October 4, 2010 Los Angeles, CA- Rolling out the white carpet, setting the stage, and securing some of the hottest undiscovered talent the East Coast has to offer, First Look Sessions brought out all the stops to make an official entrance into the newly discovered artist showcase game. With their first ever artist showcase slated for October 14th, First Look Sessions could not have picked a more opportune moment to introduce an appealing and relevant source of Music Industry 101: Preparing for the Big Stage. Building upon the premise and mission which created First Look Sessions and has evolved umbrella company United Sound Music Group, Founder and CEO, Aron Ciafullo expressed â€œThe need to get back to true artists, which is showing these individuals someone provided the arena and is paying attention & supporting their artistry.â€
What sets First Look Sessions apart is the extensive background development that has brought this vision to life, yet the simplicity and ease that makes for an all-encompassing experience. Simply put, First Look Sessions was created for the purpose of catering to each, individual artist. Aiming to please the grinding apprentice, consumer, and industry; getting into the showcasing genre seemed like a perfect blend of dedication, development, and exposure. On October 14th, 15 handpicked [see attached event flyer] artists will have the opportunity to perform in front of some instrumental and influential members of the music industry. Guest judges include Billy J VP of A&R at SRC Records (Shontelle, Ray J, Akon, David Banner & Wu-Tang’s Label), A&R Manager Ant Rich of Jive Records, and Mr. Fred Hickson (Wu-Tang Affiliate & Cappadonnaâ€™s Managing Agent).
Let’s not forget to mention some of NYC/NJ/LA’s most talented unsigned artists! With special performances by: Deena Jonez, Rah Grizzly, SeeS, Sav Killz & BadNewSz (Flown To NYC From. L.A – Winner Of The 50 State FIRST LOOK Artist Search)
With a motto like â€œWhere you see it first,â€ Mr. Ciafullo made sure it was inclusive of multiple meanings, branding, and true to the nature of the company. â€œI donâ€™t want us to sound cocky; I want the showcases and work we do to speak of who we are and what we stand for.â€ Outward talent in ways weâ€™ve never seen before and been missing is encouraged and applauded; artists selected are expected to know they are preparing and performing as would big names in the business. Reaching for the stars (no pun intended) has been an understatement rather First Look Sessions and affiliates have placed no limits on the potential to make dreams come true, showcase raw talent, and feed the need for creative ingenuity.
With no expense spared First Look Sessions is truly in the business of developing, showcasing, and promoting overshadowed and diverse talent. Prize packages being won re-iterate the emphasis on the artists. In addition to artist development packages worth $2,500, winners also receive a 1hr photo shoot provided by DPI Creative, a music video to be featured on VladTV.com, an exclusive interview with Alina Kim of First Look Sessions,an all inclusive digital distribution package provided by 101 Distribution, a 4hr studio recording session at the legendary Quad Studios NYC and much more. Even with such perks the experience and connections to be made will remain… priceless.
With the same mindset and the arena for success, First Look Sessions and Goldhands are allowing one lucky contestantto prove they have what it takes to succeed in this cutthroat industry. For as low as $19.99, contestants have three packagechoices to take advantage of and increase their chances at winning the grand prize. First Look Sessions has made it easierthan ever for artists to pay, record, and submit final tracks for consideration through the Golden Mic Competition website.Contestants wishing to enter tracks for consideration will have until Nov. 30th at 12am EST and the winning entry will be selected on Dec 25th 2010. One individual will be selected and win a package worth $5,000* courtesy of United Sound Music Group that includes a First Look Artist Development Package which will include, a roundtrip flight to New York City from anywhere in the world, a studio session to professionally record the winning track, a top quality music video to accompany the selected track, a professional EPK submitted to select major labels, an abundant Promo package and More!
WHAT’s HOTT!!! ABOUT THE FIRST LOOK SESSIONS!?!
First Look Sessions is an independent artist’s best friend and the answer to fans’ and A&Rs’ prayers – the culmination of a concept designed to enlighten enthusiasts, expose raw skill, and revitalize the music industry. First Look Session’s parent company, United Sound Music Group, strives to provide independent artists with the resources and a platform to excel in the mainstream spotlight and entertainment industry long-term. With the music industry more concerned about quantity than quality, it is important that artists create their own niche and go after the dream that divides purpose from paycheck. First Look Sessions creates a vibe and atmosphere for artists to showcase their talent, establish and build a fan base, and garner solid, national exposure that is nearly impossible in today’s economy.
An all-inclusive site, First Look Sessions is looking to showcase drive, potential, and overlooked individuals who would otherwise be grinding for a lifetime. Erasing the blur between progress and stagnation, First Look Sessions creates a space that allows for both positivity and constructive criticism. As CEO, Aron Ciafullo explains, “We want First Look Sessions to be a household name, not just for artists but for individuals in the industry. We’re looking to create a major buzz from the beginning. First Look doesn’t have to set itself apart from others, we are our own competition.” FLS will start on the East Coast and then expand westward as the company continues to grow.
Keeping up with the demands in today’s music world driven by social media, blogging, and online interaction, First Look Sessions will be using a new video broadcasting platform called VOKLE to provide an internet-based arena to showcase the most promising and overlooked independent talent. Each artist is sure to get the attention and feedback necessary to propel a career or instate perseverance. With featured artists such as Rah Grizzly, Kelli RenÃ©e, Deena Jonez, Pearl Gates and ANatural, United Sound Music Group has had notable success developing and cultivating not just artists, but a brand.
THE 2010 GOLDEN MIC COMPETITON – www.firstlooksessions.com/GMC2010