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Takeover Records To Support Ten Unsigned Bands With “Sign My Band” Contest

Takeover Records’ third “Sign My Band” contest is already in full effect, but this time around a new twist has been added to the competition: There’s no guarantee one band will be offered a record deal from the label. “I want to use the contest more as platform to showcase ten amazing unsigned bands and help jump-start their careers,” said Takeover Records owner Ben Harper. “I may or may not sign one of them.”

After seeing previous “Sign My Band” contest finalists picked up by labels like Virgin (The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus), Nitro (Hit The Switch), SideCho (Stars of Track and Field) and Outlook (Daphne Loves Derby), it became apparent that the contest had some clout. “Takeover will be recommending all finalists in the contest to other labels were affiliated with,” Harper said. Though it’s uncertain if a record deal will be offered up, one song from each of the ten finalists chosen will be featured on an up-and-coming Takeover Records compilation CD, and the winner of the contest will get to tour the U.S. with bands on the label’s roster in 2007.

Demo submissions for the “Sign My Band” contest are being accepted all summer at the Takeover Records tent on any stop of the Vans Warped Tour, and the ten finalists will be selected by Takeover staffers. The finalists can expect to be promoted on and receive prizes from Ambiguous Clothing, The Wedge Studios and Wonka Candy, as well as have one of their songs on the compilation to be released by Takeover. Oh, and a full recommendation by Takeover Records is also part of the deal.

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