RPM Challenge 2009

Illustration by Curtis Kilfoy


Record an album in 28 days, just because you can. That’s 10 songs or 35 minutes of original material recorded during the month of February.

Don’t wait for inspiration—taking action puts you in a position to get inspired. You’ll stumble across ideas you would have never come up with otherwise, and maybe only because you were trying to meet a day’s quota of songwriting. Show up and get something done, and invest in yourself and each other.

Anyone can come up with an excuse to say “no.” So don’t. Many of you are thinking “But, I can’t do that. I don’t have any songs/recording gear/money/blah blah blah…” But this doesn’t have to be the album, it’s just an album. This is an artistic exercise. Do your best using what you have in order to get it done. If you have a four-track, become a four-track badass! Mini-disc, Pro Tools, a Walkman, an ’80s tape recorder—use it. Do your best. Use the limitations of time and gear as an opportunity to explore things you might not try otherwise. If you can afford studio time in a “real” studio, fine, but let’s be completely free of any lingering idea that “good” records can only be made in a studio.

Well written, honest music is compelling and undeniable no matter what it was recorded on.

February will come and go whether you’ve joined in or not. Do you really want to be left out?


Kick-off party
There will be an RPM kick-off party on Saturday, January 31, from 7:30 – 9:30pm at The Victory Tavern on Water Street.

Come meet some of the bands, sign up, find out more, and check out the global RPM kickoffs live on our trusty laptop.

Challenge details:
• This is not a contest!
• This will be fun!
• There is no fee!
• Record 10 songs or 35 minutes material, and burn it to CD.
• When it’s finished, mail your disc to us (postmarked by March 2) at:

RPM Challenge NL
c/o The Scope
PO Box 1044
St. John’s, NL A1C 5M3

You can also drop it off in person at our drop-off box inside Fred’s Records, 198 Duckworth Street, by noon on March 2.

• Recording can only be done in the month of February—no prerecorded songs.
• All material must be previously unreleased, and we encourage you to write the material during February too.
• Registered participating bands and musicians get their own page at rpmchallenge.com where you can blog as much as you want. You also get access to the discussion board, where you can swap ideas, resources, etc., and the ability to e-mail and private message with other participants.
• When the month is over, there will be a local listening party where at least one track from each completed album from NL will be played.
• All the completed albums may be put up in the jukebox on the website, if you so choose, so people can check it out. If you’d rather not share your work with the public, then no one needs to hear it but you. But what’s the fun in that?

For more information or to sign up, visit


One comment

  1. WORKFROMHOMENOFEE · August 15, 2008

    Nice idea, I will try it!!!

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