IndiMusic TV, the worldwide independent music video TV channel and social network dedicated to the independent musician, has been announced as the official global network partner for Vans Warped Tour 2016. As preparation for this year's tour is underway with the artist and band announcements, ticket info and further specifics coming in March, IndiMusic and Warped Tour staff have been planning the details to the collaboration. The partnership is set to include sponsorship, interview and behind-the-scenes segments and content delving into the core of the longest running touring music festival in North America.
IndiMusic TV was originally founded in 2004 as a “go-to” music video website and then launched as a half hour TV show in 2008 in the NY tri-state area on the independent TV Network WLNY TV10/55. It garnered popularity, as it was a unique channel to launch, market and expose new indie Music Videos on traditional TV. After three successful seasons, IndiMusic TV broadened their horizons by launching a worldwide mobile TV network partnering with Yamgo TV, a mobile TV start up in the U.K. In September 2012, IndiMusic TV launched as the first 24/7 independent-only worldwide music video TV channel and musician social network.
They are now the exclusive place to see syndicated episodes of A&E's Emmy Award-winning Private Sessions, which features former VH1 VJ Lynn Hoffman sitting down with world-renowned artists like Maroon 5, Gene Simmons of KISS and Bon Jovi, to name a few (airing Thursdays at 9PM EST). Lynn is also the current "face of the franchise" at IndiMusic TV, as host of their popular weekly Top 21 Countdown. Plus, IndiMusic TV also boasts former FUSE VJ Juliya Chernetsky, who spends time hosting shows and events on a regular basis for the company as well. Juliya introduces many of the Video Block segments 24/7.
Chris Pati, who has had success as a solo artist and label owner, is the founder and visionary behind IndiMusic TV. He has had over a dozen top 20 Billboard hits, and has worked as a producer with a wide variety of talents including Rebbie Jackson, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees The Isley Brothers, world-renowned bass player Bakithi Kumalo of Paul Simon’s “Graceland,” Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits and big name record labels including Atlantic Records, Universal, Warner Bros., Capitol and many more. A musical prodigy in his own right, he began at five years old playing piano, guitar, bass and drums, and established himself as a multi-instrumentalist by age eight. Pati was honored by Berry Gordy (former President of Motown Records) who called on him to arrange and perform an impromptu medley of “America the Beautiful” and “Lift Up Your Hearts And Voices” for opera star and actress N’kenge at President Obama’s 2009 Inaugural Ball among such noted musicians as Bon Jovi, Josh Groban, Jordan Sparks, Peter Frampton and Smokey Robinson.
Pati comments on the partnership, “I couldn’t be more pleased or think of a better partnership than for IndiMusic TV to align with Vans Warped Tour. We have the same mission: To expose great new talent to the marketplace and put that talent in front of an engaged audience. Vans Warped Tour has been the Marquee, Flagship Tour brand for over two decades nationally, and I am thrilled and excited to help expand the tour’s footprint to the truly global, loyal audience IndiMusic TV has garnered. Kevin Lyman has been (and always will be) a mentor, visionary and major force on the leading edge of the music business and this partnership is a perfect fit…and a great cumulative force for emerging and established artists as well as the music business overall!”
The Warped Tour was created in 1995 by visionary Kevin Lyman who—after working on events that paired skateboarding competitions with live music—decided to create a national (and later worldwide) tour, pairing extreme sports with live punk music. The first tour began June 21 at the Idaho Center in Boise, ID, ending Aug. 18 in Detroit. The largest traveling music festival in the United States, it is held in venues from parking lots to fields upon which the stages and other structures are constructed prior to and for the duration of the event. The Warped Tour has grown exponentially in its 22 years running to a full-blown event. In addition to the approximately 100 bands that play each date, there are sports demonstrations, ranging from BMX bikes and skateboards on half pipes and street courses to wrestling and others. Past years have even included motorcycles stunt jumping and a human cannonball. Proving that he’s not willing to take any part of the year off, Lyman also organizes the Taste of Chaos and Mayhem tours, and is a partner at SideOneDummy Records. Not only does he organize the tours, but also he’s a fixture on site at each date.
With IndiMusic TV now onboard, Lyman also expressed what it means partnering with the company for this year’s tour, "Since I started the Vans Warped Tour in 1995, I have always made a point to involve innovators within the industry. IndiMusic.tv is no exception, and I am thrilled to welcome them as a new tour broadcast partner for 2016. Together we hope to bring the Warped ‘experience’ to fans worldwide, through exclusive, unique content featured on the IndiMusic.tv online platform."
For more information on IndiMusic TV, visit indimusic.tv.
For more information of the Vans Warped Tour and 2016 lineup, visit VansWarpedTour.com.