The shortlist

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: https://youtu.be/N-Y0V3CDay0

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.

Jeffrey Chang

Pop (Jazz, Swing, Latin influenced) from Brossard, Canada

instagram.com/jeffreychang

Video shooting location: Montreal, QC, Canada

Members

Jeffrey Chang

Bio

After creating a memoir of my life in video form on youtube for the past 6 years and building an online family of over 100,000 people, I’m finally pursuing my journey/dream in music. Many ups and downs later, I’ve found the courage to chase this longing passion for music from seeing/hearing people’s story on their journey to facing that fear and getting on a stage to perform and touch people’s hearts. My influences are Mark Anthony, Billie Joel, James Brown, Michael Jackson to Justin Bieber, Tori Kelly, Camila Cabello.

Roaman

Indie folk reggae from Rome, Italy

roamanmusic.com

Video shooting location: Joshua Tree, CA, United States

Members

Riccardo Vitalone

Bio

Story-teller, "artivist", modern nomad, Roaman has been living on the road since 2014 to share uplifting, rebellious and thought-provoking songs and inspire positive changes in the way we live, treat each other and our Planet.

低苦艾乐队

民谣摇滚 from 兰州, China

site.douban.com/lowwormwood

Video shooting location: 兰州

Members

刘堃、周旭东、席斌、窦涛

Bio

低苦艾乐队是一支民谣摇滚乐队,2003年成立于兰州,中国民谣摇滚的开山乐队之一,成员为主唱刘堃,吉他周旭东,贝斯席斌,鼓手窦涛四人组成。
作品颇丰,代表作有《兰州兰州》《红与黑》《苦艾酒》等,深受歌迷喜爱。乐队取名低苦艾意为,荆棘丛中背芒而生的苦艾草,生长在低处,离土地更近。他们的音乐理念与人生理念相通,做真实的人,做真诚的音乐,忠实自己,忠实音乐。

Cavernoise

Hard Rock from Toluca, Mexico

youtube.com/c/Cavernoise

Video shooting location: Toluca de Lerdo, Méx., México

Members

José Benjamín Pliego Torres
Carlos Rafael Hernández Escalante
Paulo Pliego Torres

Bio

La música no se crea ni se destruye, solo se transforma...
Manifestando su sonido desde 2013 bajo el nombre Apolo Crunch, esta agrupación originaria de la capital mexiquense editó su debut epónimo al año siguiente logrando presentaciones en el circuito del rock nacional consolidando su sonido en directo.
La reinvención de 2016 le da un nuevo sentido al trío no solo al transformarse a través de una nueva producción sino bajo una nueva identidad: Cavernoise
Ahora sus instintos primitivos los regresan al origen, Cavernoise sale de la cueva para darle continuidad a su creación basada en elementos del rock, convencidos en que la música es tan poderosa de reforzar los lazos sociales de los ciudadanos del mundo.
Es sin lugar a dudas una de las agrupaciones clave para adentrarse al desarrollo de la escena mexicana.

Anto and The Echoes

Pop/Rock from Belfast, United Kingdom

store.cdbaby.com...cd/antoandtheechoes

Video shooting location: Belfast, UK

Members

Anthony Breen - Lead vocals
Francis McNally - Guitar
Ryan McGoldrick - Guitar
Luke Burns - Bass
Mark Miller - Drums
Seymour Major - Keyboard

Bio

Anto & the Echoes are a 6-piece pop/rock group from Fermanagh, based in Belfast. The band draws influence from legends as diverse as: Queen, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and more recent acts such as Lake Street Dive and Florence & The Machine, to deliver a energetic modern rock sound, underlined by a pop sensibility.

The Baron's Jelly

Pop from Marseille, France

Video shooting location: Korntal-Münchingen, Allemagne

Members

Lauranne ANDRIANANDRASANA
Maeva ANDRIANANDRASANA

Bio

Nous sommes deux soeurs âgées de 22 et 27 ans.
Transmise par notre père, la musique est notre passion depuis notre plus jeune âge. Nous avons donc grandi en nourrissant le rêve d'en faire un jour notre métier et de partager notre musique autour de nous, et aujourd'hui ce rêve n'a pas changé. L'une résidant en France et l'autre en Allemagne, nous avons créé notre composition à distance avant de nous retrouver en Allemagne pour s'enregistrer !

Nos influences : Coldplay, Sleeping At Last, Tori Kelly, The Script, Glen Hansard...

Dazz & Brie

Rock from North Little Rock, United States

dazzandbrie.com

Video shooting location: William F. Laman Public Library, Orange Street, North Little Rock, AR, USA

Members

Dazzmin “Dazz” Murry
Kabrelyn “Brie” Boyce
Gavin L Hawkins
Camille “Kami” Hawkins
Darius Blanton

Bio

Dazz & Brie is a rock ‘n soul woman-fronted duo who along with their band, The Emotionalz, combine heavy rock instrumentation with soulful harmonies to create music that transcends all ages. Their sophomore project, Can’t Chase Girls and Your Money Too, combines a blend of acid rock, funk, and country.
Their musical influences include: The Beatles, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Paramore, and Miguel.
Dazz & Brie’s musical aspirations are to tour the world sharing their music with people young and old, open a non-profit organization to serve as creative outlets for underprivileged communities, and to spread good vibes, love, and positivity.

IYCO & KAKA FURAHA

ジャパニーズアフリカンポップス from 大阪市淀川区東三国, Japan

kakafuraha.wixsite.com/iyco

Video shooting location: ドンボシャワ, Masvingo, マシンゴ, ジンバブエ

Members

IYCO : Lead Vocals & Backing Vocals
Faith Wyngard (FaB Fusion) : Vocals
松山夕貴子 Yukiko Matsuyama : Koto
広吉冬樹 Fuyuki Hiroyoshi : Guitar
金川凡洋 Bomyang Kim : Bass
石川正道 Masa-G : Drums & Percussions
Tisavo : Backing Vocals
みしまりよ Riyo Mishima : Backing Vocals

Bio

【夢】
アフリカンジャパニーズポップスというジャンルを日本をはじめ世界中で先駆者として広め確立させること。

【影響を受けたミュージシャン】
ザップママ(Zap Mama)、ネッサイ(Netsayi)、ドベ・ニャオレ(Dobet Gnahoré)、チウォニーソ(Chiwoniso)、ボブ・マーリー(Bob Marley)など。

【略歴】
2009年:「iyco」として活動を開始。
2010年: 1st ALBUM『UTA』をリリース。
2011年: 1stアルバム収録曲『ひまわり』が ABC放送『Street Fighters』 のエンディングテーマとして採用される。
2012年: フジロックフェスティバル出演。
2013年: 2ndアルバム『MOYO』を全国リリース。
2015年: 南部アフリカ最大級のフェス、「ハラレ国際芸術祭(HIFA2015)」をはじめ、ジンバブエ国内にて計7公演を行い、ラジオ生出演や地元紙一面を飾るなど、現地メディアに大きくとりあげられる。
2016年: アメリカ、ニューヨークとボストンにてツアーを行う。ボストンではラジオ出演他、6万人の来場者数を記録したジャパンフェスティバルボストンに出演。
同時期、2015年にジンバブエ国内で撮影をした「手をつないで」のMVがアメリカ・ミシガンの映画館にて
「ジャングルブック」の上映期間中、本編前にオンエアされる。
2017年: 5月 南部アフリカ、ジンバブエにて、現地アーティストプロデュースイベント他、 南部アフリカ最大級のフェス、「ハラレ国際芸術祭(HIFA2017)」など計5公演出演。
その際ジンバブエの国民的歌手Oliver Mtukudziと共演。
現地紙の一面を飾るなど現地メディアで大きな話題となる。
2017年: 11月、約1ヶ月間でアフリカ3ヶ国のツアーを行う。
まず、マラウイ、リロングウェのライブハウスでのショーにも出演した他、マラウイのザレカにて難民キャンプで行われた大規模なミュージックフェスティバル「トゥマイニフェイティバル2017」に出演。
その後、ジンバブエにて4公演した他、インターナショナルスクール、障がい者施設での音楽ワークショップを行う。そしてガーナでは小学校でのワークショップとAlliance Fraicaiseでの公演を行い現地での繋がりを広げた。

VITRUM

Hard Rock Core from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

youtube.com...UCWGBlURjoORarrDN8mr4H5g

Video shooting location: S'Arenal, Palma de Mallorca, España

Members

FRONTMAN & VOCALS: DAVID VIONDI
LEAD GUITAR: EDGAR CARRASCO
RITHYM GUITAR: ISMAEL GARCÍA
BASS: MATEU ADROVER
DRUMS: DANI GARCÍA

Bio

Montamos Vitrum con la intención de crear nuestro propio sonido, que atraiga gente a moverse y divertirse como nosotros lo hacemos encima del escenario,así contagiarlos,que noten la energía que desprendemos en cada una de nuestras canciones.
Crear un ambiente de "buen rollo" es nuestro objetivo, y sobretodo avanzar, ya que nuestra intención es llegar lo mas lejos posible.

7000apart

Indie-Pop from Green Bay, United States

7000apart.com

Video shooting location: Dubuque, IA, USA

Members

Amelie Eiding
Jonathan Kresin

Bio

7000apart, an indie-pop band started by Amelie Eiding and Jon Kresin to keep in touch while being apart in a long distance relationship, 7000 Kilometers apart. From Stockholm, Sweden to Wilmore, Kentucky. Now they are married and living in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Their goal is to help people around the world with their music.

十四行诗

brit-pop from 上海, China

douban.com/artist/sonnet

Video shooting location: 上海

Members

朱百喜-主唱,杨芾-贝斯,王彦杰-鼓

Bio

上海独立乐队

Aitana Poey

acid jazz/ alternative/ pop from Barcelona, Spain

Video shooting location: Guatemala, Guatemala

Members

Aitana Poey Rodríguez

Bio

Aitana Poey es una cantante, clarinetista, saxofonista, flautista y compositora cubana-española. Con formación académica musical de más de 15 años. Actualmente está estudiando producción musical. Con influencias de jazz, blues, bossa nova, y latin en su música.


Aitana Poey is a Cuban-Spanish singer, clarinetist, saxophonist, flautist and composer. With musical academic training of more than 15 years. He is currently studying music production. With influences of jazz, blues, bossa nova, and latin in their music.

Pip

Singer-Songwriter pop from Gouda, Netherlands

Video shooting location: Goudse stadhuis, Markt, Gouda, Nederland

Members

Pip Alblas - Singer-Songwriter

Bio

Pip is a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from the Netherlands. Ever since she could talk, she sang. Around the age of 12 she started writing her own songs and right now she's working on her debut album.

Ariel McCleary

Folk, Indie, Alternative from Stow, United States

instagram.com/arielmcclearyofficial

Video shooting location: Reykjavík, Iceland

Members

Ariel McCleary

Bio

A 20-something ukulele player/ songwriter from Ohio, USA, Ariel taught herself ukulele at age 16. Since then she's loved writing music based on interpersonal relationships. Ariel has over 130,000 subscribers on YouTube, where she performs one-take covers of pop, indie, and oldies tunes. She also has covers that are more layered and produced, the audio and video edited together herself. She also performs her originals on her YouTube channel, and has them up for sale on Bandcamp as well. She loves to travel and many of her adventures inspire her music!

Lea Keeley

R&B/Pop from Stratford, Canada

leakeeley.com

Video shooting location: Montreal, QC, Canada

Members

Lea Keeley

Bio

Lea Keeley is an R&B singer, raised in Stratford, Ontario and currently pursuing music in Montreal. With influences of timeless old soul and funk music, Lea sings with a deep rooted, raw passion. Her music has powerful lyrics and soulful melodies, graced with haunting harmonies. The 26-year-old is working on her Debut Album, " Golden " set to release this Spring, 2018. Staying true to her nature, the songs featured on the new album are uplifting & endearing with an inspiring message & feeling.

The Crews @ Riceballers

Pop and Jazz from Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR China

Video shooting location: Hong Kong

Members

Lee Hei Ming Heman (violin, guitar, keyboard and vocal)
Hui Chi Ho (guitar)
Wong Wing Yan (percussion)
Lee Ting Yan (keyboard and vocal)
Tang Cheuk Man Penelope (double bass, keyboard and vocal)

Bio

Our band believes music can be created anywhere and everywhere, and all sound is music. We were formed as part of a Hong Kong theatre group, Riceballers, to experiment with the infinite possibilities in sound and images and their interaction with different surroundings. Our submission this time, “flow the flow”, is an experiment on playing music in a “moving” object, a minibus in Hong Kong. We ride it everyday, but we never played music in it, let alone recording music in it. Words cannot express how exciting it was to record everything live in a single evening.

Our work is original. It is influenced by the city and our choices of surroundings. Our dream is to create recordings at locations one has never imagined before. Who knows what is next?

Sarah Bonn

Soul/pop singer-songwriter from Washington, DC, United States

Video shooting location: Washington, D.C., USA

Members

Sarah Bonn

Bio

Sarah Bonn is a soul/pop artist who writes (sometimes happy but mostly sad) songs in her bedroom and posts them on YouTube. Influenced by Lianne La Havas, Norah Jones, and many college nights singing harmonies with her friends, she thinks she is slowly getting the hang of how to tell her stories through song. She aspires to continue learning how to make good music, and hopefully along the way provide some calm and clarity in a busy world.

Love at Third Sight

Pop / Indie from Amsterdam/Rotterdam, Netherlands

Video shooting location: Oosterscheldekering, Vrouwenpolder, Netherlands

Members

Aafke de Bos,
Laura Alewijnse

Bio

We first met at a meetup in Amsterdam. We kept contact after that and we saw each other at concerts, for example Bry and Paramore. After seeing each other three times we decided we wanted to play together (this is why our band name is Love at Third Sight). Aafke writes songs and plays the piano and Laura plays the bass and the guitar.

Gret Rocha

Pop from Metepec, Mexico

youtube.com...UClI396MQtnfJMfZTl7f5J6Q

Video shooting location: Zinacantepec, Méx., México

Members

Voz: Gretel Saharaí Rocha Arellano
Guitarra: Bárbara de La Sota
Percusión: Diego Ruvalcaba
Bajo: Rubén Limones
Piano: Victor Montiel

Bio

Youtuber, Cantante y Vocal Coach especializada en técnica vocal, cuidados de la voz y estilos de la música popular contemporánea.

Gret Rocha se ha posicionado como una de las principales influencers en YouTube y redes sociales con el primer canal de canto en español más importante de latinoamérica, cuenta con más de 390 mil suscriptores, más de 35 millones de reproducciones y es representante de la prestigiosa marca de micrófonos Shure.

Ha realizado estudios en canto, música y actuación en la Escuela de Bellas Artes de Toluca, el Centro de Educación Artística de Televisa, Conceptos Televisa, Conservatorio de Música del Estado de México, The Seamless Voice, Taller de Arreglo Vocal en los estilos afro-americanos y clases particulares con Marlon Saunders, quien colaboró con artistas como Michael Jackson y Stevie Wonder, en 2016 formó parte de Berklee Latino: México bajo la instrucción de Jeff Ramsey quien colaboró con Whitney Houston, Céline Dion y otros.


Gret Rocha ha participado en diversos proyectos entre los que destacan: La telenovela y el disco "Una luz en el camino", "Plaza Sésamo 2000", "Amigos por siempre: gira de la amistad", el disco "Garabatos" del Grupo Garabatos bajo la dirección de Félix Greco y Kiko Campos, como cantante solista del tema musical del espectáculo "Beyond the stars: Celebrando el Bicentenario" de Six Flags México y el tema oficial de la Universiada Nacional 2011, presentándose en importantes escenarios como el Foro Sol, Auditorio Nacional, Teatro Metropólitan, Castillo de Chapultepec y Estadio Azteca.

Charlotte Campbell

Singer Songwriter from London, United Kingdom

charlottecampbell.co.uk

Video shooting location: South Bank, London, UK

Members

Charlotte Campbell

Bio

Charlotte has made a name for herself as a London street artist, charming the ears of locals and tourists alike. Through glorious summers and bitterly cold winters, she can be found sharing her original music with crowds along the Thames.

Building an online fanbase through street art, Charlotte has had the opportunity to tour Germany and Switzerland and play shows across the UK, with hopes of seeing more of the world as her career progresses. Thanks to her loyal following, Charlotte has used crowdfunding to create 3 albums and her singles “Streets of London” and “Songbird” have gained attention from Mark Forest’s BBC Introducing. Transport for London and the Greater London Authority named her song “Free The Night” as the official song of London’s Night Tube.

阿爆(阿仍仍)

pop from 北京, China

Video shooting location: 高山

Members

阿爆(阿仍仍)

Bio

阿爆,女,曾经在第十五届金曲奖,以【阿爆与Brandy创作专辑】夺下最佳重唱组合奖项。