Hiya’all! In case you didn’t know, we are in the Top 12 of the coolest music competition on the planet — the PEAK Performance Project! We just got back from a week-long sojourn at the PPP Bootcamp. What a ride! Let’s sneak a peek into the best week of the summer, shall we?
The PPP Bootcamp involved 12 bands from BC and 12 from Alberta convening with music industry insiders to learn about various aspects of the music business — and to have a wicked good time!
The whole shebang took place at Rockridge Canyon in Princeton, BC, a glorious slice of heaven, if there ever was one. The place was decked out with a pool, basketball court, hiking trails, a giant inflatable blob, a zipline, and some of the greatest views one could dream up.
Beyond that cool shit, we were fed three glorious buffet meals every day, along with as many snacks and coffees we could stomach. Pampered doesn’t begin to describe how amazing this was for a group of broke musicians!
Each day held a jam-packed schedule, filled with seminars discussing everything from style and branding, to songwriting, to accounting and legal matters. It was a seriously daunting volume of knowledge to take in over such a short period of time.
Vocal Training with the beautiful and talented Angela Kelman.
Each night, four bands performed a nerve-wracking set of tunes for their peers, industry peeps, and the American Idol-esque “Judges Panel.”
The incredible Find the Others — check him out!!
The infamous Judges.
Though we were being judged on our respective performances, the goal was to learn how to perform even better. Sometimes the criticism was difficult to stomach, but in the end, the judges only had the best intentions.
Ryan from Mother Mother, probably harping about the importance of a chorus.
Any spare time we had was spent in the best ways we knew how — playing pool, or stuffing ourselves with marshmellows!
Each BC band was also paired with an Alberta band and a producer, and challenged to write and record a song while at camp. With only 8 hours of recording time per group, it was certainly a formidable challenge!
VD with our partner Miesha & the Spanks and producer Jeff Dawson.
We were even able to jump in and participate with other bands on their recordings as well.
Bootcamp gang vocals.
Of course, we’re musicians, it wasn’t all work… Once the sun went down, all bets were off!
Renny gets a birthday pie in the eye!
It was a whirlwind of a week, to say the least. We learned a ton, made a bunch of new friends, and simply had a gay ol’ time! Huge thank-you to 102.7 the PEAK, Music BC, and the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group for providing such an incredible opportunity.
But it’s not over yet! Now we have to apply our knowledge to the challenges we have been given. The Top 3 from the Project will be announced in early November. We hope you’re gunning for us!!!
Lots of Love from your favourite Beach Goths — Van Damsel!