FOO FIGHTERS Drummer TAYLOR HAWKINS Invites Fan Collaboration On New Song

May 15, 2015

WholeWorldBand, the unique app for Mac, Windows, iPad and iPhone that enables fans anywhere in the world to record music videos with their heroes, has announced exclusive sessions by FOO FIGHTERS' drummer Taylor Hawkins, ROXY MUSIC guitarist Phil Manzanera, and powerhouse rockers UMPHREY'S MCGEE.

Hawkins has released a WholeWorldBand video session that enables fans to write new songs featuring him on drums, and create a video of them playing together. In the accompanying video notes, Hawkins encourages musicians to add their own interpretation to his original track: "I was kinda imagining some sort of song in there, but I want you guys to be creative and think of your own thing."

Meanwhile, Manzanera has uploaded his second foray into WholeWorldBand, his cover of "No Church in the Wild". Kanye West and Jay-Z's original song was actually based on a sample of Manzanera's guitar playing from his solo album "K-Scope", so with this WholeWorldBand video session, he brings it back full circle and opens it up to musicians everywhere. "The whole process is about musical recycling," says Phil, "And I really hope that you join in that recycling process."

Kings of the U.S. touring circuit UMPHREY'S MCGEE have added multi-track video stems of their new single, "Bad Friday", on WholeWorldBand. UMPHREY'S MCGEE's collaboration is the first of its kind where fans can now participate in UMPHREY'S acclaimed live performance — making the onstage experience available to any musician anywhere in the world. The band's original session even leaves 16 bars open in the solo section to allow for a full guitar hero experience when playing along.

The resulting collaborative recordings can be shared on social media by fans and monetized by the original artists.

"WholeWorldBand is the first application to combine easy access to musical creativity with the transparency and respect musicians and rights holders have been fighting for," said WholeWorldBand Managing Director of North America, Gregory Butler.

"We're excited to add Taylor Hawkins and UMPHREY'S MCGEE to the lineup of great musicians on WholeWorldBand, and welcome back Phil Manzanera," said WholeWorldBand CMO Sulinna Ong-Orpheus. "Artists such as these are embracing a whole new level of creative interactivity with their fans, enabling them to experience what it's like to play with their heroes and share their musical vision with the world."

WholeWorldBand is an easy-to-use web-based app for iPhone, iPad, and Windows and MacOS computers which allows musicians and fans to create personalized music videos that can be shared and enjoyed worldwide.

Everyone from famous professionals to complete beginners can work together to create great music videos using just the camera and microphone in their computer or mobile device — and then share directly to YouTube, Facebook, SoundCloud and Twitter.

WholeWorldBand was founded by award-winning video director and musician Kevin Godley and uniquely combines a multi-user video creation platform with sophisticated digital rights management.

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