The judges at the Jammin’ Challenge Finale will be a selection of 7 top industry professionals from Seattle’s music community. Then panel will be a combination of individuals that may include promoters, musicians, local record owners, local music studio owners, radio personalities, and others. Until the night of the Finale, they will not know who the 4 finalists are to help insure impartiality and prejudgment. They will judge solely on your performance that night. The scoring and judging criteria are as follows:
Band scored for each category with a 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 rating, with 5 being the highest.
Musicianship: Overall skill and tightness of the band and its members, Ability to play technically and emotionally. Song structure, instrumental arrangement, rhythm, tempo, flow of musical selections, stage presence, and focus. Evidence of performance planning? Appeared ready and prepared to play? *Set Dynamism: Did the band’s set-list appear to play according to a plan i.e. was it well constructed and able to manipulate the audience’s mood? Did the band use the stage effectively? Did the band appear positive about their performance? Did the band interact effectively on stage? How did the band cope with any problems they may have encountered?
Originality: Uniqueness of the band. Band has fresh ideas. Adds their own spin and signature to what they are doing. * Material: How unique did the songs sound? Did they spin their own creativity into it? Has a balance of unique lyrics and music? Story telling ability either realistic or make believe, content flow and clarity. Appearance: Did the band look original? Did the band stand out?
Showmanship: Ability to entertain and engage crowd during their performance. Eye catching stage antics or the band carries themselves in such a way that everyone wants to watch as well as listen. *Improvisation: Did the band demonstrate any level of original improvisational skill? I.e. ‘jam out’ or vocal through an instrument change, repair or equipment failure Interface with Audience? *Physical Interaction: Did the band physically participate with the audience e.g. Eye contact, head nod, acknowledgments, etc. * Confidence: Was the band confident in their interaction with the audience? Their ability to demonstrate community and support for other participating bands / musicians during the event night. *Attitude: Did the band’s on-stage attitude appear suitable to their genre i.e. were they ‘Punk’ if Punk, ‘Raucous’ if Rock? * Appearance: Did the band show personality on stage? Did the band appear to enjoy what they were doing? * Entertainment Factor/Showmanship: Did the band entertain? Did one or the entire band display showmanship, eye contact, and personal interaction towards the crowd?
Appearance: The old saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” may be true, but many packaging designers around the world have created an industry betting that people do judge and purchase products based on how they look. Yes, you are selling yourself as a “brand” specialty. You are first and foremost an entertainer and wardrobe has an effect on both you and the observer. In the music business, people “hear what they see”.
Your wardrobe can make a strong visual statement about how you see yourself, showing confidence, and the way your fans will remember how you differentiate your “music business” from all other bands and artists. In this era of “Me, Inc.” and “the Brand Called You,” don’t send the message to your fans and music industry professionals that you’re not a serious performer. Your appearance is a way of expressing respect for the “stage” where you are playing, and the patrons in it. So, your “look” may vary slightly depending on circumstances for where and for whom you are performing. But no matter what the circumstance, a well thought out homogenous wardrobe theme matching your band’s genre and music style, that includes each members’ individuality, should be always be a consideration. With that being said, the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle is a classy place, the show will have judges who are top tier professionals, bookers and other music industry agents in attendance. It might make a difference.
Crowd: Based on Crowd reaction to the bands. Consideration will be taken into account for band time slots, i.e., a band playing earlier may not get the same reaction as a band playing later. Judging will not be announced until all finalists have performed. The goal is to encourage cooperation among the four finalists.
Bonus: Judges may award bonus points to any performance score for difficulty of the piece(s), overcoming difficult situations, appearance (purely subjective), or any other reason the judge determines.
All Decisions by the Judges are Final