If you’re a fan of REM and you live anywhere in the vicinity of New York City; a chance to come see some of the best current & up and coming artists cover the catalog of REM would be an ethereal experience; a chance to see this show at Carnegie Hall as a VIP would be even better; the ability to hobnob with the artists at the show and the after party would be a virtual dream come true (now if only Michael Stipe could make a surprise appearance…). All the preceding (sans the Stipe pop in) are what producer Michael Dorf is offering to any YouTuber who has what it takes to offer their own take on the seminal band from Athens, Georgia, in the YouTube REM Tribute Contest.
According to the YouTube REM Tribute Contest press release, the rules are simple; post a video with the impression that you get: “Want to share your techno version of Everybody Hurts? Have Losing My Religion as your ringtone? Want to see all your favorite R.E.M. songs brought to life at one huge tribute event, and then stick around for the after-party with some other very special VIP guests? For the ultimate R.E.M. fan who has spent years mastering Man on the Moon, this is your moment. Upload your video of you playing an R.E.M. cover and the artist whose entry we decide is most creative and entertaining will win two VIP tickets to theR.E.M. Tribute Concert at Carnegie Hall on March 11th, 2009 in New York City, and then party it up at the VIP after-party at City Winery in SoHo.”
There are those whose lives have been forever altered by questions long and profound (“What if We Give It Away?”) and how many of us have been puzzled by the lyrics of Mr. Stipe at his most meandering? Moreover, the sounds of this excellent Southern band have helped mobilize a nation (“Sleep delays my life…Get up, Get up!…Where does time go? I don’t know”) as well as confuse it (“Follow me, don’t follow me!”).
Regardless of where you fall in the REM fan spectrum, many of us think that we can do better (and people wonder about the success of American Idol!) so Michael Dorf’s YouTube REM Tribute Contest allow you the opportunity to get up and do it! Now is your moment; now is the time! And all sorts of wonders await the Atlantic coaster who feels they have the chops to succeed.
The YouTube REM Tribute Contest has some rules: The winning video does not include transportation so if you can’t make it to New York City on March, 11th, 2009, don’t submit! Also all videos must be submitted by 3/5/09 at 10 PM, so there’s an even quicker turnaround. Submitting artists must be 18 years of age or older to submit to contest. Also, if you’re a band, that’s awesome, but only two tickets in total are awarded to the winning YouTube REM Tribute Contest entry, not per artist in that entry.
However the prizes for the REM Tribute YouTube submission are pretty sweet! The winner gets two tickets to the Music Of R.E.M. Tribute concert at Carnegie Hall on March 11th. In addition, the VIP is exclusively invited to the artist after-party at City Winery featuring cuisine inspired by Mario Batali.
So what are you waiting for?!?