Berklee's student-run Heavy Rotation Records (HRR) presents its eighth annual Epic Event and Dorm Sessions Volume 5 CD release concert on Wednesday, February 6, at the Berklee Performance Center. The concert, a popular event that packs the venue every year, showcases artists featured on Dorm Sessions Vol. 5, the new compilation CD from HRR. The CD features an eclectic mix of rock, pop, indie pop, r&b, hip-hop, funk, and experimental music by Berklee students and alumni, including The Peasantry, Turkuaz, Kevin Ross, Annie Lynch and the Beekeepers, Christopher Barnes, Black Tea, With Engines, Rebel & the Truth, Honest Thomas, and Altered Tensions.
The HRR Epic Event and Dorm Sessions Vol. 5 release concert is $10, all ages, and begins at 8:15 p.m., at the Berklee Performance Center, located at 136 Massachusetts Avenue, in Boston. Please call 617 747-2261 or visit the Berklee Performance Center website for more information. Free copies of the CD will be given away at the concert.
Heavy Rotation Records was developed for Music Business/Management majors at Berklee to gain hands-on experience in running a record company. Under the guidance of faculty advisor Jeff Dorenfeld, former manager of the band Boston, the staff oversees all aspects of the label's functions, including A&R, marketing, sales, touring, web development, media, and accounting. Song selection for Dorm Sessions Vol. 5 was done last spring and summer. The A&R committee listened to the multitude of tracks submitted to the label, directly and through the Sonicbids website, ultimately choosing 10 artists to feature on the CD with two tracks each.
"We covered quite a bit of ground on this CD [musically]," says Dorenfeld. "What we look for in the submissions is strong material and a high-quality recording, since we don't do much re-recording."
Dorm Sessions Vol. 5 is the 10th HRR release since the label formed in 1995. Other releases include the all-female CD Shekinah: 13 Artists, distributed by Epic Records; and Apollo Sunshine's second album, co-released with spinART records. In addition to Apollo Sunshine, many up-and-coming artists have appeared on Dorms Sessions compilations, including Annie Clark (St. Vincent); The Click Five (then called Oscar Bravo); Big D & The Kids Table; Madi Diaz; and hip-hop artist Anjuli Stars.
Please visit the events section of the Berklee website for more information.