I first heard about MEET YOUR BEAT several months ago, when co-founder AARON ESKEETS posted a video of Andre Obin's performance at Radio. It wasn't just a single-song video clip, shot by Flipcam or camera phone -- it was Obin's entire, 30-minute-long electronic-pop set, with quality audio and different angles to help break up the visual monotony. In less than a year, meetyourbeat.com has established itself as a source for engaging black-and-white live video, capturing around town the likes of Bang Camaro, You Can Be A Wesley, Moe Pope, and Radio Control.
Tonight at Middlesex Lounge in Cambridge, Meet Your Beat celebrates its first anniversary, enlisting live performances from Natural, DadFight, and Famous Nobodies, DJ sets from the always-on-point Leah V, and light installations by Ben Foley. We can be sure Eskeets will be walking around with a camera in the hand that's not clutching a drink, documenting everything as the night unfolds. Before he switches on, we caught up with him this morning to give us the scoop on his site and tonight's party.
So how did MeetYourBeat.com come about?
It was all about timing. I was writing for website located in another region, which came with many frustrations that I was sharing with my good friend Evan Cordeiro one night. Evan had some time off before his last semester and said he'd love to collaborate on something more fun and informative than just a regular blog that does reviews and recommendations. We wanted to be a resource for people to learn about the bands they see listed in the Phoenix on a weekly basis, and I was also tired of people asking me "any good shows tonight, man?"
Then we started throwing out stupid names we thought would be funny for a website, surprisingly MeetYourBeat.com wasn't taken and we teamed up as co-founders, I bought a camera and he started writing code.
How many videos have you done so far?
There are 80 right now on the site archive and about 250 on our offline archive. There are some hidden gems on our YouTube and Vimeo accounts also, previews and tour promos we put together for friends like Andre Obin and Radio Control.
What draws you to the artists you shoot?
At first we would shoot bands we knew personally and they would always introduce us to other artists on the bill who we would stay in contact with for future opportunities. After a few months it started getting to Kevin Bacon levels contacts. Also, every show that we go to, Evan keeps a note pad where he will make note of any band that we are impressed with, its our little black book of who we want hook up with.
Whats on tap for tonight's anniversary? Why these bands?
The anniversary is going to be a celebration of our first year of videos. I've compiled 2.5 hours of videos that will be shown throughout the evening, along with a light installation by Ben Foley and a soundtrack by our good friend DJ Leah V who has supported us from day one. DadFight, Natural, and Famous Nobodies have been a few of the artists we have worked closely with throughout this first year and have the kind of live energy that inspired us to do this whole project.