Last week we introduced our sponsorship and anticipation for Pickathon Festival. As we set up our tents and camping gear on Pendarvis farm, we nestled into our home for the next few days. It's an unforgettable experience to many who were in attendance and a journey best described from a first-person perspective from a long time admirer of Pickathon (and other festivals). And so, we asked Jamie McMullen, one of Marmoset's Music Licensing Coordinator to capture her experience in her own words.
In this special edition of this journal takeover, Jamie guides us through her story with music and her arrival at what festivals like Pickathon mean to her. Read below to discover more:
I remember my early adolescence in Providence, Rhode Island. I would have sleepovers at my friend’s house on the east side of town. We would walk across the city and pay $5 on a Friday night to see live music at either Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel (the Westminster St. location) or the non-profit artist residency, AS220, that still stands strong today. I remember attending the free summer concerts that Brown University's radio station, WBRU, put on each year at India Point Park.
My love for music has been strong since I could walk and this was the first experience of seeing it in my community. In front of me. Experiencing live music at this age was so crucially important to me and has helped shape who I am as a musician, music lover and the chosen career path I am on today.
It does not go unnoticed to me that Pickathon brings this experience to children, adolescents and adults of all ages. Unfortunately, Portland has lost a handful of all ages venues and DIY spaces (shout out to The Artistery!) due to the inevitable gentrification of the city the last handful of years. I am relieved to know that Pickathon is here to stay and gives an opportunity to help shape our youth’s love for music. And It is here to revive every adult's love for music as well — including myself.
If you aren't young already, you will feel young again when at Pickathon. When there, you find yourself charged up with an infinite amount of energy to catch as many music sets as possible, to take in the experience with the people around you. It's a time to feel inspired and recharged spiritually over and over again. I even overheard people calling it "Tenderfest".
For one small weekend, the worry and hardships I all too often carry around, disappear into the woods. People really do come together for the sake of music, nature and humanity’s bond — 20-year-old hipsters, families with tiny babies and children, and couples in their 70s are all in attendance. Almost every artist I saw perform mentioned how incredible the opportunity was to play at this magic festival.
A few clients of mine soon became friends this weekend. Five of us girls spent an entire day and night running around like teenagers — it felt so freeing. Together, we explored the psychedelic installations hanging from the trees and the light show that was displayed over the white canopy of sails that decorated the sky at night. I felt the Mali group, Tinariwen, put me in a trance with their hypnotic rhythms. I was captivated by The Weather Station's Tamara Lindeman, as I related to the stories in her songs. I laughed a lot. And you bet I cried my eyes out when Phosphorescent played "Song for Zula" to a congregation of people in the forest.
There were many more perfect moments in between the ones I mentioned, but I will keep them to myself. My soul needed a weekend such as this — it needed camping, being surrounded by music and other souls who were equally filled to the brim with all of the good vibes. Hopefully next year, you can join me in this memorable kind of journey at Pickathon.
Don't believe that sounds collected from everyday office life can be smartly pieced together to create music?
Our "Found Sound" short film is about to prove naysayers wrong. The piece is the brainchild of our in-house Original Music Composer, Graham Barton and Marmoset's Visual Content Director, Josh Brine. From clicking and clinks to woofs and slams, the short film offers an example of our Sound Design experts at work.
And while the sounds are natural and truly captured from Marmoset headquarters, don't mistake it for sheer luck or coincidence. The "sounds" were carefully mapped out beforehand and scored by our Original Music Team, when strategically planned out, captured, produced, and edited, the finished product is anything but pointless noise.
The short film proves how even the most obscure of sounds can be strung together to create an entire score — check out the video above and listen for yourself.
Marmoset is seeking a Music Licensing Creative who demonstrates a passion and knowledge for pairing music with picture. Candidates with a passion for researching music while staying updated on industry trends are encouraged to apply. This role entails working closely with our Artists and Repertoire Team, leading music review sessions with our creatives teams, and maintaining artist relations.
For more information about this position and to apply, please click here.
The closing date for this position is Friday, August 24, 2018. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received, so the sooner you apply the better. Applications that do not strictly follow the guidelines may not be considered.
Learn about opportunities here at Marmoset, following the link below.
Marmoset is a proud Equal Opportunity employer, celebrating a diverse, inclusive community of people, cultures and stories.
With over 200,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, Kamandi’s music is on the rise. Listeners describe the artist’s work as chill with a perfectly timed energetic pulse — it’s music that sounds right at home in an Adidas commercial to vibing perfectly at a yoga retreat type of atmosphere.
New listeners should start with “Icy Heartthrob” for a taste of Kamandi’s mastery in creating electronic soundscapes. The instrumental song showcases how electronic pop can be punch, edgy, and smooth simultaneously. For dance infused beats, turn to Kamandi’s “Clone Phone,” the song’s multiple ascending arcs and rhythmic synth are energetically charged and engaging.
Originally from New Zealand, Kamandi remembers music always being present in his childhood, recalling how the songs he’d hear naturally sticking with him in an emotional manner. Kamandi would carry this emotive influence over to his own music once he began performing in bands, then moving onto produce his own work.
“I really just wanted to make music that gave people a strong feeling,” Kamandi says. “It didn’t even really matter what that feeling was.”
As the beats artist became more comfortable making his music, Kamandi discovered how his work was an impactful channel for communicating with his listeners; it became a bridge for connecting with others while also being able to own a channel in outpouring his own thoughts and creative energy. The significance of his work heightened when the artist discovered his music began helping others through particularly difficult and monumentous life struggles.
“Hearing this showed me I have the potential to make a real impact,” says Kamandi. “And that helps me feel like my music has some worth.”
Despite hearing this type of feedback from his listeners, there’s still a difficulty in viewing one’s work from a disconnected standpoint. It’s something Kamandi notes as challenging, yet something he strives in applying within his musical endeavors — to place himself in his listeners' shoes and hear his work outside the context he knows.
“It’s hard to step outside of myself after hearing a song on repeat, to hear the song from a different perspective — I wish I could do that,” says Kamandi. “But hopefully I’m feeding an appetite that people may not even realize they had. To fill a place in music that’s interesting and maybe hasn’t been filled yet.”
While operating as a solo artist and producer, Kamandi has invited collaboration from the likes of Polo, creating an original spin on electronic instrumental hip hop that was well received by his growing fan base. Later, Kamandi would join forces with a prominent and well-known MC Azizi Gibson — several hits including “Crown Violet” came out of the fruitful collaboration.
With "Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days in LA,” Kamandi was invited to perform in the United States for the first time; the concert’s bill included a high caliber of artists, including Azizi Gibson and Chance the Rapper.
Intermixing talent brought exciting evolutions to Kamandi’s work, remixes and new approaches being integrated into the artist’s upcoming music, all while retaining his signature style and sound. The collaborations proved that no matter the varying influences, Kamandi could enhance his music without sacrifice to his creative vision.
The beats instrumental artist is currently halfway through releasing his upcoming EP The Four Aves along with recently releasing two singles, “Moorhouse” and “Fitzgerald.” With The Four Aves, Kamandi sets out to paint an audio portrait of a city environment — although he describes the vibe as “cold” and moody, there’s an underlying pulse that propels each song forward. Stay tuned!