On January 17th, 2001 , the Demo Project was born with Radio 3, 22 years later, on January 16th 2023 the registrations for the Rising Stars Contest were opened, the new FIB project to support emerging artists, show the latest trends and offer tools to make them known. Artists such as El Columpio Asesino, Gentle Music Men or Le Parody, as winners, and Nadadora, Joe Crepúsculo, Triángulo de Amor Bizarro, Mendetz, Cosmen Adelaida, The Parrots or My Expansive Awareness, who were close to winning it and who today already have their place in the national music industry and part of it abroad, have passed through the Demo Project.
Its mechanics consisted of a daily radio program broadcast by Radio 3, sharing in each broadcast 5 works that had been presented. By the end of each edition of the contest, some 200 demos had been shared. You can find here all the songs that were presented in its 18 years of history.
The Parrots presented themselves in 2013 with three songs that can still be heard today. The group has evolved enormously since then, four years ago they covered Bad Bunny with ‘Soy Peor’ and a year ago The Parrots did a collaboration with C. Tangana:
El Columpio Asesino was the first winner of Proyecto Demo in 2001. In 2008 they returned to FIB and we can still find videos of their performance that year on our youtube account. Other artists like Joe Crepusculo, who was not a finalist but also won his place in the industry, returned years later to burn the dancefloors.
The festival has also seen a long list of artists who achieved success through festival competitions. Declan McKenna, for example, rose to fame by winning the Glastonbury Festival emerging talent contest in 2015. Other artists such as Belako won a Euskal Irrati Telebista demo contest and took third place on Radio 3. Belako was able to play at the Bilbao BBK Live festival that same year and open for other established artists at other festivals.
Aren’t you looking forward to seeing in 18 years’ time all the artists that will be talked about who started their career through the Rising Stars Contest on January 16, 2023?