The shortlist

Out of 873 total entries, 21 lucky acts from around the world have been selected to compete in the contest's final round.

Discover the 21


Explore the hundreds of artists that submitted a video for the first round of the competition.

Check out the bands


Win a trip to LA and a recording session at Capitol Studios in Hollywood or various Shure gear!

See the prizes

Get lost.
Get creative.
Find your music.

Off the Beaten Track

Shure is seeking sonic explorers and recording trailblazers. Musicians know inspiration can strike at any time or place, whether it’s on top of a mountain or in the back of a tour bus. Capturing these moments can be tricky at best, but that’s what makes them so special.

We believe gear should encourage not limit your creativity, which is why Shure is inviting bands, singers and solo artists from 14 countries around the globe to enter our new mobile recording competition Off the Beaten Track.

Grammy-nominated US singer-songwriter Tori Kelly will pick the ultimate winner of the final round. The grand prize winners will receive a trip to Los Angeles, California and a professional recording session at Capitol Studios in Hollywood.

Hundreds of musicians from around the world entered the first round of Off the Beaten Track. Only 20 made the cut for the Shure shortlist. One wildcard spot was given to the video earning the most supporter votes overall.

Things are now going to get serious fast: Shure will send each act on the shortlist a box of MOTIV gear. Inside they’ll find an MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone and an MV51 Digital Large-diaphragm Condenser Microphone. These are powerful tools enabling them to create a live performance video with professional-quality audio.

Creativity is crucial at this stage. The Grammy-nominated singer Tori Kelly will choose the ultimate winner, so contestants will need to get out of the house and off the stage. What exactly will Tori be looking for when we ask contestants seek out (safe and legal) unusual locations for their videos?

Our MOTIV Session video series is a great place to look for inspiration. We even made a video explaining how shortlisted artists can make their own MOTIV Sessions:

Congratulations to the 21 bands, singers and solo artists now competing for a trip to Los Angeles and a recording session at Capitol Studios! See all the prizes up for grabs. The winners will be announced on this website in early June.

This contest aims to encourage high-quality mobile recording done in unusual places, so to enter you’ll need to make a video of an original song performed in a novel location. Hip-hop on the street? Bluegrass on a boat? Indie underground? Follow your music where it takes you. Just remember: Country music isn’t just for the countryside and doom metal doesn’t have to be done in a dungeon. Originality counts. As long as you’re recording somewhere safe and legal, the only limitation is your imagination.

But first, you’ll have to drum up enough public support to ensure you make it past the first round! Submitted videos need at least 50 votes to be considered for one of 20 spots on the shortlist, which will be determined by Shure. One entry receiving the most votes overall wins a wild card spot to stay in the hunt. So mobilizing your fans is important!

In the second stage of the competition, all shortlisted acts get a box of Shure MOTIV gear to create their very own MOTIV Session. Our popular mobile music video series uses MOTIV mics to record well-known and up-and-coming artists in special locations. We’ve been serenaded by LP on the shores of Lake Geneva and invited into Herbie Hancock’s living room for a private piano performance. Now it's your turn.

Shure will provide useful tips and tricks on mobile recording, as well as artist interviews, on this website – so be sure to subscribe to our contest newsletter. The 21 finalists will get a chance to create an entirely new video with professional-grade audio with MOTIV microphones. The competition at this stage is certain to be fierce and the Grammy-nominated singer Tori Kelly is going to have a tough time picking the ultimate winner.

Will it be you?
Creativity knows no bounds. Make the world your stage.
Take your music Off the Beaten Track.