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Friday, September 18, 2020

Vans Musicians Wanted hits global expansion this 2020!

09/14/2020 05:19:00 PM

Vans is staging a worldwide music competition for all genres beginning this month.

Earlier in the month, the original action sports brand and global advocate for creative expression has formally announced the global expansion of the platform Vans Musicians Wanted, with its registration for the APAC region already taking place since 2 September 2020.

After originally catering to the Asia-Pacific region five years ago, Vans Musicians Wanted has evolved into a global platform that provides undiscovered musicians a chance for their original music to be heard by the audiences from wherever they are in the world. Plus, it is set to be immersed into a seamless digital experience and will award one grand prize winner the opportunity to share the stage with Vans Ambassador and Grammy award-winning artist Anderson .Paak.

Launching in partnership with the trailblazing talent from Vans’ final chapter of the ‘THIS IS OFF THE WALL’ brand campaign released today, Vans shares the compelling journey of two artists: Atlanta-based rapper, J.I.D, and Chinese-born and American-raised artist, Bohan Phoenix, who express their personal identities through music. 

Inspired by their experiences of fusing cultural identity with raw musical prowess, Vans has partnered with J.I.D and Bohan Phoenix to serve as guest judges for the global competition. The stories of these two young artists within the hip hop industry serve as a catalyst for the next generation of musicians looking to come up from their bedrooms to the main stage.

Vans’ ‘THIS IS OFF THE WALL’ campaign stories celebrate creative expression through the pursuit of artists making their own way forward in hip hop. The genre has become a distinct language of choice for young voices who continue to work to forge their own path by any means necessary. 

This year, though, the brand has announced the competition is open to all genres, in time with the global expansion. 

Here's what the press release shares about the two featured artists who will serve as the special judges for the competition, as well as the recording artist who will join them:

Born and raised in East Atlanta, Destin Choice Route, better known by his stage name J.I.D, has carved out a unique space for himself through his raw talent and unwavering desire for greatness. While creativity was a constant throughout J.I.D’s life, he originally pursued professional sports, but through injuries and uncertainty, he embraced music. Driven by his magnanimous work ethic, J.I.D’s focus on writing and dense wordplay has helped to establish him as a leader in a new wave of hip hop that values craft over hype, defining a new sound that is unmatched. Hear J.I.D’s origin story and the path he has taken in order to hone his craft at 

Born in Hubei, China and moved to Massachusetts, Bohan Phoenix was introduced to hip hop when his mother used popular movies and television as a tool to teach him English. One movie in particular sparked a love for music and culture that would go on to define his life moving forward. This introduction to hip hop led Bohan down a path of discovery and personal exploration that brought him to create his own music. By embracing his upbringing and dual cultural identity, he began to make music that blended two languages and cultures together to create something uniquely personal, pushing hip hop in new places. Watch Bohan Phoenix’s journey to self-discovery and how his multicultural upbringing has come to influence his identity as an artist at 

To celebrate the partnership, Vans has teamed up with Bohan Phoenix to release his customized Vans shoes on .

Joining J.I.D and Bohan Phoenix as special guest judges, European based singer-songwriter Nilüfer Yanya, and Grammy award-winning artist, Anderson .Paak  will review the top-5 artists from each region. Top-5 artists from APAC will perform at the Vans Musicians Wanted Virtual Concert this December, they will also receive free album distribution through Spinnup, Universal Music Group’s distribution service for independent artists. One grand prize winner will be selected to receive Vans product, Fender Gear, Vans Spotify and Apple Music playlisting, music video produced by Universal Music Group and one year of free and unlimited global music distribution from Spinnup (APAC exclusive), and the opportunity to share the stage with Anderson .Paak as the opening act in 2021.

Registration for Vans Musicians Wanted is underway for the Asia-Pacific region until 30 September 2020. Meanwhile, submissions from the America and EMEA regions will be opened by 28 September to 11 October 2020. Submit Original Music Now by logging on to their official webpage

Author: slickmaster | © 2020 The SlickMaster's Files

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