T-Mobile RBN Artist of the Month for September: Delta Spirit

edited September 2010 in Announcements
Harmonix, MTV Games and T-Mobile Name Delta Spirit
the Rock Band Network’s September “T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month”

CAMBRIDGE, MA and NEW YORK, NY – Sept. 29, 2010 - Harmonix Music Systems and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), along with T-Mobile USA, Inc., the official mobile partner of the Rock Band Network, today announced that San Diego-formed Delta Spirit (Rounder Records) are the Rock Band Network’s September “T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month”.

“Delta Spirit’s inspired vocals and driving music make them a natural for the September
T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month," said Cheryl Gehbauer, Senior Director of Music for MTV Games. "The band speaks to the great variety of music styles present in the Rock Band Network."

Delta Spirit was chosen as T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month through a contest that asked bands to submit their songs and bios to a microsite during a contest run during April 2010. As the September “T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month,” Delta Spirit will be featured for one month in promotions throughout the Rock Band Network Music Store and on the official game website, http://www.RockBand.com, including the new RBN content hub at http://t-mobile.rockband.com, which is fast becoming a rich source of information about Rock Band Network, including Inside RBN, a source for consumers to discover new music, and Creators Club, a source for artist/authors/labels to find out more about the RBN authoring process.

Delta Spirit formed in 2005 in San Diego and is composed of friends and former bandmates Jonathan Jameson and Brandon Young, and Kelly Winrich and Matthew Vasquez. The band released their debut EP, I Think I've Found It, on Monarchy Music in 2006 and self-produced and recorded their debut full length album, Ode to Sunshine, in a cabin in the San Diego mountains. It was re-released with new artwork Aug. 26, 2008, by Rounder Records. Their second album, History From Below, was released June 8, 2010, by Rounder Records. “White Table,” a song from that record, can be downloaded from the Rock Band Network Music Store for play in the Rock Band video game. More information on Delta Spirit can be found at www.deltaspirit.net.

For more information about Delta Spirit and the T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month Program, head to http://t-mobile.rockband.com.

About the Rock Band Network
The Rock Band Network, launched March 4, 2010, gives Rock Band fans and music lovers a new avenue to discover music and provides musicians and labels the opportunity to produce and promote tracks for the Rock Band platform. This ground-breaking initiative gives musicians, publishers and record labels the ability to author their original recordings into gameplay files to promote and sell their music as playable Rock Band tracks through the RBN Store.

Artists who submit songs for the Rock Band Network Music Store are able to choose from multiple pricing tiers for individual tracks and receive a royalty of 30 percent of the retail selling price (excluding tax) for every track purchased through the RBN Store. There are currently more than 600 songs available for purchase in the RBN Store from artists including Third Eye Blind, Seether, Drowning Pool, Five Finger Death Punch, Flight of the Conchords, Attack Attack!, Flogging Molly, Clutch, The Shins, The Hold Steady, The Main Drag, Bang Camaro, of Montreal, Jonathan Coulton, Band of Skulls, Apples in Stereo, Band of Horses and many more. There are more than 400 artists in the RBN pipeline, with additional tracks already on the way.

With almost 2,000 tracks available to date in the Rock Band platform, the Rock Band Network Music Store has helped boost the number of available songs, further securing MTV Games and Harmonix’s position as the leading provider of downloadable content for music-based video games.

For more information and official “T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month” contest rules, please visit www.rockband.com/t-mobile

Artists interested in submitting their songs to Rock Band Network, please go to www.creators.rockband.com for more instructions on how to get involved.
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