Driven by the Sound Rexburg Premier
On January 29th the people of Rexburg will be treated to a sneak preview of a new
documentary film called Driven by the Sound. The film is a profound and often comical look
at the world of independent musicians, and follows the journey of two young singersongwriters
who are learning just what it takes to make a living off of music.
BYU-I student, Jake Ballentine and Southern California native, Jeremy Adamiak both sell
their music on iTunes and get gigs in small clubs, but neither of them have been able to claim
music as their full time job. In August of 2008 the two singer-songwriters hit the road with no
money, food, or gas, determined to rely solely on whatever they could earn playing music
along the way. Their goal was to play their way from San Diego to San Francisco. Achieving
this would ultimately require sleeping on the streets, surviving off of bread and peanut butter,
and literally singing until it hurt!
In Driven by the Sound you get to join in on Jake and Jeremy’s experiment, but this
documentary is more than just another road trip movie. While you watch the guys sing their
way north on the 101, you will also be treated to the comments and insights of other
independent musicians and industry professionals who discuss the s and downs of life as a
full time musician. They also address the many reasons why the road to a career in music is
rapidly changing. Add these insights to what you experience on the road with Jake and
Jeremy and you end with an entertaining and intriguing look at indie musicians and their
roads less traveled.
Driven by the Sound was shot, directed, and edited by Jake’s brother, Kenny Ballentine and
features the music of such notable indies as Joshua James, Sean Hayes, and Kalai.
At the present time Driven by the Sound is only screening at various film festivals around the
county but the makers of the film have decided to bring it to Rexburg for a special one-nightonly
event. The screening will be followed by questions and answers with the filmmakers
and live performances by Jake Ballentine and others (TBA).
The screening will be held at The Box (next to Mike’s Music in Rexburg) on Friday, January
29th at 7:30pm. Tickets are $5.00 in advance and 7.00 at the door.