Exclusive Interview: Ben Sharp from Cloudkicker

For many artists, music is about “making it big” and living the proverbial “dream” but not for Ben Sharp, solo artist behind the DIY instrumental post-rock/metal project Cloudkicker. In fact, Sharp is comfortably living his own version of said “dream” from his home in Columbus, Ohio. While his career as a musician may seem like more than just a hobby, with eight impressive releases available on Bandcamp and a considerably large international fan-base, Cloudkicker remains as such. In fact, his music is even available for free online. It was only within the past few years that he started to accept payment for downloads, with a humble “name your price” option. This started in 2010 with the release of his breakthrough album, Beacons, a full-force bludgeoning of rapid instrumental and musical proficiency that would bring any musician or metalhead to their knees. Upon first listen, one might expect this to be the next big band of skilled musicians to take over the world of post-rock and metal (or “djent” as some music fans have called the genre), but upon more research you will find that it is just Sharp’s sole ambitious and talented efforts. I had the pleasure of speaking with him about the comfortable and fortunate position he has found for himself in the music world, as well as his thoughts on the music industry, how the Internet is changing the way ideas and music are shared, what his journey has been like so far, and what lies ahead for Cloudkicker. (more…)

ESPN "Main Event" Competition Winners Battle For "Images Of The Year" Feature

Here at OurStage, we’re all about healthy competition. That’s why we pitted 10 of our best artists against each other over the past few months to see which five would win on-air features on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Now, FlyRydaz, Fight The Fear, Ciph Boogie, Konsept, or DIVE will win the ultimate Grand Prize: a feature on Friday Night Fight’s “Images Of The Year.” Head over to our Facebook page and cast your vote by noon on August 12

FlyRydaz

Fight The Fear

Ciph Boogie

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DIVE Emerges Victorious In July Main Event Competition

The dust has finally settled after the face“off between the dubstep-influenced beats of Circuit Assassins and the anthemic rock of DIVE, leaving only one group standing in the July round of the ESPN “Main Event” Competition. New Jersey’s own DIVE has won the Grand Prize: a spot on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights that will feature their song “This Time.” But the fight’s not over yet. This month, all of the previous “Main Event” winners will return to battle it out one last time for a shot at being featured on Friday Night Fights’ “Images of the Year.”

 

Get Your Final Votes In For The ESPN "Main Event" Competition

This month, we’ve seen dubstep duo Circuit Assasins take on alt-rockers DIVE in the ESPN “Main Event” Competition, but only one group can have their music featured on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. The winning act will also compete with past “Main Event” winners to have their song featured on FNF‘s “Images of the Year.” With the competition coming to a close, these guys need your votes now more than ever! Head over to our Facebook page and cast your votes now” voting ends this Tuesday, July 31.

 

Help Choose The Winner Of The ESPN "Main Event" Competition

Battles aren’t just for the boxing ring. This month, OurStage artists Circuit Assassins and DIVE will fight for placement on ESPN. The winning act will be featured on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, moving one step closer to winning the Grand Prize: an additional feature on FNF‘s “Images of the Year.” So, will it be the dirty dubstep DJs of the Assassins, or the seasoned alt-rock of DIVE? Make sure you vote for your favorite on our Facebook page by July 31. May the best artist win!

 

Circuit Assassins and DIVE Face Off In July Maine Event Competition

Like the hits on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, the monthly ESPN “Main Event” match-ups just keep on coming. This month, the dirty dubstep-influenced beats of Circuit Assassins are going toe-to-toe with the aggressive, melodic rock of DIVE.  The winning group will have their music featured on Friday Night Fights, and will return next month to compete for a feature on the show’s “Images of the Year.” Head over to our Facebook page to vote for your favorite act before July 31!