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“More and more music videos qualify as ‘short films,’ worthy of screening at the big worldwide film festivals,” says singer-songwriter Scott West, whose video for his song “Keep It Clean” was one of only ten music shorts (among thousands submitted) to screen at last month’s London Independent Film Festival. Also selected for a July screening at the New York International Film Festival in NYC, the video was directed by 17-year-old Phillip ­Stucker.

“Phillip’s mother noticed his love of art and drawing,” says West, “and saved up the money for a computer he could use to do his own animation. He made a homemade video to the Shiny Toy Guns song ‘Don’t Cry Out,’ and it blew up on YouTube, with over 300,000 views. I was amazed when I first saw it, especially when I found out how young he ­was.”

However, the DIY video wasn’t authorized by the band or their management at Universal Music Group. “They made him take it down, even though he was using this video to raise money for his mother’s cancer treatments.… I ended up asking him to do my ‘Keep It Clean’ video.” To their eventual credit, Universal decided to adopt the STG clip as “official,” reposting it on YouTube and racking up an additional 150,000 ­views.

West, who studied audio engineering at Mesa Community College, has lived in San Diego for around three years, performing 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.… I just did the 2010 roots festival, and I’ll be at this year’s Adams Avenue ­Festival.”

A new album by the Scott West Band, Austin (featuring guest drummer Mick Fleetwood), will drop in June. The band appears May 23 at the Greek Palace on Clairemont Mesa ­Boulevard.

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ScottWest May 20, 2010 @ 8:30 p.m.

Scott West Update: The Scott West Band will be performing Wednesday night May 26th at LeStat's (3343 Adams Ave-5 blocks east of the 805 on Adam's) at 9 PM. This is Scott's last "Full Band" show of May.

Scott West will be opening for NBC's Last Comic Standing Winner Dat Phan at The Comedy Palace on Sunday Night May 23rd - 7 pm (Sold Out). The Scott West Band will be performing at The House of Blues / San Diego on Tuesday June 29th. You can hear Scott's music at http://www.myspace.com/47734340 Follow us at: @ScottWestBand on Twitter.com.


garmstrong500 May 20, 2010 @ 11:58 p.m.

Can't wait to see local keyboard legend, Scott West play with Happy Ron Hill for the hysterical Dat Phan at this Sunday's Comedy Palace show! Sold out show!

Also, he's got a gig coming up on June 5th at Bella Roma's in La Jolla. He's going to be playing a full set opening for the Superfriends of Comedy's "Catch a Rising Star" stand up comedy showcase with 8 local and emerging comedians. He's already played Bella Roma's before to a standing room only crowd where they ran out of pizza and beer! So, this show is sure to sell out again!

He is NOT to be missed on any stage that he plays!

Keep up the good work, Scott.


andrew69 May 21, 2010 @ 10:54 a.m.

It's about time some lip-service has been given to Scott West and his band! He is an incredible song writer with a talent for creating catchy tunes that are great to dance to! My wife and I in Sacramento miss him dearly and we are going to San Diego to see him perform. We last saw him in Sacramento giving out thousands of CD's that were the best tunes I have heard on one CD in many years. I anticipate the next album will be terrific as well. Keep up the good work, Scott..see ya at the House of Blues 06/29!~ Andrew


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