Q&A: Night Moves

Q: You guys have played First Avenue’s Mainroom a number of times, what excites you about this particular show?
A: Well, it's the end of May, which seems to be the best time of the year in the Twin Cities. Lilacs are in bloom and it isn't too hot yet to be outside all day. Also, people aren't too spoiled yet by the weather, so you have people like me thinking this is cloud 9. Also, it's our second time headlining the Mainroom, so that in itself is a very special thing. It's always a treat getting to play the Mainroom, headlining is a whole other kind of delight. We have some new jams! Plus, we have great acts like Anonymous Choir opening = it should be a damn fine evening.

Q: You’ve been down in Austin, TX recording new material with Jim Eno from Spoon. What has that been like?
A: It's been great so far! Jim's really nice and down for our sound so I think we should have a great 3rd album coming out...not entirely sure when people will hear it though...We're knee deep in it all. Exploring new sounds with him has been the highlight.

Q: What was the songwriting process like?
A: My landlord took away the basement rehearsal space near the end of the Pennied Days writing (long story), so since the last record I haven't been able to get too loud during the demoing process, so I've found myself doing more keyboard based songs. I've basically brought in my demos to Jim and we've been seeing if we can beat the demo sounds I've dialed in. It's good that he's a drummer, because he's helped add in drums tones we dig in addition to all the Night Moves-y drum machine bits we use.

Q: Any chance we’ll hear anything new at the show?
A: I hope so

Be sure to catch Night Moves at First Avenue tonight!

Job: Graphic Designer & Advertising Assistant

Job description: Graphic Design & Advertising Assistant

To Apply: Please email your resume, cover letter, and design portfolio to jobs@first-avenue.com.

This position is responsible for the visual appearance of all marketing materials across all channels and brands of First Avenue, the Twin Cities’ premier promoter, entertainment venue, and restaurant group. We are seeking a candidate that is extremely proficient producing high-volume, fresh design, with relentless attention to detail. Must be passionate about design, advertising, and our brands. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This is a hands-on graphic design position with fast-paced digital and print design and production responsibilities. 

  • Assemble artwork and admats for over 1,000 concerts and events each year. This includes inputting local information into preformatted ads, laying out print and digital ads, and creating weekly calendars and newsletters.
  • Maintain all in-house advertising, including slideshow video images, print-at-home ads, and posters hung at First Avenue, 7thSt Entry, The Depot Tavern, and the Turf Club.
  • Maintain all external advertising, including weekly City Pages ad and other print and digital accounts; billboards; social media and newsletter images. This includes formatting ads for use across all social media accounts.
  • Oversee all graphic design needs for our venues beyond concerts, including menus, presentations and marketing decks, logos, and special projects.
  • Create and manage new video content and update existing video templates in Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premier.
  • Responsible for accuracy of projects including managing proofing schedules and quality assurance for ads.
  • Oversee photography archive and maintain digital and physical archives.
  • Assist with the creation of new images for merchandise, and also possible new merchandise items.
  • Assist with street team and the distribution of materials

NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA in Graphic Design, Advertising, Marketing, or equivalent experience
  • Fluent in Adobe Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premier) and design software
  • Minimum of 2 years design related experience required
  • Organizational management a must
  • Ability to work on numerous projects simultaneously with aggressive deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to follow direction from clients and managers, and collaborate on projects with a team  
  • Knowledge of HTML and other web languages a plus
  • Experience with Drupal, WordPress, and MailChimp a plus
  • Experience proofreading and editing copy a plus

HOURS

This is a full-time, exempt position, with weekday office hours.  On occasion may be required to work nights, weekends, and holidays in addition to normal business hours.

  • 80% hands-on design 
    • 30% new/creative driven design work
    • 70% admat/template driven work
  • 10% administrative 
  • 10% miscellaneous 

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • A passion for getting things done and having others get things done, and an appreciation for details and deadlines
  • Ability to work long hours when needed and thrive under pressure
  • Must be comfortable working as part of a team in a loud, unconventional office environment
  • Love of live music and active concert-going a must

 

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