Win a Free iPad!: Help Create the Official “My Parade” Music Video and Win an iPad2

September 8, 2011

To promote the release of the Villains and Heroes EP, Aldo Leopardi is asking you to help make the official music video for the single “My Parade.” We’re asking for submissions of original fan-made music videos for “My Parade.” The two best entries—as determined by Aldo—will receive a free iPad2. Afterward, we’ll be taking clips from the best fan music videos to create the official music video for “My Parade.”

How to Enter

To enter the contest, do all of the following:

  • Create a fan-made music video for “My Parade.
  • Upload your original music video to YouTube.
  • Publish the link to your video entry to Aldo Leopardi’s Facebook page.

Entries must be received by midnight PST on October 16, 2011 to be eligible to win.

You can download the track along with the Villains and Heroes EP from our store page. Also, check out the “My Parade” lyrics for some inspiration.

How to Win

Two (2) contestants will receive one (1) free Apple iPad2. There will be one grand prize winner from each of two categories:

Most Original Music Video

The first winner will be handpicked by Aldo based on creativity and originality.

Most Viewed Music Video

On October 31, 2011 at 12:00PM PST, the total views for each video entry will be recorded. The videos with the top five views will qualify as finalists. Aldo will judge the top five finalists and choose one grand prize winner to receive an iPad2. The other four finalists will receive a Backslash Records Aldo Leopardi prize pack.

You can read the full video contest rules here.

Become a Part of the Music

Regardless of view count, Aldo Leopardi and the team at Backslash Records will be reviewing the videos for the best scenes created by the fans. We’ll be picking the scenes that we like the most and including them in the official music video for “My Parade.”

To Aldo, “My Parade” is a modern rock update to the Frank Sentra hit “My Way.” He says, “In life, you’ve got to find your own way. Society will try to tempt or coerce you away from your dreams right from the start. When I was a kid, I had this ‘fuck the world’ attitude. Sometimes, it got me into trouble, but that angst helped me stay independent and headstrong. If you follow the wrong thing, you end up not being true to yourself. And no amount of money, religion or social posturing can make that kind of life satisfying. You’ve got to do it your way, mate. Don’t ever let your dreams die.”

That’s what “My Parade” means to Aldo. Now, show us what the song means to you by creating your own music video.

Villains and Heroes + Paulina’s Promise = Good Music for a Good Cause

September 1, 2011

The Villains and Heroes EP is out! As announced in the press, proceeds for the record will benefit Paulina’s Promise, a Colorado-based charity that raises funds for the Heart Institute at The Children’s Hospital in Denver. The charity is named after Paulina Radz, the daughter of Gary and Nora Radz. Paulina was one of about 35,000 infants born each year in the U.S. with congenital heart defects. The Radzs spent 37 heartwrenching days in the Cardiac Unit of The Children’s Hospital in Denver as doctors attempted to save their daughter. During their time at the hospital, Gary and Nora saw numerous miracles being performed for families and their sick children and infants. Inspired by the dedication and daily heroics they observed, Gary and Nora promised themselves that, no matter what the outcome, they would do all they could to support the facility. Unfortunately, Paulina’s life could not be saved. But the Radzs kept their promise.

The Paulina Radz Memorial Fund was established to benefit The Heart Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado, a new facility that did not exist when Paulina was born. Funds are raised for the memorial through the Paulina’s Promise Seminar Series, an annual day of continuing education for the dental community. All the proceeds from the event’s tuition fees are donated directly to The Heart Institute.

As a leading cosmetic dentist and prosthodontist in Denver, Aldo first became involved with the seminar series when it began in 2005. Because Aldo had also lost a loved one at a young age to congenital heart disease, the cause deeply resonated with him. He participated as a speaker the following year and began leveraging his esteem as a prosthodontist to build awareness and bring in more speakers. Today, he serves on the board of directors of Paulina’s Promise and remains passionately involved with the future ambitions of the cause.

Donating the proceeds from Villains and Heroes is one of the ways that Aldo is working to expand and deepen the impact of Paulina’s Promise. Introducing the charity to music fans is just the beginning. Although the seminar series has its roots in the dental community, Aldo envisions an annual event that reaches out to the general public through music, concerts and other events that will bring the community together to support the fight against the number one cause of death in the first year of life.

The premise of Paulina’s Promise was founded on the question: “How can we each use our talents, experience and expertise in order to make the biggest impact?” For Dr. Gary and Nora Radz, Dr. Aldo Leopardi and the other doctors who first got involved in Paulina’s Promise, a unique and prestigious seminar series was the best answer. But Aldo hopes to further harness the talents of local artists, performers and event organizers to make an even bigger impact.

“Supporting the absolutely amazing work that The Heart Institute does is something I’m extremely passionate about,” says Aldo. “I want to do everything in my power to help the cause. But like hundreds of people who feel the same way as I do, I’m not a heart surgeon or a medical researcher. Paulina’s Promise is and will be an excellent way to allow us to take what we do well and love doing and direct it toward a greater good.”

Learn more about Paulina’s Promise at www.paulinaspromise.com.

Villains & Heroes EP Released

August 16, 2011

The new Aldo Leopardi record is almost here! Following Aldo Leopardi’s hit self-titled debut, Villains & Heroes shows the evolution of the irreverent Australian rocker, both as a songwriter and a performer.

Villains & Heroes is a five-song EP consisting with all original songs. On this record, Aldo Leopardi takes his signature guitar and vocal style and embraces a more modern rock sound. From fist-pumping sing-along’s to acoustic-driven ballads, Aldo Leopardi’s newest record covers a vast amount of ground both sonically and lyrically. Thanks to producer Lee Miles, the recording comes together crisply and powerfully, remaining steadfastly true to Aldo Leopardi’s high energy on-stage presence. Known for his work with Oh My Stars, Lee collaborated closely with Aldo to bring the new material to life in a way that captured what Aldo Leopardi’s music is all about.

EP opener “Love” is a hooky guitar rock track that shows off Aldo’s virtuosity as a guitarist and singer. The second track, “Not Enough” is a Lee Miles song interpreted by Aldo Leopardi which showcases the instant chemistry between these two musicians. “My Parade” is an attitude-laced anthem that flexes the full muscle of a dynamically structured rock song. The EP closes with the two-part title track “The Villain & The Hero.” Capping the EP’s conceptual themes and rock motifs, “The Villain” begins pensive and heavy. The song builds to an epic resolution in “The Hero” that proves that the power ballad has never been more relevant.

Villains & Heroes will be released in the summer of 2011 by Backslash Records and will be available on iTunes. Preview Villains & Heroes in high fidelity by clicking on “Listen Now” at the top of the page.

Villains & Heroes was recorded at Backbone Studio in Lovelend Colorado with sound engineer Jason Larson. Mixed and Mastered at The Blast Room in Fort Collins Colorado with sound engineer Jason Livermore. Other contributors to the EP include Steve Beck, Greg Dyer, Aaron Lane and Muno Wahab.