Behind the Opportunity: Ghost Ramp Records

Ghost Ramp Records, who has released music from a diverse range of artists including Wavves, Best Coast, Weezer, and more, is scouting unsigned artists via an exclusive ReverbNation opportunity. We chatted with Patrick McDermott, co-founder of Ghost Ramp, to learn about what sets them apart from other indie labels, what they look for in artists, and more.

Ghost Ramp Records is the the brainchild of Wavves front man Nathan Williams and Patrick McDermott. How did you two meet and what inspired you to start a label together? How has it evolved since its inception?
Nathan and I met via mutual friends. Our friendship really stemmed from our mutual interest in video games (and possibly getting relatively drunk while playing them). But seriously – I think when you meet a fellow gamer as an adult it’s something that does really build a bond. It’s collaborative and just really snowballs in terms of other nerdy hobbies and interests.

Ghost Ramp releases music across several genres. What are some factors you look for when recruiting new artists?
We aren’t calculated with trying to check boxes with genres or really worried about confusing people with lots of genres. I think the modern listener has a diverse palette as ever. People listen to everything just like we do. We truly just put out what we like.

Why do you think its important for a record label to release video game OSTs? Is the release process different from ‘regular’ music releases?
I don’t think it’s necessarily important for other labels to worry about video game OSTs (please leave them to us :)) haha but yes I just really believe some of the best electronic music is coming out of video game scores. I’ve always been super drawn to OST music and I believe it’s time to close the gap between the traditional music world and the video game world which is often considered niche (but in fact has arguably a larger listener base).

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Behind the Opportunity: Open for The Cool Kids at The Art Institute of Chicago’s After Dark Event

We’re so excited to share that we’re working with the Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago to find one artist to open for the influential hip-hop duo The Cool Kids at their exclusive After Dark event live at the Art Institute of Chicago. We chatted with Jeremy Rothschild, Chairman of the Evening Associates Board of Directors at the Art Institute of Chicago, to learn about the successful After Dark series, how it’s become a platform for emerging artists, and more.

Hey Jeremy thanks for chatting with us! Introduce yourself and tell us what you do for the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jeremy Rothschild: Chairman of the Evening Associates Board of Directors at the Art Institute of Chicago

What is After Dark, what does it offer for audiences of the Art Institute of Chicago?
After Dark is an event series hosted by the Evening Associates Board of directors that highlights art exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago while featuring musical acts, cocktails, interactive theatrical performances, and occasionally art making activities all focused on engaging Chicago’s young professional audience.

The Evening Associates Board is a diverse group of young art-inspired professionals, innovators, and philanthropists committed to engaging Chicago’s under-40 community with the Art Institute of Chicago, driving Evening Associates membership, and promoting an understanding and appreciation of the arts. They were named the 2015 Associate Board of the Year by Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago (YNPN Chicago).

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Meet Savannah Lynne, Winner of the Marriott Rewards® Card Battle of the Bands

We’re so excited to announce Savannah Lynne as the Winner of the Marriott Rewards® Card Battle of the Bands! After weeks of fan voting, Savannah was selected through an exclusive ReverbNation opportunity to open for country music star Tyler Farr! Read on to learn about her experience.

Hi Savannah Lynne, congratulations on winning the Marriott Rewards® Credit Card Battle of the BandsYou grew up on the islands of Hawaii and moved to Nashville when you were 14. How did both environments influence your music style?
Growing up on Maui, I was surrounded by many different types of music which also included country.  I found I was drawn more to country than the other genre, however I did listen to many other genres during this time as well which is reflected in my first EP “Aloha Nashville.” After living in Nashville for the past 3 years, the other genres still make their appearances in much of my writing even though I would classify myself as a country-pop artist, I don’t only write country-pop songs. I like many of my songs to straddle so many lines that depending on the producer who cuts the song, they could fall into more than just the country-pop genre.

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Behind the Opportunity: Treehouse Festival

We’re so excited to share that we’re the official submission platform for the inaugural Treehouse Festival in L.A.! What started as a monthly event held at pop-up locations in L.A. where performers present their talents, has evolved into an all-day festival at The Ambassador Auditorium to expose upcoming artists to the crowd they deserve. We chatted with the inspiring team behind Treehouse to learn about the festival, exclusive ReverbNation opportunity, Kickstarter campaign, and more.

Hey Alex, Diana, and Charlsey! Thanks for chatting with us! Can you tell us a little about yourself.
Alex Wisner: Musician at AKW/Founder of Treehouse
Diana Mantis: Photographer
Charlsey Kellen: Founder of Dog-Eared Records

We are beyond excited to be the official submission platform for the First Annual Treehouse Festival! Can you tell us a little about Treehouse?
Alex: I’m so happy to be working with you guys. I know that this site has such a plethora of artists waiting to be found and that’s truly what we’re all about. Treehouse Festival is a one-day festival taking place in Los Angeles on October 15th. This festival is the result of a monthly event that I’ve been holding every month for the last year and a half. These monthly events started in my living room and quickly grew too large and became pop-up events all around Los Angeles. We showcase musicians, writers, actors and filmmakers. Each person has a 8-10 minute slot and we’ve ranged from 8 artists to sometimes 20 artists in one night. People submit via our website and we curate a night in a random location adorned with Christmas tree lights, an attentive audience and very memorable, touching performances.

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Road to Sturgis: Meet Midnight Mob, Low Volts, and The Grizzled Mighty

What’s it like to hit the road and perform at Sturgis Buffalo Chip? We’re going behind the scenes with Midnight Mob, Low Volts, and The Grizzled Mighty on their journey to Sturgis, SD for the performance of a lifetime. Road to Sturgis promises to take you on each band's journey as the make their way to Sturgis Buffalo Chip to perform at the biggest motorcycle rally in the U.S.. Read on to meet the bands and follow their Road to Sturgis.

Hey everyone! We’re so excited to follow your journey to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip! What was it like to find out that you were selected for this opportunity out of thousands of bands?

Midnight Mob: We are so excited! It’s kind of unbelievable and frankly a little terrifying. We’ve been together 7 years and for the most of us this was our first band. Some of us never played our instruments before, so it’s kind of unfathomable that we get to be apart of this after the kind of humble beginnings we’ve had. I can’t imagine being in front of that many people opening for One, the only Metallica Tribute Band and Three Doors Down on a Saturday night. Then have the opportunity again to play then next night after Kid Rock’s set. We’re pretty speechless about all of this. We’re that stereotypical story that began by kicking out the jams in the back of a garage & believing in it all these years. 

Low Volts: It felt really great to be selected to play Sturgis, still does! I’m a motorcycle fiend!

The Grizzled Mighty: Pretty cool. Things are going to get weird in South Dakota.

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Introducing Road to Sturgis

Have you ever wondered what life on the road is like? We're following Midnight Mob, The Grizzled Mighty, and Low Volts as they travel to Sturgis, SD to perform at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. These rockin' bands were selected through an exclusive ReverbNation opportunity to play along a lineup that includes Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson, and more. Over the next few weeks, they'll be documenting their journey with GoPros, photos, and more to give you an inside look at what life is really like. Come along for the ride and get to know the bands.

Take an inside look at life on the road with Midnight Mob, The Grizzled Mighty, and Low Volts. Road to Sturgis promises to take you on each band’s journey as the make their way to Sturgis Buffalo Chip to perform at the biggest motorcycle rally in the U.S.. Follow three unique bands, all with different stories, each coming from different parts of the country, but with one mission — making it to Sturgis, South Dakota for the performance of a lifetime.

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Meet the Artists Playing Summerfest Vol. 4

Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” is taking over Milwaukee, WI June 29 - July 10, and as the official submission platform we’re excited to share over 30 ReverbNation artists are on the bill. Get to know the artists below!

Celeste Buckingham

Celeste Buckingham

My Gold Mask
Electro-pop duo My Gold Mask are bringing their daring jams to Summerfest this year. The duo has been featured in Paste Magazine, NYLON, and Wild Magazine.
Set Time: 7/5 @ 4:15 PM, Johnson Control World Soundstage

Thaddeus Anna Greene
The soulful rockers of Thaddeus Anna Greene are some of our favorite live performers. The FADER-approved band will be closing out the Emerging Artists Series on July 9th.
Set Time: 7/9 @ 6:45 PM, Johnson Control World Soundstage

AJ Smith
AJ Smith is an award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He gave TEDx talk a few years back, and it’s pretty neat.
Set Time: 7/8 @ 4:15 PM, Johnson Controls World Soundstage

Charles Love
Smooth jazz instrumentalist Charles Love will kick off the show on July 8th at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, where Phil Vassar will be headlining.
Set Time: 7/8 @ 12:00 PM, Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard

Stolen Rhodes
Americana rock band Stolen Rhodes hits the road often to play shows all over the country. They count Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jackyl, and Blackberry Smoke amongst the acts with whom they’ve shared the stage.
Set Time: 7/7 @ 5:00 PM, Uline Warehouse with Miller Lite

The Brevet

The Brevet

Chip Greene
Nashville-based singer-songwriter Chip Greene weaves wistful tales of love and loss in his music. His poppy music can be heard on MTV, and in ads for Sprite, Delta Airlines, Eddie Bauer and more.
Set Time: 7/7 @ 3:00 PM,

The Brevet
The men of The Brevet combine Americana rock, emotional lyrics and sweeping melodies, and the final product is epic. Their live show won’t disappoint.
Set Time: 7/8 @ 3:00 PM, Johnson Controls World Soundstage

Celeste Buckingham       
Soulful pop songstress Celeste Buckingham has impressed the likes of Billboard and Cosmo. Her dramatic, bouncy anthems have garnered huge success on Europe’s pop charts, and now she’s poised to take America by storm.
Set Time: 7/7 @ 5:30 PM, Johnson Controls World Soundstage

Shah Jahan
Psych-pop band Shah Jahan has been featured in The Deli Magazine, Chicago Mixtape, and No Country For New Nashville. This gaggle of gentlemen draw their influences from Indian sitar and cymbal music, which makes for seriously dreamy music.
Set Time: 7/8 @ 1:45 PM, Johnson Controls World Soundstage

Midnight Mob
These powerhouse rockers have staked their claim at the intersection of punk, metal, blues, and soul. New Noise Magazine, Music Junkie Press and many more have sung their praises, and they’re sure to impress at the Harley Davidson Stage next week.
Set Time: 7/9 @ 6:30 PM, Harley Davidson Roadhouse

Circleswitch
This band of dudes are masters of melody-driven hard rock. Circleswitch’s music is equal parts old school and cutting edge.
Set Time: 7/9 @ 4:00 PM, Harley Davidson Roadhouse

Eagle Trace
This Milwaukee-based band of brothers combine nostalgic rock vibes with bold bouncy beats. They’ve shared the stage with Kopecky and Wildcat! Wildcat!, to name a few.
Set Time: 7/5 @1:45PM, Johnson Controls World Soundstage

Hank & Cupcakes
This indie-pop outfit has gotten the stamp of approval on funky fresh vibes from Paste Magazine, MTV and more. They’re no strangers to the festival circuit — they’ve played Summerfest, Voodoo Fest and Backwoods, to name a few.
Set Time: 7/9 @ 6:30 PM, Uline Warehouse with Miller Lite

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Meet the Artists Playing Summerfest Vol. 3

Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” is taking over Milwaukee, WI June 29 - July 10, and as the official submission platform we’re excited to share over 30 ReverbNation artists are on the bill. Get to know the artists below!

Nora Collins

Nora Collins

The Pheels
This Atlanta based “Bedroom Geek” duo is known for their smooth, spacey R&B/ soul sound. They recently released their EP “likeWise,” which made waves in the Atlanta music scene and solidified their place as a hometown hero artist. They are a must see.
Set Time: 7/6 6:45 @ Emerging Artist Series

Just B Polo
New York Native Just B Polo is a versatile performer/writer/engineer with immense talent and potential. He has spent the summer performing in the east coast area. Don’t miss him light up the stage at Summerfest!
Set Time: 7/6 4:15 @ Emerging Artist Series

Ogden Payne
This Austin native started his trade at the young age of 17, and since then has grown and cultivated his sound to the well made, hip hop/neo soul sound that has gotten him booked at numerous renowned music festivals including this year’s Summerfest. Don’t miss it!
Set Time: 7/6 5:30 @ Emerging Artist Series

Nora Collins
Country girl Nora Collins recently signed a publishing and artist development deal with MV2 in Nashville, TN. Since then, she has continued to make numerous appearances and grow her sound. Catch her in her home state as she performs this July at Summerfest!
Set Time: 7/6 4 PM @ US Cellular

Ogden Payne

Ogden Payne

Max & The Invaders
This 10 piece Ska/ Reggae band has been releasing music and playing the Milwaukee area for more than 30 years! Seasoned Summerfest veterans, they have nailed the art of crowd-pleasing in their home town. Check them out!
Set Time: 7/5 5pm Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard

Epoch Failure
These Camden natives took the high road and pursued music even in trying conditions at home. Catch this amazingly talented urban pop duo at Summerfest this July!
Set Time: 7/6 @ 3PM, Emerging Artist Series

Check out the other artists: Volume 1, 2

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