Prototype is a four piece alternative funk band from Seattle, Washington. Their sound is reminiscent of Pavement, with a healthy dose of funky rhythms thrown in for good measure. Their simple, yet beat-based songs have attracted an enthusiastic audience to date. Together since 1991, Kip Stanford(lead vocals), John Tremmer, (lead and rhythm guitar), Ron Malcolm (bass), and Judy Winter (Drums) have released 2 45's, and 2 cassette tapes on their own, before signing to Dental Records in January of 1996. Their debut CD release Calling It a Day will be released on January 17th, 1997. The first single off the CD will be the song "Deadly Accurate", which will be aimed at college radio at first, with an independently produced video available on a limited basis.
The publicity campaign's objective is to build upon the strong alternative print support the band received from their previous releases, with added concentration on expanding into some national music trades, and consumer magazines. We will position Prototype as intelligent and politically concerned generation Xer's. their unique propensity for meshing funky rhythms with driving melodies around social and political issues will make writers and editors in newspapers, magazines, and fanzines stand up a take notice of this issue oriented band. The songwriting team of Kip Stanford and John Tremmer will be made available to the print media and select college/alternative stations for interviews, in conjunction with their touring schedule.
The publicity campaign will support any and all promotion and marketing plans from Dental Records, and monitor all activities in radio and retail, as well as closely track attendance at live shows, to take full advantage of any developing newsworthy events that may develop.
Radio: The song Deadly Accurate will be made available to college radio on January 10th. Promotional concentration will remain with non commercial college stations for the first month. Based on the successes achieved at this level, commercial alternative rock stations (KISW, KNDD etc.) will be approached next. If all goes well with those stations, Active Rock and Hard Rock stations will be targeted for adds quickly. Note: the video of "Deadly Accurate" is an independently produced video, that will be sent only to select cable access stations in the northwest. There is a commitment from Dental Records to fund a more professional video, should successful airplay demand it.
Sales: Distribution for the CD will be through the independent network of I.N.D.I.E. with concentration on select mom and pop alternative music stores, as well as the chains, and any crossover retailers that can be brought on board. Posters, and blank covers of the CD will be made available to the stores. Promotions such as in-store visits and, in-store concerts will be set up through arrangements by the Artist Development department of Dental Records, and the band's management, coordinated through their touring schedule.
Live Shows: A northwest tour will kick off on January 24th in Seattle (opening for Soundgarden), with stops along the Washington leg of the tour in Spokane, and the Tri Cities. Other stops on the tour will include college campus venues throughout eastern Washington, as well as Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. As developments break the band is prepared to continue touring across the country as inroads are made in radio airplay, and through the publicity generated from the following plan.
The press kit for Prototype will consist of a promo copy of the Calling It A Day CD, a bio, fact sheet, photo, and press clippings highlighting the positive feedback from the band's previous 45's and tapes, as well as live concert reviews. The campaign will build on the successes the band has already had, taking full advantage of their favorable reviews in such northwest publications as The Rocket, The UW Daily, Pandemonium, The Seattle Times, and the Seattle Weekly. Commitments for reviews from these publications have already been secured, and will be a priority in launching the Publicity campaign. Advance CD's will be sent to these publications on December 6th.
Level One Targets: Upon Release
The Rocket, the UW Daily, Pandemonium , The Seattle Times, and Seattle Weekly
Alternative Press, RayGun, Magnet, Seconds, etc.
Flipside, Village Noize, Puncture, Cake, Fizz
CMJ, Virtually Alternative, Next, Hits
Spin, Pulse, Huh?, CD Review, Addicted the Noise (on the Internet)
Level Two Targets: Upon Touring
Spin, Rolling Stone, Musician etc.
|Fri||12/6||Advance promo copies at
The Rocket, UW Daily, Pandemonium, Seattle Times, and the Seattle Weekly
|Mon||12/9||Arrange interviews on
KCMU, Seattle and KUGS Bellingham
|Fri||12/13||Deadline for completing
database of print/broadcast mailing list
|Fri||1/10||Single sent to College
|Fri||1/17||Calling It A Day
CD release day
|Mon||1/20||Album mention in UW
Daily/ Seattle Times
|Tues||1/21||Album mention in
|Thur||1/24||Tour begins in
|Thu||1/24||Album mention in
|Tue||1/28||Album mention in the
Rocket and Pandemonium
|Tue||1/27||Album mention in
Spokane and Tri-City Daily papers
|Mon||2/2||Album mention in Cake
|Fri||2/6||Album mention in
Flipside and Village Noize
|Wed||2/15||Album mention in Spin|
|Wed||2/15||Album mention in
|Fri||2/17||Album mention in Next|
|Fri||2/24||Album mention in Magnet|
|Mon||2/27||Interview on KUGS
|Mon||2/27||Interview on KCMU
|Tue||2/28||Feature story in The
Due to the fact that Prototype's lyrical content is concerned with political and social issues of our times, it is imperative that their image of concerned "political rockers" be maintained at all times. Emphasis should be placed on their involvement with anti-censorship issues in particular. Backgrounders will be available to all broadcast and print media contacts highlighting the key issues that current legislation in Washington state and in Washington DC are concerned with. Any and all opportunities to discuss in print, or on the radio the anti censorship stand that the band has taken should be explored thoroughly.
A concerted effort will be made to present the band in all "Rock The Vote" campaigns to help get their fans registered to vote in November.
After 5 years of laying down a foundation of independent, political thinking through their music, Prototype is poised to seize the moment with their new CD "Calling It A Day".
The Publicity Department of Dental Records is ready to meet the challenge of breaking the band through a detailed and organized print and broadcast publicity campaign geared at working their existing fanbase into a national audience for their music.
Throughout his fprty year career in the music business, FourFront Media & Music's Christopher Knab has shared his experience at many industry conventions and conferences, including the New Music Seminar and the Northwest Area Music Business Conference.
Knab was owner of a San Francisco music store, co-owner of the 415 Records label, and station manager at KCMU Radio in Seattle.
He currently provides a unique consultation and education service for independent musicians and record labels. His new book is entitled "Music Is Your Business".
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