Introducing the 2012 Pitch Music Showcase artists.

Talking with the 2012 Pitch Music Award Nominees 

Introducing the 2012 Pitch Music Showcase artists.

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Not much these days. It's just cheap to live here.

Monta At Odds

 What's new?

Dedric, Delaney and Mika have formed Gemini Revolution, which incorporates Monta's cinematic soundscape with post-punk vocals and attitude. Sterling Holman released a three-disc set, including 3-D artwork, under his alias Surroundher. Aaron Osbourne plays bass for Expo '70. And Alexander Thomas is playing in Parts of Speech and Janet the Planet.

 Anything else on the horizon?

Delaney and I (Dedric) are writing an unauthorized sequel to Blade Runner/Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, and it will be a comic book and soundtrack. We hope to release it sometime in the winter or spring.

 In a perfect world, how would critics describe your music?

Mind-expanding. Italian cinema vs. early Pink Floyd, vintage production. Heady.

 Who are some other nominated acts you're a fan of?

Umberto, Expo '70, Scammers, CS Luxem. They all had fantastic sets at the KC Psychfest. Just played with Soft Reeds and loved their vibe — lots of groove.

What's your favorite KC venue?

FOKL. It has an all-inclusive vibe and welcomes every type of strange person equally to share the experience. It has a communal vibe that escapes the "hippie drug" tag that usually comes with musical gatherings that operate to the left of normal.

What do you like about KC as a music town?

I think KC has a lot of music fans, and they are willing to come out and support in sufficient numbers to keep the scene alive. KC has a lot of great venues that are more than willing to try out different genres to give everyone a chance to play on great stages with great sound. Why would I move to another town when I can just get in a car or plane and arrive in a few hours to play? I find it an advantage to be centrally located and have options about which direction to head.

Scammers

What's new?

We're stranded in Sedona, Arizona, at a giant tourist-hiking stronghold. Campsites are harder to book than this tour has been.

 Any recent releases or anything on the horizon?

We just released Magic Carpet Ride on Lillerne Tapes out of Chicago. I've got a couple of cool Euro labels that want some stuff, so whenever we escape this Aspen-like hell, we'll start writing and recording again. 

 In a perfect world, how would music critics describe your band?

I don't care. There are only a handful of music critics that have any influence, and our music is so buried in micro scenes that anyone who likes it seems to find it anyway.  

 Who are some other nominated acts you're a fan of?

Expo '70 and Umberto. If anyone bothered to come see them, they'd know why.

 What's your favorite KC venue and why?

It's changing every six months, but the current DIY venue that is willing to expand beyond punk shows is FOKL. Whoever's putting in their time and effort to that cause will always be my fave.

 What keeps you in KC rather than moving to a big city?

My main focus is touring. KC is located perfectly in the middle of the country for U.S. tours. Supposedly it's cheaper here, but I've been shit broke since the day I moved here.

CS Luxem

What's new?

Split release on Whatever Forever with Lazurite. Booking a September-October tour.

In a perfect world, how would critics describe your music?

Mutant Motown mixtape.

Who are some other nominated acts you're a fan of?

Scammers, Expo '70, Monta At Odds, Umberto.

What's your favorite KC venue?

KCK: FOKL. KCMO: Front/Space.

What do you like about KC as a music town?

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