Members of the Berklee College of Music community have a lot to root for during Sunday night’s Grammy awards show. More than two dozen Berklee alumni have been nominated for Grammy awards this year, including three of the four members of the band Imagine Dragons. A total of 30 alumni were nominated by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for a total of 36 Grammy awards, according to the college.
Mike Brown and Zac Decamp, accompanied by Brian Grunert and Annie Stoll, were in Los Angeles on Sunday for the 56th Grammy Awards.
Brown and Decamp’s album “Automatic Music Can Be Fun” was among the five nominees for Best Record Packaging.
More interesting than the Grammys, Brown said, was the Saturday reception for nominees, where Brown, Decamp, Grunert and Stoll were each presented with a Grammy Nomination Medal. The Saturday event also included the Grammy Technical Awards (significant for Brown, who is a recording engineer) and Lifetime Achievement Awards presented to the Beatles. Brown and his delegation got to see Ringo Starr accept the Beatles’ Lifetime Achievement Award, along with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the widows of Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison. Paul McCartney was not at the Saturday event, but Brown and company did see Ringo and Paul perform together — for the first time in five years — at the Grammy Awards the next night.
For the sixth time since 2004, Buffalo-based design studio White Bicycle has been nominated for a 2014 Grammy award for its packaging design work.
White Bicycle was nominated for the “Best Recording Package” category for work on musical group Geneseo’s album, “Automatic Music Can Be Fun.”
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When Zac Decamp and his childhood friend Mike Brown began recording, they never expected that their collaboration would result in a Grammy nomination. Despite selling barely 500 copies, the duo – who perform under the moniker Geneseo after their hometown in western New York State – are hoping their album Automatic Music Can Be Fun will triumph over some stiff competition in the category of Best Recording Package.
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The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will take place this Sunday (January 25) featuring all of today’s favorite performers and then some. Well as far as I am concerned – it is not the fact that Madonna will be performing live at the event but the fact that crowdfunders from global platform Indiegogo have a pair of nominees.
Just leave it to road-weary, hardcore troubadour Mike Brown to come up with a way to give old-time music a space-age aesthetic
Early last week, Mike Brown received two important pieces of mail at his recording studio on the outskirts of Geneseo: a shutoff notice from the local gas company and an invitation to Sunday’s 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
That unexpected double-dose of good and bad news seemed to suit Brown, a proudly noncommercial musician who has spent most of his young career working happily outside the mainstream, just fine.
This year, the mainstream found him.
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When the envelopes are opened and winners are named at this year’s Grammy Awards, a little band from Geneseo will have their fingers crossed.
Mike Brown has been a professional musician since he was 17, but he never expected this.
“It was never really meant to be a band, it was just me and him fooling around in the studio and coming up with weird noises,” he said.
That band, Brown and his childhood friend Zac Decamp, are now heading to the biggest event in the music industry.