Fan Direction: 5 Great Music-Video Contest Winners

One of the latest trends I've observed in music is that almost everyone is outsourcing their videos these days, even top artists. It's much easier and cheaper to hold a fan contest, asking your fans to create videos for you, than it is to go out and shoot the video yourself on your (or your record label's, if you still have one) very limited dime.

It's an interesting idea, but how many great, undiscovered filmmakers are there just dying to make videos for their favorite bands? Well, apparently quite a few. For various rewards and recognition by their heroes, fans will definitely go to great lengths to produce amazing works of art. These contests are quickly becoming a trend, because oftentimes the fans can come up with better videos than the bands can.

KEEP THE HOUSTON PRESS FREE... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Corey Deiterman