Help Create a Venice Mixtape for a Chance to Win

This contest is closed. Thank you to all who submitted; we received a great mix of songs inspired by Venice and original songs by local artists. Check out the submissions below for a hint of the final mixtape to come. Winners to be announced soon!

Venice, a bustling community of eccentrics and outcasts, has inspired generations of architects, artists and beat poets. With the success of the popular Highland Park Mixtape Contest, we now move westward as we begin the Venice Mixtape Contest.

Send us the name of a song (with URL from YouTube, if it exists) that reminds you of Venice, or even better, an original song. Include at least a 1-2 sentence explanation for a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to Amoeba Music.

At the end of the contest, the final mixtape tracklisting will be presented on this site, and the grand-prize winner will be announced. Deadline: February 20, 2012

To enter, submit via email to, as a comment on our Facebook page, or through Twitter including hashtag #VeniceMixtape with your explanation. We've started the playlist below with a few tracks to give you some ideas. These songs either allude to experiences in Venice, or feature artists native to the area, i.e. The Doors and Dilated Peoples' Evidence--both featured in the videobox below.


  1. The Doors' "L.A. Woman" submitted by Departures & Grant Keller
  2. Ted Hawkins' "Blowing in the Wind" submitted by Departures
  3. Evidence (feat. Aloe Blacc) "The Liner Notes" submitted by Departures
  4. Tim Buckely's "Venice Beach" submitted by Yo! Venice
  5. Zuma Dogg's "Breakin' The Law On The Boardwalk" original song submitted by Zuma Dogg
  6. The Doors' "Moonlight Drive" submitted by Paul Rich
  7. Quebb's "The Unknown Show" submitted by Mikel Farber
  8. "Living in Zen" Rich Sheldon submitted by Rich Sheldon
  9. Brad Kay's Venice Anthem submitted by Brad Kay & Eric Ahlberg
  10. "If You Should Go to Venice" submitted by Elizabeth Birmingham
  11. Jane's Addiction's "Classic Girl" submitted by Steve Bevilacqua
  12. Harry "The Hipster" Gibson's "Keep Venice Nude" submitted by Charlie Christ
  13. DJ Jah Madden's "California Dreamin Part 4" submitted by Wayne Darling
  14. Michael Franti & Spearhead's "The Sound Of Sunshine" submitted by Robert Pappalardo
  15. Suicidal Tendencies' "Institutionalized"" submitted by Ted Wilkinson
  16. "Everyday's Halloween" by Russ Tafari submitted by Russ Tafari
  17. L A Dream Team's "In The House" submitted by Jonathan Maghen
  18. Egyptian Lover's "Freak-A-Holic" submitted by Jonathan Maghen
  19. Low Profile's "Pay Ya Dues"i submitted by Jonathan Maghen
  20. Minutemen's "I Felt Like a Gringo" submitted by Jonathan Maghen
  21. Minutemen's "Corona" submitted by Jonathan Maghen
  22. Suicidal Tendencies' "Institutionalized" submitted by Jonathan Maghen
  23. Suicidal Tendencies' "I Saw Your Mommy" submitted by Jonathan Maghen
  24. The Jets "Crush on You" submitted by Jonathan Maghen
  25. Ron Artis and Family's "Reggae for Children" submitted by Alex Rose
  26. Suzy Williams' "Everything's Normal in Venice" submitted by Eric Ahlberg
  27. "Down at the Venice Beach Shore" by Freddy Ginns and M. Krugel submitted by Eric Ahlberg
  28. "Abbot Kinney Had An Idea" by Alfred Johnson submitted by Eric Ahlberg
  29. "Venice Beach" by Isabel Spiegel submitted by Isabel Spiegel
  30. "Walking on Venice Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves submitted by Paul Buxton

(Click here for direct playlist page to see list of submissions)

For those who want to learn more about Venice, check out our Departures: Venice series featuring video interviews, historical photography, and maps narrating the cultural history of this iconic beachfront town. Below are quotes from some of the featured Venice characters to help inspire your song submission(s):

Contest Rules & Guidelines:

  • Submissions must adhere to's Terms of Use. No excess cussing, verbal abuse, settling of old neighborhood scores, etc.
  • All submissions must include a 1-2 sentence explanation for their entry.
  • If you are submitting an original song, please use supported Youtube formats, including AVI, MPEG4, MOV, FLV, WebM, and WMV files.
  • Non-original submissions must include artist name, proper song title, and album.
  • KCET employees are not eligible, nor are members of their families.
  • If you have questions about this contest, leave them in the comments field below.

Make sure to share this contest page with your friends and come back to find out which tracks made the cut. Best of luck!


Announcing the Winners of the Highland Park Mixtape Contest


Announcing the Winners of the Venice Mixtape Contest

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KCET, thank you VERY MUCH for including my personal story (original song) in your playlist, along with The Doors, which for the younger readers, was a band that formed out of a couple guys who met on the Venice Boardwalk. A "Moonlight Drive" is now banned on Ocean Front Walk, these days, however. OOPS, didn't mean to get political. ;) Again, thank you very much. My favorite media inclusion, to date! ZD


Our pleasure Zuma, thanks for participating in our contest. Make sure to share this page with your friends and family to spread the word on the Venice Mixtape Contest! Best of luck for the prize.


I submitted 4 mp3 original songs (by my friends) and 1 You Tube Video. I have not received any acknowledgement that these were received. Could you check?


Thanks Eric, we received your submissions with the MP3s attached. Best of luck and thanks for your participation.


"Moon Over Venice" by David Scott has been the Anthem of Venice for more than 30 years. It is sung at public events (most recently at the Feb. 18 Save the Post Office rally), and at private parties. We don't need an L.A. TV station to to tell us about the Spirit of Venice. Thank you for your interest.