Win the chance to make a video for Chatmonchy


Chatmonchy, "three girls from Japan who rock," are all set to storm American shores in 2010. Already popular in Japan, their first ever US appearance will be at the next South By South-West (SXSW), taking place in March.

Ki/oon Records, the band's label, will also be conducting a contest. All aspiring videographers are encouraged to round up their best material and chuck it on over to the label. Anything at all is fair game, but you might want to keep that inconspicuously labeled "Best Football Goals of 1997" VHS tape safe under the bed.

Winners will get the chance to make their own for-reals music video for for-reals money. However, as the fine print (after the jump) says, "It is not guaranteed that Chatmonchy members will appear in the music video." Aw, shucks.

Successfully performing at the "Nippon Budokan" after their smash hit album "Seimeiryoku", Chatmonchy has already became one of the symbol of the Japanese rock scene.
And now, the band had just announced their appearance at the SXSW 2010, one of the biggest US music festival/showcase!
Chatmonchy are three girls from Japan who rock. Playing raw, energy-infused melodic rock music, Eriko (guitar and vocal), Akiko (bass), and Kumiko
(drums) have been making a buzz all across Japan since their 2005 major label debut. Now, with their latest Oricon chart-topping album "Kokuhaku"
(Confession), they're ready to infect North American fans with their catchy take on girl-rock power.
Chatmonchy-whose name means absolutely nothing!-burst onto the scene without any label backing in 2004, quickly catching the ear of Sony Music Japan. The next year, Sony's Ki/oon Records released their debut EP, "chatmonchy has come," and the band set off on their first nation-wide tour of Japan in 2006.
Inspiring fans with their feistiness and fire, Chatmonchy released their first full-length album, "Miminari" (Ear Ringing), in July of the same year. The album garnered a Top 10 spot on the national Oricon chart, and the girls were invited to perform at Japan's most important summer festivals, including Summer Sonic, Rock In Japan Festival and the Nano-Mugen Festival.
After the success of their summer festival dates, Eriko, Akiko, and Kumiko did a national tour in the Fall of 2006, then headed back to the studio to
finish "Seimeiryoku" (Life Force), the album they had started writing the year before. The album, released in late 2007, hit #2 on the Oricon charts,
and Chatmonchy played sold-out shows all around Japan -including a two-night solo concert at the Budokan in the Spring of 2008.
Following the first album, the rock-power girl trio released 4 singles that reached the Oricon Top 10, three that hit the Top 20, and 4 DVDs including music videos and passionate live performance footage. In addition, the single, "Dai Dai," was featured as the theme song on the anime series, "Bleach"- their first step toward connecting to a world-wide audience.
The next step, after adding another couple of DVDs to their catalogue on the home-front, is an attendance at the 2010 SXSW Music Conference. This will be Chatmonchy's first North American live performance, and the beginning of the next important chapter for these accomplished musicians-these three girls from Japan who rock.
Eriko Hashimoto: guitar and vocal
Akiko Fukuoka: bass
Kumiko Takahashi: drums
*And also check out their brand new Facebook & MySpace websites!
Chatmonchy is now seeking for filmmakers! - Chatmonchy video contest
Whether you're a pro or an amateur, Chatmonchy is asking you to make their next music video!
<Application Period>: 12/11/2009 - 1/11/2010
<How to apply>: Send three or more video pieces that you have created to Ki/oon Records by mail (not email). Send data on CD-R, DVD-R, VHS, SD Card, USB memory card. The video themselves can be of any content, length or file format. (*Materials will not be returned to you.)
<Winner>: If chosen as the winner of the contest, Ki/oon Records will contact you regarding planning and creation of Chatmonchy's next video. You will create the video under their standard hiring contract and be paid for the work (presently undisclosed amount). (presently undisclosed amount). Production time is scheduled to take about two months. (If you are under 20 years of age, a parent and/or legal guardian’s signature is necessary in the contract.) (It is not guaranteed that Chatmonchy members will appear in the music video.)
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