Atlanta is a huge stage for music of all genres and countless artists have started up in the city or close by. But the question is, how do they get started? How does an artist get his or her music out there into the public eye in a world and society so focused around what’s popular? Four Georgia State students are answering that question right now. They’re providing a service in which local musicians can come in to their apartment which functions as a studio, record a song accompanied by a video, and have a published piece of work within a few days. These guys make up The 429 Sessions.
The group came together on a whim. One of the group members, Jonathan Harkey, was preparing to record a song on some pretty basic means when his roommates (also group members) walked in and said, “Let’s actually make this something.” After that point they decided to start inviting artists to come and record with them once a week. I got to sit in for one of their sessions and let me tell you: this is not just a thrown together thing. They have a very casual but professional atmosphere in the apartment that lets everyone know that they are very driven to get work done but also passionate about what they’re doing. The head man behind video, Kyle Sklenar, said that, “It’s awesome just to meet these talented people, and if we can help them out that’s even better.”
I absolutely had to ask the obvious question of “Why?” It’s an apparent sacrifice of their time and living space, so why do it? Andrew Alvarez, the man behind the audio, quickly replied, “We want to be that platform for musicians. It’s what we like doing.” “We do it because we can, it’s not for money or anything like that. We just love it.” added Sklenar. Blaine Tiller, another one of the four, said, “We live in a YouTube age, and videos are the primary way for new artists to be found out. That’s what we’re trying to do.”
When asked what they had in store for The 429 Sessions the guys basically had one resounding answer that was best said by Alvarez, “We don’t necessarily have plans but we’re willing and open to growth and what comes our way.” The 429 Sessions are acting as a stepping stone for local artists. A step that provides them a chance to get heard for free amongst the many people trying to do the same thing. They have an outstanding production quality, high-end audio and video equipment, quick turnaround time for the videos and a well-balanced and unique atmosphere in the apartment. The city makes for a great backdrop and the guys make everyone feel welcome. Altogether, it’s an awesome thing they’re doing for artists in Atlanta and a good way to display others’ talents.
If you’re an artist that wants to get heard and can get down to Atlanta, I encourage you to check these guys out. You can’t beat the price and I can promise you’ll have a good time. I’ve attached some of their videos as well as a link to their website which has application information.
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