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A Musical Conversation with RPA's AdJam Band, Untitled Folder

Posted By Sara H. Smith, Monday, September 25, 2017


Have you been to a festival this year? Do you have any money left? 
Music festivals are too much for me to be honest. 

Are you old enough to remember mosh pits? Can you tell me what a mosh was? I’ve paid my dues to the mosh gods. Broke my nose in one – 2010. The good ol’ days. 

Have you ever had to choose between two favorite bands who were on at the same time? What was were your criteria? Do you use that same criteria in your agency life? I always go with my first instinct.

If you could be any animal, would it be the muppet drummer? No, definitely a bear with chainsaw arms.

Has a guitar ever gotten you laid? What is the best brand of guitar for getting one laid? Asking for a friend. I have never had much monetary success in the music industry, but playing in a band DEFINITELY gets you laid.

Whose Spotify playlist would you rather hear: Kid Rock or Kid Cudi? Kid Rock – American Badass

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A Musical Conversation with Saatchi and Saatchi's AdJam Band, Ampersand

Posted By Sara H. Smith, Monday, September 25, 2017


Are you old enough to remember mosh pits? Can you tell me what a mosh was?
Mosh comes from “Nosh” – which is the Yiddish word for “eating” or “hungry”. A mosh pit resembles a traditional dance called “the hora” that is done at bar mitzvahs and jewish weddings. As the dance ends, attendees then “nosh” (eat the meal). At the Rainbow Theatre, London, on December 31, 1977, the Ramones recorded their live record “It’s Alive”. In between songs, Joey Ramone (who was Jewish) can be heard advising the crowd of rowdy punks “Ay youse guys, you gotta be careful in the nosh pit”. On the recording it sounds like “mosh pit”.

What else could the letters EDM stand for? Electro Dynamic Magnets (how do they work?)

Who ripped the holes in your jeans, you or someone in China? My dog ate my homework. And my jeans.

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A Musical Conversation with Innocean's AdJam Band, HB Riots

Posted By Sara H. Smith, Monday, September 25, 2017


Have you been to a festival this year? Do you have any money left? 
No and no.

If you went to a festival this year, did you lose anything? Your car keys? Your wristband? Your lunch in a port-o-let? Probably would have lost a little dignity.

How many people in your agency or office play an instrument? Why aren’t they with you onstage?
We have 38 guitar players. They didn’t make the cut.

How is a client call like attending a music festival? (You know, crowd too big, people elbowing to get in front, happens over two weekends…) Lots of noise with very little substance until the end of the call.

Are you old enough to remember mosh pits? Can you tell me what a mosh was? Yes. Mosh pit: noun – an area in which purposefully thrust your body into several random, sweaty, overly amped strangers. It’s not as fun as it sounds.

Have you ever had to choose between two favorite bands who were on at the same time? What was were your criteria? Do you use that same criteria in your agency life? No.

What else could the letters EDM stand for? Especially Despicable Mother-In-Law

Why did you choose your festival song? Have you seen it performed live? Is it Haim? ‘Cause Haim is totally way better live, right? Haim makes me more sleepy than turkey

Do you have any reefer? Thanks. Be cool, man.


If you could be any animal, would it be the muppet drummer?
I see what you did there, and the answer is yes.


Tits, bits and pits. Discuss.
Everyone has them. End of discussion.


Who ripped the holes in your jeans, you or someone in China? We prefer cargo pants and chinos.

Has a guitar ever gotten you laid? What is the best brand of guitar for getting one laid? Asking for a friend. I think I’m beginning to understand the Muppet thing.

Why did you name your band that? Really. Is your mom okay with it?
My mom picked it out, and she’s thrilled.

Whose Spotify playlist would you rather hear:

  • Kim Jong-un’s or Jared Kushner’s? Kim’s because, K-Pop. DUH, Muppet man
  • Kid Rock or Kid Cudi? Cudi.
  • Steve Bannon or Pennywise the Dancing Clown? (Or is it the same playlist?) Same playlist, same person.

It’s been 10 years. Is it okay that we are still leaving Britney alone? Yes, leave her in the past (and Vegas).

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A Musical Conversation with ymarketing's AdJam Band, Y Stripes

Posted By Emily Hope, Friday, September 22, 2017

Have you been to a festival this year? Do you have any money left? Yes, and no. But it’s our fault for splurging on the helicopter.

If you went to a festival this year, did you lose anything? Your car keys? Your wristband? Your lunch in a port-o-let? Our innocence.

How many people in your agency or office play an instrument? Why aren’t they with you onstage?
A lot. Clearly we have only the highest and most specific standards. Also they couldn’t get babysitters during practice.

How is a client call like attending a music festival? (You know, crowd too big, people elbowing to get in front, happens over two weekends…) The only way to be heard is to shout as loud as possibly and interrupt whomever is talking. Also the copious amounts of alcohol required to enjoy it.

Are you old enough to remember mosh pits? Can you tell me what a mosh was? Mosh Pits are why Gen Xers never had enough remaining energy to actually do anything with their anger.

Have you ever had to choose between two favorite bands who were on at the same time? What was were your criteria? Do you use that same criteria in your agency life? The one that had the cooler stage to look at.

What else could the letters EDM stand for? Erectile Dysfunction Man, a superhero for the limp and lively.

Why did you choose your festival song? Have you seen it performed live? Is it Haim? ‘Cause Haim is totally way better live, right? One of our people just saw one of our songs performed live at a festival last weekend. Our version is better.

Do you have any reefer? Thanks. Shh. Be cool.

If you could be any animal, would it be the muppet drummer? He’s the only drummer crazier than Keith Moon. He wins.

Follow up, of the members of the muppet band, who us your favorite? It’s Janice, right? Because if it’s not Janice you’re wrong. No, dummy. Animal is the best. See above. Dude needs to be chained up when he’s not playing. That’s a rockstar.

Tits, bits and pits. Discuss.
The trick to all three is to let them breathe. And if you don’t mind your pits you’ll never see anyone’s tits and bits.

Who ripped the holes in your jeans, you or someone in China? Holes should be earned, not purchased.

Has a guitar ever gotten you laid? What is the best brand of guitar for getting one laid? Asking for a friend. The best guitar to get you laid is the one you can actually play.

Why did you name your band that? Really. Is your mom okay with it?
My mom doesn’t know, nor would she understand the reference. Which is a good metaphor for our relationship.

Whose Spotify playlist would you rather hear:

  • Kim Jong-un’s or Jared Kushner’s? No.
  • Kid Rock or Kid Cudi? Kid Cudi is a musician, Kid Rock is like the human version of a cigarette butt floating in an above ground pool. So Kid Cudi.
  • Steve Bannon or Pennywise the Dancing Clown? (Or is it the same playlist?) Bannon isn’t the same as the Dancing Clown, he just used to work for the Dancing Clown.

It’s been 10 years. Is it okay that we are still leaving Britney alone? I sort of don’t think we ever should have in the first place.

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4 Questions for Shy Dogs

Posted By Emily Hope, Tuesday, September 20, 2016
For years, AdJam, ThinkLA's Annual Battle of the Agency Bands, has unleashed the raw, savage – if unheralded – musical talent upon an unsuspecting planet. The top agency bands compete, and the winner receives the coveted AdJam Axe, plus bragging rights in the industry for the whole year. 

This year's AdJam is at The Novo DTLA, and we are ready for the battle. We've profiled each of the bands to help decide whom you should root for come decision day. Check out what we asked Shy Dogs (TBWA\Chiat\Day), and make sure you're registered for AdJam on Sept. 22. #ThinkAdJam

SHY DOGS - TBWA\CHIAT\DAY 

Why do think so many ad people seem to be musicians? Because advertising is an industry that attracts creative individuals with varying artistic skills. So it only makes sense, with music as a form of artistic expression, that at least a handful of people would have musical talents. 
 
Is there a battle for the music played in your office? What kind of music wins? We're musically democratic. Every Friday employees are given the option to create a playlist of their favorite songs to play throughout the agency. It's just a bit of a battle deciding who.
 
What famous musician would have made a good advertising pro? David Bowie and Prince would have been amazing. Their unique styles disrupted and evolved pop culture and they branded themselves in a way that resonated the masses. 

Which is easier for you, pitching or performing on stage? Both are equally nerve-racking. Because you can be as prepared as you possibly can but you never know how your audience is going to react.

Shy Dogs AdJam submission video 

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3 Questions for JunkShot

Posted By Emily Hope, Tuesday, September 20, 2016

For years, AdJam, ThinkLA's Annual Battle of the Agency Bands, has unleashed the raw, savage – if unheralded – musical talent upon an unsuspecting planet. The top agency bands compete, and the winner receives the coveted AdJam Axe, plus bragging rights in the industry for the whole year. 

This year's AdJam is at The Novo DTLA, and we are ready for the battle. We've profiled each of the bands to help decide whom you should root for come decision day. Check out what we asked JunkShot (Red, Tettemer, O'Connell and Partners), and make sure you're registered for AdJam on Sept. 22. #ThinkAdJam 

 

JUNKSHOT - RED TETTEMER, O'CONNELL AND PARTNERS

 

What’s the hardest kind of ad-musician to find? A good one.

What famous musician would have made a good advertising pro? Paul McCartney, because he’s so fucking cheesy with all his jingles and shit.

John or Paul? John, because Paul is so fucking cheesy with all his jingles and shit.

 

Junkshot's AdJam submission video

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5 Questions for Darth Vato

Posted By Emily Hope, Tuesday, September 20, 2016

For years, AdJam, ThinkLA's Annual Battle of the Agency Bands, has unleashed the raw, savage – if unheralded – musical talent upon an unsuspecting planet. The top agency bands compete, and the winner receives the coveted AdJam Axe, plus bragging rights in the industry for the whole year.

 

This year's AdJam is at The Novo DTLA and we are ready for the battle. We're profiling each of the bands to help you decide whom you should root for come decision day. Check out what we asked Darth Vato (Deutch), and make sure you're registered for AdJam on Sept. 22. #ThinkAdJam 

 

What famous musician would have made a good advertising pro? "Stravinsky would have been a fantastic creative director. He shook things up, whether or not people were ready for I.” - Marijke van Niekerk, Senior Copywriter, Deutsch

Are you involved in a band beyond the adjam? Can we get tickets? "I play in a band called Fat Stash and we are playing Saturday night, 9/24, at Paladino's. Tickets are available at the door for $10." - John McGonigle, EVP Group Account Director, Deutsch

John Mayer or permanent hearing loss? "John Mayer even though he’s a jerk.” Ashlee Zwahlen, Production Assistant and Client Services, Deutsch

 
Jay Z or Kanye? “Jay Z!” - Tammy Infusino, Executive Assistant, Deutsch


John or Paul? “Paul.” - Spencer Griffith, Media Supervisor, Deutsch


Darth Vato AdJam submission video

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9 Questions for Blank Canvas

Posted By Emily Hope, Tuesday, September 20, 2016

For years, AdJam, ThinkLA's Annual Battle of the Agency Bands, has unleashed the raw, savage – if unheralded – musical talent upon an unsuspecting planet. The top agency bands compete, and the winner receives the coveted AdJam Axe, plus bragging rights in the industry for the whole year. 

This year's AdJam is at The Novo DTLA, and we are ready for the battle. We've profiled each of the bands to help decide whom you should root for come decision day. Check out what we asked BLANK CANVAS (Canvas WW), and make sure you're registered for AdJam on Sept. 22. #ThinkAdJam

BLANK CANVAS CANVAS WW

 Why do think so many ad people seem to be musicians? Ad people from agencies are more creative, less stuffy and more fun than corporate America people. Fact.

What’s the hardest kind of ad-musician to find? Anyone who plays a brass instrument.

Who in your band is your “secret weapon”? Tough call but could be a tie between Ian (Saxophone) and Jordan (guitar soloist). 

Is there a genre or band that is your agency’s soundtrack? Genres vary but would describe them as feel good anthems.

Is there a battle for the music played in your office? What kind of music wins? No. But wish I had more country fans…nothing beats a steel guitar, fiddle and six string.

What famous musician would have made a good advertising pro? Beyoncé takes the cake but Drake might be a close second. 

What is the most compelling use of music you’ve heard in a spot? Drake T-Mobile. Or this Sony classic from a few years back. 

Which is easier for you, pitching or performing on stage? Neither are easy but they both challenge us to be better in front of a “crowd”. 

Jay Z or Kanye? Drake


Blank Canvas AdJam Submission Video

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10 Questions for HB Riots

Posted By Emily Hope, Tuesday, September 20, 2016

For years, AdJam, ThinkLA's Annual Battle of the Agency Bands, has unleashed the raw, savage – if unheralded – musical talent upon an unsuspecting planet. The top agency bands compete, and the winner receives the coveted AdJam Axe, plus bragging rights in the industry for the whole year. 

This year's AdJam is at The Novo DTLA and we are ready for the battle. We're profiling each of the bands to help you decide whom you should root for come decision day. Check out what we asked HB RIOTS (Innocean), and make sure you're registered for AdJam on Sept. 22. #ThinkAdJam

  

HB RIOTS - Innocean


Why do think so many ad people seem to be musicians? Ad people need a creative outlet after having their dreams crushed on a daily basis.
 

What’s the hardest kind of ad-musician to find? One that accepts meeting invites.
 
Are you involved in a band beyond the Adjam? Can we get tickets? Yes! The tickets are usually $135, but you’ll get the bro deal.
 
Is there a genre or band that is your agency’s soundtrack? Creative Dissonance.
 
Is there a battle for the music played in your office? What kind of music wins? 80's and Emo run neck and neck.
 
What is the part of an ad presentation that’s most like performing? Pushing "play".
 
John or Paul? John AND Paul.
 
Jay Z or Kanye? ZZZZZZZZ.
 
Mick or Keith? They're different people?
 
John Mayer or Permanent Hearing Loss? I'm not familiar with PHL, but I like the name.

 

HB Riots' AdJam Submission Video

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4 Questions for Chicken & The Waffles

Posted By Emily Hope, Tuesday, September 20, 2016

For years, AdJam, ThinkLA's Annual Battle of the Agency Bands, has unleashed the raw, savage – if unheralded – musical talent upon an unsuspecting planet. The top agency bands compete, and the winner receives the coveted AdJam Axe, plus bragging rights in the industry for the whole year. 

This year's AdJam is at The Novo DTLA and we are ready for the battle. We're profiling each of the bands to help you decide whom you should root for come decision day. Check out what we asked CHICKEN & THE WAFFLES (Maxus LA), and make sure you're registered for AdJam on Sept. 22. #ThinkAdJam

 

CHICKEN & THE WAFFLES - MAXUS LA 

 

What's the hardest kind of ad-musician to find? A talented one (ba dum ching!)

Who in your band is your "secret weapon?"
Chicken. He’s all drumstick.

Is there a genre that is your agency's soundtrack? Norwegian Death Metal with a side of Swedish Dream Pop.

John or Paul? Ringo. Always.


Chicken & The Waffle's AdJam submission video:

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