Sound Off! 2016
The Northwest’s premier 21 and under battle of the bands.
An annual event since 2001, MoPOP’s Sound Off! supports the all-ages scene by giving artists an opportunity to showcase original music, launch their music careers, and connect with the larger artistic community.
Now in its 15th year, Sound Off! has paved the way for some amazing bands and artists including The Lonely Forest, Dyme Def, Sol, Kithkin, Brothers from Another, Manatee Commune, Fauna Shade, Schoolyard Heroes, Tomten, and Brite Futures. Read more about and listen to tracks below of the newest group of Sound Off! bands to join the ranks of these luminary musicians.
SOUND OFF! 2016 WINNER:
A big congrats to COSMOS, who wowed the judges with their lively set and took the top prize at Finals, securing them performance spots at Sasquatch! Music Festival and Bumbershoot. All Finalists bands take home prize packages including performances at high-profile venues in the region including Timber! Outdoor Music Festival, Northwest Folklife, and the KEXP Community Show; plus a ton new gear, industry consultations, professional photoshoots, and more.
Participants must be age 21 or under and residents of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or British Columbia.
A panel of music industry professionals will review all applicants and select 12 bands to perform live at MoPOP. Bands will be scored on song composition and arrangement, creativity and originality, and technical ability and musicianship. All categories will be weighted equally. Judges may consider the following:
COMPOSITION AND ARRANGEMENT
How sophisticated and/or effective are the musical arrangements, vocals, lyrics, and melody, rhythms and/or technologies, and instrumentation?
CREATIVITY AND ORIGINALITY
Have you ever heard anything like this? Is this a sound they have created? Are the musicians taking a unique approach?
TECHNICAL ABILITY AND MUSICIANSHIP
Are the musicians proficient with their instruments? Are they in time and in tune? Are the vocals on key?
Band selection criteria subject to change without notice.
For more Sound Off! info and to connect with other musicians in the Northwest, check out MoPOP’s all-ages music Facebook page, The Soundboard.
MoPOP would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support of Sound Off!: