By Reid Duncan Carmichael
VANCOUVER — When you’re an artist, the most difficult aspect of practicing your passion can often be finding an opportunity to showcase your art. It can take a strong network of people to get your work to the masses. The electronic music scene is no different. For producers, the prospect of showcasing your work can be daunting, but without the right kind of connections it can be nearly impossible.
Luckily for producers and appreciators alike, Groundwerk will be returning for its fourth event on September 23. Hosted at The Media Club, the event offers opportunities to get feedback on tracks from other producers, meet with people in the industry, and showcase music for potential fans and clients. “The event has brought people out of their bedrooms,” said Nick Collinet of Some Kind of Music Blog, who helps organize the event. “With Groundwerk people can still be the types that don’t come out and spend all of their time creating [music] but they can also come to the event and meet people they can work with.”
He and fellow blogger, Steph Parkes, along with Joel West and Adam Sabbo aspired to build an event where the community could come together, collaborate, network, and listen. Producers can submit any unreleased tracks to be played at the event where they’ll have the opportunity to speak with their contemporaries as well as more established artists and industry professionals. “It’s been great to listen to the submissions over the course of the past few months,” added Parkes, “and hear how they’ve improved just from getting a little feedback.”
The event is open to anyone, and fans of electronic music as well as potential collaborators are encouraged to attend to get to know the artists. Collinet went on, “We want to find ways to involve, say, vocalists or visual artists because they’re all part of a greater community. We want Groundwerk to be a hub.”
It will also be a great opportunity for artists new to Vancouver and the electronic scene to get a foot in the door. According to Parkes, “There’s been a few people who have just moved to Vancouver and have decided that it’s a great place to start their career. We’ve also had producers who tour around the world that have released music through Groundwerk as well as artists we’ve never heard of.”
If you’re just looking for an excuse to flex your creative muscles, this month marks the beginning of Groundwerk’s remix competition. Producers will remix a track by a local band (I Am Forest this month) and the winners will have their songs released on a remix EP through East Van Digital.
Check out Groundwerk at The Media Club on September 23 and if you want to submit a remix you can check out their Facebook page for more details.BC, British Columbia, Groundwerk, networking events for artists, The Media Club