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Shoot a video of your band performing an original song in an unusual place and submit it here to enter the contest!

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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.

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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.

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