The RPM Challenge
The Jukebox Uploader is active so you can put your 2014 songs in place!
The 2014 Jukebox is ready to go! Help us load it with your music, so everyone can check it out. It’s easy and fun:
1. Log in to http://RPMChallenge.com, as usual
2. Go to http://rpmchallenge.com/cgi-bin/jukebox.cgi
3. Edit your band info, if necessary, then click on “2014 Album”
4. Change the album name, upload your tracks, and voila! You’re in the Jukebox!
Now, of course there's a bit of small print (there's always small print....)
- The jukebox uploader is only available for albums that the folks at RPMHQ have received and checked in. This can take a while, so please be patient. You'll get you chance to upload soon. We promise!
- The jukebox is happiest when you feed it well-tagged files, so spend a little time getting you ID3 tags in order for your files so that the uploader can read all that information for you. We recommend filling in the artist and title fields at the very least, but feel free to go nuts!
The finish line list is up! To add your name to it:
1. Mail—no need for courier or express—a copy of your new CD postmarked by noon on March 1 to
RPM Challenge HQ
10 Vaughan Mall, Suite 201
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(If you're in Portsmouth, feel free to drop by on Saturday morning, 8 a.m. to noon)
2. Go to "Your Details > Edit > Update Your Profile" and then click on the "2014 Album Info" tab, and fill it out -- voila!
For us, it's the most beautiful time of the year! We've opened the mail, and are checking in new CDs every day—as soon as we check you in, you'll be cleared for upload to the Jukebox. Yes, you CAN post your music elsewhere, but please consider taking a moment to put it in the RPM Jukebox, too, so it's all in one place for everyone to explore. This will also make it easier to include your tunes in the Jukebox as we make upgrades over the next few months (which we are very excited about!).
That’s 10 songs or 35 minutes of original material recorded during the month of February. Go ahead… put it to tape.
It’s a little like National Novel Writing Month, (NaNoWriMo.org) where writers challenge each other to write 1,700 words a day for 30 days, or the great folks over at February Album Writing Month (fawm.org), who encourage artists to write 14 new songs in February. Maybe they don’t have “Grapes of Wrath” or “Abbey Road” at the end of the month, or maybe they do—but that’s not the point. The point is they get busy and stop waiting around for the muse to appear. Get the gears moving. Do something. You can’t write 1,700 words a day and not get better.
Don't wait for inspiration - taking action puts you in a position to get inspired. You'll stumble across ideas you would have never come up with otherwise, and maybe only because you were trying to meet a day’s quota of (song)writing. Show up and get something done, and invest in yourself and each other.
Anyone can come up with an excuse to say “no,” so don’t. Many of you are thinking “But, I can’t do that! I don’t have any songs/recording gear/money/blah blah blah...” But this doesn’t have to be the album, it’s just an album. Remember, this is an artistic exercise. Just do your best using what you have in order to get it done. If you have a four-track, become a four-track badass! A mini disc, a pro-tools rig, a Walkman, an 80’s tape recorder – use it. Do your best. Use the limitations of time and gear as an opportunity to explore things you might not try otherwise. If you can afford studio time in a “real” studio, fine, but let’s be completely free of any lingering idea that “good” records can only be made in a studio. If that were so, then all the old scratchy blues records or Alan Lomax field recordings that have changed our culture – the world’s culture – wouldn’t still resonate with us today as they do. Springsteen’s haunting classic “Nebraska” was a demo he did at home on a crappy machine. That album is fricking awesome. What label would put those recordings out now? (See: who cares) There are a million examples of this kind of stuff, but the fact will always be: Well written, honest music is compelling and undeniable no matter what it was recorded on. So put it to tape.