Bandplanet Highlights of 2012

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2012 – where did you go? Ah, but time flies when you are having fun. And boy, did we have some fun. Time to take a look back at the year that was, and revel in all that we’ve achieved.

Unirock Alternativo 2012, Cali, Colombia

The bellowing roar that echoed over the globe in March 2012 was the mighty Unirock Alternativo rockfest making its presence known to all and sundry. We sent Talento Crudo 2011 winners Chocloneta to Cali, Colombia, in March to rock out with the best of the South American rock and metal scene, and we have it on good authority that it was two days of the best rock music to be found this side of the moon. Bring on Unirock Alternativo 2013!

Talento Crudo, Santiago, Chile, October 2012

We just love supporting up and coming independent artists – it gives us that warm fuzzy feeling inside! Once again we were a key sponsor for Talento Crudo, Chile’s largest rock talent-spotting competition. From a field of over 50 bands, 6-piece prog rock band Aequo won the competition. They’ll be winging their way to Unirock Alternativo 2013 in March of next year courtesy of Bandplanet. Huge congratulations to Aequo, and all of the other bands that participated in Talento Crudo 2012.

Rockaxis

We partnered up with Latin America’s biggest rock magazine, Rockaxis, to spread the Bandplanet word even further and wider than we would have ever thought possible. We love Rockaxis, and Rockaxis loves Bandplanet!

Bandplanet Radio

Under the expert guidance of Bandplanet Radio hosts Pancho Miranda and Jorge Carranza, we trained a spotlight on the best and brightest of Bandplanet bands in Chile, and took over the airwaves for a regular Wednesday night special. Listen to all of the podcasts here.

And then of course, there are all the thousands of new users, artists and bands that joined the Bandplanet community in 2012 – thanks for all your wonderful music, as well as your dedication and your support. We couldn’t do it without you!

Well, so long, 2012 – it was nice knowing you. And hello, 2013! Can’t wait to make your acquaintance.

Have a wonderful festive season, everyone. See you in 2013!

Band of the Month – Æquo

And the winner of Talento Crudo 2012 is…*drum roll*…

Æquo!

The 6-piece prog rock band from the Vitacura district of Santiago beat out a slew of other competitors to win Talento Crudo 2012, Chile’s largest rock talent spotting contest, winning flight tickets for themselves and their crew to the mighty Unirock Alternativo festival in Cali, Colombia, in March 2013.

From a field of 50 bands from 50 of Santiago’s 52 districts, Æquo impressed the judging panel with their carefully crafted and delivered metal/prog rock, expertly accompanied by Rodrigo Fuentealba’s electric violin and singer Daniela Guzmán’s stand-out vocals. A well-deserved win, if we do say so ourselves. Second place in the competition went to Tremocaliche from the Talagante district, and third place to Premio Nobel from district Providencia.

Congrats to all the bands who entered, and of course, huge congratulations to Æquo, Tremocaliche and Premio Nobel. Big kudos also to Talento Crudo festival organiser Francisco Conejera, as well as Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes (National Council of Culture and Arts) for creating and supporting such an important showcase for emerging talent. You guys rock!

Æquo are currently working on their first album and further honing their craft with live shows in various venues around Santiago – keep an eye out for them, they are definitely ones to watch. We are as proud as punch to be helping them on their way to rock superstardom! Next stop for Æquo – Unirock Alternativo 2013!

Æquo on Bandplanet/Twitter.

Tremocaliche on Bandplanet/Premio Nobel on Bandplanet.

Unirock Alternativo will be held in March, 2013, Cali Colombia.

Talento Crudo 2012

Bandplanet loves to support emerging independent talent! That’s why Bandplanet was a key sponsor for the 2011 edition of Talento Crudo, Chile’s biggest talent-spotting competition. And wow, did the rock community of Santiago, Chile show us a fantastic time. Our ears are still ringing! We took the winners of Talento Crudo 2011, fierce Chilean rockers Chocloneta, to Unirock Alternativo in Cali, Colombia earlier this year, where they rocked the stage and won the hearts and minds of the Unirock audience.

Well, we had so much fun that we are doing it all over again in 2012. Talento Crudo 2012 is going to be huge – if you are an upcoming independent band, you don’t want to miss this one!

Talento Crudo will be held in October 2012, dates to be confirmed.

Band of the Month: Pancho Miranda Banda

Chilean band Pancho Miranda Banda brings together elements of folk, rock and Chilean and Latin American rhythms into a spirited and dynamic mix. The group of classically trained musicians are consistently one of Bandplanet’s most popular South American bands, and singer Francisco Miranda is one of our most successful Premium Club members. We spoke to them recently about the advantages and disadvantages of being an indie band these days, what’s great about the Bandplanet Premium Club, and why they chose folk and rock over classical music.

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Unirock Alternativo Festival 2012

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Did you feel the earth move a couple of weeks ago, perhaps on the 29 or 30th March? Well, we certainly did, and we know exactly where the epicenter was – Cali, Colombia. Not the result of tectonic plates scraping together, but the sound of 22 mighty rock bands colliding in an epic battle of guitar, metal and all-out fierceness at Unirock Alternativo Festival 2012.

Bandplanet alumni such as Chocloneta, MIUC, Rascacielo, Old Vintage, Kolectivo K, and Chamán rocked out at the 4th edition of the two-day festival, drawing a crowd of over 10 000 rock fans. We are reliably informed that it was two days of some of the best rock music to be found on this side of the moon. Hell yeah! Continue reading