I don’t really remember how I came across this project on Kickstarter, but once I did, I immediately wanted to watch this documentary come to life. For starters, it’s local (Provo, after all, it’s only a hour away from here). Provo has a strong LDS population, so very conservative, religious, family-oriented culture. Since I’ve moved to Utah, I also noticed that LDS families put a strong emphasis into music education. It feels like everyone here plays an instrument, like piano, violin, cello, and some others that I wouldn’t even know what they are called. So I shouldn’t have been surprised to find out that Provo has a strong music scene, and that music I have on my iPod are from bands basically in my backyard. But I was surprised. And this documentary I just backed up on Kickstarter, The Provo Scene, is trying to find out exactly what’s in the water down in Provo that creates such talented musicians.
I talked with Derrick Lytle, who’s the guy running this Kickstarter project to learn more about his project.
1.What was your inspiration for this project?
All the talented musicians! I’ve lived in Provo for a few years now and no matter who I meet we always end up talking about local music. Going to shows, seeing great bands, and then seeing them go big is awesome. While the bands get a lot of recognition there is a lot of history and many many people have put in loads of time, energy, and even helped out financially to support these artists. I want to see these people get the credit they deserve and have their stories told.
2.What are the notable bands coming out of Provo lately (and historically)?
Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees steal a lot of the attention but The Strike, The New Electric Sound, Joshua James, Parlor Hawk, Fictionist Goodnight Annabelle … I could go on. Historically though, Temple, Sunfall Festival, Band of Annuals, Hershel, Swim. I could seriously go on for a while. Most people don’t know that Provo had a pretty big Ska scene.
3.How are you using social media to promote your Kickstarter campaign? (And are you using any other sort of media to promote it?)
Social media has been crucial in getting the word out. Everyone has Facebook, Twitter, a YouTube account, or Pinterest. I’ve been writing about it on my blog and other local blogs. Besides simply sharing the project social media makes it easy to find people who are interested or have comments about the film. It’s been great seeing people’s reactions to the film and learning more about music in Provo this way. Traditional word of mouth has also played a key part. Sometimes a good old fashioned phone call is the best way to reach people.
4.You are at the initial stages of the campaign, what are your plans moving forward?
My plan right now is to continue learning as much as possible and meet people who are interested in helping. A huge variety of people have played key roles in various scenes over the years and I am trying to them up and see what they can offer to the film. Compared to a lot of people my knowledge about music here is very small, which is one of the reasons why I want to do this film, but all these people have great stories and facts that deserve to be shared.
And then clearly there is the funding aspect. I am trying to get as many local businesses involved as possible. So many local places support music and it would be nice to see them get recognition and really just to make this a community film.
5. And a little about yourself:
Where you are from Overton, NV
Film background – I taught myelf about filmmaking. YouTube has helped a lot too….
Favorite bands Brand New, We Shot The Moon, Zebrahead, Parlor Hawk, Head and the Heart. I’ve been on a I hear Sirens kick lately.
Favorite documentaries – The Devil Came on Horeseback, In The High Country, Project American Fork (I worked on it and it’s awesome :)
Good luck, Derrick!