By: Tara Thompson
The RPM Challenge is when musicians take 28 days (the whole month of February) to create an album, consisting of either 10 songs or 35 minutes of material. It started in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 2006 but has been taking off in many areas of the world since. I know after The Scope started accepting RPM’s in 2008 they climbed from 22 submissions to receiving 145 in 2013 and picking up where The Scope left off, CBC signed on to accept the albums this year.
The rules are easy. It isn’t a contest so there are no winners. Record 10 songs or 35 minutes of material and send it off to your local drop off spot (or to the official one in Portsmouth). The recordings can only be done during February so that means no pre-recordings. Musicians are encouraged to write the songs in February as well but it’s not against the rules to record pre-written material.
Musicians – if you’ve been looking for that extra push to put out some new material. Here’s your chance. Give yourself a challenge and try to complete the RPM Challenge this year.
Fans – this is your time to find your new favorite band. A lot of artists will be working on new music this month. Take some time to listen to something new.
For more info on the RPM Challenge, you can check out their website. http://rpmchallenge.com/
I’m Tara and I’m a graphic designer from Newfoundland. I am very fortunate to live in a city where there is a ton of amazing musicians. I’ve grown very fond of the local music scene in St. John’s and some of my favorite bands are ones I’ve met through going to local shows.