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Music in Motion

Written by:  Deirdre Michalski

Music lovers are going to be stoked to learn about this incredible company that brings cool new bands right to you! From streaming videos to downloads, festivals, production, and recording, it is all brought to you by Jam in the Van.

Like many of you, Dave Bell and Jake Colter were professionals who were passionate music aficionados. They planned their schedules around various music festivals all over the country. They would typically rent an RV and drive to various cities to enjoy a concert for the entire weekend. It was perfect- they were right there close to the music and action, they could stroll back for meals, and still get a good night’s sleep. Eventually, they decided, “Why don’t we just buy an RV and store it to use it when we need it?” One thing led to another, and they did just that. They then started inviting bands to meet them at the festivals and had jam sessions right inside the van. The hotel on wheels became a recording studio on wheels, and everyone found the venue perfect for what they were doing.

They are on their third Van, which they affectionately refer to as “Van 3.0.” When asked about some of their favorite musical talents and discoveries of late, Dave and Jake mentioned Gary Clark Jr., Allen Stone, Lukas Nelson (Ricky Nelson’s son), and Anders Osborne. They have featured over 600 bands to date and are moving at a quick pace. They have some notable Sponsors including Lagunitas Brewing Company, Orange, Harrah’s, MXL, Osprey, GoPro, and many more. Jam In The Van fans can sign up and enjoy all kinds of musical performances and artist interviews for free. To join in on this jam-session, visit www.jaminthevan.com, where you can experience:

-Listening to 5 new bands/artists every single week (and yes, they have been vetted by Jam in the Van).
-Signing up for free downloads, streaming performances, and interviews on their website.
-Viewing music performances and production of music that is hosted right there in 
their Van.
-Learning about upcoming music festivals around the country where the solar-powered Jam in the Van will be in attendance; Dave and Jake would love for you to come by to meet them!
-Updates on their cool new loft-style Production & Recording Studio in downtown LA. They are going to drive one of their Vans into the space and record in this intimate setting inside the Van. Band demos, albums, and production facilities are all a part of the mix for this hot new studio. 

The guys inform me that they are up for a very big award in the industry- “Best Mobile Recording Studio.” The award will be presented at the Pensado Awards, an award show created by the producers of the acclaimed online video series Pensado’s Place. The second-annual ceremony will take place on Sunday, August 30, 2015, at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA. AfterMaster® Audio Labs is serving as presenting sponsor. Pensado’s Place Title Sponsors include The Blackbird Academy, Audio-Technica, Vintage King, Izotope, The Recording Connection, and Avid. Last year’s ceremony hosted a crowd of over 600 recording industry figures, with the live ceremony highlighted by presentations from the likes of Neil Young and Sir Paul McCartney. This year’s show is set to be even bigger. The awards will be held outdoors under the stars in Calley Park, right in the middle of the Sony Pictures Studios Lot. For more information, please check out http://pensadoawards.com/. We will be cheering you on Jam in the Van…. hope you win!

If you are looking to catch up with Dave, Jake, and all of their friends, go check them out at the following festivals:

-Lollapalooza Festival- July 31-August 2, 2015 in Grant Park, Chicago www.lollapalooza.com
-Outside Lands Festival- August 7-9, 2015 in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
 www.sfoutsidelands.com/news/outside-lands-2015-lineup

For information on being featured as an artist/band, sponsorships, or to just chat, contact Dave and Jake at: bands@jaminthevan.com .

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