Two brothers are hoping to create a database of Chattanooga’s local music scene.
David Ruiz and his brother, Joel Ruiz, are inviting all local musicians and bands to submit information for a profile page.
Having applied for a MakeWork Grant, the brothers hope to turn the submitted information into professional profiles for the local bands to use in promotion. In addition, the profiles will help venues and the media understand the band’s specific venue needs and examples of their sound.
Joel estimated that these profiles would be worth in excess of $7,000 if purchased outright.
Those interested should fill out this brief questionnaire.
"This is the start of moving into larger funding," Joel said. "This is for bands that have no contacts. If funded, we can make free full profiles for bands."
David is a longtime photographer and artist in Chattanooga. His company, 423 Bragging Rights, has been documenting the city’s vibrant live music scene since 2009. Joel is the founder of Evatt & Bloom, a video production company with a focus on comedic sketches and live comedy showcases.
The two recently pored over the results of an economic survey issued to members of the local music scene.
"We had over 50 bands submit information," Joel said. "We learned that a lot of the bands don’t have professional photography, a website or Facebook page. Some people have things all over the board. It was so sparse."
Joel said the idea is to gather all of this information into a singular, standalone place.
"We want a one-stop shop for Chattanooga music," he said. "So instead of seven different links, you can have one. Everybody should have a basic bio."
Bands and artists that submit early will have a better chance to receive the "full-profile" treatment, which includes a professional-quality video, photos, music clips and a brief bio. This would be given at a deep discount or, in some cases, free.
Cole Sweeton is a member of Cutlass Cult, currently a DJ collective but the start of "collective talent collaboration," according to the band’s Facebook page.
Sweeton said the 423PK service could boost local artists.
"Here in Chattanooga, musicians don’t get paid much," he said. "If you get a gig—you might have a four-piece band—it just doesn’t amount to much."
These profiles could be the start of something much bigger, Sweeton said. Cutlass Cult, Hazes and Dead Testaments are among the first three bands to receive profiles from 423PK. Though complete, the profiles have not yet been released to the public.
"I initially thought it was a great idea just to have a collection of profiles," he said. "But the realization dawned on me that this could be more than that. They’re giving us well-produced introduction videos, written biographies and photos. I think it’s a pretty good idea."
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