mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network, and Epitaph Records today announced the winner of their EP, performance and video deal competition on mtvU’s “Best Music on Campus” (BMOC): SETTLE, a three piece rock band from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Propelled by votes from college students nationwide, SETTLE was selected by mtvU and Epitaph Records as the number one band of the more than 125 that entered the competition. The up-and-coming college act will now head into the studio to record an EP for the celebrated indie label, perform with a top Epitaph artist on a tour date, have a featured performance at mtvU Spring Break ’07 in Cancun, Mexico, as well as make a video that will premiere on mtvU and mtvU.com.
SETTLE is an edgy dance rock band from Easton, PA comprised of brothers Nick and Willie Rose, and friend Dave Goletz. They cite The Beatles, Green Day, Nirvana and Elvis Costello as influences and uniquely combine styles ranging from pop punk to the beats of 70's disco. The band will now make their label debut, courtesy of mtvU’s BMOC – an online music destination offering unsigned college artists unparalleled weekly, monthly and yearly opportunities to launch their careers. To check out SETTLE’s winning sound, or browse through music from some of the top unsigned college acts in the country, please visit www.BestMusicOnCampus.com.
mtvU’s BMOC enables college students to build profiles with songs, videos, pictures, blogs and more. The best and most popular artists are recognized with exposure on MTV, mtvU and mtvU.com programming; the chance to open on mtvU tours and for emerging and established artists; and a record deal roughly every month of the year. In March, mtvU and Epic Records will unveil the top 50 college acts in the country, which will compete for the first annual "College Artist of the Year" prize – a promotion, video and record deal worth up to $1.5 million. The winner will be unveiled and debut with a live performance on "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" in May 2007.
SETTLE can also be seen this week on mtvU’s Best Film on Campus – a new online farm system for top student filmmakers – where the music video for their song “Murder” is featured. “Murder” was filmed by their friend Chris Cullari of Emerson College, who is the featured filmmaker on www.BestFilmonCampus.com this week.
Broadcasting to 750 colleges across the country, with a combined enrollment of over 7.2 million, mtvU is the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. Twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week, mtvU can be seen in the dining areas, fitness centers, student lounges and dorm rooms of campuses throughout the U.S. mtvU is dedicated to every aspect of college life, reaching students everywhere they are, through a three pronged approach – on-air, online and on campus. mtvU focuses on content including music videos from emerging artists which can’t be seen anywhere else, news, student life features, events and pro-social initiatives. mtvU is always on campus, with more than 500 events per year, including exclusive concerts, giveaways, shooting mtvU series and more. For more information about mtvU, and for a complete programming schedule, visit www.mtvU.com.
Epitaph Records first entered the annals of pop culture as the label that ushered in the punk rock revolution of the nineties. It has hence grown into one of the most diverse and well-respected independent labels of its time, revered for both its “artist-first” approach and the consistent quality of its signings. Celebrating it hallmark 20 year anniversary next year, Epitaph is more diverse and vibrant than ever, and home to some of the hottest new bands on the scene. Visit www.epitaph.com for more information.