In general terms, a compilation is most often used as a promotional tool for labels or magazines to draw awareness to their product. In the case of the ZetaKaye House, that's still essentially the purpose, but the product is the state of Colorado itself. "Musicians aren't always the best at promoting themselves," says ZetaKaye's John Baxter. "We wanted to help."
And help they did. Earlier this month ZetaKaye put out a call for submissions in three categories, music, comedy and art. So far, the response has been astounding; over a hundred tracks from over forty bands have already been submitted, and there are still ten days left until the deadline.
"It started with just a music comp," explains Baxter, "but we wanted to do something with the comedy scene too. Initially that was comedians dispersed through the music compilation, but that seemed jarring, so it became its own thing."
Right now, nothing has been formalized for the actual distribution, but physical copies will exist, meaning the compilation will fit on a disc or possibly two. The same goes for the comedy angle; the comedy disc will be audio and should be perfect for long car rides.
As far as submissions are concerned, it's currently an open process. Bands can email the ZetaKaye House links to tracks they'd like to be considered for inclusion. This compilation, which ZetaKaye hopes to be the first in a series, is open to anyone. "For this first one," Baxter points out, "we're looking for a passion in bands and artists who are willing to speak with us about it, not just send a link."
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ZetaKaye hopes to go a slightly more cohesive direction for the next one. "We do want it to grow and become more thematic over time," says Baxter, "with release shows that reflect that." For now, artists interested in providing work for the comp's cover or prints can contact ZetaKaye with pitches. Comedians and musicians can throw their hats into the ring as well, provided they do so before Saturday, April 30, the deadline for the first in the series. In addition to the physical discs, ZetaKaye will also be putting the compilations up for free on Bandcamp and are looking into different formats for a similar video service.