Charlotte music producer looking for talented musicians, singers, and dancers for new album
Posted on 18 Feb 2013 by Mike D'Avria
When: Auditions are April 8–13. Deadline to register is April 6.
Where: Packard Place, 222 South Church Street
More info: Overture1.com
Modern day music producers face challenges in today’s marketplace as traditional composition has left creators with a depository of music that may never be used.
With the creation of Overture No. I, a concept album that is intended to span across the world by engaging talent and artists who wish to expand their global presence, producer and composer Marcus Brown hopes to change the way the music game is played.
“At one point I was interested in starting a record label, and then I came to learn that a lot of record labels had changed throughout the years,” Brown said. “I realized that it was not what I wanted to do. I felt like record labels were constricted — particularly commercial music — and I didn’t like that.”
Brown decided to change directions and saw the chance to participate in many different mediums at the same time — including music, film, art, fashion design, and visual creations. Overture No. I is the project that has brought Brown and more than 20 other collaborators together. He also decided to do this in Charlotte as he believes that the city has become one of the most culturally progressive cities in the country. Brown wants the collaboration to be from a mixture of cultural backgrounds, and in doing so it will appeal to a global audience.
“Each person has their own specialty, something they do really well. When you parse out different elements, everyone is in their own world yet they are working together for a bigger objective,” Brown said. “Those little pieces all come together to make this collage.”
Although many of these collaborations seem unorthodox when creating music — such as a fashion designer — Brown assures people with doubts that it makes perfect sense.
“If we watch a music video that has people in it, we don’t always associate what they’re wearing — or their makeup, or their hair — with the production. But, if these things are not present, then we notice that they are gone. It adds to a production value when we can pull in people that make us look good,” Brown said.
As of February the audition project — which is actually a talent contest — has already begun, and so has the development for a lot of the video production aspects.
Auditions will happen in Charlotte, N.C. and are open to anyone 18-years-old or older. There is a $35 non-refundable registration fee and all performers will have to perform individually in front of a panel of judges. Those choosing to audition can do so in only one category; if you sing and play an instrument, you must choose to audition in just one of these categories.
Winners of the Metro Blvd Talent Audition Contest will receive the opportunity to participate on a project of high visibility and worldwide distribution. Winners will also be featured in a broadcast television special as well as the project’s documentary and web-series. They will also be paid for all session work during the recording of the album.
Metro Blvd is seeking one male lead vocalist and one female lead vocalist, three background vocalists, two keyboardists, two guitarists, one percussionist, three violinists, one cellist, one contrabassist, one trumpet player, one French horn player, five dancers and several brass and woodwind musicians.
Those interested in auditioning should visit www.Overture1.com to learn more and fill out the registration form. Those wishing to audition should apply by April 6, 2013.
Collaborations will continue through the spring with an album release date of June 3, 2013.