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April 10, 2019
"Austin Chill" music video opportunity
May 10, 2018
I will be grateful if you would review the following information and related request, and either respond yourself or assist me in connecting to whomever might be best suited to react and respond. The summary is that an established band with a catalogue of recordings in circulation has just completed a new record called “Austin Chill” and we are hoping to enlist one or two interested video students in creating a YouTube video to go with the song.
In the mid-late 1970s, a band called Kelakos, of which I was a part, toured and recorded in the Boston area, greater NY-NJ and then upstate New York for a total of four years. By the end of that time Kelakos had recorded some singles and released an album. In 2015, having re-mixed the entire catalogue, we reissued the Kelakos music in a CD entitled “UNCORKED – Rare Tracks From a Vintage 70s Band”. The reissue was reviewed by dozens of contemporary rock magazines and websites (posted on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/KelakosUncorked/posts/ and Twitter: https://twitter.com/KelakosUncorked?lang=en). Some of the reviewer comments are attached.
In the intervening years, the members of the band went their separate ways. The lead singer, lead guitarist has written a vast library of songs in his secluded property in Florida. Another has specialized in selling musical instruments and now records pedal steel tracks from Seattle. The drummer, Carl Canedy, has played on at least 15 albums, many with his metal rock band The Rods (http://therods.com/CarlCanedy.html), currently performing at a festival in Europe. I pursued a career in foreign policy in Washington, but kept my interest in making music. I have a recording studio in my home, and my personal recordings are also being issued under the name LB Junior (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhX19Pa719o).
Kelakos has begun recording again and will soon be releasing two new songs. One of them is about the young lifestyle of Austin (based on a 2016 midsummer vacation with my wife and mid-twenties daughter). I returned to Virginia and set out to write a song capturing the spirit I felt in Austin. The resulting recording, Austin Chill, is now ready for release.
Kelakos does not perform live, and is not creating music for the purpose of making money. We want people to hear and enjoy our music – that is all. The four of us are spread around the US, and even if we were in one place, I am not sure the band would want to feature its own images in presenting the music.
I am writing because I would like to offer the opportunity for an enterprising video arts student or students to take this song and make a video suitable for YouTube featuring fellow students. This song is relentlessly rhythmical, and scenes of young people dancing would be quite appropriate, along with colorful scenes and sizzling heat depicted in the lyrics, featuring the sights of Austin. We own 100 percent of the songwriting, publishing, recording and sync rights, and will be glad not only to have the video artist(s) credited at the end of the video, but to use it without restriction thereafter as an element of their professional portfolio.
We are not seeking or expecting a Hollywood production: whatever simple inspiration a video arts student or students draw from listening to this song would inspire other people to enjoy our music more. All we have in mind is something fun and lively that a student could pull together on a few weekend days – reflecting his or her own artistic and production standards. I will gladly connect with the video artist(s) directly to provide the credit information, the audio recording, and the image included above, which would be the opening visual.
KVRX radio could be offered the opportunity to release “Austin Chill”, and thereafter the song and video would be offered gratis to the Austin Visitor Center to use as they wish for promoting tourism.
I will be grateful to hear from you or anyone you may designate, to explore next steps, and hope that this initiative is viewed as an opportunity for professional development as well as a way to salute a fun side of Austin’s culture. Given that we have taken two years to produce what we believe is a very special audio recording, I do hope that a faculty or administration member will help steer this to someone who is likely to embrace the fun, energy and positive spirit of the song.
Looking forward to hearing from you, I thank you in advance for your kind consideration.