Creating things is hard enough. Finding the right people, means, and timing for sharing the things we’ve created is even harder. For Northwest artists, these difficult and daunting tasks just got a lot easier to handle, thanks to Anomaly Music Collective. Founded by three local artists, Spencer Stumpf (aka Treyis), Ramon Jones (aka R0ME), and Chase Transeth (aka Clifford), Anomaly’s main goal is to create something that deviates from the standard or expected norm in music collaboration and promotion. If their first release is any indicator, they’re well on their way. The collective currently has 30 Northwest-based producers on the project, including many of our favorite local artists like Eliminate, Kozmo, Sixfour, Qreepz, Thomas Crowne, and more. Of those artists, 22 are featured on the collective’s debut release, Volume One, which came out March 1st. That’s right; 22 new, original tunes from nearly two-dozen Northwest-based artists. We could get used to that. “When you have a collective of artists that you can share a tune with before releasing it, and get honest feedback from other musicians, it’s helps everyone get better at what they do. That’s what Anomaly is ultimately about: helping all artists, no matter what style of music they make, get better at their craft.” – Ramon Jones Anomaly doesn’t stop with EDM releases, though. While that may be the focus now, at the collective’s humble beginnings, the team has much bigger plans. The collective would like to eventually cross over not only into other genres of music, but into other arts, like graphic design. Collaboration is the key to much of what Anomaly wants to achieve, and doing so across platforms could yield remarkable results. They’ll also be hosting and sponsoring local events in the future, and plan on working with local venues within our buzzing scene. They’re currently partnered with C89.5FM to produce the AnomalyPNW Podcast, where local artists will be showcased regularly. Anomaly is exactly the type of project Northwest music fans should support. The focus is on the art, the artists, and creating music that will span generational differences, disgust genre purists, and challenge each individual to achieve greatness outside of their comfort zone. The Northwest is better with groups like Anomaly involved, and we can’t wait to see what they bring to the table in 2016. Let us know what you think of Anomaly’s debut release, and how excited you are for a local collective like this taking hold in the Northwest. Comment below, on Facebook, or reply on Twitter! And don’t forget to check out our new friends Anomaly over on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Soundcloud pages! Heath Harshman Born and raised in the Northwest, professionalized in Pullman. Enjoying the ride that dance music provides in our lovely corner of the country.