Last August, a friend of a friend mentioned she works for one of MTV's production companies in LA and she may be able to pass it along to their music department. We had nothing to lose, so we packaged up our first, full-length album, All In, and sent it off into the wonderful grapevine of LA's entertainment industry. The thought of it ever actually making it onto the desk of someone in charge--let's just say we weren't holding our breaths.
After a few months we had completely forgotten about it, but toward the end of the year we got wind that the Music Director was willing to check out our stuff. Hot dang! Just hearing that there was an opportunity for someone who has the power to turn the national switch on or off to listen to our music--well that felt almost as good as hearing they actually liked it!
And just like that: Early 2014, a phone call, a proposal we would be stupid not to take, and a signed contract. They really enjoyed Chase That Bunny, and they "totally see it in one of the upcoming scenes from this year's Real World: Ex-plosion." More importantly, it turns out the team really dug the rest of our tunes, and licensed our entire album for use in any upcoming shows that they might fit with!
(Sidenote: The scene is supposedly one of the cast members tries out to be a go-go dancer. Sounds like something right up our ally. Fun, party atmosphere with some sexy flare to it. Apparently, they're on the same page as us.)
We actually signed the contract a few weeks ago, but had to keep hush until all of the "higher ups" approved. We finally got the green light this morning and we can officially announce: Danny and the Tramp's song, Chase That Bunny, will be featured on The Real World: Ex-plosion next Wednesday, March 26, 2014! Check your cable companies' schedule next Wednesday. They say it airs 10PM eastern time, but who knows (especially on the west coast).
While the song is played, they'll display our name and direct viewers to a page on MTV's official website. We're pretty excited about this opportunity and are just humbled about the entire experience.
So yes, it's official. We are 0.15% famous!!!!! Tell your friends. Tell your family.
This is only the beginning. Let's show the whole world how to run! I mean...let's make that money! No, wait. That's too aggressive. Let's just run around and chase that bunny, shall we?
As you wait for the show to air, take a listen to the song they chose:
This all started when MTV contacted us in hopes of using our song, Chase That Bunny, on an upcoming episode of one of their most popular reality TV series, The Real World. Have you heard of it? Well, this season is entitled "Ex-plosion" in which the TV crew brings on the cast's exes in hopes of some drama to occur (I'm sure it won't). After going back and forth with them, we ended up signing the contract and agreed to let them use our songs. The first one should be coming up soon (after it goes through the 73 departments for approval) which then we will let everyone know when it's a go!
The most appealing part of what we get in return is publicity; which includes a section of their website and our name at the bottom of the TV screen whenever our songs play.
While this was exciting to us as a band, it also made us realize just how unready we were for a national spotlight. Right away, we began working merchandise and photos (shout outs to Dyno Brand, PromoVentures, Brock Smith Photography, Cliff Endsley and Casey Blatt) and planning for music videos. Our first music video venture is for Chase That Bunny and the shoot includes a crazy underground party. Think Masquerade Ball on E.
We have opened this part of the shoot up to our fans and friends. Weird masks, lace, artistic makeup, beads, leather fetish...whatever it may be, dress crazy and come have fun at the Aeroclub this Friday at 6:30PM! Indieverse Visual will be there getting the lighting right and recording the scenes.
If you're looking for something to do, come get wild with us and you can be in a music video which should receive national credit.
COME RECORD A MUSIC VIDEO WITH US!
Oh, and below is the song!
Danny and the Tramp will be performing this Sunday, March 23rd, at The Avalon in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA. But this is no ordinary show. DNT will be performing at this year's Penn State's annual THON event taking place in LA entitled Lights Camera Cure.
What is THON? It was first organized in 1973 by a group of students looking to add excitement to a dreary February in central Pennsylvania, and for a way to give back to the community. Today, Penn State's THON continues to be the longest dance marathon in the country lasting 46 hours. THON has grown to engage more than 15,000 students each year and has inspired other university, high school, middle school, and elementary school students across the nation to start dance marathons of their own all in the hopes of conquering pediatric cancer!
From there, THON has now spread across the country; organizations are coming together to host events for this great cause. And the Los Angeles one this Sunday is set to be one of the largest ones they've had!
On top of all of this, The Avalon has a long list of some of the greatest bands that have performed at the venue. Which bands? The Beatles had their first west coast performance in America at The Avalon in the 1960s. This will truly be an exciting time performing for a great cause while making our own history!
It's a 6-hour dance marathon, but you don't NEED to dance (but hey, why not?). You can simply buy a ticket and show your support! Here are the details:
Location: The Avalon, 1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
1735 Vine St, Los Angeles, CA 90028
Tickets: $25 (http://www.lightscameracure.com/tickets/)
ABOUT LIGHTS CAMERA CURE
Lights Camera Cure: The Hollywood Dance Marathon is a 6-hour dance party/charity event at the historic Avalon Theater in the heart of Hollywood. The event features live entertainment (bands, musicians, DJ, etc.) performing for supporters who have signed up to dance and raise money and awareness for pediatric cancer research and treatment. Of course, the Hollywood locale is complete with a Red Carpet, celebrities & VIPs, a silent auction and more. The event is hosted by the Penn State Los Angeles Alumni Chapter (PSULA) and Lights Camera Cure, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization.
In its first two years, the event has donated over $100,000 to the Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. This year, Lights Camera Cure is also partnering with Children's Hospital Los Angeles, a member of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, to make this the first bicoastal dance marathon fundraiser.
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