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Jun 27

VIDEO: Rob Potylo talks with Presskit.to

Our CEO Ben sat down with Boston creative renaissance man, Rob Potylo for the third of our monthly features.

(Read the Quiet Desperation weekly feature along with other Gray Steel weekly picks on the Presskit.to Blog.)

Below, Rob talks about his experience in the Boston music scene, filming season five of Quiet Desperation, his new show on WEMF Radio, and the artist & musician community he represents.

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Written by Steph Smith

Jun 20

Presskit of the Week: Grey Season

We’re featuring awesome Presskit.to users that we believe are repping their projects and our new theme, Gray Steel, the best! Each week, we ask these talented creators one question: “What Drives You?”

This week, we’ve chosen Green Line Records band, Grey Season.

Grey Season is a folk-rock band from Boston, Massachusetts that already accomplished a wild dream in their three years of playing together. After being approached by Grammy-Award winning producer, Benny Grotto after a show one night, Grey Season successfully raised over $13,000 to record their first full-length album at Levon Helm Studios, also known as The Barn, in Woodstock NY. The album, Time Will Tell You Well, is available now on iTunes, Amazon MP3, and Spotify You can also stream the single, “Satellites” in their Presskit embedded below.

What drives Grey Season?:

"The desire to bring joy and a feeling of togetherness to the people listening. When playing a show there is no greater feeling than looking into the audience and seeing a crowd of beaming, smiling, happy people. We strive to create moments when we play that are both communal and personal at the same time. We’re looking to create an environment where everyone in the same room is in sync with each other. All hearts beating together, all bodies swaying in time, all souls inexorably linked. These moments of connecting not only with each person as an individual but to everyone there as a group is what live music is all about. We seek to create both deeply personal and intensely communal feelings for all members of the audience. All you have to do to join in is listen."

Grey Season

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Written by Steph Smith

Jun 09

Presskit of the Week: Boston TechJam

What is Boston TechJam?

Simply put, Boston TechJam is a grassroots festival put on by people who all work at tech start-ups in Boston who want to show off and share the fact that they aren’t just coders or techies.

It began just over a year ego from the creative minds of Christine Nolan, Mark Lorion, and David Patrick from Apperian. Together, they planned to create a space where the tech community could celebrate and grow their community together, while having an awesome time outdoors on a beautiful spring day. They reached out to Presskit.to CEO Ben Maitland-Lewis to put the final cherry on top and bring some amazing entertainment to the day.

TechJam isn’t just an awesome party with companies playing games like flip cup, skeeball, and having an overall great time hanging out and connecting at their booths. With help from Ben, it is also a full-on music festival with killer bands representing Boston and the creative cultures within start-ups through their musicianship, and all of which have at least one member employed at a Boston-based tech company.

Last year’s inaugural TechJam was held at District Hall Plaza at the Boston Seaport. This year, Boston TechJam will be held at City Hall Plaza, and Mayor Marty Walsh will be taking the stage to speak to the great work that Boston tech companies have done to put Boston on the map.

Find the Presskit for Boston TechJam embedded below! The festival will be happening on June 12 at City Hall Plaza from 4pm-9pm.

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Written by Steph Smith and Ben Maitland-Lewis

May 22

Presskit of the Week: Living the Dream Foundation

We’re featuring awesome Presskit.to users that we believe are repping their projects and our new theme, Gray Steel, the best! Each week, we ask these talented creators one question: “What Drives You?”

Living the Dream Foundation is a non-profit organization with the mission to make dreams come true for children with life-threatening afflictions while enriching their lives with the positive message and family of Living The Dream. The organization was founded in 2007 by Scottie Somers who, with a unique history with music, allows LTDF to stick out, bringing children and young adults to fulfill their dreams in meeting and hanging out with their favorites bands.

What drives LTDF Founder, Scottie Somers?:

"First of all, I’m honored and humbled to have the opportunity to help anyone on my life’s plate; I don’t take this honor lightly, it’s a gift from God. In setting out on this mission to help others in need, I had no idea then what I know now: helping others has enriched my life!!!

Working within this good will space and building our Living The Dream Foundation of course has it’s ups and downs… A lot of the children and young adults that we’ve gifted along our missions path have sadly passed away, but the memories of their smiles has been our grand reward and has far outweighed the sadness; we are Blessed!!! I’m driven to share their heroic inspirational stories with others, carry on their legacy’s torch, and help as many others afflicted as I can…

'Your gift to others, is a gift to yourself.'

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~Scottie Somers, Founder

Find the Presskit for Living the Dream Foundation embedded below, and then check out the very bottom of the post to learn how your Presskit can be featured next week!

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LTDF has been nominated for AP Magazine’s Music Awards Best Artist Philanthropic Award for their collaboration with The Used! Vote here until July 15!

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Written by Steph Smith

May 15

Presskit of the Week: Matt Margetts

We’re featuring awesome Presskit.to users that we believe are repping their projects and our new theme, Gray Steel, the best! Each week, we ask these talented creators one question: “What Drives You?”

Matt Margetts has been on skis since he was six years old, stating, “My parents asked me if I wanted to play hockey or try skiing. I chose skiing.” Since then, he has appeared in the X-Games, the FIS World Championship, and countless other competitions, became the first skier to land a double cork 900 (a trick involving a front flip as well as two-and-a-half spins, what!) and most recently competed in his first Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia!

THE ROAD TO BECOMING AN OLYMPIC SKIER IS AN UPHILL BATTLE. (Pun totally intended) HERE’S MATT ON WHAT DRIVES HIM:

"LIFE!

Life is what drives me. The desire to have a happy, healthy, exciting, adventure filled lifestyle is what drives me. I’ve learned over the past ten years that I have been so blessed and so fortunate to be able to live the type of lifestyle that not many people in the world even get the slightest taste of. As I grow older and go down new, different paths, I will do everything in my power to stay away from the 9-5 and preserve this lifestyle that I currently live and that I only know. My goal in life is to be happy, healthy, and successful in what ever I do, but most importantly strive to continue living a similar but abundant lifestyle and I want to promote this to everyone to do the same.

'live life. if you don't, someone else will!' ”

-Matt Margetts

Find Matt’s Presskit embedded below, and then check out the very bottom of the post to learn how your Presskit can be featured next week!

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Written by Steph Smith

May 09

Presskit of the Week: Will Dailey

We are very pleased to present our next Presskit of the Week!

Will Dailey is a Boston-based musician and a three-time winner of Best Male Singer-Songwriter from the Boston Music Awards. After a number of album releases, the last being on one of the world’s largest record labels, Will is gearing up to deliver his next work of art. National Throat is an 11-song album created with the help of his committed fan-base to be released independently in 2014.

What Drives Will Dailey?

"Writing songs. I love playing shows and going on the road but it can be exhausting. Radio is surreal, internet is daunting, press is tricky. But I feel like I do all that without a second thought to keep having this platform for songs and getting in the studio. That’s the real canvas. It’s all a way to understanding."- Will Dailey

Click around Will Dailey’s Presskit to learn more!

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Written by Steph Smith

May 02

Presskit of the Week: Quiet Desperation

Our next Presskit of the Week has been chosen!

Quiet Desperation is an unscripted comedic docu-series in its fifth season that follows Rob Potylo as he lives the musicians’ life in Boston, Massachusetts. From YouTube, to MTV in 2011, prime time television, and back around again, Quiet Desperation has showcased many of the unsung heroes in the Boston creative scene.

What Drives Rob Potylo?

"The idea that I can pour more and more of my imagination into the world every day. That the hopes and visions I create behind closed doors can be slowly planted like seeds everyday. The world might never catch up to my noggin but as an artist I believe in pouring as much of my head into the world as possible."- Rob Potylo

Click around the Quiet Desperation Presskit to learn more!

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Written by Steph Smith

Apr 25

VIDEO: Rachel Beth Anderson of First to Fall talks with Presskit.to

Presskit.to Community Member Steph Smith sat down with director and cinematographer of First to Fall, Rachel Beth Anderson, for the second of our monthly Gray Steel features to talk about talk about Rachel’s time in Libya during the revolution in 2011.

(Be sure to read the First to Fall weekly feature along with our other Gray Steel weekly picks.)

First To Fall - trailer from Rachel Beth Anderson on Vimeo.

Check out the video below to hear Rachel talk about day-to-day life during the Libyan Revolution, her journey to tell the story of Tarek and Hamid, and her film festival circuit using her Presskit.

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Written by Steph Smith

Apr 19

Presskit of the Week: Erica Derrickson

Our next Presskit of the Week has been chosen!

Click around Erica Derrickson’s Presskit embedded below and then scroll down to learn more and see what drives her!

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Erica Derrickson is an award-winning actress, photographer, and catalyst of the New England actors’ circle, Hollywood East. Founder of the Hollywood East Actors Group, Erica strives to not only further her own career, but cultivate the growing community around her and advance the careers of her peers.

"What drives me is the desire to live a life that I choose for myself, a life where I spend my time chasing my passions and doing what I want to do rather than what I’m told to do. I’m not here to settle or accept the status quo. I’m not here to get a job. I’m here to make my own job. To create the life I want for myself and to inspire others by my example. I know that I need to hustle to survive and I’m okay to do the work necessary to be independent because I would rather work my butt off to build my dreams than those of someone else."

Explore what’s going on with Erica by checking out the Presskit above!

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Apr 08

VIDEO: David of Big D & The Kids Table talks with Presskit.to

Our CEO Ben sat down with old friend and Big D & The Kids Table frontman, David McWane, for the first of our monthly features to talk about what’s going on with the band and explore key lessons that David’s learned over his 18-year-and-counting career on the road.

(Read the Big D weekly feature along with other Gray Steel weekly picks on the Presskit.to Blog.)

Sparked from the idea of spreading knowledge of the industry to younger bands, the newest release from Big D released in March 2014 is "Built Up From Nothing" an expansive documentary and collection of video footage and music that follows Big D since their beginning 18 years ago.

Check out the video below to hear David talk about Big D’s experience with Warped Tour, planning an international tour, and how having one simple link changed the way they work as a band.

THE TAKEAWAYS:

"Built Up From Nothing" is out now on Silver Sprocket. Click Here to get it!

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Mar 21

Presskit of the Week: First To Fall

This is the fifth week we’re featuring awesome Presskit.to users that rep their projects and our new theme, Gray Steel, the best! Each week, we ask these talented creators one question: “What Drives You?”

Explore this striking Presskit and check out the trailer for the documentary, First To Fall embedded below and then scroll down to see what drives director Rachel Beth Anderson!

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First to Fall follows the incredible journey of Hamid and Tarek, two Libyan friends who travel from Canada back to their homeland to take part in the revolution against Dictator Muammar Gaddafi. This intimate documentary is the directorial debut of cinematographer Rachel Beth Anderson, who will head with her team this upcoming week to London for their UK premier at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, and to Touquet, France for the International Current Affairs and Society Documentary Film Festival.

"Each adventure yields greater understanding of the power and responsibility of visual media"

Read what drives Rachel’s passion below:

"My inspiration to work as a filmmaker, and spend the last three years focusing on First to Fall, stemmed from my time living and working in the Middle East as a journalist. My passion was fueled by creating a film that would break stereotypes and create an understanding of a culture I very much appreciate by using compelling, personable characters, as well as my own aesthetic as a female cinematographer and director. My goal is always to find a way to allow audiences to connect to a story on a personal level that is far away from their daily life, so that someone from my hometown in North Dakota may be able to understand the journey of a young revolutionary on the Libyan front lines.

I continue to be inspired as an artist by the people I meet while traveling and working around the world. So often I’ve found myself in places where the daily life of individuals is incredibly challenging, yet they continue to exist with a level of humility and strength I could never fathom. To meet someone whose backyard has turned into an active frontline and hear their stories of adversity was the main reason I didn’t leave Libya, even when the daily headlines no longer cared about their struggles. I felt the need to stay and help tell the true story.

I’ve also been lucky enough to work alongside incredibly talented peers in my industry who’ve taken me under their wing, offering insightful advice that I carry with me onto the next step. Each adventure yields greater understanding of the power and responsibility of visual media. One of the greatest lesson I’ve taken away is that it is a privilege to be able to create art and I can’t wait to keep producing films that challenge perceptions about our world. ” Rachel - First to Fall

Be sure to check out the trailer for First to Fall in the Presskit above! And keep up with Rachel’s journey at http://www.ishtaproductions.com.

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Written by Steph Smith

Mar 19

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Mar 14

Presskit of the Week: Being Berber

This is the fourth week we’re featuring awesome Presskit.to users that rep their projects and our new theme, Gray Steel, the best! Each week, we ask these talented creators one question: “What Drives You?”

Take a gander at this epic Presskit from Being Berber embedded below and then scroll down to see what drives the band!

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They live in Spain, but synth pop/rock band Being Berber are beginning to live the nomadic life of a touring band, and are telling the stories they uncover along the way in their EP Anthem released this past Fall.

Going together and growing together are the things that Chris from Being Berber puts above all else:

"We’ve all learned to crawl, walk and run in every aspect of our lives. We’ve also learned to stumble, fall and cry but there is always a getting back up. Your story, our story has unfolded as we experienced life shaped by our very interaction with each other. For those who’ve opened up and shared, the discovery has been quite relieving; there was someone else on the same journey ready to let loose the same crowd-resonating chorus with you.

This is enough for me and for all of us I think. Over the past year as we started getting together to compose songs and play our first concerts, I’ve been hearing more and more discouraging notes on the Spanish music industry and how different things work compared to Northern Europe and the States. We’re learning to adapt and remind ourselves that we’ve become great friends in the process. We’ve done road trips together, learned how out of shape we were from simply helping another move flats, staying out til 8am and more. And with all this, realizing that these are friendships with stories that were meant to be told and sung as anthems.

We are a nomadic bunch who love anything that has been vested in synth bass lines and drum machine boogieing. We live in Madrid, Spain and we will continue doing life together. This is what drives us. This is, and will be, enough for us.” Chris - Being Berber

Keep up with what’s going on with Being Berber by checking out their Presskit! Listen to their newest EP Anthem above or purchase it on iTunes or Amazon MP3.

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Written by Steph Smith

Feb 28

Presskit of the Week: Big D & the Kids Table

This is the third week we’re featuring awesome Presskit.to users that rep their projects and our new theme, Gray Steel, the best! Each week, we ask these talented creators one question: “What Drives You?”

Click around the Big D and the Kids Table’s Presskit embedded below and then scroll down to see what drives lead singer, Dave McWane!

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With a nearly twenty year tenure up their sleeves, Big D & the Kids Table have earned their stripes and remain one of the most relevant ska-punk bands in popular culture. They’ve toured with the Vans Warped Tour six times and have now released nine studio albums, the most recent of which was a double album, Stomp and Stroll, released on June 11, 2013. And they aren’t planning on slowing down any time soon with a busy 2014 ahead of them.

Success is sweet, but there’s something bigger that keeps David McWane from Big D so driven:

"What drives me; what inspires me?

I would say there are two angles for this answer with me: Artistry + Society.

With artistry, it is my addiction to music. I believe there are people who want to be in a band and then there are musicians. People who want to be in a band have goals set to achieve success within the music business and if they don’t reach those goals, they have the ability to walk away from music and try something else. Musicians are infected with music so deeply that not even poverty will stop them from creating and playing music. I am a musician: I have an inability to stop.

With society, I would say fear drives me. Many people will work 8 hours a day for someone else. I believe that the fear of spending my life always working for someone else’s dreams to come into fruition is dreadful. I believe if you do have a job that eats up, 8 hours + commute = 10 hours a day, then you have to try your best and spend at least half that on your dreams each day. As an artist you must be productive during your productive years.

All in all, persistence is my gift.” -D

Explore what’s going on with Big D & the Kids Table by checking out the Presskit above!

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Written by Steph Smith

Feb 21

Presskit of the Week: The Horde and the Harem

Better late than never! This is the second week we’re featuring awesome Presskit.to users that we believe are repping their projects and our new theme, Gray Steel, the best! Each week, we ask these talented creators one question: “What Drives You?”

Find our second pick embedded below, and then check out the very bottom of the post to learn how your Presskit can be featured next week!

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Planting roots in the Pacific Northwest, The Horde and the Harem are an indie folk-rock band whose whimsical, upbeat music perfectly matches their mystical, creative music videos. Their debut LP, A Long Midwinter, was released in February 2012, and after being picked up on KEXP’s radar, The Horde and the Harem performed at a number of festivals including Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party and Northwest Folklife. According to their official website, “Throughout the years, the lineup has changed but some things remain constant – devotion to their craft as musicians and a lust for creation. This craft and creation put the Horde back into the studio in the winter of 2013 to make their new EP.”

Inspiration and drive seem to come naturally to this fantastical group of five:

"What really inspires us as musicians to continue moving forward each day with what we do is imperfection and instability. Love and loss. The timbre and colors of music and our dreamworlds.

We live in a fiercely beautiful, dynamic part of the world, and that environment drives our lifestyles and the music we make. The dreary clouds of winter, Lake Union sparkling in the summertime, Mt. Rainier, and a heightened appreciation for vitamin D keep up our fight for the life energy we put into, and receive from, music.

We remain committed to our art in the midst of human imperfection and change. We are a community, friends, and ultimately, a family, and we depend on each other constantly to continue working at our craft.” -Hanna, Ryan and Justin - The Horde and the Harem

The Horde’s next EP, “Fairweather Friends” will be released on April 12th at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle, WA. Make sure to check it out and keep your eyes on their tour schedule for a show! In the meantime, have a listen to A Long Midwinter in the Presskit above or on iTunes, Amazon MP3, or Spotify.

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Written by Steph Smith