Hi friends –
More than a year ago, I had the honor of producing Made in Aurora: Volume 1, a vinyl-only collaboration featuring more than 30 musicians and songwriters from Aurora, Batavia, Geneva, St. Charles, Mortgomery, Naperville, Wheaton and all over the Fox Valley. The 16-song album was recorded over three intense days in the studio.
We had an awful lot of fun. But the real goal of Made in Aurora was to shine a spotlight on the amazing, burgeoning community of independent musicians in the Fox Valley area. We wanted to prove to ourselves what we were capable of. We wanted to give local music fans something to point to the next time they get asked where the local music scene is. And we wanted to show the rest of the world that great music doesn’t come from an “industry” – it comes from people.
That’s why I was so happy when I heard the news: “Made in Aurora” won the “Vox Pop” award in our division of theIndependent Music Awards.
This is a big deal, and I want to shout it from the rooftops. Most of all, I want to congratulate the artists who contributed the music and performances to the project: Greg Boerner, Dick Smith, The Empty Can Band, Noah Gabriel, HOSS, Jeremy Keen and the False Starts, Dave Ramont, and The Kevin Trudo + Meathawk. Simply put, their talent and passion are the reason we won.
An honorable mention goes to the inimitable Andrea Dawn, whose voice is all over the album, even if we left her out of the credits the first time around. And to Kyle Schmidt, who busted his butt engineering, mixing and mastering Volume One. Kyle gives 110% for every project at Backthird. And we have to thank Steve Warrenfeltz – who runs the kind of record store where dreams are born.
And then there’s you. This was a “popular vote” award – so thanks for making your voice heard. Long live local music!
PS – The next great night for local music is this Saturday, whenThe Kevin Trudo + Meathawk, the New Automatics, andCattleprod will be playing at Reggie’s in Chicago. One of these bands is on “Made and Aurora” – the other two were birthed out of friendships that were nurtured in those sessions. Get the whole show – plus dinner and a bus ride downtown – for $20. But you’ll have to act fast…