Five Times August

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Five Times August
Origin Dallas, Texas
Genres Pop
Acoustic
Years active 2001–present
Labels Seven Places Music [1]
Website http://www.FiveTimesAugust.com
Members Brad Skistimas
Notable instruments
Taylor Guitars, Gibson Guitars, Guild Guitars, Fender Guitars, Gretsch Guitars

Five Times August is the name of a solo music project by Dallas, Texas independent singer/songwriter/guitarist Brad Skistimas (b. August 5, 1983 in Lewisville, Texas). Every song off the album "The Independent (l.p.)" was placed on popular MTV programming like Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. He is also the first unsigned act to get national distribution in Wal-Mart stores. Five Times August's album, Brighter Side, was released on March 18, 2008, with further distribution at Best Buy, Border's, and FYE stores. His album, Life as a Song, was released to iTunes on October 13, 2009, followed by further digital distribution on October 20 and finally on CD in Best Buy stores on October 27. The album consists of completely re-recorded versions of Five Times August songs from the previous two albums, including three new songs. Following the release of "Life as a Song," a series of digital singles were released in late 2010 and early 2011, one being a cover of the Carole King and Gerry Goffin written "Up on the Roof," originally made famous by The Drifters. Skistimas released an E.P. titled "Where Did I Go?" in January 2013 under a new side-project, Music By Bradley James.

Discography[edit]

  • Rare, Live, & Unreleased+", 2011
  • Acoustic Sessions: Volume 2++", 2011
  • Instrumental Karaoke Tracks!+, 2011
  • Say | The Deluxe Reissue++, 2009
  • Life as a Song, 2009
  • Brighter Side - Stripped E.P.+, 2008
  • Brighter Side, 2008,
  • The Independent (l.p.), 2007
  • Acoustic Sessions: Volume 1, 2005
  • Fry Street, 2005
  • Something Clever E.P., 2004
  • Audience of Zero, 2003
  • Hover, 2003
  • Say, 2001

+ noted as a digital only release ++ noted as a limited edition handmade CD

Digital Singles[edit]

  • Up On The Roof, 2011
  • Fix Me, 2010
  • The Minute, 2010

Releasing Life as a Song[edit]

From July 16 to August 17, 2009, Skistimas partnered up with the site Kickstarter to help fund the new album Life as a Song. Fans were invited to pre-order the album, and get different rewards if funding was successful. Rewards ranged from a digital copy of the album to a having your name in the CD liner notes to a weekend camping trip with Skistimas. The goal was $20,000 USD, and was reached with nine hours left in the project on August 16, 2009. It was the first project on Kickstarter to raise that large of an amount and be successful.[1]

Say re-issue[edit]

In early 2010, Five Times August's debut album was re-issued in a two disc set, with disc one containing the original 2001 album and a commentary track while disc two contains acoustic re-imagining's of the songs found on disc one. The package was handmade by Skistimas in his home, reminiscent of the original copies of the album. Each copy comes autographed.

Connecting with fans[edit]

Five Times August, still remains an independent artist regardless of many label offers. Brad and his wife Kelly have decided in the last year to sell all of their belongings including their home to purchase an RV and tour the United States in an effort to connect with their current fans and to gain a wider fan base. Five Times August has been successful with this as they have visited many different college universities, small venues and even have played private sets at fan's homes. Five Times August has made an outstanding effort in the past year to show that independent artist can be successful in a broken music industry.

Music By Bradley James[edit]

Brad spent much of 2011/12 working on material for a side-project. The E.P. "Where Did I Go?" was release January 15th, 2013 under the artist title Music By Bradley James. Funding for the E.P. was successfully crowd sourced via PledgeMusic.com between the months of August and October 2012. The six songs are a departure from the acoustic singer/songwriter sound of Five Times August and better serve the genres of blues and jazz.

Partial list of televised song placements[edit]

  • "First Time for Everything"
    • MTV's Laguna Beach After show (on mtv.com's overdrive)
    • Fox Reality’s The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody (episodes 7, 9. 10, 12)
  • "Better with You"
    • MTV's Laguna Beach (episode 106)
    • Lifetime Channel's Monarch Cove (episode 101)
    • Oxygen Channel's Bad Girls Club (episode 103)
    • MTV's Reunited: The Real World Vegas (episode 106)
    • MTV's Real World Sydney (episode 1900)
    • Fox Reality’s The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody (episode 6. 10, 11, 12)
    • MTV's The Hills (episode 303)
    • Degrassi (episode 1008)
  • "Save It for Later"
    • Oxygen Channel's Bad Girls Club (episode 103)
    • MTV's Laguna Beach (episode 203)
    • Fox Reality's The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody (episode 11)
  • "So Typical"
    • MTV's Real World /Road Rules Challenge : The Dual (episode 15)
    • Fox Reality's The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody (episodes 5, 7)
  • "Wherever"
    • MTV's Laguna Beach (episode 204)
    • MTV's Reunited: The Real World Vegas Casting Special
    • Fox Reality's The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody (episode 12)
  • "Up to Me"
    • MTV's Laguna Beach (episode 208)
    • MTV's Reunited: The Real World Vegas Casting Special
    • Fox Reality's The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody (episode 7)
    • MTV's A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila II (season finale)
  • "The Way You Do"
    • The CW's One Tree Hill (episode 69)
    • Fox Reality’s The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody (episodes 1,2, 5, 6, 7, 9. 10)
  • "Owe It All to You"
    • Fox Reality's The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody (episode 9, 10)
    • MTV's Real World Sydney (episode 1900)
  • "Do It Again"
    • Oxygen Channel's Bad Girls Road Trip (episode 2)
    • Fox Reality’s The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody (episodes 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13)
    • HBO's 2008 Season promo spot
  • "Perfectly"
    • Fox Reality's The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody (episode 4, 5)
    • ABC's Eli Stone (episode 7)
  • "Roll Into You"
    • MTV's Laguna Beach (episode 212)
    • Fox Reality's The Amazing Adventures of a Nobody (episode 9, 10, 11)
    • MTV's A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila II
  • "Overrated"
    • MTV's The Hills (episode 6)
  • "Sentimental Spell"
    • MTV's Real World Sydney (season finale)
  • "One Way Road"
    • MTV's The Gauntlet (episode )
  • "It's Not Over"
    • MTV's Real World Sydney (season finale)
  • "The Way You Do"
    • 2009 GMC Sierra Commercial [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bskistimas/release-the-next-five-times-august-album
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TDTUCNADNY4

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