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Eskimeaux's Advice on Working Your Way Up in the Brooklyn Music Scene, Playing Northside Festival, and More

Photo by Richard Gin (courtesy of Grandstand Media & Management)

Gabrielle Smith – aka Brooklyn's Eskimeax – is probably a lot like you: her first recordings were made DIY-style after she adopted the moniker as an outlet for her experimental and noisey sounds. As time progressed, she founded the Epoch Collective as a home for other Brooklyn-based creatives and honed her own pop skills. Nowadays, she's playing bigger and better venues and even had her debut album, O.K., which was released on Double Double Whammy, included on NPR's All Things Considered's Top Albums of 2015. Not a bad feat for someone who started from humble beginnings, right?

It probably helps that she's got opportunities in her own backyard, like the borough's own Northside Festival, to help her propel her dreams. We couldn't resist asking her about her career, what it's like to be part of that very music scene, and how Northside helped her gain traction as an artist. (Psst, you can also play Northside! Apply here by April 18.) Here's what she had to say.

Apply to Perform at These 5 Incredible North American Summer Festivals for $10 or Less

Thee Oh Sees at the 2014 Northside Festival. (Image via facebook.com)

Summer festival season may seem far away right now, especially if you're already seeing the signs of the coming biting winter weather. For independent bands looking to land spots at those shindigs, however, the time to apply for consideration has already begun.

There are tons of festival opportunities for independent artists, so to help you get started with applications, we've compiled a list of five awesome North American fests – all of them cost $10 or less to apply, and each is known to draw a huge crowds. Good luck!

5 Northside Festival Survival Tips for Bands

Thee Oh Sees at Northside Festival in 2014. (Photo by Scott Lynch)

Now in its seventh year, Brooklyn's Northside Festival has become synonymous with "what's next" in music, innovation, and film. From June 11 to 14, Northside will take over Brooklyn with 400+ bands, 150+ speakers, and 50+ films. Attendees from as close as Williamsburg and as far as Amsterdam will be able to say, "I saw it here first."

Despite the chilly climes and mountains of snow we've had the last few months, we're already gearing up for summer. The just-announced lineup for Northside 2015 includes Run the Jewels, Neko Case, Best Coast, Built to Spill, and many more must-see acts, as well as speakers from companies like Mashable, Fortune magazine, Yo, and FanDuel. Plus, 30 performance slots are being reserved for Sonicbids artists!

Want to play the fest, but have no idea what to expect or how to prepare? We've got you. Here are five tips for surviving Northside Festival this June.