EVERETT, Wash. – As an aspiring musician, Alex Campion knows it’s tough to get connected in a big city music scene.
“It always comes down to who you know,” he said.
Campion is a one man musical act called “Campion,” looping stratospheric sonic soundscapes through keyboards, bass, guitar and digital percussion.
While his London-born accent is more England than Everett, he calls Snohomish County his home, and prefers making music there as opposed to Seattle.
In the big city it’s hard to get heard, not so much just to the north.
“There is something to slot straight into,” Campion said. “Six or seven years ago there were venues but not this level of organization.”
That organization is due in large part to something called the Everett Music Initiative. It’s a non-profit that acts as a support center for local musicians. In addition to hosting the Fisherman’s Village Music Festival, which brings dozens of regional and local acts to town, it helps bands get booked, promoted, and find rehearsal space. EMI also sponsors an eight week long outdoor summer music series downtown.
Founder Ryan Crowther said as Seattle grows more crowded, both musically and population-wise, Everett will be well positioned to provide a second act.
“As more people move here to be able to afford a house, they’re going to need nightlife and music,” he said. “That’s important to any city, and we can help make that happen.”
As for Campion, he’s grateful to have the support of EMI, and hopes it will one day help launch him “Straight Outta Everett.”
“It’s get rich or die trying,” he said laughing. “Having this kind of support in invaluable.”
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