What makes Ignite Phoenix awesome? Simple. It’s a platform to openly share your knowledge, passion and ideas with a diverse and supportive audience. When I attended my first Ignite Phoenix back in the summer of 2010 I had no idea that the inspiration I received would launch me into a two-year project that would allow me to share my passion for music with thousands of strangers. I approached the Ignite team with an idea to incorporate local music into the event and surprisingly enough, they let me run with it! Behold: the Ignite Phoenix Mix Tapes!
Two years and five events later we have successfully released five compilation albums containing the talent of 60 local Arizona bands and musicians. Our genres have ranged from folk rock and soulful funk all the way to the bright beats of indie rock and dance pop. We’ve also managed to showcase some of these outstanding local artists at our Ignite Phoenix events.
Even though 60 artists may seem like a lot, I believe this project has barely scratched the surface of the incredibly diverse variety of music that is being created and performed across our state. If you’ve listened to a few of the albums and found a couple stand-out tracks that caught your ear, I urge you to support local music by attending a show at a local venue or picking up a few of these artist’s albums.
Below is a downloadable discography of the Ignite Phoenix Mix Tape project for those of you who missed an event or misplaced your CDs. It’s absolutely FREE to collect the whole set as long as you promise me you’ll continue to explore and support Arizona’s local musicians. You never know when you’ll stumble across the next Jimmy Eat World, Gin Blossoms, Meat Puppets, The Format or The Maine! You can also follow the links below to explore the music of the different bands that have contributed their talent to this project.
Lastly, I wanted to give one final shout out to my team members and friends who have made this project possible. If this were a box set, you could consider these my liner notes: An enormous “THANKS!” to the Ignite Phoenix team for welcoming me with open arms, supporting this project and believing in me from start to finish; all 60 of the local artists who contributed their talent free of cost to the albums and live performances at Ignite; Splinter Creative for lending their graphic design prowess to our sweet album covers and matching event programs; Stinkweeds and Silver Platter for helping fund the project and always supporting local musicians; Andy Baade at Tempe Tape & Disc for providing quality duplication services at an affordable rate; Dave Shirk at Sonorous Mastering for working his magic on #11 and #12 mix tapes; Brian Carson for mastering the discs for #8, #9 and #10; and my friends, Katie Brodt, Ami Johnson, Mitch Freedom of What Laura Says, River Jones of River Jones Music, Stephen Chilton of Psyko Steves Presents, Becky Bartkowski of the Phoenix New Times for lending their professional ears and helping me track down some of Arizona’s best local music. This project wouldn’t have been a success without each and every one of your contributions!
~ Erika Delemarre
Ignite Phoenix #8
Ignite Phoenix #9
- The Technicolors – To Love
- Gospel Claws – Avenues
- Small Leaks Sink Ships – Pray For Pills
- Telescope – Falling For You
- Dry River Yacht Club – Sweaty Sax
- The Veragrtoove – Days With No Sunshine
- Captain Squeegee – Your Own Invention
- Superstereo – Life Passed Me By
- Crash Coordinates – Counting Down The Days
- Snake! Snake! Snakes! – Thieves
Ignite Phoenix #10
Ignite Phoenix #11
Ignite Phoenix #12
- Austin Gibbs – La La La
- Sister Cities – Your Heart
- This Century – Sound Of Fire
- Sweet Talker – I Wish
- Black Moods – I Can’t Sleep At Night
- The Sunset Rider & The Skeleton Army – Enter The West Coast
- Scorpion vs. Tarantula – Switch It On (And Shake)
- Fight The Quiet – Hot Minute
- Andrew Jackson Jihad – People II 2: Still Peoplin’
- O’ Henry – These Afternoons
- Matthew Reveles – Hazard To My Health
- Playboy Manbaby – End of Time
- North Dakota – Thing
- Mitch Freedom – Induced Interferences
- Brian Lopez – Under Watchful Eyes
- Sareena Dominguez – Moonbeams
- Dylan Pratt – Beasties
- Ryan Sims of EastonAshe – Dodging Bullets
- Torin Dinh – I Could Lose The Night
- Ofthesky – The Trees Will Grow Weak