San Francisco, CA (February 8, 2004)–BANG sugar BANG, a punk rock quartet from Los Angeles, won the Disc Makers Independent Music World Series (IMWS) West showcase held last Thursday at 12 Galaxies in San Francisco. As the grand prize winner, BANG sugar BANG took home over $35,000 in prizes, including recording gear, instruments, CD manufacturing services, DJ equipment, and more.
“We have experienced showcases in the past and we have to say that the IMWS was the most positive showcase we have ever been a part of,” said Cooper, BANG sugar BANG’s front woman. “The other acts were very diverse, but every one of them was excellent in their genre. The quality of the talent was so high, we couldn’t believe we won. The showcase was expertly run and provided an environment for all the bands to perform at their absolute best. Plus, we made a lot of new friends with the other acts. We feel like we won the Super Bowl of independent music. We’re going to Disneyland!”
BANG sugar BANG was one of six finalists competing before a panel of twelve judges that included the lead singer from Carlos Santana’s band and representatives from NARAS, Electronic Musician Magazine, EQ Magazine, CNET Download.com, San Francisco Weekly, KFOG, Eric Gotland Management, West Coast Songwriters, and Bad Man Recording. Over 1,000 unsigned bands and independent artists submitted entries for the West region of the IMWS. The other finalists included ALO (San Francisco, CA), Awake and Alert (Phoenix, AZ), The Grannies (San Francisco, CA), Tosa (San Antonio, TX), and Zun Zun (Santa Cruz, CA).
Produced by Disc Makers, a leading CD manufacturer for independent musicians, the IMWS gives musicians a unique opportunity to showcase their talents, make valuable industry contacts, and compete for over $35,000 in recording gear, instruments, CD manufacturing services, DJ equipment, and more. The showcase is judged by music industry executives, media, and celebrities, and features live performances from the six finalists.
“Disc Makers prides itself on helping indie artists succeed, and the IMWS is just one of the many things we do to help these artists get to the next level,” said Tony van Veen, Vice president of sales & marketing at Disc Makers. “This was our first showcase in San Francisco and it was a tremendous success. We thank 12 Galaxies and each of our sponsors for making this year’s event a success.”
IMWS showcases are held in each of four regions throughout the country (West, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast). The regional focus of IMWS helps independent musicians make an impact in their own backyard and make connections that can help advance their careers. The competition is open to musicians of all genres not currently signed to a major record label. Professional music screeners from TAXI select 100 semi-finalists from the entries and the editors of Billboard Magazine choose the six finalists.
For more information on the Independent Music World Series please visit www.discmakers.com/imws or call 1-888-800-5796.
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