By Holly Walny
By Holly Walny
Full Sail students have spoken! Our Top 3 Finalists for 3300+Climbing’s third round of the artist development initiative have been revealed to be Spanish-English singer-songwriter Nat’Lee, alternative singer-songwriter Lévie, and Americana indie-rock band Beemo. Over the next month, the Artist Development course on campus will work with these three artists, and pitch them to the Music Business and Entertainment Business student body. Then votes will be tallied for the final winner. But before then, lets get to know the final top 3 a little better.
Nat’Lee is a Spanish-English singer songwriter from Miami. She started out at a very young age as a dancer, and was a background dancer for other artists before she decided to focus on music herself. Nat’Lee found her sound just two years ago, however her talent is beyond her years. She debuted on the Telemundo-produced talent show “Yo Soy El Artista,” where she wound up making it to the semi-finals. Although she has kept in contact with a few key players from the show, Nat’Lee admits that not much came from her time on the show. So, she has taken her career into her own hands. Currently, she is promoting her latest EP, and playing regular Thursday gigs at Club Havana in Miami. If chosen, Nat’Lee plans to use the resources from 3300+Climbing to work on all aspects of her career.
Lévie is an Orlando based alternative singer-songwriter. The Brazilian-born Full Sail grad has a unique alt-rock sound, which he has been perfecting well before his time at Full Sail. Lévie is no stranger to the live music scene having played live shows all over the Orlando Florida area. From the Full Sail Live Venue, to Backbooth downtown, and even an Orlando City Soccer Pregame Tailgate later in May, Lévie is not afraid to show the world what he’s got. Currently, he is working on releasing a new EP, and making music videos. If chosen, Lévie plans to use the 3300+Climbing services to boost his career in many ways. Specifically, he would like to gain more media publicity and regional radio exposure.
Beemo is an indie-rock group that draws from Americana and bluegrass influences. Beemo is no stranger to the music scene, having been a band for almost 12 years. Their latest lineup has been together for about 2 years, but they have been making waves in the Orlando music scene. Their unique sound has gained them much local attention. From pubs, to festivals, to arts & cultural fairs, the band has had a steady flow of shows come their way. Beemo has also gotten radio play here in Orlando on WPRK Rollins, and even out of state at WMHU Pennsylvania. Currently, the band is hard at work promoting their latest EP, Wide Awake, and staying busy booking shows around town. If chosen, Beemo would like to use the 3300+Climbing resources to work on publishing and distribution.
Written By Holly Walny
Yesterday 3300+Climbing coordinators and interns held auditions for the final top 7 in our newest venture to find our next artist. These auditions got us one step closer to locking in the third overall artist 3300+Climbing will be working to develop over the next 6 months. We have held auditions to narrow down to our top 3 in the past, but this audition process was a little different and full of many surprises.
Our final top 7 consisted of rock group The Rights Offs, hip-hop group L.I.T, English-Spanish singer Nat’Lee, hip-hop artist J Lite, soul hip-hop artist Life’s Poet, alt rock singer-songwriter Lévie, and americana rock group Beemo. We had a full room of Entertainment and Music business students of various classes including, Artist Management, Music Merchandising, and Copyright & Publishing in attendance. These students got to talk up close and personal with all of the potential artists, and really got into the audition process. In the past, we narrowed our top 3 down from a top 10, however this time around we decided to only have a top 7. We felt this gave students a chance to really focus on getting to know everything about these artists in a short period of time. Students were ready with many questions and eagerly looking to get to know the artists more. We got to know the aspirations and goals of the artists in our final top 7, and where they plan to take their careers in the immediate future.
Each artist’s session began with a previously recorded live performance provided by each artist so students were able to see the style, genre, and stage presence of each artist. After the video of the live performance was presented, students were able to speak face to face with each artist over a FaceTime or Skype Q&A session. However, there were some unexpected surprises, such as during Q&A with potential artist Nat’Lee, we received an impromptu live, via FaceTime, song from her and her guitarist. Hip-hop artist J Lite, gave us a live, via FaceTime, freestyle from one of his tracks. Also, Orlando based band, Beemo, provided their audition and Q&A session live right in the classroom with students.
Aside from a few minor technical difficulties, due to FaceTime connections, we had a successful audition process. We got to dive deep into the minds of each artist, and get to know what they would like to get out of an artist development deal with 3300+Climbing. We are looking forward to see whom the student body has chosen for our final top 3.
By Holly Walny
Big Dog & The Midnight Badgers
Paris a.k.a cali boy
Jeremy T. McConnaha
Carrie "B. Flossie"
Here at 3300+ Climbing we have been busy in January! Here's a quick look into some of the things we've been up to in the last few weeks.
The big news item is that on January 9th we held live auditions in the Artist Management course, mostly thanks to Skype. The 3300+ team narrowed down the 45 submissions to our final seven! The audition period went flawlessly and the students in the classroom enjoyed a day of live music and then filled out evaluation forms and were broken into teams of 2-3 students. For the rest of January the students are working in teams to build career plans for each of these acts, at the end of the month students will be pitching the artists and a selection committee with make a final decision on who 3300+ will focus in on one of the seven acts. We at 3300+ have fallen in love with all seven acts and wish the best to all of them, no matter what!
We wanted to introduce you each of these acts, they appear under the read me in order of their auditions!
This is a blog following the students' work at 3300+ Climbing.