Artist Info for 2022

Hello, artists! Thank you for being part of Mountain Skies! We’re delighted to have you as part of the festival. 

Please read this all the way through!

It contains important information about preparing for the festival, which includes video streaming and new restrictions around health and safety. You’ll find a handy checklist at the bottom for the festival timeline.

If you would like to sign up to perform, either as an audio or video artist, please send email to signup@mountainskies.live and provide all of the following: Name, email address, artist/project name, preferred day and time.

Safety First

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the venue is requiring proof of vaccination and/or proof of a negative test within the past 24 hours, and attestation that you have not been recently exposed.

There will be a lot of people in the room, many of whom are at risk for severe illness, so we ask that you exercise care and take steps to protect yourselves and those around you. At the time of this writing, masks are still required at all times in indoor public places, even when you’re seated, except when you’re directly eating or drinking.

The Venue

Mountain Skies 2022 is at White Horse Black Mountain again, with production provided by RadHaus.Studio.

RadHaus partners with a streaming platform called Moment House, and they’ll be recording the festival as well. If you can’t join us in person, we’d love to see you online!

Press Kit

The earlier you can send us your press kit, the sooner we can publicize your participation in the event. Please get your materials to us no later than one month before the festival. We need this material to set up marketing, ticketing, and event information.

  • Photos should be no less than 1200px wide.
  • Bio can be as long or as short as you wish, but in this case, more is better.
  • Links should be to your professional web site, music pages, CD purchase sites, social media profiles, etc.
  • Press mentions should include the content, the name of the publication, the author of the article, date, and issue number if applicable.
  • Email any of the above to production@mountainskies.live

Social Media

We create Facebook Events and multiple Facebook and Instagram posts to announce the upcoming performance.

  • We will make every effort to publicize the event well in advance, using your press materials as the basis.
  • If you create a Facebook Event, please make White Horse Black Mountain and RadHaus.Studio co-hosts of your event so that we can provide appropriate language around the festival, links for how to attend the online event, and so on.

Stage Plots

Shortly we will be providing information about the stage layout. Due to distancing requirements, as well as having different needs for cameras and online streaming, it will be different from previous years.

In general, we’ll ask that

  • Your setup take no more than 15 minutes
  • You bring your own battery backup or at the very least a surge suppressor with sufficient inputs for all your gear
  • You provide a reliable, relatively noise-free stereo mix

Set List

We prepare screen graphics for your set in advance, including personnel and song titles.

  • Please provide your set list at least a week ahead of your performance.
  • If any of your songs are written by someone else, please include appropriate credits.
  • Please email your set list and credits to production@mountainskies.live.

Festival Days

The internet is flooded with online performances from artists’ living rooms, basements, kitchens, patios, back yards, and driveways — especially now as COVID wears on.

White Horse and RadHaus.Studio aim to provide better-than-average video and audio experiences for the viewer. This means broadcast cameras, professional lighting, and studio-quality sound.

For you, the artist, this means being much more tightly prepared than you might be for a normal live show. Please arrive on time and be ready for sound check when asked; we will request earlier sound checks for larger or more complex setups. We not only need to check sound for your monitors if you’re using them, we also need to test broadcast sound, make decisions about lighting and camera angles, and then put it all together.

Sound

Broadcast audio requires significantly different treatment than a stage performance, and takes extra time to set up. We ask that you be as prepared as possible, and we ask for your patience during sound check. Trust your engineers; they’re working to make you sound as good as you can.

Lighting

Compared a normal “live” show, you might feel that the lighting at White Horse is unusual. Believe it or not, our broadcast cameras respond better to the colored lights when they’re not quite as intense as you expect for a stage show. Getting the colors right is an important part of making your show look awesome.

We will start checking lighting one to two hours before the show starts. If you’re still rehearsing, you may be asked to stand in specific places, look at cameras, and so on, so that we can get the best lighting for your act.

Cameras

We use a minimum of three cameras, and as many as eight, during a show:

  • Two stationary cameras at stage left and stage right.
  • One stationary camera mounted overhead at stage left.
  • One stationary camera about ten feet into the audience from center stage, suspended from the ceiling.
  • One or two “roving” cameras.
  • Various other stationary cameras positioned to best show off your act.

The cameras have lights on them, called “tally lights” that alert you to which camera is currently active. A white light means that it’s on standby; green means that it’s in preview mode, and is likely the next camera to be active; red means that the camera is active.

The center camera is typically the one you’ll address to connect with your audience, but watch for the red light. Eye contact is incredibly important during a broadcast. It might feel weird and uncomfortable to you at first, but making eye contact with that camera gives the audience the feeling that you’re talking straight to them. It’s very engaging and effective!

The center camera can also pan, tilt, and zoom in; we will use it and the roving cameras for close-up shots, as well as panning across the stage during songs.

We want you to look good.

To do that, we may ask you to stand in your performance positions while we adjust focus, zoom, and so on. If we “spike” a spot for you (mark the floor), try to stay on that spot as best you can. We realize that you can get caught up in the moment and move around, but please be aware that not all our cameras will be able to track you if you move too far. It’s also possible that you’ll move into a spot where your face is obscured by a microphone array or another piece of gear.

Be in the moment, but also be conscious of the cameras.

IT’S A LOT, WE KNOW…

Yep, we get it: this is a lot of information! We’re here to help make this as comfortable an experience as possible. If you have questions about any of these notes, please email us at production@mountainskies.live. Read through this page as early as you can, and as often as you need to — and help us help you create a magical experience for your audience, and a rewarding experience for you!

Checklist

Prior to arrival (ASAP!)

    – REQUIRED: Send performer package to production@mountainskies.live
      – Photo(s) 1200px or wider
      – Bio (longer preferable, 500 words or more)
      – Links as applicable:
              – Professional web site
              – Music pages
              – CD/digital purchase sites
              – Social media
              – Merch
       – Press mentions, if any, should include
         – Name of publication
         – Author
         – Date and issue number if applicable
       – If you create a Facebook event, make White Horse Black Mountain and RadHaus.Studio co-hosts of your event

Prior to arrival (at least one week)

  – Provide a set list to production@mountainskies.live
  – Must include credits if any song/songs/samples are written by someone else

Pre-planning

  – Setup will be dynamic while another act is on stage
    – Must take less than 15 minutes
    – Must have a surge suppressor or UPS sufficient for your entire rig
    – Must have a single stereo mix available; DI nice but optional
  – Practice setup and teardown to get it under 15 minutes, including tuning, etc. as needed

At the venue

  – WEAR YOUR MASK!
  – Be on time
    – Recommend a MINIMUM of 1 to 2 hours before your slot
  – Be ready to do a sound check, lighting check, and camera check
  – Be patient
    – Soundcheck and setup will take time
      – Be prepared to speed it along
      – Be ready to wait for the engineers to ensure the sound is good

During the performance

  – Be camera-aware
    – Watch the lights!
      – White: standby
      – Green: preview, and probably live next
      – Red: live, and the place to look to interact with the audience
    – If given a mark, try to stay on it to avoid bad camera angles
    – Stick with your setlist
    – Watch your time
      – Recommend you have a timer running so you don’t run over. If you don’t have a timer, watch the big RED CLOCK at the back of the room.
      – Crew will cue you at 5 minutes from end and 1 minute from end of slot