Seattle Office of Film + Music


SEA-TAC AIRPORT INTRODUCING TRAVELERS TO LOCAL MUSIC

KOMO NEWS

KOMO News ran a story yesterday about Sir Mix-a-lot lending his voice to the Sea-Tac Airport overhead announcements in the terminal and baggage claim areas as a part of the Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative. The edgy rapper, whose “Baby Got Back” video was once banned from MTV, talks about his excitement about the initiative. “It’s cool to see something as serious as Sea-Tac embrace the local arts,” said Sir Mix-A-Lot. “It just trips me out. That’s pretty bold.” Mix, along with other local artists, like Quincy Jones, Jerry Cantrell, Allen Stone, and Macklemore, are welcoming and directing passengers to various points of interest, from the USO desk to the smoking sections. The Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative is a cooperative effort by the Port of Seattle, Seattle Music Commission and music-specialist PlayNetwork showcasing the northwest region’s vibrant music culture and enhancing the experience of millions of passengers who pass through Sea-Tac Airport each year.  Along with the celebrity overhead announcements, the initiative interacts with passengers of the airport through a local music web player, mobile app, music videos featured on terminal and baggage claim monitors, and overhead music in the terminals.



SEA-TAC AIRPORT UPGRADES THEIR MUSIC EXPERIENCE
March 4, 2013, 4:24 pm
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PORT OF SEATTLE

Seattleites: be aware that your airport has something that many don’t- serious pride in localImage music. The Sea-Tac Airport Music Initiative is a cooperative effort between the Seattle Office of Film + Music, the Seattle Music Commission, the Port of Seattle, and PlayNetwork to let Sea-Tac visitors experience a big part of what makes the emerald city so unique: the music.

The Port of Seattle announced today that their web player, which features regional music of all types, if available online in addition to overhead at Sea-Tac. The playlist has grown to about 150 Northwest artists and over 400 songs.  

In addition to contributing music, a ton of local artists have volunteered their time to taping overhead announcements for the airport including Macklemore, Ben Gibbard, Ann Wilson, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Jerry Cantrell, Fly Moon Royalty, Quincy Jones, Ludovic Morlot, Brandi Carlile, John PopperAllen Stone and many more.



SEATTLE’S MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS TOP BILLBOARD CHARTS
January 25, 2013, 3:20 pm
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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis continue their out-of-the-box success story, as “Thrift Shop,” featuring Wanz, tops the Billboard Hot 100 with a two-to-one rise in its sixteenth week. After the pair’s independently-released album The Heist blasted onto the Billboard 200 at number two, “Thrift Shop” thrives with the Hot 100’s top Digital Gainer Award for a second consecutive week. The track also topped the Digital Songs chart for a second time and it remains the number one track on Streaming Songs. Finally, it leads On-Demand Songs with 1.54 million on-demand streams for the third week in a row, and broke the category’s record (previously held by Gotye for “Somebody That I Used to Know”).

You can see the full Billboard article here.



MACKLEMORE’S STORY ILLUSTRATES THE POWER OF FAN-BASED COMMUNITIES
November 19, 2012, 4:58 pm
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There aren’t many stories quite like Macklemore’s. The Seattle-born rapper has been making music for 12 years, but it was earlier in 2012, upon his debut release “Heist” (with Ryan Lewis), when he shot to mainstream fame. Just hours after “Heist” dropped it had secured the #1 spot on the iTunes Album Chart, before entering in at #2 on US Billboard 200. But even before these successes, the pair had sold out 18 of 27 shows on tour across the US and UK. No label, just pure fan support. Every single artist starting out wants a large and widespread audience, to be able to roll up to a venue and play to a packed crowd, but where exactly to start is the million-dollar question. Fan communities sprout in the hometown of an artist whereby it is sustained as the artist grows, acting as a hub for an artists most active and loyal fans, aka: the backbone of your career. Servicing this local community well involves a combination of delivering content to speak to them with grassroots PR. This is where Macklemore got it so right. He branded himself as the poster-boy for Seattle Hip Hop and leveraged that fiery North West pride.



WATCH MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS’ MARINERS OPENING DAY PERFORMANCE
April 11, 2011, 1:54 pm
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At the Mariners’ opening game this past Friday, fans were treated to a performance by rapper Macklemore, who delivered his tribute to legendary sportscaster Dave Niehaus titled “My Oh My.” Flanked by a brass and string section, Macklemore and beat-maker extraordinaire Ryan Lewis brought down the house while pictures of Niehaus flashed on Safeco Field’s jumbotron. Bringing it all home were members of Garfield High School’s marching band (Macklemore’s alma mater) stepping onto the field, adding a sense of pomp to an already larger-than-life performance by a burgeoning hometown favorite.

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SEATTLE HIP HOP WILL DESCEND UPON SXSW IN FULL FORCE THIS 2011
March 1, 2011, 1:46 pm
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Get geared up for Seattle hip hop’s huge presence at this year’s South By Southwest music festival with this video from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ sold out Showbox show last week. Macklemore will be representing Seattle in Austin at SXSW along with local rap acts Blue Scholars, D. Black, Grynch, Sol, Fatal Lucciauno, State of the Artist, Grieves, and The Physics. Be sure to catch Macklemore and all the other Seattle bands at the SXSeattle Party on March 18th at SXSW. The video below chronicles the love and energy of Seattle hip-hop fans and how Seattle artists really bring it on stage. What could be a better send off to Austin then three sold out shows?

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NEW MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS JAM “WINGS” FT. SEATTLE COMMUNITY
January 25, 2011, 3:50 pm
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What separates the Seattle music community, especially our local hip-hopers is just that: Community. As illustrated in Lynn Shelton’s “$5 Cover,” Seattle bands go to local shows, share members, spring surprise collaborations on stage, help shoot videos, have five different side projects going on simultaneously, tour together and much more. The Seattle music community proves that inbreeding in a musical sense can be a positive thing. If you haven’t heard all the hype about Macklemore and Ryan Lewis lately then you have been living under a rock the size of (something quite large). The duo has amped up an old track formally known as “Air Jordans” with some incredible production creativity. The track features Denny Middle School’s choir with a chorus written by local home-girl Hollis Wong-Wear of Canary Sing and new project The Heartfelts. Check out Wongweezy’s new EP here and click the link above and enjoy the sweet sounds of Seattle hipster-hop at its finest.

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