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Meet the Music Video Makers: Bands in the Backyard.

March 6, 2012

Text by Cary Carr. Image courtesy of Kyle Costill.

Over the past few months, Kyle Costill’s small backyard has been receiving a lot of visitors. A series of Philadelphia bands, one designated for each month of the year, have been setting up there and performing for the up-and-coming project, Bands in the Backyard.

Costill teamed up with David Kain to create the web project, in which episodes of the outdoor sessions are posted alongside up, close and personal backstage clips with various bands before they perform.

A former musician with the band Trouble Everyday, Costill conceived of the project with a goal in mind – to put musicians and artists in a situation they’re not used to, while providing viewers with a unique and musical visual of the transition of seasons.

While trying to showcase all the great talent in Philly, Costill makes an effort to pick bands with their own distinctive sounds.

“There’s not just one type of style that’s making Philly cool,” Costill says as he gushes over bands he’s already shown off – Summer Fiction, Ports of Call, Faux Slang, Streetwalkers, Oh Pears!, Arc in Round and Break It Up.

Although not trained in videography himself, Costill isn’t afraid to pick up the camera. But he also has an extensive team behind the BITBY movement, including his younger brother Tyler, who often brings along a film crew from Drexel University.

Costill, a full-time graphic designer, wants to turn BITBY into his full-time career by generating a collaborative effort between photographers, videographers and creative thinkers. The entrepreneur says he has high hopes that the project will enable viewers to see what bands really go through while simultaneously inspiring musicians to continue doing what they love: creating music.

“In video, you can get moments where you can really see how into it the band is,” Costill says. “There could be little victories for everyone.”

  1. Anonymous permalink
    April 11, 2012 11:36 am

    Pretty sure they’re from Jersey…..

  2. Geo permalink*
    April 11, 2012 11:39 am

    We know. The suckers snuck through our radar … they tricked us by being in Philly every night.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    April 11, 2012 11:41 am

    ….I think the backyard they have people play in is in Jersey, at least.


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