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WholeWorldBand: SXSW Accelerator award finalist
Kevin Godley's innovative Irish-based venture is one of eight companies selected.
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 30 Jan 2013
Last February, former 10CC and Godley & Crème man Kevin Godley gave the globe a sneak peak of his WholeWorldBand App at The Music Show 2012.
Now less than a year after its official launch, the Irish-owned company has been confirmed as one of the finalists for the SXSW Music Technologies Accelerator Award.
The prestigious honour is a part of the South By Southwest Music Conference and Festival held in Austin, Texas each year and puts the spotlight on eight new music-based technologies and the most creative minds in the industry.
A revolutionary tool for iPhone 4/4s and iPad2 that lets you create music with other musicians and music fans around the world in both sound and pictures, The WholeWorldBand App, will now be presented to an expert panel and live audience on Wednesday March 13.
The brainchild of Kevin Godley, in partnership with Andy Wood (Hypergallery and Cubic Motion), it fended off competition from more than 500 other entries to end up at the fifth annual SXSW Accelerator Award ceremony.
WholeWorldBand’s Chief Executive, John Holland, gave his reaction to the announcement.
"We are absolutely thrilled that WholeWorldBand is getting the reaction it is from all quarter. Being selected as a finalist to attend SXSW will help us to create awareness of WholeWorldBand amongst industry experts, early adopters, and representatives from the angel and venture capital community and raise our profile in the US and internationally."
Creative Director, Kevin Godley:
“WholeWorldBand is a platform where anyone can earn money by recording their own music, or adding to someone else's in sound and vision. It's a new music platform and one antidote to the current state of the music recording industry. It's based around an advanced audio – visual recording tool that captures lightning in a bottle...the lightning being you.
“Imagine a 24/7 song writing/recording session plus cameras, with some big name artists and lots of new ones, where anyone can drop in and re-jig the building blocks of the session or take it somewhere new by adding their own talent and you'll get a sense of what WholeWorldBand is about”.
WholeWorldBand has already signed a diverse group of Irish and international acts to create new and unique tracks for fans to interact with, including Ronnie Wood (The Rolling Stones), Danny O'Reilly (The Coronas), Gemma Hayes, Cathy Davey, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Mik Pyro (Republic of Loose), Declan O’Rourke, Julie Feeney, Mundy, Jack L, Delorentos and The Riptide Movement.