First Fleet Concerts presents
Tristan Prettyman, My Name Is You
504 E. Locust St,
Des Moines, IA, 50309
Doors 6:00PM / Show 6:30PM (event ends at 9:00 pm)
From Cleveland via New York and LA, Joshua Radin is the uniquely word-of-mouth global success story that's just about to get a whole lot bigger with the release of his third album The Rock and The Ride, due out this fall on Mom and Pop Records.
Radin only turned to music after college, when he moved to New York City, bought a guitar and began learning to play his favorite Beatles and Bob Dylan tunes. Soon he was writing songs of his own. "I was always trying to find some medium to express myself," says Radin, who had previously studied art and spent six years writing screenplays. "When I started writing songs, I thought, 'This is as honest as I can be: getting onstage with my guitar and my voice and singing for people.'"
This alternative route to prominence began when A friend gave a demo featuring his very first composition, "Winter," to a TV producer—who promptly used it to score a scene of the sitcom Scrubs in early 2004. Other Hollywood types found his music just as evocative, and soon various Radin songs were being heard in other TV shows (Grey's Anatomy, Brothers and Sisters, American Idol, One Tree Hill, So You Think You Can Dance, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Eli Stone), as well as movies (The Nanny Diaries, The Last Kiss, Catch and Release) and ads.
Radin didn't have to seek an audience for his music; instead, they sought him out. "People started emailing me, asking, 'Where can we get your songs?' I said I didn't have any more! So my career as a musician, my popularity, grew out of a demand."
Having captured the public's attention, Radin set about keeping it with the release of his debut album in 2006. We Were Here (Columbia Records) drew critical acclaim, including a 4-star review in Rolling Stone, and passionate listener response, establishing him as an artist in the tradition of greats like Nick Drake and Elliott Smith—confessional folk-pop craftsmen who could say more with a whisper than most can with a scream.
Still, We Were Here presented the first batch of songs Radin ever wrote. 2008's Simple Times is drawn from a much deeper well that saw Radin collaborating with producer Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith). The final result left Radin at odds with his label, Columbia Records, leading to his decision to leave. Soon after, he became the first artist signed to Mom and Pop Records, a new independent label launched by Q Prime, the artist management company behind Muse, Mars Volta and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The album was a huge success earning him a #1 spot on iTunes and selling over 100,000 copies in the US and 500,000 downloads worldwide.
Additionally, Radin has achieved massive success outside the U.S., selling over 5,000 downloads through iTunes in the UK with no publicity or physical release. Radin's organic expansion enabled him to sell out London's Shepherds Bush Empire without a song on the radio, and to subsequently sign, outside of the US, to 14th Floor Records, home to such troubadours as Damien Rice and Ray LaMontagne. Not surprisingly, when Simple Times was physically released in the U.K. it quickly became a top 10 album with his single reaching #2 on the charts.
Radin believes his word-of-mouth success has given his fans a personal stake in it all. "I sell out shows because people hear my songs and look me up. When you get hammered in the ears by top 40 radio the listener doesn't feel a lot of ownership. But if they hear one of my songs under dialogue in a TV show or a film and like it enough to get on the internet and search for the lyric and they find it and find me and start listening to my songs, they feel like they want to stick with me. They get a sense of ownership."
She'd surf everyday if she could, but with music taking up most of her time, that's impossible. "I used to compete in high school but not anymore, surfing is my first love, I still try to get in the water at least once or twice a week" says the San Diego singer-songwriter.
"I didn't even think about playing music as a living, but one of my songs was used in a surfing documentary…and the response was totally unexpected! People started calling, asking where they could buy CD's and where I was playing. At that time I didn't even have a CD, I had never even played a show!".
A couple years later, Tristan is finally growing into her sound, building quite a nice following Nationally and winning people over one at a time, "every CD order I send out, I try to write a little note to say thank you, if it wasn't for all the support across the world, I wouldn't be doing any of this". With a voice as smooth as the sea at sunset, and music made simple...Tristan is definitely gonna have some eyes keeping a close watch on her...both in and out of the water!.
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