You know the dream opportunity every act pines after? Opening for a huge band at a famous New York venue with a crowd of future fans going wild? Well, two Sonicbids bands are about to make that a reality this weekend.
Although every artist's journey is unique, many look back on major milestones as turning points, earmarking the moments where "it all changed." Sometimes, those come in the form of sharing the bill with music's biggest superstars. And, recently, as part of our ongoing Sonicbids Presents series, two Sonicbids bands got that very opportunity as they opened for international touring act Fitz and the Tantrums, X Ambassadors, and Mikky Ekko at Thompson's Point in Maine.
For emerging or unsigned bands, scoring a major opportunity at a massive music festival alongside legendary, chart-topping artists feels like a dream — a step that could potentially “change everything.” And, for many bands, it seems like something that’s just out of reach. One local band, however, got just that chance at New York City’s Governor’s Ball earlier this month as part of our Sonicbids Presents series.
Just recently, Nielsen released its mid-year report for 2016, which shows how certain sectors of the music industry are performing. It’s important for musicians and those in the business to be aware of these trends, at least from a higher level. This is the world in which you, and your work, exist, and it’s a good idea to have some sense of what areas are seeing success, and which ones might not be important to focus on.
Now, these numbers might not tell you everything you need to know as a musician just getting started in the business, but if you're going to take this industry seriously and make a living in it, it never hurts to be apprised of what's happening.