Artist Interview: The Glitch Mob

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As one of the club scene’s most recognized and respected acts, The Glitch Mob has exploded from local performances in Los Angeles and San Francisco to international renown for their distinctive sound and compelling live show. Founded in 2006, the group today is composed of accomplished solo producers Ed Ma (edIT), Justin Boreta (Boreta) and Josh Mayer (Ooah). Their 2010 debut album “Drink the Sea” hit #1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart, and peaked on the CMJ Top 200 for college radio at #57.

The Glitch Mob’s ever-increasing exposure has opened new avenues for promoting positive change outside of the realm of music, and its members have embraced these opportunities wholeheartedly, donating all proceeds from their two-volume remix album to relief organizations in Haiti, raffling off back-stage passes to their Chicago show in exchange for donations in service of Japanese residents displaced by the recent earthquake and tsunami, and volunteering at the APCH after school program teaching music in South Central LA.

We caught up with the trio via email during their ongoing US tour to find out more about their efforts to use music to improve the world around them- read on to find out what they’ve been up to, and to cull a few tips on how artists at all levels can do the same.
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Artist Interview: Eskmo

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Brendan Angelides, better known by stage names Eskmo and Welder, is an innovative producer at the top of his game. With releases on the venerable Warp and Planet Mu imprints (among others), a collaborative project with Amon Tobin as Eskamon, and a new full-length album on Ninja Tune, Brendan has received international renown for his unique, bass-heavy sound and inventive approach to live performance.

Now touring the United States in support of his eponymous album, Brendan stopped through his (and BenevolentBeats) home-base of San Francisco early this month with a unique announcement: most of the proceeds from ticket sales to his show would be donated to the local charity Precita Eyes, an organization dedicated to supporting and maintaining mural arts in the City by the Bay. Given that many consider ticket sales for live performances one of the last bastions of real income for musicians in the age of the “free” MP3, we were struck by this wonderful and selfless gesture, and got in touch with Brendan to learn more about his decision to make charitable giving a part of the experience of his art. He was gracious enough to share a few of his thoughts with us, and we’re extremely pleased to share them with you.
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Amazon Promotion Ends. Thank You!

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Amazon’s MP3 promotion has officially come to a close, and with it our campaign to raise funds for Project Open Hand. Now the waiting game begins- Amazon has sixty days from the end of this month to report earnings to our participating artists, and if history serves it’s likely that they’ll take a majority of that time. Sit tight, and rest assured we’ll report back on the final donation amount the moment we find out ourselves.

I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone that took a few minutes out of their day to help us with this first project. In this day and age it’s almost impossible to avoid being deluged with a seemingly endless barrage of offers and requests, and it means the world to all of us working on this campaign that you were willing to give us a chance. Extra-special turbo thanks to those of you that helped us spread the word online- you’re the best.

We’ve got plenty more in store for you in the days and weeks to come, so stay tuned! An Amazon promotion might have been the first you heard of us, but it certainly won’t be the last.

Feeding the Hungry Through Amazon’s Promotional Generosity

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Amazon.com is running a promotion through next Monday, February 14th: enter a code, get a $2 credit to spend in their MP3 store.  They’re giving away free money, albeit in a form that can only be used to buy a product from them.  This presents an interesting opportunity: if an artist on the receiving end of this promotional moola chose to contribute his or her income from Amazon sales to a worthy cause, we’d have essentially created a mechanism for transforming these free “Amazon bucks” into real money for charity.  This is exactly what we’re proposing.

We’ve created a small but growing coalition of independent musicians that have pledged to donate their income from Amazon.com promotional MP3 store sales to charity.  If you’ll use the $2 that Amazon is giving you to buy a track or two from from any of these artists, 100% of the artist’s income from your purchase will be donated to Project Open Hand, a great organization that feeds thousands of people in the Bay Area.

Here’s how to make it happen:

  1. Click here and enter coupon code VDAYMP3S.  USD $2 will be instantly credited to your Amazon account.
  2. Purchase two tracks ($1.98 total) from any of our participating artists:
    1. Laura Escudé
    2. Moldover
    3. Nonagon
    4. The Flying Skulls
    5. Tracing Figures
  3. Project Open Hand profits!

Read on for a breakdown of how much of that $2 will actually make it to our charity.

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