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Sound Off! Brings Young Musicians to EMP All Month
February 7, 2012, 11:15 am
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One of the northwest’s premier events for teenage musicians, Sound Off!, returns to Seattle this month. Each Saturday this month, the EMP’s Sky Church will be ablaze with sounds of high school music gurus who are well practiced and eager to share the fruits of their regular jam sessions. The bands assembled for Sound Off! were hand-selected from an initial depot of nearly 150 entrants. February 11th, 18th and 25th will see twelve bands compete for a spot in the March 3rd finals. Songs can be heard beforehand in the link above, and discounted tickets are available for students.

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Sound Off! is the Northwest’s foremost underage battle of the bands event. Each year EMP is electrified by this annual musical event that provides a stage and spotlight for promising young bands in the Seattle area. Those interested in participating can submit an application starting September 2. Sound Off! has been the launching ground for various artists and bands including The Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, Sol, New Faces, The Lonely H, Schoolyard Heroes and Brite Futures (Formerly Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head). Last year’s winner was pop-centric group Tomten. Participants must be 21 or under, and live in Washington, Oregon or British Columbia. EMP will also have a booth in Center Square during Bumbershoot this weekend with more information about next year’s Sound Off!

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February 8, 2011, 11:34 am
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Experience Music Project
This year will mark the tenth anniversary of Experience Music Project’s “Sound Off!” a youth only battle of the bands. Underage bands spanning from British Columbia down to Vancouver, Washington will be competing for glory and prizes that can help jump start their career, such as performances slots at Bumbershoot and Folklife festivals, radio play, music gear and a recording consultation. By simply entering the battle, bands will get the experience of playing in front of a raging crowd, illuminated in strobing lights on EMP’s Sky Church stage. Previous Sound Off! winners have used the competition as a platform to emerge into the local scene and attract some well deserved attention. The first of three semifinal rounds begin this Saturday, February 12 and the following rounds each Saturday thereafter, until the finals on March 5. Check out the link above to learn more about the competition, listen to a few songs by participating bands, drool over the prizes and get your tickets early.

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September 13, 2010, 10:49 am
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The Stranger
Sound Off!, EMP’s annual 21-and-under battle of the bands, is now accepting entries for their 10th year of competition. Groups or solo musicians from the Pacific Northwest playing any genre of music can submit their original material for consideration in Sound Off! Twelve semi-finalists will be chosen to perform live on February 12, 19, 26 or March 5, 2011. They will then compete in a finals show vying for a number of great prizes including a chance to perform in the 2011 Bumbershoot festival, sharing the stage with some of the world’s most popular recording artists. Applications can be submitted online and must be received by Monday, November 8, 2010. All participants must be 21 years of age or under as of March 5, 2011. Follow the link for more details.

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March 4, 2010, 1:34 pm
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Seattle Times
See the winning bands from the three semifinal rounds plus the “wild card” band, selected by the Youth Advisory Board, battle it out for first place at the Sound Off! Finals. EMP hosts the Pacific Northwest’s largest annual battle of the bands for groups under 21, Sound Off! Over the past eight years, the contest has launched young talent into record deals, tours and appearances at prime music festivals, like Austin’s South by Southwest and Sasquatch! at the Gorge. Past finalists Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head went on to open for Lily Allen, Dyme Def for Mos Def and The Lonely H for the Doobie Brothers. This Saturday, March 6, Candysound, Seacats, Great Waves and Hooves and Beak will battle for the number one spot, winning such prizes as a spot at Bumbershoot, equipment, studio time and radio appearances. For more information about the finalists and the event, follow the above link.

March 9, 2009, 10:15 am
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Seattle Times:
Dyno Jamz won the 2009 EMP Sound Off!, one of the largest battles of the bands in the Northwest, in front of a sold-out crowd Saturday night. About 1,000 fans decided the fates of the underage bands performing that night, with Dyno Jamz, a Seattle hip-hop-jazz band, taking both first place and the audience response prize. The eight-man band includes horns, drums, bass, keyboards and an MC, and a combination of influences from Miles Davis to Tower of Power.

Young Bands Battle at Experience Music Project on KUOW
March 4, 2009, 11:07 am
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The Lonely Forest, Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head and The Oregon Donor are Pacific Northwest pop bands finding new fans across the country. Part of their success comes from their prize winning performances at Sound Off. Sponsored by Seattle’s Experience Music Project, the Sound Off competition is a battle of Pacific Northwest bands made up of musicians 21 years old and younger. More than 100 bands auditioned for this year’s Sound Off competition. The finalists will compete this coming Saturday night, March 7 at Sky Church in the EMP building at Seattle Center. Janine Logsdon is the manager of public programming for EMP and a Sound Off organizer. She brought in three recordings from the competition and spoke with KUOW’s Dave Beck.