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The Foxfires: a Sonicbids Success Story

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Here at Sonicbids, we’re always happy to see our musicians succeed. We’ve started this series, Sonicbids Success Stories, as an opportunity to highlight our artists’ achievements, hear their stories and get their advice and insight on an ever changing industry.

Recently we sat down with Adam Kahn, bassist of the newly signed, New York bred ‘Seagaze’ band, The Foxfires. Adam said he’d had a downright hectic day, squeezing in some time while in the car, GPS directions intermittently sounding in the background as we talked.

Adam’s tone quickly shifted, however, into that of cheery optimism. Bright and engaging, he talked at length on the importance of “staying the course”, the lessons learned in overcoming strife and bringing positivity to a world and industry that batters you with negativity.

Sonicbids Bands Open for Allen Stone at Brooklyn Bowl

 

Photo by Charles Myers

Almost 1,000 people were in attendance at a jam-packed house last November 8th at Brooklyn Bowl in Brooklyn, New York, to watch world-renowned performer Allen Stone hit the stage. Stone’s (very friendly) fan base came out in droves on a beautiful fall Wednesday to watch his first NYC show in over a year. The doors opened and people filed in to start their night, hitting the bowling lanes and enjoying some of the Bowl’s famously delicious chicken. Smiles and great conversations were everywhere. They were a perfect crowd for an award-winning venue like Brooklyn Bowl, whose stage has featured acts the caliber of Guns N’ Roses, Kanye West and thousands more over the years.

The Realities of Being an Indie Artist in NYC With a Day Job: A Conversation With Wolkoff

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Joanie Wolkoff isn't your typical indie musician. She grew up in Toronto, moved out on her own at age 16, modeled in Tokyo, spent years in Paris, and worked for a conceptual artist decorating pigs outside of Beijing.

Currently based in New York, the electro-pop artist has experienced much of the world, and now, she's completely focused on making her music the best it can be. With features on Billboard.com, NYLON, Interview Magazine, The Fader, and many more of the most reputable music publications around, it's no secret that the world loves Wolkoff as much as she loves the world. But after catching up with the singer, we learned that it's much harder than it seems on her side of being an indie artist. While she's enjoyed a lot of success, she's also had her fair share of disheartening rejections, which led her to give us some very insightful, humble, and strategic advice.

How to Successfully Balance Music and Acting Careers: Advice From Kate Todd

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Many musicians have tried their hand at acting, either before or after they decided make a name for themselves as a musician. Beyonce has starred in a few great films. Drake got his start by acting on the TV show Degrassi. The two industries overlap, but what does it look like for a rising artist who's balancing both?

How a Fully DIY Band Has Booked Over 500 Shows in 16 Countries: Advice From Double Experience

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Your brand is your story, and for musicians, having a story that resonates is what it's all about.

Look at Pink Floyd's experimental narrative: they went from a typical British rock band (of the time) to one of the world's most innovative groups. The Grateful Dead took jazz improvisation, simplified it, and applied it to rock music, all while amassing one of the most dedicated fanbases of all time. Their fans call themselves "Deadheads" and wear the token tie-dye shirts. They belong to a community, built around the band's story.

And today, we have up-and-coming bands like nerdy neo-rockers Double Experience from Ottawa who embrace what makes them unique and share that story with their fans. What makes them unique? Well, for one, after their shows, they give out their gamer tags to their fans to connect with them!

Through Sonicbids, they've performed on some huge stages like Toronto's Indie Week Canada in 2015 and, more recently, FOCUS Wales. And through their own independent efforts, they've booked over 500 shows in 16 different countries. We spoke with the band's bassist/vocalist, Ian Nichols, about how they've built their following around the idea of being "a nerd."