Registration for B-Side Project 2016 is officially open, marking the sixth consecutive year of the renowned, global remix contest. Musicians, singer/songwriters, bands and composers of all genres are invited to enter their original tracks at b-sideproject.org before registration closes on Sept. 13. Artists are then paired with electronic music producers from around the world, to remix these tracks before the Oct. 30 deadline. The B-Side Project, sponsored by Prism Sound for a second year, creates networks between musicians, producers and the wider industry, merging genres and providing opportunities to release their music, alongside additional platforms to amplify their careers.
The winner of “overall best remix” can expect an array of prizes and opportunities, worth over £15,000, including, a Lyra Pro Audio Interface (also awarded to the musician/band who entered the original track), a pair of Amphion One15 Studio Monitors, Studio Package One acoustic panels from GIK Acoustics, mic and headphones from Audio-Technica, a Seaboard Rise from Roli, custom-made ear protection from ACS, software from IK Multimedia and more. Individual awards can be won plus the chance to gain a publishing contract and record releases—an opportunity for both original artists and remix producers.
The winning producer will be invited to watch their track being mastered at Metropolis Studios in London, where artists such as the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Paul Weller, the Who and Amy Winehouse have all recorded. Each of the remix tracks in the top 10 will be mastered at Metropolis and featured on an album to be digitally released on B-Side Recordings (distributed by Republic of Music), in early 2017.
Last year’s B-Side Project saw 160 entrants from 18 countries take part in a competition of the highest standards. This year’s winner will be revealed at an awards event at Metropolis Studios in London on Dec. 1. This event will also be streamed live on the Internet, offering wider exposure for the winner.
With the help of industry sponsors and partners, this year including Prism Sound, Amphion (a new sponsor for 2016), Metropolis, PRS and more, B-Side Project has helped numerous producers and artists since its start in 2009. 2014 winner Hugh Hardie is now signed to Hospital Records and continues to enjoy a successful career. He joins the judging panel again this year.
Last year’s judges are all returning, including Roni Size, Utah Saints, Krystal Roxx, Hugh Hardie, Matt Schwartz, Glen Nicholls (Future Funk Squad), Cut La Roc and Estelle Rubio. In addition to this wealth of experience, also joining the panel are Grammy Award winners La Roux, Hospital Records artist Nu:Tone, Studio DMI’s mixing and mastering virtuoso Luca Protelesi plus colleague Scott Banks, Godfather of house Marshall Jefferson, drum and bass innovator Talvin Singh and founding member and bassist of Killing Joke Martin Glover a.k.a. “Youth.”
For any artist trying to get a foothold in a highly competitive industry, B-Side Project offers this opportunity: a global remix contest offering a widely promoted platform for new music, access to industry professionals, potential publishing and recording deals, a huge prize package and the chance to create an invaluable network of contacts. B-Side Project helps emerging music talent build careers.
For more information, visit b-sideproject.org.