Eva Knott 7:03 p.m., May 17
Music & a Movie Kicks Off April 28 w/Cowboys & Aliens Costume Party
The first Music and a Movie event, scheduled for April 28, will be the Cowboys & Aliens Movie, Music Video, Concert, and Costume Party, at the VisionPulse Event Center on 5945 Center Boulevard, #510.
"My band is going to be performing live ambient music and sounds to accompany NASA UFO footage," says bandleader Scott West. "We are then going to perform our 'Cowboys & Aliens' song, before screening our 'Cowboys & Aliens' music video, which has gone viral, receiving 160,000 views in the past ten days or so. We should pass 200,000 views this week! We are then going to screen Spielberg's Cowboys & Aliens film from last summer.
"I've invited a couple of local UFO information groups to have tables at this event and it's also a Cowboys & Aliens costume party."
Each event is going to be personalized around that month's movie, with concentrically related fun. "Since there isn't a cheap movie night on a Saturday night anywhere in San Diego, we will offer that value with a concert, movie and more each month for five bucks," according to West. Each movie night will also have a costume party related to that month's movie
2012 Music & A Movie Schedule:
April 28.......................Cowboys & Aliens
May TBA (26th).........Rocky Horror Picture Show
June TBA (30th).........This is Spinal Tap
July TBA (28th)..........Donnie Darko
Scott West, who studied audio engineering at Mesa Community College, performs regularly with his own Scott West Band, as well as with Happy Ron Hill, Tara Nichol, and others. “I’m living near I-5, between La Jolla and P.B., which is handy access for getting around town several nights a week to gigs. I probably play out 15 or 20 times a month.”
West’s 2010 album Austin includes guest players Mick Fleetwood, Daniel de los Reyes (the Killers), James Baker (War), and Frank Hannon and Brian Wheat of Tesla. That summer, the Sacramento International Film & Music Festival chose West’s “Keep It Clean” music video as an official selection of the 2010 Festival.
His Xmas 2010 album California Christmas was recorded with Wheat and Hannon at Tesla's band’s Sacramento studio. During its first month on sale, California Christmas saw one tune score over 34,000 downloads on Myxer.com. “Frank Hannon and I tracked a live version of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ with just piano, MIDI-ed keyboard strings, and electric guitar. We only made one pass, then Frank laid down some harmony electric-guitar lines and we were done with the track.”
On New Year’s Eve 2010/2011, his “Auld Lang Syne” ringtone hit over 127,000 ringtone downloads. It hit number two among all ringtone categories on Myxer, one of the most popular download sites.
“I’m signing my first record deal today,” West told the Reader on March 17, 2011, of the publishing deal he signed with Greenlight 360, a Boston company that specializes in placing music on television and in movies. “As a result, we already have several songs being set up for various TV shows.” That summer, West opened for touring acts such as John Waite (the Babys), the Motels, and Yes, and his “Standing on the Moon” video topped 100,000 YouTube views.
As for the origins of his sci-fi cowboy tune, the song “Cowboys and Aliens” was inspired by the same-named 2006 graphic novel, whose genesis is connected to the July 2011 film starring Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig, directed by Jon Favreau, and produced by Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg. “We originally hoped that signing a publishing deal would help us place the song in the movie, but that [soundtrack] was already filled up beforehand.”
West wrote the song’s first incarnation in 2007, later teaming up with O.B.-based Justin Werner to revise it as an acoustic guitar-centered tune. The Greenlight 360 publishing deal includes both Scott and Werner. “Justin co-wrote half of the song with me. I made the cool alien craft sounds with a backwards bell sound and a backwards gong. I then used a Starbucks paper cup and plastic drinking straw with ice water in the cup to make the alien laser blast sounds. Everyone thinks that I used keyboard patches, when we did everything organically.”
Other locals involved in the recording include bassist Marcia Claire, guitarist Mark Huls, and studio mastermind Ben Moore (Switchfoot, Pinback).
“A famous syndicated TV show wants to use 'Cowboys and Aliens,'” according to West. The song was also released on the local music compilation series Staring at the Sun Volume 9, with an accompanying comic book produced by local publisher BloodFire Studios.
Since signing the publishing deal, West’s songwriting partner Justin Werner subsequently placed his own song “This Highway” in the 2011 movie The Wanderers.
Last summer, Cowboys and Aliens director Favreau tweeted West's song and video among his "favorites."
At this writing, West's "Cowboys & Aliens" music video, despite not being connected at all to the 2011 film, has earned over 250,000 views.