Former KCRW music director Nic Harcourt has a new online project with Buzzmedia called “The LiveBuzz.” The site will feature exclusive in-studio music recorded at LA’s Village Recorder studio, as well as live performances from around Los Angeles, curated by Harcourt.
The site will also feature reviews, industry news and music coverage from around the country.
“The LiveBuzz is about showcasing great talent via extremely high-quality video of intimate performances music fans would not typically be privy to,” said Harcourt in a press release.
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HOLLYWOOD, CA — September 28, 2010 — BUZZMEDIA, the Web’s fastest growing entertainment publisher, today announced the launch of The LiveBuzz (http://thelivebuzz.com), a new music website focused on bringing music lovers live performances from the most influential artists and up-and-coming acts alike, as well as music and concert news, interviews and special features.
Regarded as the ultimate ‘tastemaker’ in music, Nic Harcourt, an accomplished music writer, supervisor/consultant for film and TV and former host of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, will lead the site in his capacity as as Managing Editor and Programming Director of BUZZMEDIA Music.
To promote The LiveBuzz many of music’s heavyweights have joined in on an innovative Twitter campaign in support of the site’s launch. Broken Bells, Coldplay, Corinne Bailey Rae, David Gray, My Morning Jacket, Vampire Weekend and others have all tweeted about the site today in celebration of Nic, and also to expose their millions of fans to the new ground-breaking music destination.
Coldplay took to their Twitter, writing: “Our friend @nicharcourt has launched a new website featuring live sessions with some great artists. Visit it at http://thelivebuzz.com.”
“The LiveBuzz is about showcasing great talent via extremely high-quality video of intimate performances music fans would not typically be privy to,” said Harcourt. “I had been thinking about new ways to bring my voice and passion for music to an online audience for some time, and given BUZZMEDIA’s tremendous track record and the great insight they have into the music fan psyche, I’m really excited to embark on this new project with them.”
Harcourt’s career in music and radio spans decades; he has been credited with helping to launch the career of popular artists and bands such as Coldplay, Norah Jones, Sigur Ros and Interpol. In his ten years as Music Director at KCRW, he initiated both the first-ever live streamed performances in public radio and the first remote radio broadcasts from major live music events such as SXSW and CMJ. Nic’s weekly KCRW show airs every Sunday from 6-9 pm, and also he has signed on as the host of Guitar Center Sessions on DirectTV which will include performances by The Cult, Tom DeLonge and others.
The LiveBuzz’s main focus will be to produce and deliver exclusive and intimate performances shot both in-studio and at esteemed music venues around Los Angeles, and launches with a lineup of acts curated by Harcourt, including My Morning Jacket, Sean Lennon, David Gray, Corinne Bailey Rae and Delta Spirit. Many performances will take place at legendary recording studio The Village Recorder in Los Angeles. Editorial content will include Nic’s signature interviews, photography, industry news, reviews, and comprehensive content from live shows around the country, as well as weekly features, such as:
* “Shows Gone Wild” will recount the most memorable, notorious, shocking and talked-about moments in live music performances such as Eddie Vedder climbing atop the stage scaffolding at Lollapalooza, and other moments that deserve to live on in music infamy.
* “Art Rock” will feature the best concert poster art of all times, and include interesting bits about the artists and designers.
* “Incognito” will put the spotlight on the most unappreciated members of bands; these musicians play a very important role in the music and live shows, but generally very little has been known about them until now.
“Nic’s reputation for talent discovery and introducing music fans to new artists is unparalleled; there is no question that he helped catapult the careers of many of today’s most popular musicians.” said Alan Citron, President of BUZZMEDIA. “There’s a great demand for high-quality live performance videos online, and we are certain that The LiveBuzz will become a great resource for those looking to be exposed to new music and experience intimate performances by major artists they already love.”