Brooklyn based experimental Latin rock band Buscabulla have been handpicked by acclaimed musician and producer Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) as the winner of Get Out of the Garage presented by Guitar Center and Converse. The announcement comes after five finalists, chosen from over 5,000 submissions across the country, performed live at a grand finals event in Brooklyn, NY. The event took place at Converse Rubber Tracks recording studios in Brooklyn, hosted by music journalist Nic Harcourt and included a performance from indie-darlings Small Black.
“I chose each of the five bands for unique and specific reasons so it was a difficult decision, but in the end Buscabulla had a soundscape that I really enjoyed listening to,” says Dev Hynes. “They were completely original, very skilled at their craft and in tune with their artistic identity. I’m excited to get into the studio with the band and explore their music even further.”
As the winners, Buscabulla will get the chance to record an EP with Hynes at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn. Buscabulla will also take the stage in Austin, TX at The FADER FORT Presented by Converse in 2014. The band will be outfitted with new gear, receive worldwide digital distribution through Tunecore and more. The FADER FORT has established itself as a primary stomping ground for many then-emerging artists such as Kendrick Lamar, M.I.A., Florence and the Machine, Feist, The Black Keys and more. With such unprecedented exposure and resources, 2014 is sure to hold great things for the unsigned, independent band.
Watch Buscabulla’s Winning Performance:
“We are so grateful to Guitar Center
for providing this opportunity and helping our dream become a reality,” says Raquel Berrios, vocalist for Buscabulla. “To have your ideas acknowledged by such a talented and prominent fellow artist as Dev Hynes is incredibly validating. We can’t wait to work with him and take our music to the next level.”
The Prize Package Includes:
Get Out of the Garage
• A three Song EP produced by Dev Hynes at Converse Rubber Tracks in Brooklyn, NY.
• $25,000 cash
• Live performance at The FADER FORT Presented by Converse in Austin, TX
• New gear from top music instrument brands – Fender, Shure, Martin, Ernie Ball, Evans, Pro-Mark, Dunlop, Gretsch, Zildjian, Vox
• Free worldwide digital distribution from TuneCore
• Feature on an AT: GC Podcast with Nic Harcourt.
is an extension of Converse
and Guitar Center’s
ongoing collaboration to provide musicians with tools to pursue their musical aspirations. Both renowned for their long-standing passion in supporting musicians, this program is an unprecedented example of two prestigious brands coming together to help unsigned musicians launch their careers.
“We are thrilled to partner with Converse to provide such deserving a band as Buscabulla with the tools and opportunities they need to succeed,” says Maria Brown, Manager of Music and Entertainment Marketing for Guitar Center. “Guitar Center is committed to supporting musicians, no matter the size or genre, and we couldn’t be happier to work with Dev Hynes who has such a respected presence in the independent music space.”
Partners for Get Out of the Garage include: Converse, Fender, Martin, Vox, Shure, Gretsch, Zildjian, Evans, Pro-Mark, Ernie Ball, Dunlop, TuneCore and The Fader.
Buscabulla (Spanish slang for troublemaker) is the music project of Puerto Rican designer and Brooklyn resident, Raquel Berrios and Luis Alfredo Del Valle. Heavily influenced by vintage Latin music like salsa gorda, Cuban psych and '80s Argentinian rock, the project combines both electronic and live instrumentation. These diverse influences make up a hybrid that combines a mellow Caribbean sensibility with subversive wit.
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ABOUT CONVERSE RUBBER TRACKS
Converse Rubber Tracks is a state-of-the-art recording studio that is located in the Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn, NY. The 5,200 square-foot, full-service recording space aims to support emerging artists by providing them access to a top-level recording studio at no cost. Artists and bands of all genres and ages from around the world are encouraged to apply and, upon acceptance, may reserve time in the studio to work alongside a team of experienced engineers. Fully equipped with the best instruments and equipment supplied by Converse Rubber Tracks partner Guitar Center, artists will spend time creating their work and in the end retain all the rights to their music. Through Converse Rubber Tracks, Converse is giving back to the creative community that has embraced the brand throughout its over 100 year history. Converse Rubber Tracks provides a platform for artists to unleash their creative spirit that will change the world.
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