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Sonic Spotlight offers great opportunities for young musicians – The Rocky Mountain Collegian


Sonic Spotlight contest winner Miranda Fling and Forrest Nelson, one of the top eight finalists in this year’s contest, sit together in Old Town Fort Collins on October 3. (Milo Gladstein | The Collegian)

Colorado non-profit Sonic projector announced his 2021 a range of local musicians who will compete for the chance to work with industry professionals to create a high quality music video, recording and receive radio broadcast.

Presented by Fort Collins Discovery Museum, 105.5 The Colorado Sound and Bohemian Foundation, the the organization focuses on Colorado elderly musicians 22 and under looking to advance their career as musicians through exposure and access to professional resources.

Eight artists or groups are selected from the applications to compete Sonic projectors first musical showcase, the Sonic Round, which will be broadcast on 90.5 KCSU FM and 105.5 Colorado Strait November 4.

A panel of music industry veterans will select a group of finalists to move on to the second showcase, where each artist will have the opportunity to create a music video with a team of professionals and perform live at Washington is in Fort Collins on December 9 for the Round Projector of the competition.

Last years Sonic projector laureate, singer-songwriter Miranda Fling, is a recent USC graduate who said that winning the contest changed her perception of the possibility of making a living from music.

To throw said his experience with Sonic projector helped her overcome her doubts about pursuing music and pushed her to promote herself.

“I had just started making music so knowing that there was something going on in northern Colorado that supported new artists was really encouraging.” said Fling.

Fling said one of the hardest parts of working with a team of industry professionals is learning how to communicate your vision.

“It really helped me learn to explain my ideas to someone else” To throw noted.

In addition to entering Sonic projector, To throw said to find local artists through KCSU live in the studios and stay up to date with events happening at Music district were a great way for her to stay in touch with the local scene.

“The most precious thing for me was connecting with other people who were making music,” Fling said. “It’s encouraging to know that there are so many talented people around you that you could potentially collaborate with. “

Forrest nelson, a CSU student, 21 years old, was selected to compete Sonic projectorthe first musical showcase of 2021 with his songs “Someone” and “AIRPLANE MODE.”

NelsonS music is an amalgamation of contemporary pop aesthetics taken to their extreme, a combination that has earned it the label hyper-pop.

His songs feature exaggerated bass, energetic electronic synth lines, and variable pitch vocals, exemplified by “AIRPLANE MODE.”

“I’ve produced some of my own stuff and I love playing around with weird, quirky digital synths and sounds,” Nelson said.

From the mid-CSU pandemic, Nelson was not able to connect with the local music scene in the way he hoped, so he submitted to Sonic projector as a way to get in touch with other independent artists.

“I had never been involved in it, and I thought it would be a way to integrate into the local music scene and to bond, to book shows.” Nelson said.

Nelson said he was delighted to meet like-minded people and to work with the resources of an industry professional.

“We work in a studio, which I never really got to do,” Nelson said. “It was always just me and my keyboard – and a $ 400 microphone.”

Nelson hope he can use the resources Sonic projector allows you to push your music further and gain visibility.

“Having people who help us spread our vision is very important for young artists because you never know who is going to explode next” Nelson said. “Some artists in the region might have a hit song in mind but not the resources to produce it. Sonic projectorgives us this opportunity.

When asked how he sees his music progressing over the next five years, Nelson said he hopes to make a living from his music, either as a freelance artist or writing and producing for others.

“(I want to be) always pushing the limits with weird sounds”, Nelson said.

You can hear Nelson’s music broadcast on the air during the Sonic Round of Sonic projector to KCSU and Colorado Strait November 4 or via Spotify.

You can find Miranda Fling music on the main streaming platforms and watch it Sonic projector-music video produced “Any other way” on Youtube.

Max Hogan can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @macnogan.


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