Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options

Download this Issue


Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

This collection, digitized in collaboration with the Michigan Daily and the Board for Student Publications, contains materials that are protected by copyright law. Access to these materials is provided for non-profit educational and research purposes. If you use an item from this collection, it is your responsibility to consider the work's copyright status and obtain any required permission.

June 01, 1999 - Image 27

Resource type:
Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1999-06-01

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.

So when his college band was asked to open for the Feel-Good Doctors of '80s hair metal last
fall, it was a dream come true - one of many since Calek joined 35" Mudder two years ago.
n C ' fyg01 35" Mudder, a hardcore/hip-hop outfit, has sold more than 3,000 copies of its independently
a oru a R released sophomore CD, Stained. The group is also one of thousands of college bands across the

country with a dream that echoes three words: Make it big.

bin!, cn I wnidn'




Ge ui 019 akin, If hg
Going the Distance
"My only dream is to make enough money to not have to have another job," says Christian
Cummings, a senior at San Diego State U. and drummer for the band d.frost, a trio that blends
hip-hop, roots and blues.
Playing in a college band has traditionally meant free beer at frat parties and enough cash
to buy guitar strings and drum heads. But things changed in the early '90s when Hootie and the
( Blowfish and the Dave Matthews Band made beaucoup bucks on college campuses for the
record industry.
And now it's getting even easier for college bands to make a name for themselves. That's
thanks to new technology that has made recording a CD as simple as microwaving popcorn and
the Internet, which has put national promotion at a band's fingertips.
35" Mudder stole the classic Iowa advice - "if you build it, they will come" - from the ball-
park and took it to the moshpit. As soon as the group started selling out central Iowa clubs, radio
stations and record labels took notice. Since then, the band has opened for several national acts,

they've had songs added to a Des Moines rock station and
they're just waiting for a killer record deal to come along.
But bands aren't always holding their breath waiting for
a record deal. Just ask senior Dorian Ham, a rapper for the
Ohio State U.-based B.A.S.S. Nation. "Even if we don't get
a contract, it doesn't matter, because we're still doing what
we want to do," Ham says.

Bands who made It big and the
colleges where they got their start.

* TIPS ON m Bend oi :ain dboni
H O W TO GET -G tlng odwitht.. eJ in er
MAKE 'ncOs atv.mte an Lst (wwwubtcm).
AND ..,ti atth nualNAA n'entiz They dcvn
FIND ' ow . Y wi e t
S- Rc yourm ra t' .T : -ts ',r 'd s aly. xi 3 campus.
Lotm f* own m ''o a.N ti lla untourTa a weeknd d
jiy in 7-,. town. i y-' h ~ tic: . a -to'y badeancs are
* y'l de h sme or yo~ r town.
Take advr otage of fell nte troad t 8eparh nt :- videc' etudent
j nmlit -han 8io; p 10jo =ublicity shos art mjor log;theater
S et t n miitay. nar 'thm when ee youh vo a how.
5 shoe e I I: e olle entert i ment departmen, bat way. w en
a na on2 act plays at y' - v ou'l have a hot a pning ao them.
P Nor *wy insir Y toh sfle woi lee .- coffeehors

1Th College factor
To me, it seems a lot easier for a college band to get
a following and a record deal than it is for just some band
in some city," Calek says. "Your target audience is so cen-
tralized. If you can get your school behind you, that's a huge
But being a college band also has some drawbacks, like
band members graduating at different times. "You never
know who's going to be here next semester," Ham says.
"So you have to be able to adapt quickly to new musicians."
Four of the five members of Mudder have had to take
semesters off from school to devote more time to the group.
"College becomes a real issue," Calek says. "I would assume
themselves, and that really cuts into your day."

Hootie and the Blowfish
U. of South Carolina
Dave Matthews Band
U. of Virginia
Buff alo Tom
U. of Massachusetts
Dinosaur Jr./Sebadob
U. of Massachusetts
Boride School of Music
U. of Georgia
most college bands are managing

d.frost spends up to four hours a day rehearsing, working on promo mailers and devising a
business strategy. "Playing in a band is a huge time commitment," says d.frost's Cummings. "You
have to take it seriously because there's so much competition out there."
But even if a band doesn't go all the way, there's always the frat parties with their promise of
beer for nothing and chicks for free. Because hey, you're with the band.

Sean's: ~': Sates jiapi~~t 5::
Liken. KS is-el at Ftd~bon! an! S

Sn -itest i,,a-'5sa's. Isa sian sFiat~ ia:hsris K's Cls'iss. Pea,
adisa 5i s-s--es-! !:i's'I Knkal L~ slenK :t Iss-Iks, U)

April/May 1999 e wwwunagazine om 1

Back to Top

© 2023 Regents of the University of Michigan