intend to keep the recording process fairly “live” with all tracks being recorded over a single weekend.
- If selected, we’ll have lots more information for you. But, if you have any other questions at this point, shoot us an email! firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a brand new project for us and it’s been twenty years since we released anything – we’re stoked! It also feels like live music will be slowly making its way back this summer, so it’s onward and upward for live music in Kingston.
Thanks to our project supporters: the Ontario Arts Council, FACTOR, CFRC 101.9, The Spire.