BSOB_blog-550x250Music and technology go hand in hand like bananas and cheerios, coffee and biscotti and alligators and a swamp.
And the music and tech industry in Austin work together in such perfect harmony like Paul McCartney’s Ebony and Ivory lyrics.
“Ebony, Ivory Living In Perfect Harmony
Ebony, Ivory, Ooh”

So it just makes sense, so much sense, that SpareFoot, the irreverent and fun startup known for pinup calendars and a sketchy workplace hiring Mockumentary would hold its first Battle of the Storage Bands contest in the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the World.”
That’s right and you don’t even have to work at a storage center to enter. But you do have to be a musical act from the Austin area that practices in local self storage units. (Who knew there was such a thing? Put down your hands SpareFoot people, I’m talking to other readers.)
Apparently you can be a one man or one woman band in a storage unit. (I might have to find my old squeeze box and spoons, rent a unit and begin practicing at Uncle Bob’s Self Storage.)
The talent search began on Jan. 13. Sparefoot requires contestants to submit a YouTube video of a performance of an original song. (Might I suggest: Ode to my locker, There’ll always be space for you in my storage unit, I love my stuff or Finding Treasures at Uncle Bob’s.) You can enter the contest here.
“SpareFoot’s Band Selection Committee then will consider the three musical acts that collect the most online votes by Feb. 21,” according to a news release. “Committee members will choose the one act that will play a 30-minute set to open The SpareFoot Party on March 7 at Austin’s Scoot Inn. Plus, the winner will receive VIP passes to the party, along with event transportation and one night’s lodging.”
SpareFoot, the nation’s largest online marketplace for self storage, has 102 employees in Austin. It was founded in 2008 and has raised $6.5 million in venture capital to date, according to its CrunchBase profile.