CMJ Sessions @ NYU, a collaboration between CMJ and NYU’s Steinhardt’s Department Of Music And Performing Arts Professions, offers artists the unique opportunity to work with NYU student-run record label Village Records. Village Records has partnered with CMJ to collaborate along the A&R, marketing and recording process, where the students discover and select up-and-coming international talent, and finally record these artists in the state-of-the-art 7,500 square foot James L. Dolan Recording Studio, one of New York City’s top recording spaces. Originally launched in 2012, past CMJ Sessions @ NYU artists include Bouts (Dublin, Ireland) and Old Monk (Brooklyn, NY).
The students’ selection for the 2013 edition of CMJ Sessions @ NYU—influenced by musical prowess as well as U.S. marketability, social media presence, previous press, and more—was folk-pop fivesome Tigertown, from Sydney, Australia. The whimsical young band is made up of two sets of siblings: vocalist Charlie and drummer Kurt Bailey, and vocalist Chris, bassist Elodie and keys-player Alexi Collins. The band had a busy week at CMJ 2013, playing five shows in just five days, yet they still had the energy to record a rousing rendition of their acclaimed single “What You Came Here For” in the James L. Dolan Recording Studio, which can be viewed above.