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Side FX with lead singer, Kim Cameron (the 'FX' factor), is well known for exploring new sounds and combining rhythms and beats that together, offer the unexpected. This high-energy dance band made Billboard Top 40 Charts in with “A Dance,” Top 40 in the Adult Contemporary Mediabase Charts in 2011 and 2012 and they have over 2.8 MILLION YouTube views. Over 2000+ stores play their music, National TV and films have licensed their songs and radio stations across the US, UK, Canada and Australia have added them to their playlists.
Their 4th album not only received 5 out of 5 stars, but also was awarded Album of the Year. This year, their concert was placed on Comcast's Xfinity, earning them Best Live Performance--it is no wonder they are referred to as Pop's Fresh Edge!
Side FX has toured across the US, performing at the Nation's most famous venues including the Rams Head Live, Birchmere, Blues Alley, Genghis Cohen, Key Club, the Bitter End, Sullivan Hall, National Cherry Blossom Festival, and Tobacco Road to name a few.
World Wide Press & Music Placement
National press & music placements have included Playboy Radio, CBS' Morning Show, CBS' Talk Philly, Redskins Nation, Alli Sports, Eos Music, DMX, MooMoo Music, Pure Play, More Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Music Connection Magazine, Joey Reynolds' Show, Jim Bohannon Show, Fox Sports, National Geographic, Bravo's Flipping Out, MTV, WB, and much more.
Contradictions Album (Released 2008)
Kim Cameron started 'Side FX' in 2008, launching the first CD, Contradictions. The CD was featured on US AAA and International radio stations in the first two months of its release with bigger scores on American Airlines, MTV Philippines, and live performances on Plum TV, Command Performance, and a sold out show at Blues Alley.
Turning Point Album (Released 2010)
In January 2010, Side FX finished their second album Turning Point that was produced by producers of No Doubt, Garbage, Britney Spears, and charted on the College Music Journal (CMJ) in October of 2010 and on numerous AAA stations.
The Blond Side (Released 2011)
Right before the clock ticked to 2010, the band released a single 'Sexy Smile' and broke into commercial radio for the first time charting on Mediabase at #103 on the Top 40 Chart. They took a chance with their success and released their first original Christmas song, which was immediately picked up by over 20 Top 40 stations in the first two days.
Riding in the new year, the band struck gold with their newest EP The Blond Side (produced by Richie Cannata of JLo, Billy Joel) by picking up a major world wide distribution deal and charting several singles (“My Face is Shining” Australia, “A Dance” #31 Billboard's Top 40; “Paradise” #31 Mediabase AC Charts; “3 Seconds” Mediabase #51; “My Face is Shining” Mediabase #31).
Side FX finished 2011 headlining the Army-Navy Game Gala at the Washington Convention Center and performed the National Anthem for the Washington Redskins on FedEx Field with over 68,000 people watching.
Spin Me Ever After (Released 2012)
The “3 Second” music video went viral with over 1 MILLION YouTube views, landing them both a management and agency contract within days of each other. They released their 4th album Spin Me Ever After an all dance and electronica mix, which immediately received 5 out of 5, stars from numerous music bloggers and critics. Their newest music video “Man I Used to Know” drove them to over 2.4 Million YouTube views in just weeks. They finished the year with an international tour and Album of the Year award.
Look out 2013
With only a few weeks into the New Year, Side FX has proven no mountain is too grand to climb. After performing a powerhouse dance show at the legendary Tobacco Road, Comcast New England, Northern California and DC contacted the band offering a 30-minute spot on their Xfinity programming, earning them a Best Live Performance Award. Their new single “Man I Used to Know” was also picked up by 10 stations in the first week. In mid- 2013 Side FX released their newest EP, Still Spinning featuring the singles “A Little Bit In Love” and “Not Into You” along with a music video for a mash-up of the two songs.
Look out world.... Side FX is coming to town! Keep up with their journey at www.SideFXBand.net.
Side FX band helps U.S. military veterans take the edge offA Washington-based band is visiting South Florida to perform for special guests: U.S veterans.
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BY PAMELA DUQUE
For Washington, D.C-based singer and songwriter Kim Cameron, her career as an artist has had one focus: U.S. veterans.
After more than two years of volunteering her band to perform for veterans along the East Coast, she is now making a stop in Miami.
``What started off as a single idea has really grown,'' Cameron said. ``And when they feel being almost locked up in a hospital, even if it's for an evening, I'm giving them a way to get out.''
Cameron's band, Side FX, will perform for veterans Monday at the Miami Veterans Medical Center, 1201 NW 16th St. The performance is not open to the general public, but guests visiting patients and veterans not staying at the hospital are welcome to attend, according to center officials.
Side FX will also perform later that night at Tobacco Road; that performance is free and open to the public.
For the staff at the veterans center, the show will bring a little bit of joy to those who are currently staying at the hospital. There is an average of 250 patients at any given moment, from 20-year-olds who recently got back from deployment to older veterans.
``We don't have as many inpatients, but for those who are here, anything that breaks the routine and gets them in touch with the outside community is enjoyed, looked forward to and appreciated,'' said Larry Gilstad, a media chief at Miami VA Center. ``Any activity like this is welcomed with open hearts.''
The show also brings a little piece of home to the patients at the hospital, and entertainment is important to veterans recuperating from physical and emotional injuries, said Tabitha Aragon, a recreational therapist at the center for the past six years.
``That's what the recreation therapist department is always trying to do -- bring the community to them as much as possible,'' Aragon said. ``To have an actual live band reminds them of when they were out on their own, and to know the band is volunteering their time, it really gives them a sense of pride and that the public cares, so they love it.''
Cameron, 43, started her movement to help veterans forget about the war about two years ago, when she met a soldier on a plane to Washington who was coming back from Iraq after a second Middle East tour.
``What struck me was that he was a college graduate, very smart, and could have easily taken an easy route with a corporate job. He said he wanted to serve the country because he felt it was something he wanted to do personally,'' said Cameron. ``But after all the work, he said, getting injured and coming back, nothing had changed. He said nothing he had done seemed to matter, and it just struck my soul.''
It was after she got off that plane that she decided to write a song about what she heard, she said. The song, titled My Hero, includes the lyrics:
``His courage & strength.
Kept us safe.
Can scars heal a nation?
What would that take?''
Ever since, she's worked with the Veterans Administration volunteer network and has played at different veterans centers like the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington. Side FX, of which Cameron is the lead singer and is accompanied by five other members, is self-described as an alternative pop band. It was formed in 2008, and during its current tour, the band will also perform a concert at a Davie venue and at the Bay Pines Veteran Hospital on the Gulf Coast of Florida.
``These are probably the most rewarding experiences I've had in my entire life,'' Cameron said.
Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/16/1583860/side-fx-band-helps-us-military.html#ixzz0lZPV8aGb
Wednesday, April 21st - Side FX joins the Grassroots Groove for a 1 hour EXCLUSIVE interview from 4-5PM.
About The Band:
Side FX is a six piece band that hails from Washington DC with an alternative pop sound that is all their own.
The band, who is well known for exploring new sounds and combining rhythms and beats that together offer the unexpected, have and continue to break traditional boundaries within the music industry.
In a short period of time, Side FX has accomplished what takes most bands years to do. The band is fronted by sultry singer-songwriter-designer Kim Cameron.
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Kim Cameron spent the last decade working up the corporate ladder but there was always something missing in her life. In 2007, a family tragedy led her to re-evaluate her life and goals. Kim decided to finally break free and pursue her lifelong passion for music. As the lead singer/songwriter of Side FX, Kim Cameron is finally living her dream.
Combining a fresh take with inspired lyrics, each song on Contradictions is wrapped around a personal experience of lead singer/songwriter, Kim Cameron. With a voice reminiscent of Chrissie Hynde and the richness of Paula Cole, Cameron’s sultry alto notes complement blazing guitar riffs, a few wailing saxophone solos, and soft vocal harmonies. The songs offer a get-up-and-dance spirit with a seductive twist.
Side FX is a six piece band that hails from Washington DC with an alternative pop sound that is all their own. The band, who is well known for exploring new sounds and combining rhythms and beats that together offer the unexpected, have and continue to break traditional boundaries within the music industry. In a short period of time, Side FX has accomplished what takes most bands years to do. The band is fronted by sultry singer-songwriter-designer Kim Cameron.
Side FX was formed in 2008, the band was launched with their CD, 'Contradictions.' The CD was well received and featured on hundreds of US and International radio stations. Placements on American Airlines, MTV Philippines, Sirius, Great Americans, Plum TV, District Dish TV, Coffee Network, Pulp Magazine, INK 19, Command Performance, sold out show at Blues Alley and several live radio performances have made this band one of the top powerhouse pop rock bands on the east coast.
The band motto of More than Just Music along with their eclectic mix of genres, that showcase Kim's complexity and diversity as a songwriter and a woman have garnered them hundreds of thousands of matches on Google and website hits just within the last year.
Side FXTurning Point
Those already familiar with the band Side FX won't be surprised that the group has changed its colors again on its latest album. In fact, if Side FX didn't make any creative leaps on this record, it would have been disappointing. Shifting chameleon skin is what is expected from Side FX; anything less is a letdown. Vocalist Kim Cameron wastes no time in reassuring the group's fans that, indeed, new directions are on the menu. The opening cut, "Timeless," is so unlike Side FX that the CD needed to be pulled out of the player and checked for a printing error. "Timeless" is straight-up indie pop, deliberately low-fi and minimal in its production and arrangement. The guitars are sped up, and Cameron sings with a charming little-girl persona that is uncharacteristic of her soul-rooted style. Ironically, it took a mainstream pop/rock act like Side FX to show how hooky the indie aesthetic could be, fully exploiting its Top 40 potential.
Side FX could have stuck with the current college-radio formula and played it to death, no matter how well they executed it. However, Side FX refuses to be complacent. By the second track, "Are You Thinking of Me," the band turns the steering wheel around, opting for a wonderfully upbeat Big '80s sound with crisp, driving AOR guitars and arena-ready drums. Imagine Pat Benatar supported by Def Leppard in its prime. The mesmerizing "Magic Lands" takes a more rootsy approach but with delightfully pulsating keyboards that escaped from the '80s. And just when you think Side FX has settled into a groove, they throw a curveball in the form of "Stories," late-night smooth jazz. Cameron saves two of her biggest surprises for halfway through the album. Side FX transforms the Carpenters' "Rainy Days and Mondays" into a hybrid of twee pop and jazz, while on "Let's Paint This Town," Cameron rocks with the deep punk passion of Patti Smith. Side FX breaks all the rules of contemporary pop music, making them true rebels, yet remaining accessible to the masses.Side FX: www.sidefxband.netRobert Sutton
Side FX experiments with performing a full set online via ustream
Last week, I thought I’d try something new and watch a band perform live online. The lucky band was Side FX from Washington D.C. and they blend pop, rock and jazz into a smooth, groovy listening experience. Perfect for mellowing out after a long day.
When I first tuned in, I experienced brief interruptions due to buffering and advertising. Since I was so comfortable at home, I was more patient than usual and continued watching. What proceeded was a relaxing musical experience with Kim Cameron’s inviting vocals and Side FX’s subtle yet engrossing performance. I think their songs especially lend themselves to such an intimate setting. It allows the band’s brilliant understatement to be appreciate for what it is.
It was also interesting to see the chat that was going on along side the performance as it was happening. Like eavesdropping, but better. After the performance people were able to tell the band what they thought and ask questions which Side FX graciously answered.
All in all, I thought this was great way to cement a relationship with fans that have already seen the band perform elsewhere. The production was professional and impressive and the room they got to film it in was brimming with elegance and warmth. Kudos to the band for experimenting with a new platform and for putting on a great show. You can still see the show if you missed it, or you can always visit the band’s website and find out when they’re playing live in person near you.
New Indie Band Hits Top 40 Radio
Independent band out of Washington, DC 'Side FX' breaks into Top 40 Radio stations with a surprise new release 'Sexy Smile.' With no big label support, this small band breaks open once considered unlockable doors.
Side FX Performing at Blues Alley
Washington, DC October 4, 2010
Relatively new indie band ‘Side FX’ makes its way to CHR and HOT AC stations across the US. In a surprise move, and outside of the industry standard, this indie band released a new single, (digitally only), from their unreleased third album ‘The Blond Side.’ This was a bold move considering their latest album ‘Turning Point,’ which was just released in January 2010, is now charting on CMJ stations across the US.
“The industry is so upside down right now,” says Kim Cameron, lead singer and songwriter for Side FX. “Our fans are very devoted and I sensed that they wanted something new given the emotional climate across the country. This song is very different then our other material, but stays true to the telling of stories.”
Kim says ‘Sexy Smile’ is about a woman she met on tour earlier this year in Black Mountain, NC. “She had a sincere sadness in her eyes as she told me about another failed relationship she just completed, and that she really needed to find emotionally available men,” Kim says. 'Sexy Smile' has a upbeat tempo with heavy synthesizer throughout, putting it on the cusp of almost club music.
With only 4 weeks out of the gate, ‘Sexy Smile’ has already hit the playlists on Voice of America and 20 other Top 40 stations, which is big news for an indie band who only began their musical journey a little over 2.5 years ago. CHR and HOT AC stations have traditionally been known to accept large label singles only and rarely take the time, or the chance, on a new band from across the country.
“The past few years have been tough for indie bands trying to break through radio“ says Hunter Scott, head of marketing for LaFamos PR & Branding, “but outstanding music still has room in today’s ever-changing musical climate.”
Side FX is a five piece band that hails from Washington DC with an alternative pop sound that is all their own. The band, who is well known for exploring new sounds and combining rhythms and beats that together offer the unexpected, continue to break traditional boundaries within the music industry. In a short period of time, Side FX has accomplished what takes most bands years to do. The band is fronted by sultry singer-songwriter-designer Kim Cameron.
Side FX was formed in 2008, the band was launched with their CD, 'Contradictions.' The CD was featured on hundreds of US and International radio stations. The band's sophomore CD, ‘Turning Point’ was released January 19, 2010. 'Turning Point' was produced by Robert Jazayeri (No Doubt, Britney Spears) and already received national placements on Poolside Palisades Pool Party Web series, Fox Sports, Eos music, Pure Play, More Magazine, Smart Money, and others. Side FX is also known for their contributions to the U.S. Veteran’s Administration with the donation of over $27,000 in free concerts and gifts to former military personnel.
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Side FX, Another Released Beast
This weeks Released Beast:
Kim Cameron and her band Side FX use their musical maturity and empathy to craft honest songs about the human experience. The band takes their music further by giving back to the communities that support them and hosting free shows for veterans.
According to Kim, the idea to leave her job in the corporate world to pursue music came after her brother-in-law was diagnosed with cancer:
When my brother-in-law almost said goodbye to the world, I wondered at that time, did he do, or at least try to do all that he wanted? I then turned that question on myself and the answer was ‘no,’ that immediately led me on my musical quest today. I never want to be in a position where I have to say “I wish I would have tried to…”
Although she admits to dabbling in music throughout her life, Kim says that her “vocal capabilities are so much better now than when [she] was twenty. Some things get better with age.”
That isn’t the only thing that’s gotten better either. The band agrees that they have become more empathetic in middle age and want to contribute something valuable to the world. A wealth of rich experiences has awakened Kim and the Side FX band to see that there are others in the world that they can help with their music. The band enthusiastically accepted the call to action and has transformed their music into vehicle for helping others, especially veterans. Kim Cameron defends why she thinks giving back is so important:
I know many men and women who have served. These individuals are unique because it is not about a career or earning a large paycheck. To them, it’s about making a difference. I am not sure we (civilians) really understand their motivation or how honorable their passion. It pleases me that when our attention is called upon, that we will show some level of appreciation, but I am not sure people do it enough. Our military does so much for this country, most of which has nothing to do with the deployment of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, like Katrina type storms, for example. The number of wounded now returning from wars is incredible, and if we do not take a little time to recognize their efforts, I believe they will think their work meant nothing to us. Providing a few free concerts to the wounded is such a small token to give, but it’s one that I can give today.
Kim began by singing other people’s songs but now writes songs for other people. When asked what inspires her to write Kim responds “People and places. People have such interesting stories. I wanted to tell them through song.” No doubt that being older gives her so much more material to draw on and Kim’s heightened sensitivity to the issues going on around her give her an edge over the younger musicians that are writing self-centered and angst-filled songs. Kim’s mission is to tell all the stories that may be over looked or forgotten:
Side FX is not just about a band, it has become a mission and a musical story. Because all the songs are written about personal experiences – either mine or others who have told me about themselves – I can honestly feel passionate about each song. Not only do I want to tell their story, but in many respects, I feel I have to tell their story.
Thus far, the stories are being very well received. The band recently completed their “It’s Your Turn” tour where they asked their fans to ask themselves how they can give back to their own community. Needless to say, the tour was successful and left a path of communities with a renewed need to give.
For all those would be musicians that are considering giving back and making music, Kim has a few words for them, “What are you waiting for? Seriously?’ Side FX proves that it is possible at any age. Visit them at SideFXBand.net for more information and to find out how you too can get involved.
Music Video: Side FX Band Performing “Timeless”
Watch Side FX perform, “Timeless.” They are appearing at the Key Club in LA tonight!
Side FX is a six piece band that hails from Washington DC with an alternative pop sound that is all their own. The band, who is well known for exploring new sounds and combining rhythms and beats that together offer the unexpected, continue to break traditional boundaries within the music industry. In a short period of time, Side FX has accomplished what takes most bands years to do. The band is fronted by sultry singer-songwriter-designer Kim Cameron.
Side FX was formed in 2008, the band was launched with their CD, ‘Contradictions.’ The CD was featured on hundreds of US and International radio stations. Placements on American Airlines, MTV Philippines, Sirius, Great Americans, Plum TV, District Dish TV, Coffee Network, Pulp Magazine, INK 19, Command Performance, sold out show at Blues Alley plus several live radio performances have made this band one of the top powerhouse pop rock bands on the east coast.
The band motto of More than Just Music along with their eclectic mix of genres, that showcase Kim’s complexity and diversity as a songwriter and a woman have garnered them millions of matches on Google and website hits just within the last year.
Side FX makes it a point to perform at events that allow them to give back to causes that are close to the band members. Recently, the band reached a personal goal when performing at Walter Reed Medical Center for the injured service men and women and have carried on that tradition with their current tour ‘It’s Your Turn’ where they are performing at Veteran’s Medical Centers across the country.
The bands sophomore CD, Turning Point was released January 19, 2010. The CD which was produced by Robert Jazayeri (No Doubt, Garbage, Britney Spears) transitions flawlessly from smooth sultry vocals and piano to driving beats and roaring guitars that make you want to get up and dance.
‘This album is truly my best work.’ says Cameron. The video from the first single, ‘Timeless’ has created a buzz on youtube, receiving thousands of views and already received national placements on Poolside Palisades Pool Party Web series, Fox Sports, Eos music, Pure Play, More Magazine, Smart Money, and the WOR’s Joey Reynolds’ show.
Side FX kicked off their first tour for Turning Point: It’s Your Turn Tour right after the 2010 Grammy’s. Look for the band in a city near you for an eclectic blend of pop, rock and jazz experience.
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Side FX Band - Crash Mansion, New York City, NY (6.24.10)
Posted by Vanessa Willoughby on 06.28.2010
Maryland natives Kim Cameron and the Side FX Band played at NYC's Crash Mansion, hoping to showcase their unique hybrid sound of jazz, alternative rock, and pop. The band provided a solid musical foundation for Cameron, who seemed to relish in both the spotlight and the downtown hipster atmosphere.
Lead singer Kim Cameron was bathed in blue as she took the stage at New York City’s Crash Mansion. Dressed in a tan skirt and black spaghetti strap tank top, the svelte singer looked every bit the downtown city slicker. Side FX, which originally hails from Washington, D.C., created a solid musical foundation, particularly when the spotlight shone on the crisp, unrelenting, and commandeering guitar skills. In fact, Side FX seemed to hit their stride when the focus was not solely on Cameron, but when lyrics and arrangements showcased the musical equilibrium established among all six members.
Although the band’s general stage presence may require a bit of polishing, it’s apparent that their overall abilities are a reflection of conscientious professionalism and sincere dedication. Though members of the audience seemed to have a fickle attention span, the band gracefully forged ahead, Cameron supplying the back story behind certain songs. The jazz inspired “Stories” utilized the rich tenor of the saxophone, provided by Richie Cannata. Similarly, the bass guitar created a solid canvas for Cameron’s lyrics of passing faces and guarded strangers.
Like the majority of songwriters, Cameron turned to her personal life for inspiration. For example, the idea behind the second to last song of the set sprouted from a serene trip to the mountains. In addition to original material, the band played a few cover songs. The unexpected choice of the 1974 Carpenter’s ballad, “Rainy Days and Mondays,” rejected Karen Carpenter’s breathy melancholy and reed-thin vocals for an almost jarringly upbeat and optimistic sound. Think the local Starbucks rather than a lovelorn pessimist wallowing in an empty house.
On the other hand, their Rod Stewart cover was almost unrecognizable, injecting raspy soft rock with some country twang. Although it would be unfair to say that these covers were overwhelmingly daring in comparison to Side FX’s original tracks, the twist on the aforementioned songs helped break the leisurely pace of the overall set. Nevertheless, if there’s one thing to take away from the band’s Crash Mansion performance, it’s apparent that the band’s individual talents unite to form a cohesive sound.
To check out Side FX's tour schedule, head over to the band's website at: www.sidefxband.net.
Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell
I’ve reviewed Side Fx’s previous album recently, and am pleased that their new offering is just as good. Kim Cameron’s in fine voice and the band support her well.
Are You Thinking of Me? sees her sounding both vulnerable and tough as the band play a rockin’ backing. Her assertiveness as a frontperson is very sympathetic and easy to hear.
Stories is a soft, yet urgent tune that allows Cameron’s vocals to shine. The guitar parts by Marco Delmar are sensitively played. It’s a neat jazzy tune that appeals greatly.
Rainy Days and Mondays is a Carpenters cover that works really well and shows the band’s playful side. Cameron adopts a kittenish coo that really works for the song.
It’s Not My Time is an atmospheric, slightly mystical song that they do really well.
It’s another great album by Side FX.
2. Are You Thinking of Me
3. Magic Lands
5. Simple Touch
6. Rainy Days and Mondays
7. Let’s Paint This Town
8. Amazing Dreams
9. It’s Not My Time
10. Broken Heart
12. Stories (dance)
13. Are You Thinking of Me (country)
By LinLori on July 16, 2010
Side FX has this certain sound about them that transcends any previous notions you might have had about alt pop. There’s an incredible blend of genres that would probably defy any type of structure you’d try to put around the group. And that’s exactly where their beauty lies – there’s something for everyone and you can feel all the love in every song.
Lead singer and songwriter, Kim Cameron, certainly has a lot to write about, having jumped the corporate ship for the life of a musician. I’m so honored she took some time out to answer five questions for this week’s edition. Check it out!
1) What has been the deciding factor in your musical sound and direction?
- We wanted to create a sound that was a mixture of colors. I wanted people to hear reds and yellows on one song and then blues and grays on another. We all listen to a variety of artists and genre’s and I wanted to make sure that we kept the listener engaged after the first two songs. It’s a real challenge, but as a new fan once told me, “I wanted to leave but your songs kept holding me back. I just could not stand to miss one.” That was the best compliment I’ve ever received.
2) How did the concept for the It’s Your Turn Tour get started?
- We all get busy with everyday life and activities. It becomes easy to get into a routine to a point where you are afraid to break out of the norm and try something different. Since I completely broke out of my routine and joined the ranks of musicians, I found that my creativity and individuality has evolved. I wanted people to believe that it was their turn now, to do something extraordinary—maybe not for themselves, but for others.
3) Any particularly interesting experiences you’ve had while on the road touring?
- YES. I believe that always happens. When you tour, you really become part of the culture of whatever city you are performing in. You meet interesting people with stories, stories that need to be told. Of course, you have the tear-jerking moments—like when we were in Atlanta and met a world war II vet who carried my poster in her wheel chair for me to sign, to the times where you step into a hotel that is so ridden with creatures that sleeping in a van is better than stepping foot into a hotel room.
4) Free shows for veterans = absolutely amazing in my book. What made you decide to start that?
- One thing people forget is no matter how old someone is, they still enjoy the same things that young people enjoy. We overlook the older crowds because we believe they want to sit in their rooms and sleep. I challenge them to come to the VA Medical Centers and spend just one hour with any of the Veterans. They love music and the really love Rock music! They are the best audience to perform to and it’s a rewarding experience. I have always had a soft spot for our military and was approached by the VA to be on their TV network. The concept grew from that point on and it’s been truly amazing.
5) If you had to compare yourself to a certain type of wine – what would it be and why?
- Chardonnay – especially oak-barreled California. It’s light, buttery and reminds me of summertime. Summertime is my favorite time of year without a doubt.
I had a hankerin’ for a giveaway, and for something fun and off-beat (I know, right? me being offbeat? what-what-WHAT?!??) and so for this edition of giveaway action we’re doubling up on the prizes and YOU can win just by leaving a comment!
I was recently (that’s “recently” as in my version of “recently” – which is measured in months – and not recently in normal human terms) turned onto a band called side FX, who feature the interesting vocals of wine fan Kim Cameron, and who (according to their publicist) have built their career by performing at wine tasting events.
Now, as a member of a hard-working (that’s “hard working” in the “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock’n’roll” AC/DC sense, not in the 9-to-5 sense) rock band myself who has played in just about every scenario that you can imagine (including wine tasting events, which are usually a great gig), I was intrigued and the publicist sent over some review copies of side FX’s album Turning Point [ for laughably funny “rawk stah” photos of me pretending to be a musician, check out the inset pics below ].
Fans of well-crafted, pop-infused hooks and musicianship will dig Turning Point, I think – the more astute listeners will pick out a variety of influences from `80s Go-Go’s pop to country and UK club dance beats.
YOU leave a comment describing the worst band that you ever saw live while you were drinking(because if a band stinks when you’re buzzing, then they probably really suck). In one week, using a super-secret random process, I will select one commenter as the WINNER.
My personal selection of the worst band that I ever saw while drinking (that’s while I was drinking, though I’ve no proof that the band in question wasn’t drinking) is going to surprise you…
Believe it or not, it was Alice In Chains. I know, right?
This was many, many, many moons ago, and the drinking on my part was certainly beer during pre-show tailgate party. I was in Philly for a Van Halen concert; Alice in Chains ws the opening act, and they wereterrible. Terrible sound, terrible performance, and terribly hostile to the crowd, who started chanting “Eeeedie! Eeeeedie!” halfway through their opening set.
I know that AiC went on to produce a few albums full of total AWESOME, but that night they were struggling mightily.
Crazy, right? Proof positive that just as in wine, in music one performance certainly does NOT a career make.
So let’s hear it – to wine some music that doesn’t suck, tell us what band sucked the most and ruined your buzz!
Oh, yeah – almost forgot: here are some of my promised wanna-be rock star shots:
(images: amazon.com, podvisual.com)
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by ADMIN on December 16, 2010
A few years ago, Kim Cameron quit her full time IT job and shifted focus to follow her lifelong dream of becoming a touring musician. Now, she is the front woman of the DC based alternative pop/rock band Side FX. Side FX’s two albums to date have both received international press and have been featured on radio stations all over the world. The band’s debut album, “Contradictions,” was full of emotion since Kim¹s songs were inspired by her family’s battle against cancer. This year’s “Turning Point,” was just that, and solidified Side FX¹s reputation as a new force on the East Coast music scene.
In following her dreams of music, Kim discovered another cause that she was passionate about. On a flight to Washington DC, she had met a soldier returning from Iraq after his second tour in the Middle East. His story touched her deeply and changed her life.
“What struck me was that he was a college graduate, very smart, and could have easily taken an easy route with a corporate job, Kim remembers. He said he wanted to serve the country because he felt it was something he wanted to do personally. But after all the work, he said, getting injured and coming back, nothing had changed. He said nothing he had done seemed to matter, and it just struck my soul.”
Their connection and the soldier’s story was enough for Kim to use her musical influence for a special cause. Along with furthering her music career, she had a new goal: helping veterans to enjoy their post-war lives. Side FX now has over two years of volunteering under their belts, performing for veterans on the east coast as well as a few stops at the Veterans Medical Centers in Miami and Walter Reed in Washington D.C. The shows bring a little piece of home to the patients at the hospitals, and entertainment is important to veterans recuperating from physical and emotional injuries. To date, the band has contributed over $27K to the cause. Kim is an avid supporter of veteran-related organizations such as Mail Our Military, Wounded Warriors/Fisher House, as well as the March of Dimes, Children’s Inn, American Heart Association, and Koman’s for a Cure.
Kim Cameron is proof that it’s never too late to set a goal and embark on a journey to make a dream come true. And she has made a lot of veterans smile along the way.
See Kim interviewing with the Veterans Administration news show here.
Thanks Kim for all of your hard work!