Sony MUSIC VIDEO AUDITION "REC"

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WANTED: Your performance on video!
Grand Prix winner gets: 
• Their video posted on Sony's official web site
• Sony products
• A chance to record at a Sony Music studio
• Sony Music support for their debut

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Judging proces

Sony MUSIC VIDEO AUDITION 'REC' Grand Prix and Prize Winner Announcements

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    Acceptance Speech
    I submitted a video of me singing Shiosai-no-Memory filmed when I was nearing the end of my seventeenth year with the help of my boyfriend, and I was so surprised I didn’t know what to do when I received notification of it passing the screening test just when I was beginning to forget all about it, so I am delighted that it then went on to win the Grand Prix. Thank you very much.
    Prizes
    ・HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder ・MDR-1RMK2 Headphones
    ・Recording session in the Sony Music Studio
    ・Support provided
       by Sony Music up until her debut

  • Acceptance Speech
    Hi, everyone. Chantilly here. I am extremely grateful to everyone at Sony for creating the opportunity for a video contest. I would also like to thank everybody for their support. I am so delighted to have won the Grand Prix runner-up award. Thank you again, and I hope you continue supporting me in the future.
    Prizes
    ・HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder
    ・NWZ-E383 Walkman

  • Acceptance Speech
    I am so moved. Thank you very much. Thank you for providing me with this opportunity. I never expected to win an award, so I am absolutely delighted.
    Prizes
    ・HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder
    ・SRS-BTV5 Speaker

  • Acceptance Speech
    I don’t get many opportunities to sing in front of people, and there are very few chances to enter auditions with the use of music video recorders, so this encouraged me to enter. Being in a position where so many people get to see my work is a very valuable experience for me. I didn’t expect to win an award, so this has come as a complete surprise. Thank you very much.
    Prizes
    ・HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder
    ・SRS-X1 Speaker

  • Acceptance Speech
    I did not expect to win this award, but I would like to thank all of the people who helped me with everything right up until the audition, the people who shared so much with me, and everyone who supported me. I intend to use this opportunity to work hard so that I can continue with my activities. I’ll use this (music video recorder) all the time to make sure I continue with my activities. Thank you!
    Prize
    ・HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder

  • Acceptance Speech
    We really appreciate the fact that a video of us messing around like that could receive a special award. I’m glad that all three of us turned up today in fashionable clothes instead of sweats. Thank you very much!
    Prize
    ・HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder

MESSAGE from ARTISTS

kasarinchu

Using beatboxing as its main rhythm, Kasarinchu combines acoustic guitar with melodious tunes. The two-person unit has a style like no one else in the world. The new album Kasarhythm 2 is on sale now.

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Dancing Dolls

The authentic dance/vocal group consists of five childhood friends from Osaka averaging 17 years old. Before their debut, a video they uploaded to the web was viewed more than 10 million times and became a hot topic, especially on the Internet. Their major debut came in September 2012. The new single Ring Dong is now on sale.

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Diana Garnet

Born in Washington D.C.,USA, and influenced at a young age in music.
Also from a young age, she became interested in anime and Japanese culture, which led her to develop a love of Japanese music and a desire to become a singer in Japan.Finally, Diana received her first big break!
"Nodojiman the World," a television program showcasing foreign talents who love Japanese music, offered her the first real opportunity to show the world her love of Japan and singing.
Diana was able to take home the grand title for the "Nodojiman the World! Spring 2013."
October 23rd, 2013, she released her first single, "Mata Kimi ni Koishiteru."
November 27th, 2013 saw the release of her first album entitled "COVER☆GIRL"

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"REC"OUTLINE

Entry guidelines
Send us your song or performance on video. There are no restrictions on genre, gender, age, nationality, act configuration, and so on. Tunes can be original or a cover.

*There are no restrictions on the video camera you use for first-round videos. You may even enter videos recorded by smartphone or digital camera.
*Audition process is organized by Sony Music Entertainment Japan.
*The support for debut will take place in Japan.

Deadline
Entries must be received by April 15, 2014(JST)

We are no longer accepting entries.

Entry qualifications
Any genre, gender, age, nationality, or act configuration.

*Entry is not open to persons with an exclusive contract with a particular production company, recording company, or music publisher.
*Minors require signed consent from a guardian.
*Applicants must be able to come to Japan physically after final round for debut preparation.

"REC"HOW TO

From the Web

Enter the required items on the entry form, then click the [Register] button.

*Minors require consent from a guardian.
Consent will be confirmed at the judging stage.

We are no longer accepting entries.

By postal service

Clearly write your name and current address on an envelope, enclose the following three items, and send by postal service to the address below.
  • Music media

    (DVD, Blu-Ray, memory card, etc.)
  • Entry form

    If you cannot download the entry form...

    write down the performing name, real name, age, address, telephone number, occupation, live performance schedule, URL, email address, promotional message, etc., and enclose all.

  • Information about your piece

    (title, songwriter, composer, arranger, lyrics (if original))

*Minors require signed consent from a guardian.
Please include the signature of the person with custody in the space provided on the entry form for the guardian's consent.
If the entry form cannot be downloaded, enclose the signature of the consenting guardian and send by postal service.

We are no longer accepting entries.

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Sony MUSIC VIDEO AUDITION "REC"
Final Event & Grand Prix Announcement!

The final event of Sony MUSIC VIDEO AUDITION “REC” was held in OPUS on the 8th floor of the Sony Building on July 21st (Monday/National Holiday), during which the Grand Prix winners and all other award winners were announced. Over 100 people, including applicants who passed the first screening, gathered together to observe the Grand Prix announcements.

First of all, an outline of the auditions and the points awarded during the screenings were explained by the MC (Chigusa).

Before the award winners were announced, Diana Garnett, who acted as a supporting artist for the auditions, warmed up the audience by performing two songs.

Then the first award of the day, the Special Judges’ Award, was announced.
The Special Judges’ Award goes to... Ms. ETSUYO ELLE EMERALD!
Congratulations!
The video submitted by Ms. Etsuyo Elle Emerald, who won the Special Judges’ Award was displayed on screen, and she was presented with an HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder by presenter Diana Garnett.

Ms. Emerald’s Acceptance Speech
"I did not expect to win this award, but I would like to thank all of the people who helped me with everything right up until the audition, the people who shared so much with me, and everyone who supported me. I intend to use this opportunity to work hard so that I can continue with my activities.
I’ll use this (music video recorder) all the time to make sure I continue with my activities. Thank you!"

Before the next announcement, the Dancing Dolls, who also acted as supporting artists for the auditions, provided a song and dance performance which really got the audience going.

And then, the announcement of the third place winner.
The third place winner is... Mr. Kazuki Hagiwara!
Congratulations!
The video submitted by Mr. Kazuki Hagiwara, the third-place winner, was displayed on screen, and he was presented with an HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder and SRS-X1 speakers by the Dancing Dolls.

Mr. Hagiwara’s Acceptance Speech
"I don’t get many opportunities to sing in front of people, and there are very few chances to enter auditions with the use of music video recorders, so this encouraged me to enter. Being in a position where so many people get to see my work is a very valuable experience for me. I didn’t expect to win an award, so this has come as a complete surprise. Thank you very much."

There was one other third-place winner.
The winner is... Ms. Sarah Grace Soulsby!
Congratulations!

Amazingly, Ms. Soulsby traveled from Australia in order to take part in the Final Event.
The video submitted by Ms. Soulsby, third-place winner, was displayed on screen, and she was also presented with an HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder and SRS-BTV5 speakers by the Dancing Dolls.

Ms. Soulsby’s Acceptance Speech
"I am so moved. Thank you very much. Thank you for providing me with this opportunity. I never expected to win an award, so I am absolutely delighted."

Then on to the announcement for the Grand Prix runner-up.
The Grand Prix runner-up is... Chantilly!
Congratulations!
Chantilly lives overseas and was unable to attend the event, but she did send us a video letter.

Chantilly’s Acceptance Speech
"Hi, everyone. Chantilly here. I am extremely grateful to everyone at Sony for creating the opportunity for a video contest. I would also like to thank everybody for their support. I am so delighted to have won the Grand Prix runner-up award. Thank you again, and I hope you continue supporting me in the future."

The video submitted by Chantilly, who won the Grand Prix runner-up award, was displayed on screen, and she was presented with an HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder and an NWZ-E383 Walkman.

Another audition supporting artist duo, Kasarinchu, were on tour and unable to attend the event, so a video of their June 27th live performance at shibuya duo MUSIC EXCHANGE was displayed on the screen.

Before the announcement of the Grand Prix winner, the Special Supporting Artist Award was announced. And the winner of the Special Supporting Artist Award is... Monariza☆!
Congratulations!
A video showing Kasarinchu congratulating Monariza☆ was shown.

Kasarinchu’s Congratulations Message
"To be honest, your video left the deepest impression. It was a great video, and we enjoyed watching it. Your ideas are also very good. Playing the piano while sitting on a balance ball, the dancing and violin performance that looks easy but is not, and the serious way in which you messed around. We work very hard to make sure the Kasarinchu live performances are enjoyable, and it seems that we have that in common. I get the feeling that we’d work well together in a session. Congratulations, Monariza☆!"

The video submitted by Monariza☆, who won the Special Supporting Artist Award, was displayed on screen, and they were presented with an HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder by Mr. Dozo of Sony Music Entertainment’s SD Group.

Monariza☆’s Acceptance Speech
"We really appreciate the fact that a video of us messing around like that could receive a special award. I’m glad that all three of us turned up today in fashionable clothes instead of sweats. Thank you very much!"

And finally, the announcement of the Grand Prix winner.
The winner of the prestigious Sony MUSIC VIDEO AUDITION "REC" Grand Prix, selected from approximately 800 applicants is...
Ms. Megu Ogura!
Congratulations!

The video submitted by Ms. Megu Ogura, who won the Grand Prix Award winner, was displayed on screen, and she was presented with an HDR-MV1 Music Video Recorder, MDR-1RMK2 headphones, a recording session in the Sony Music Studio, and support provided by Sony Music up until her debut by Mr. Okita of Sony Marketing’s PVMK Section.

Ms. Ogura’s Acceptance Speech
"I submitted a video of me singing Shiosai-no-Memory filmed when I was nearing the end of my seventeenth year with the help of my boyfriend, and I was so surprised I didn’t know what to do when I received notification of it passing the screening test just when I was beginning to forget all about it, so I am delighted that it then went on to win the Grand Prix. Thank you very much."

And finally, Mr. Okita of Sony Marketing’s PVMK Section provided a recap of the auditions and all award winners lined up for a commemorative photograph, bringing us to the end of the Final Event.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the many people both in Japan and overseas who submitted videos for this contest. Not only has it enabled us to unearth raw talent with hidden potential for the future, it has also provided us with invaluable knowledge of the diversity and potential available in methods of expressing music performance videos. We would also like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who provided their assistance in the auditions.

From the staff involved in Sony MUSIC VIDEO AUDITION "REC"

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