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When Should You Bring on a Publicist? Indie Band Amy & the Engine Shares Their Journey to Getting Major Press

Image via amyandtheengine.com

Obtaining a great amount of press isn't something that comes without hard work. Indie rock band Amy & the Engine has proven that with lots of dedication and an amazing team, securing press as an independent artist is entirely attainable. In less than a year of playing together, the group has scored features in magazines like Teen Vogue and performances at major events like CMJ Music Marathon. In this interview, singer, guitarist, and namesake Amy Allen shares her musical journey and offers advice to other Sonicbids artists seeking press, what to consider when looking for a publicist, and her thoughts on what makes an EPK the most appealing.

4 YouTube Channels Music Gearheads Should Subscribe To

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There's no shortage of musicians with opinions on what gear or instrument is best. Debates on the best brand of guitar or bass are frequent within my band, and when you step into the online world, it's like stepping into the Wild West, except the gunslingers are ax-slingers. If you're in the market for a new guitar or amp, or even if you're just looking for new YouTube channels to subscribe to, we love the great advice, reviews, and demonstrations that these four offer. Let the YouTube marathon begin!

The Infatuations on Why They Started a Record Label to Self-Release Their Music

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Detroit-based band The Infatuations pays homage to early Detroit rockers and Motown artists with their energetic sound and DIY approach to music. While staying true to your roots in the music industry can be difficult, The Infatuations are proving you don't need major label backing to begin making a name for yourself. With gigs under their belt like Musikfest and Midpoint Music Festival, the band is continuing their rising success with their own record label, Acid Groove. Now, guitarist Christian Draheim offers advice for other Sonicbids artists on running their own independent labels and shares his side of the journey as part of a DIY band.

How Death of Paris Navigates the Challenges of Being a Fully DIY Band

Photo by Denton Cruser

To the casual music fan, South Carolina and pop music generally don't have much in common. Death of Paris, however, is ready to change that perception, showing that pop is alive and well in the South – and they're doing it entirely on their own terms.

There are countless independent bands out there, but only a very small fraction have figured out what it takes to make it work. Although Death of Paris is just starting to gain traction with major gigs like SXSW and Vans Warped Tour, they've already proven that they've got the heart and the hustle needed to have a successful career in music. In this interview with lead singer Jayna Doyle, get a firsthand look at how this self-managed and fully DIY band navigates the ups, downs, and everything in between.

Indie Band, International Presence: Advice From DEON on Reaching New Markets

Photo by Farand Ngoh

Navigating a career as an international artist has been a natural shift for Singapore-based alternative folk/rock band DEON. After years of touring Singapore, DEON began to make a mark in other countries like Canada and the UK by playing Canadian Music Week 2013 and International Pop Overthrow UK 2014, both of which they booked through Sonicbids. Below, vocalist Deon Toh shares his advice for other indie bands looking to branch out to international markets.