2016 HW! Demo Contest Winners

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2016 HW! Demo Contest Winners

CONTEST WINNERS

There's nothing worse than January in Minnesota.  We know this, and that's why we like to encourage music makers to use our demo contest as an excuse to stay inside. Some of you submitted your demo on day 1!  Impressive.  The majority, however, flooded in last minute with carefully crafted masterpieces...  And some whipped something together so hastily and wrecklessly that they made us ask, "Is it a work of genius and we are too simple minded to see it for what it truly is?"  (see visual art translation)  -->

Because we received so many entries this year, we thought it'd only be fair to host a good number of judges in our studio to analyze them all. We hosted nearly 40 judges ranging from A&R to journalists, publishers to producers.  Then we used advanced technology (Excel) to scientifically calculate the results down to the very smallest particle of pen ink.  

Here are the winners of this year's contest:

 

MUSIC VIDEO DIRECTED BY JOE MCMAHON
Lady Midnight (Adriana Rimpel)

Lady Midnight

 

 

 

$1000 TOWARDS STUDIO TIME FOR COMPLETION OF AN ALBUM: VOCALIST
Ashley DuBose

 

 

 

$1000 TOWARDS STUDIO TIME FOR COMPLETION OF AN ALBUM: BAND/ARTIST
Maple & Beech

Maple & Beech

 

 

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS

As we do each year, here is a list of those definitely worth mentioning! 

 

Aaron Lemmen

DENNY

Jay Smart

Jayanthi Kyle

landlikesea 

M a k s h a

Michael Shynes

S Dot Madison

Whosah

 

If you don't see your name on this list, keep writing songs!  Practice makes perfect muffins (golden brown, moist, not too crumbly).  We can offer a bit of advice for next year's contest.  

1.  Don't bore us, get to the chorus

2.  Keep intro's 1-30 seconds long

3.  Don't bury the vocal.  Judges want to be able to hear your ideas!

4.  If using a phone as a recording device, hold it at "selfie" distance from your mouth

 

XOXO

HW!

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HW! Fifth Annual Demo Contest

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HW! Fifth Annual Demo Contest

 

We've come to that time of year again, humans. The 2016 HW! Demo Contest is now underway! At this point, the contest has become something of a tradition. With a growing list of past winners who are going on to make great strides in the industry, we are as excited as ever to find out who this year's contest will uncover.

Since this is the fifth annual contest, we had to up the ante. Sooo... we've added bigger prizes, a new submission category, and again partnered with Joseph McMahon to offer a music video prize. As in previous years, bands are asked to submit one unreleased original song. Vocalists, however, are also invited to submit an original song or cover that highlights their vocal talent and artistry. If you're looking for some inspiration, be sure to listen to some of our past winners below!

The deadline for entries is midnight of February 14th, 2016. 

Check out the details and submit your demo here! 

May the best humans win!

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Culture: Open House & Hip Hop Vol. 1

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Culture: Open House & Hip Hop Vol. 1

This Sunday, Rogue Citizen and Free Range Music Cooperative will launch a series of events set out to strengthen the Twin Cities community around art and music. With a long list of guests including: Crescent Moon, Guante, Maria Isa, Sean Anonymous, Phillip Morris, Greg Grease, Joe Hastings, and more, CULTURE Hip Hop Vol. 1 is the first official release from R/C and Free Range. We are stoked to have been a part of it. You can pick up the album on Bandcamp or at the Open House this Sunday at the Amsterdam.

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Gramma's Boyfriend just got a new PERM

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Gramma's Boyfriend just got a new PERM

It was a sweaty July week in Minnesota, the type of heat that can make you lose your shit and start smashing things.  In other words, perfect weather for the recording of the new Gramma's Boyfriend sophomore record on Graveface Records.  What makes this group extra somethin' special is that each of its five members are accomplished musicians with reputations for slightly more 'serious' music but when they congregate to perform as GB, they grant themselves a license to rawk without rules. Shit can get a little out of hand, and it's absolutely lovely. 

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Charlie Van Stee - Slo Mo Jazz Hands

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Charlie Van Stee - Slo Mo Jazz Hands

It's time to introduce Charlie Van Stee to your personal archives. On Van Stee's most recent work, a solo album entitled Slo Mo Jazz Hands, you've got tracks like Penguins that bring the vibe and seem perfectly suited (no pun intended) for cranking out homework or picking up some kind of hands-on art hobby like pottery or painting. Or, alternatively, you've got tracks like Slo Mo Jazz Hands that leave you entirely defenseless to the groove of the tune.

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From demo to done-zo: Warehouse Eyes' evolution

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From demo to done-zo: Warehouse Eyes' evolution

Warehouse Eyes' Prisms has been in our phones, cars, homes, and hearts incessantly since their July 2015 release.  Here at HW! we can add the studio sound system to that list.  Our interns can attest that, as their producer, I paid extra special attention to this project. The five piece, built around the songwriting and spirit of Jennie Lawless and Chris Williams, unpacked their demos almost a year before the public would hear the first single.  One might ask, "what 'n the hell took so long?"  The answer is not that simple. 

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Bora York - Secret Youth

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Bora York - Secret Youth

Our friends in Bora York have been earning glowing reviews for their recently released full length album, Secret Youth.  You have just under a month to save up some cash by skipping a couple Quad Half Caff Iced Venti Caramel Lattes for the purchase of a ticket to their release party at Varsity Theater, Aug 21st.  Oh wait, skip them today 'cause they are going fast at only $8 a pop.  And if you've been scoring your latte's at $tarbuck$, just go ahead and skip that place indefinitely!

Our very own Mr. Taylor Lewin had the distinct pleasure of contributing his million dolla skillz to this wonderful album; engineering, mixing, and producin'.  He's like, super tight with Bora York 'n like, whatever. 

Did we mention Humans Win!  is an official sponsor of their release show?  We are going to sponsor the f#@! out of this show!!!!!!!   

 


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Did You Catch John Chuck & The Class?

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Did You Catch John Chuck & The Class?

In case you haven't heard, our 2015 demo contest produced many illustrious winners and honorable mentions, many of which are making crazy awesome music all over the Minneapolis scene. We caught up with John Chuck & The Class at their show last weekend at the 7th Street Entry. We are very sneaky here at Humans Win! and we like to keep our sneaky eyes on our contest winners to make sure they keep on being winners.

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Take A Picture, It'll Last Longer

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Take A Picture, It'll Last Longer

Today's post is devoted to music in film. Also known as music videos. There's nothing worse than an artist who just wants to watch their hair blow in the wind for 3:45. But then there's the musician whose creativity spills outside the music charts and onto the screen. Here's a collection of videos that we think deserve some respect, including one by Humans Win!ner herself, Caroline Smith. Grab a glazed, sit back, and enjoy the next 25 minutes. 

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