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Band Experiments 2011

Band Experiments 2011

Established in 2000, the Band Experiments is a ‘battle of the bands’ format music competition with a twist! The event features bands of many different styles and has a great reputation for choosing local Waikato bands who have moved on to great national success. Previous contenders have been Cornerstone Roots, Katchafire, Sora Shima, Knights of the Dub Table and Dick Dynamite and the Doppelgangers who gained recognition through the competition, starting them on their journey to take New Zealand and the world by storm.

2010 winners Dick Dynamite and the Doppelgangers recorded their latest single ‘Deviant’ at York Street Studios as part of the prize package, as well as producing a music video and CD distribution for their album. The video for ‘Deviant’ has received 10,000 views on Youtube.

The Hamilton Live Music Trust, an organisation developed under the Hamilton Community Arts Council (Creative Hamilton) took over the management of the event in 2009 and it continues to grow every year. Last year’s heat and finals featured full capacity crowds at the venue.

The response to original live music from the audience was fantastic and supportive. Everyone in the crowd got to experience styles they may not be familiar with. It was great to see bands gathering new fans.

The York Street Studios Band Experiments for 2011 are definitely no exception and are set to be bigger, better and brighter than ever before!

It is now considered one the premier highlight music events on the Waikato region calendar.

This year we are also happy to have new sponsor Chasing Time Productions on board. Their incredible filmmaking talent has exhibited in their new short film Lily White, which has been accepted into international film festivals. We are also happy to have on board - one of New Zealand’s most familiar faces in band photography.

The Trust itself has been impressed with the level of musicianship shown in the band entries. Each year we have received entries from all over the Waikato region and the talent we have in this region is outstanding.

The Band Experiments does allow bands with members under 18 to enter as long as they have a guardian with them at all times at the venue.

The York Street Studios Band Experiments 2011

The winning prize package for this year includes:

• One 12-hour day recording in York St’s prestigious Studio A
• Music video produced by Chasing Time Productions
• Music distribution through Border Music Ltd
• Online music distribution through DRM NZ Ltd
• Band photoshoot with Amanda Shoots Bands
• CD Pressings
• Paid O-Week gig at Waikato University, courtesy of the Waikato Students Union.

Entries open on Wednesday 11th August and will close on Friday 26th August. Bands can enter by visiting Entries must be from bands based within the Waikato region.

The Band Experiments are proudly sponsored by York Street Studios, ZM, Chasing Time Productions, Border Music, DRM NZ, Waikato Students Union, Amanda Shoots Bands and the Hamilton Live Music Trust.


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