NEW YORK & ST. LOUIS – April 24, 2006 – SAVVIS, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS), a leading global provider of managed and outsourced IT services, and Basecamp Productions LLC, which combines its innovative software applications with SAVVIS’ Content Management and Delivery Network (CDN) services to deliver digital downloads for major music artists, today announced that over two million songs by Pearl Jam were downloaded in the fourth quarter of 2005. In addition, the companies announced that THE DOORS will soon be tapping Basecamp’s innovative music download service to distribute previously unreleased live songs and concerts recorded by the band from 1967- 1970.
Formed in 1990, Pearl Jam was one of the leaders of the Seattle grunge music explosion and has a long history of performing with passion, conviction and a strong sense of purpose. Through its music, the band nurtures an intimate relationship with its fans. Using the innovative content management and distribution service developed by Basecamp, Pearl Jam fans can browse set lists from Pearl Jam shows as the band progresses on their tours around the world, and purchase and download any show they choose. Pearl Jam expects the downloads to increase commensurate with the release of their new album on May 2 and the start of their spring/summer touring season.
To register and create a user account that allows access to downloadable Pearl Jam concerts, fans should visit the band’s official web site http://www.pearljam.com (in the Goods section) or directly at http://bootlegs.pearljam.com.
As THE DOORS celebrate their 40th anniversary in 2007, the legendary band is reaching out to the next generation of music fans and introducing them to the music and ethos of one of rock's most influential forces. As part of this effort, a variety of previously unreleased live performances circa 1967 – 1970 will be made available in the near future via digital downloads exclusively from The Doors website http://www.thedoors.com/. From the innovative music download system, to a variety of other activities and memorabilia, the music and message of The Doors will once more break on through.
“The Doors have always looked to their fans first, and ‘the business’ of music somewhat after that,” said Doors manager Jeff Jampol. “With Basecamp’s innovative download service, our fans are empowered to be the first to get these newly available recordings in their purest form. At the same time, it’s also a wonderful means of promoting The Doors’ legacy to a whole new generation of fans. The Doors’ website can now be a one-stop ‘super-service center’, where fans both old and new can obtain CDs, merchandise, books, downloads and info on The Doors - directly from the band to the fan - with no middlemen or filters. Fans can pick and choose their favorite tracks, many of which have NEVER been heard or released, listen to previews, and even build their own ‘virtual box sets’ of live Doors performances.”
Basecamp Productions combines its powerful application software with multiple delivery methods and a new business model to turn live performances into marketable volume products. Founded by music producer/recording engineer Brett Eliason and his business partner Joshua James, Basecamp has developed a unique business approach that allows artists to create their own branded online download systems to sell music through their existing website. Rather than re-directing traffic to a 3rd party website, the Basecamp system integrates with the artist’s website, allowing fans to download music direct from the artist. The look and feel of the software can be easily tailored to match whatever the artist prefers.
SAVVIS provides the technology and network infrastructure for Basecamp to store, manage, distribute and protect artists’ content. This allows Basecamp to easily manage any type of media file, including uncompressed audio. End users experience this system as an intuitive, artist-branded interface that immerses fans in the world of their favorite band.
“Pearl Jam and The Doors are great examples of artists that are adamant about minimizing corporate influence on their music and legacy.” said Joshua James, co-founder of Basecamp. “Having their own branded online distribution system empowers artists and helps build a sense of community with their fans. By keeping fans in direct connection with the artist on their web site rather then sending the fan off to a 3rd party vendor, you create a direct fan to artist relationship. Whether it’s live music the night of the show, studio recordings, or unreleased gems from the vaults, Basecamp, with help from SAVVIS, provides these legendary bands with a high quality and artist-controlled alternative to iTunes and other popular music download systems.”
Through Basecamp’s innovative service, fans can pre-order and purchase recordings of live concerts and then receive an electronic file of the performance a few hours after it takes place. By quickly producing and delivering high-fidelity performance recordings, Basecamp allows artists to maintain control over the quality of the reproduction while making their content available to legions of fans who are fervent in their efforts to collect the artist’s works. Basecamp is in discussions with other big name musical acts creating their own artist-branded download services that can be maintained on the bands’ official web sites.
“Basecamp’s innovative model for the distribution of live concert recordings depends on the reliable and secure management and distribution of their content, as well as the very rapid turnaround of products and the ability to create entirely customized applications for their customers,” said Nathan Kerry, Vice President & General Manager, Media & Entertainment, for SAVVIS. “We are pleased to provide a solution that matches those needs perfectly, while allowing Basecamp enough flexibility to add services as their business changes.”
The SAVVIS content management and distribution services utilized by Basecamp can be tailored specifically to the needs of any of media-centric organization, offering a comprehensive and integrated solution to the universal challenge of securely creating, managing and distributing content in today’s media marketplace. These offerings include a range of workflow tools for managing the creative and production processes of the media supply chain as well as digital distribution directly to the consumer marketplace. This unique toolset, encompassing the entire media life cycle, makes SAVVIS a leader among managed service providers serving the media industry.
About Basecamp Productions
Basecamp Productions LLC is the leading online distribution company for artists and fans to buy/sell live music immediately after a concert. With over two million songs sold in the fourth quarter of 2005, Basecamp is experiencing incredible growth in this unique segment of the music industry. In addition to Pearl Jam, Basecamp will be launching with a number of additional multi-platinum artists in 2006. With their proprietary software that allows anyone to create their own branded download system within their existing web site, the Basecamp model is serving an area that the corporate online music services are unable to attend to. For additional information on Basecamp Productions, please visit: http://basecampproductions.com.
SAVVIS, Inc. (NASDAQ: SVVS) is a leading global provider of managed and outsourced IT services that focuses exclusively on IT solutions for businesses. With an IT services platform that extends to 45 countries, SAVVIS has over 5,000 enterprise customers and leads the industry in delivering secure, reliable, and scalable hosting, network, and application services. These solutions enable customers to focus on their core business while SAVVIS ensures the quality of their IT systems and operations. SAVVIS’ strategic approach combines virtualization technology, a global network and 25 data centers, and automated management and provisioning systems. For more information about SAVVIS, visit: .
This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from SAVVIS’ expectations. Certain factors that could affect actual results are set forth as risk factors in SAVVIS’ SEC reports and filings, including its annual report on Form 10-K and all subsequent filings. SAVVIS assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements.
Carter B. Cromley
Evolutionary Media PR (for THE DOORS)