NPR’s Tiny Desk has a ardour for locating new artists, and as we speak, NPR Music is launching the tenth version of Tiny Desk Contest.
JUANA SUMMERS, HOST:
NPR’s Tiny Desk has develop into synonymous with viral performances by the likes of Usher and Juvenile. However on the core of the favored live performance sequence recorded proper right here at NPR headquarters is a ardour for locating new artists, the subsequent massive family title. In that spirit, as we speak NPR music launched the tenth version of its Tiny Desk Contest. The annual seek for one of the best unsigned musicians will end in one winner, who will get to play a Tiny Desk live performance of their very personal, in addition to headline a 10-city tour and – hey – even seem on this present.
LITTLE MOON: (Singing) To the place we’re and the place we’ll go…
SUMMERS: That may be a clip of final 12 months’s winner, the Utah indie rock band Little Moon. We now welcome again Tiny Desk sequence producer Bobby Carter. Bobby, welcome again. I imply, it feels such as you and I have been simply having this dialog about final 12 months’s contest.
BOBBY CARTER, BYLINE: You recognize, time flies while you’re altering lives with the Tiny Desk, proper?
SUMMERS: Precisely. So, Bobby, for individuals who might not be as acquainted, give us a bit of background on the Tiny Desk Contest.
CARTER: Effectively, yeah. I am excited. I am thrilled this 12 months for the competition. For many who do not know, the Tiny Desk Contest is NPR’s annual seek for the subsequent nice, undiscovered artists. And like I stated earlier than, this contest modifications lives. You recognize, previous winners have gone on to play world excursions, play Coachella, compose and write for Broadway. Our very first Tiny Desk Contest winner, Improbable Negrito, has received three Grammys.
FANTASTIC NEGRITO: (Singing) I do know that neither considered one of us – no, neither considered one of us can survive.
CARTER: And 2017’s winner Tank and the Bangas – they have been nominated for greatest new artist.
TANK AND THE BANGAS: (Singing) You, you – I say now you appear to be a loop. A what? You appear to be a loop. A what, woman? You do not perceive me? I do not perceive what you are saying. I stated – I stated you appear to be a loop, like a hula hoop. Oh, like a hula hoop.
CARTER: But in addition, simply know if you happen to’re getting into the competition, if you happen to do not win, there’s nonetheless alternative to get a little bit of that highlight. We have had previous Tiny Desk Contest contestants come again and play the Tiny Desk anyway. So please enter as a result of there are such a lot of advantages.
SUMMERS: All proper, 10 editions of the Tiny Desk Contest – that could be a lengthy historical past. So inform us what’s new this 12 months?
CARTER: You hear greater and higher on a regular basis, however we’re actually placing it into motion this 12 months. We’re greater and higher. We’re increasing our help for the artists. You recognize, I’ve had conversations with previous winners, and we’re discovering methods to do extra for the artists as soon as they win. So, as at all times, we embody Tiny Desk alumni who’ve performed the Tiny Desk earlier than as a part of our judging panel. In order that’s no totally different. This 12 months we now have Julien Baker, who has performed earlier than, MUNA, Durand Bernarr. So we now have all – you recognize, we obtained the alumni coated.
However we’re increasing the panel this 12 months to incorporate music business leaders – people who know a star after they see one, who may also help information them alongside. Additionally, along with headlining the nationwide tour, this 12 months’s winner can be paired with a mentor to assist them navigate this loopy music business. Final however not least, we’re together with the Tiny Desk viewers within the voting course of this 12 months, so we can be crowning a fan favourite this spring.
SUMMERS: All proper, feels like this can be a good one for folks to enter. How do they try this?
CARTER: Sure. You go to npr.org/tinydeskcontest. Ship us your video of you taking part in an authentic music. There have to be a desk within the video.
SUMMERS: In fact.
CARTER: Do not forget that desk. Your entry window closes on February 21. The judges are searching for one thing singular – any style, any fashion. Be nice.
SUMMERS: All proper, Bobby. I do know you keep busy. I stay up for assembly the winner. When is that going to be introduced?
CARTER: Effectively, we’ll go right into a room, and we’ll duke it out for a couple of rounds of judging, and we are going to announce the winner later this spring.
SUMMERS: All proper. NPR’s Bobby Carter. Thanks, and are available again quickly.
CARTER: Thanks, Juana.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, “MILONGA ACCIDENTAL”)
ALISA AMADOR: (Singing in Spanish).
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