2011 San Diego Music Thing Invades North Park
Over 150 bands set to perform at 14 venues around San Diego
Music & the media: Where do traditional media outlets place in today’s music world?
As online and social media overwhelm traditional print and television to compete for viewers attention, this panel will discuss the changing tides of popular media and their impacts on band promotion.
Chris Ziegler (LA Record)Lil Bose (OC Weekly)Garrett Capone (91X)George Varga (Union Tribune)Wendy Brynford-Jones (Hello Wendy PR)Haley Jones (KPRI) Lawyers, Guns and MoneyThe fast changing landscape of the music industry means a complexity of legal issues. An experienced panel will discuss some of the common legal challeges artists face such as label and publishing deals, protecting a band name and how to register and copyright your music. David Branfman (Branfman Law Group, P.C.)Jeff Leven (Davis Shapiro Lewit & Hayes, LLP)Michael Hoisington (Higgs Fletcher & Mack, LLP)Valerie Nemeth (Valerie Ann Nemeth, Esq.)Joseph Stallone (Oaks, Hartline & Daly, LLP) With over 150 bands set to perform at various venues around the city, SanDiego.com reached out to a couple of local San Diego bands performing at this year's festivities and talked to them about their involvement with San Diego's premiere independent music festival. Part 80's Dance, part Electro Pop, part Alt Rock and all Party is the best way to describe 321 Stereo. Starting in 2009 the band blends a fresh, fun, and infectious sound. Earning local nods with nominations at the 2010 and 2011 San Diego Music Awards, 321 Stereo has established itself as one of the premier pop groups in Southern California. They have shared the stage with such greats as Eddie Money, A Flock of Sea Gulls and When in Rome at various venues including the House of Blues, Anthology, Whiskey A Go Go, and recently the San Diego County Fair. With a group that resembles the United Nations more so than your typical rock band, 321 Stereo features a diverse lineup. Their current release is a 4-song demo, with the planned release of an EP by the end of summer. When asked about 321 Stereo's participation in this year's San Diego Music Thing, lead singer Aubrey King, said, “This is a HUGE honor! The San Diego Music Thing is the ultimate showcase of local talent and we couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of it. We really hope to capture the carefree, let loose and wholesome charm that San Diego is known for by providing a nostalgic yet new wave sound that will get heads turning, along with a pulsating dance beat which then gets them moving! We want to remind everyone that good pop music at it's core is sweet and simple. We are definitely looking forward to every panel that has to deal with trying to make it as an indie artist. Being a still relatively new band, we have so much to learn. From marketing strategies, to licensing opportunities, and even social networking. That fact that this conference touches on so many of the subjects that are so crucial to bands like us doing it all on our own is of so much value. We are also looking forward to seeing some great bands play including Nico Vega, Little Hurricane, The Silent Comedy, Kevin Martin, and Hyena.” Jamuel Saxon's prolific catalog includes several EPs and a Tape Deck Mountain remix record. Former Vision of a Dying World memeber Keith Milgaten's sophomore LP Landmines & Chandeliers received rave reviews, earning him his second straight Best Electronic nomination at the 2010 San Diego Music Awards. Playing duel synthesizers and singing through a vocoder while rocking black light body paint, Milgaten is a performance artist/cosmic conquistador. Percussionist Jayson Ehm is a human metronome who also contributes trippy visual effects, which makes for a multi-sensory experience. Keith Milgaten's ruminates on Jamuel Saxon performing at this year's S.D. Music Thing: “We're really excited to participate is such an all encompassing San Diego event. It's great to see San Diego start to create its own music culture and we're very happy to be apart of it. We've been working hard at putting together a new set to entertain and get people hot (even people under 21) for the rest of the night. Maybe we'll scare some of the ‘chillins, since we're playing an all ages show for the first time in awhile. We are definitely interested in hearing Michael Addicott from Pandora. If I were able to wish upon a star, I'd love to pick DMX as a speaker to learn about life, the universe, and everything.” There are over 150 regional and national acts scheduled to appear over the course of the 2011 San Diego Music Thing. Click here to check out the official San Diego Music Thing website for complete listings, set times plus workshop and panel schedules.