Our Collaboration With Facebook Went To Interesting Territories

Everyone has a story, and Facebook's Internet.org project is helping people share their experiences around the world.

It was an honor to collaborate with our friends at Facebook on this celebratory film marking the one year anniversary of internet.org. In this beautiful testament to the resourceful power of the Internet to countries that haven't had access before, this is not only a story of getting online, but also a story of connection.

The percussive-heavy soundtrack added to the imaginative, yet focused nature of the piece. "Big Metal" by Marmoset Band, HITS was the perfect pairing to this exploratory and adventurous film. Enjoy.

Feel free to share this film and spread the love on your Twitter with #marmovision. Let us know and we'll send you some cool swag.

7 Questions With Photographer, Chris Hornbecker

If you've been following our Instagram this past week, you might have noticed the incredible series of images created by our friend and Portland photographer, Chris Hornbecker -- He's been sharing his  'Summer In The City' visions.

Chris comes with an amazing body of work and experience. Aside from collaborating with the likes of Nike, Adidas, The Portland Timbers and Hurley, he finds times to capture moments with every day strangers. Part of what makes Chris's pictures so engaging is how he creates larger than life moments from things our eyes sometimes overlook.

We sat down with Chris and talked about music, photography and keeping his craft honest.

M: Who are you and what do you do in the world?

CH: My name is Chris Hornbecker and I'm a commercial and editorial photographer enjoying life and chasing two kids in Portland and up and down the west coast, while making things with what little spare time I have. I've had the pleasure of working with amazing people all over the world from pro athletes to celebrities to everyday people with fascinating stories throughout this journey in this incredible photo industry.

M: Why Photography?

Photography gives me a way to capture those small fleeting moments that have a kernel of honesty, A feeling that you recognize something about that person or place. Always trying to find a different perspective with a connection that draws you in for a closer look. It's capturing these moments and places that drew me into photography.  My project  1millimeter.com is a good example of the places that were inspiring me to capture the world around me.

M: What does a typical day on a project look like?

CH: Well I wish I could say it was running around finding locations and shooting all day but a huge part of photography as a business is all the time working in front of a computer, editing files, working on estimates , emailing clients, backing up archives, communicating with my rep, basically all the tedious stuff that makes the gears and cogs of the business run.

M: What makes for a successful shoot?

CH: A good attitude, a fun environment, adventurous spirits and gut instincts.  When everyone is onboard for whatever comes, being open to shifting with the opportunities that present themselves, sometimes that thing you were looking for is not where you thought it was and you need to go find it.  All that and Music, that's one of the nice things about still shoots is that you can adjust your playlist to where and who you're working with to help get what you're trying to get out of the shoot.

M: Any horror stories on the job?

CH: There are no real horror stories just opportunities to experience and learn from and a chance to take a whole new approach.  I've worked some really hard professions in the past and I feel amazingly blessed to be able to make a living with one of my passions.  I always say that even my most challenging difficult worst day is someone else's absolute dream job. That being said I could do without those occasional 18 hour days.

M: What's the most recent album you've listened to?

CH: Lately I've been listening to a lot of  Oddisee, K-OS, Chiddy Bang, and Ashreu and Blue Black of The Unspoken Heard, and I've been chilling out to Vulfpeck and Tommy Guerrero.  The last album that I've listened all the way straight through was Al Wilson - Show and Tell.

M: What's on the horizon for you as an artist?

CH: I'm working on some interesting collaborations that I'm pretty excited about and I'm trying to line up some more so I can start knocking ideas off of my to do list. I like the collaborative process of bouncing concepts back and forth, refining and remixing the ideas. I'm alway open to starting these conversations with people so we'll have to see what happens in the future.

What questions would you add? Tweet them at us at @marmosetmusic

Posted on July 24, 2015 .

7 Reasons Why Festivals Like Pickathon Are Important For Music

We're beyond excited to be sponsoring this year's Pickathon Music Festival for many reasons; mainly as a chance to get out of the city and become transplanted to a magical space of music, camping and connection. We're going to be there for the whole festival and will be hosting a live stream and posting interviews with performers while we're there. More details to come.

For those of you who haven't heard of Pickathon yet, let's get you acquainted...

What is Pickathon?

Pickathon is an annual outdoor music festival we hold very near and dear to us. Each year, the festival takes place in the beautiful setting of Pendarvis Farms and consistently hosts some of the most incredible and exciting lineups of up and coming acts alongside legendary performers.

Started by Zale Schoenborn, he hand selects and finely curates every band in the lineup, bringing in a balance of innovative and diverse music to make for an amazing experience. Need proof? Check out our Spotify playlist, featuring our favorite songs from each performer playing this year.

Music festivals like Pickathon are special and currently shifting the way we experience live music. Here are eight reasons why...

Photo by Jason Redmond

Photo by Jason Redmond

1. Sustainability

There's something amazing about a lot of people coming together to enjoy music and the outdoors, however this can also mean a lot of excessive waste. Pickathon has answered this issue by being the only outdoor music festival in the United States to minimize all single-use cups and dish ware, being a completely plastic-free experience. You can buy a really cool Klean Kanteen stainless steel cups there and water is free (as it should be).

Not only is there a strong emphasis on recycling, composting and renewable energy, the festival is completely solar-powered itself.

2. Focus On The Music

Pickathon puts music front and center at every turn, providing unique settings for people to take in the live music setting. Each artist performs two sets (not including secret performances), to make sure there's no stress in having to choose which band you want to see.

Each stage, whether it's made out of wood in the forest or in a literal barn by a pasture of grazing horses, each setting presents an opportunity to engage with the music in an intimate environment -- something that sticks with the audience when the show is over.

3. Everything Is Local

Each of the food and drink vendors at Pickathon are locally-sourced out of the Pacific Northwest. By keeping everything local, it supports the local economy and provides an opportunity for small businesses to engage with their community. Amazing food carts include the likes of Bunk Sandwiches, Portland Curry, Robo Taco and Fifty Licks Ice Cream to name a few.

4. Keeping Things Small

Part of what makes Pickathon so special is the intimate environment that it presents. The audience becomes a part of the performance adding into the unique experience. A festival goer can really connect with the music and not have to feel like cattle from one set to the next -- there's room to breathe. 

5. Camping

Festivals like Pickathon can be incredibly immersive experiences with the element of camping. Not only do you get to watch a performance in the middle of the woods, you only have to walk a couple paces to get to your campsite and continue being out in nature. Whether you are staying the whole weekend or just one night, you will get the chance to fall asleep and wake up to the beautiful sounds of music.

6. Artist Support

Artist advocacy is at the core of what we do and it's always important to know where your music is coming from and support the working musicians that create the music that we love so much. Festivals like Pickathon treats every band in the lineup with respect and support. This shows through in every performance they curate, providing a relaxing vibe that only creates a positive atmosphere for everyone.

7. "Good Music Wins"

Over the course of it's existence, Pickathon has become more known and has gained notoriety in the national landscape, and that's because they consistently remain focused on providing good music and supportive environment, creating a special experience for everyone involved. In the words of Pickathon Founder,  Zale Shoenborn, "good music wins" and we couldn't agree more.