umph linear remix contest

“Standing head and shoulders above their improv-centric contemporaries, Umphrey’s McGee have become defined by their ability to spin a web of tension and release through master composition and infectious grooves both live and in the studio. Umphrey’s Catalog runs the gamut of genres allowing the band to deliver unforgettable performances.


Now Umphrey’s McGee wants you to remix their album opener “The Linear”, in the first of three remix contests. The base level is set, now crank that junk.”


Umphrey’s McGee have posted nine stems from Similar Skin opener “The Linear” for download on their website. They’re asking fans to use one or more to create a remix of the track.

(no copyrighted samples;  submission must be made of material for which contestants own the copyright or a license to use, e.g. a sample pack that was purchased and is licensed).

One grand prize winner will take home all of the following:

  • $1,000
  • Official release
  • Feature on all of the band’s web properties
  • Umphrey’s McGee merch pack


If you submit, don’t spam your audience for votes to win the contest, though. The popular vote winners (three total) will receive a one-year Pro membership to Indaba Music, while the members of Umphrey’s McGee will be the sole judges picking the winner of the grand prize.

The Submission period is from June 5th to July 3 with voting running from July 3rd to July 17.

Enter the contest today!

A mysterious email with little more than this image and a subject line reading “Similar Skin” was distributed to subscribers of the Chicago-based progressive rock band’s email list this morning.

umphrey's mcgee similar skinAs reported by Jambase,

“The Linear,” “Cut The Cable,” “Hourglass,” “No Diablo” and “Puppet String” are among the tunes on Similar Skin which UM has performed live. A studio version of “Bridgeless,” which has been a staple of Umphrey’s repertoire for over a decade, has also made the cut. “When you’re a young band in the studio, at first you think it’s about just playing the right notes and playing them in time and making something that sounds better than what you can do as a live band,” keyboardist Joel Cummins told Rolling Stone about the band’s process in a recent interview. “Now it’s about getting [the album,] emotionally, exactly where it needs to be.” According to Rolling Stone, the band will self-release the album and have financed it themselves. “I think there’s definitely a few tracks on this that will help make us some new fans,” Cummins also told Rolling Stone in the January interview. “I really hope this is something people are going to spend a lot of time listening to with headphones.”


Here’s the full tracklist for Similar Skin:

The Linear (Debuted Live – 1/22/10)

Cut The Cable (Debuted Live – 12/30/12)

Hourglass (Debuted Live – 5/27/11)

No Diablo (Debuted Live – 4/26/13)

Similar Skin (Never Played Live)

Puppet String (Debuted Live – 5/28/11)

Little Gift (Never Played Live)

Educated Guess (Never Played Live)

Loose Ends (Debuted Live 3/25/12)

Hindsight (Never Played Live)

Bridgless (Debuted Live – 1/30/04)