Featured Presskit: Vinyl Thief (Nashville, TN)
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Vinyl Thief is not the kind of group you would expect to hear while walking the streets of Nashville, TN. Proving that “Nashville music doesn’t have to come from the back of a cowboy’s pickup truck or from somewhere inside Jack White’s garage,” their Electro-Rock sound certainly lives up to the juxtaposition they pride themselves on. We caught up with Vinyl Thief Publicist Wes Davenport for an interview about how he incorporates Presskit.to/VinylThief into his role, the band’s recent accomplishments with Hypebot and Kickstarter, and what the group has in store for the fall.
Presskit.to: How have you used Presskit.to to showcase Vinyl Thief’s career thus far?
Wes Davenport: Every email I send out has a hyperlink to Vinyl Thief’s press kit in my signature. If it’s a press pitch, it’s always in the body as well. Having that link there is such an essential thing. Journalists and bloggers are very time-constrained people. They live life on deadline.
Designing an Effective Band/Artist Logo
Interview by Mike Harmon
Austin Bousley of Venture Guitars provides some insight on designing an effective logo for artists and the process from a designer’s point of view. Austin is a graphic designer currently working in Boston, MA, most well known for his work with Hot Rod Circuits and The Tower & The Fool of Run for Cover Records.
Presskit.to: How do you get started designing a logo? Does the idea come from the band and their music, or do you reference other bands’ logos?
Austin Bousley: It differs with all bands. The deal is when working with bands (rather than a corporation) is that they are creative; they’ll always have a lot of input and some have a pretty good idea of what they want. I respect that; I’ve played in bands for more than half my life and understand the need to have creative control over the artwork that represents your music. What I usually do is talk to them for a while, grab a few beers and shoot the shit about what they want. After that, I usually just gather their ideas, keep them in mind, put on their record, and sketch for a while. Then I hit the computer. I usually riff on what they want to do but try and make it my own. I generally try and stay away from looking at other bands’ logos while designing - I feel the more I look at other bands’ logos the harder it is for me to create something different.