Local Band Network Member Since: January 26, 2011
Last Update: January 26, 2011
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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 two and half years, Side FX has accomplished what takes most bands a decade 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 AAA 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 shows at Blues Alley plus several live radio performances made this band one of the top powerhouse pop rock bands in the mid Atlantic by 2009.
The band motto More than Just Music along with their eclectic mix of genres, showcase Kim's complexity and diversity as a songwriter and have garnered them millions of matches on Google, Yahoo and others.
In 2009, Side FX finished their second album 'Turning Point' while planning their first official tour which kicked off after the Grammy's.
In between songwriting and touring, the band makes it a point to perform at events that allow them to give back to causes that are close to them beginning with a performance on Veteran's Day at the Walter Reed Medical Center. In 2010, they devoted hundreds of hours and expenses to the injured service men and women, contributing over $30,000 in free concerts during their 'It's Your Turn' last year, performing at Veteran's Medical Centers across the country. They also performed an internet U Stream benefit concert for a low income retirement home to raise awareness and finished the year at the LA Boys and Girl's Club, giving away hundred's of toys just in time for Christmas.
Their 2010 tour covered 19 states plus regular performances in Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, DC.
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. The album, along with one of the album's signature songs 'Are You Thinking of Me,' made the first round of the 2010 Grammy nomination ballot.
Four of the music videos from the album have created a buzz on Youtube, receiving over 355,000 views and national placements on Poolside Palisades Pool Party Web series, Fox Sports, Eos music, Pure Play, More Magazine, WSJ's Smart Money, Music Connection, and the WOR's Joey Reynolds' show.
The band has recently begun writing their third album with a surprise pre-release of the single 'Sexy Smile' on September 9, 2010. It was immediately picked up on Top 40/HOT AC stations across the country and hit the Mediabase chart--charting at #103 in the first 2 months of its release.
The band promised to surprise their fans one more time in 2010 by releasing their first original Christmas song; My Memories of Christmas which was also picked up by over 20 Top 40 stations across the US in the first week.
January 2011 marks the release of their second single from their third album 'The Blond Side,' called 'A Dance.' It has already been praised by industry experts as the next big hit.
Kim Cameron Lead Singer and Songwriter Kim Cameron spent most of life climbing 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 in music. As the lead singer/songwriter for Side FX, Kim Cameron is finally living her dream.
So what's the next step? Kim Cameron is now working on inspiring other women to pursue their dreams.
Andy Hamburger Percussion Andy is an award-winning drummer/percussionist from Washington, D.C. who has played with the Platters, Marvelettes, Drifters, Coasters, Ink Spots, Temptations and Harold Melvin's BlueNotes, to name a few. He has a vast recording background with numerous CDs under his belt and a host of national commercials and movie trailers. His extensive career covers a broad range of musical styles, all of which bring a unique and driven rhythm to Side FX. Chris (Nik) Nikpora Songwriter and Guitar Nik is on a life long journey to understand women. And while he keeps trying to get to the truth, he continues to get it wrong. His sensitivity can be felt in his dramatic middle-eastern influenced guitar riffs that flow effortlessly around each story line. He began playing guitar at age 10, steadily watching his classic guitar hero's from a far-- AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin.
While his metal favorites taught him how to move people across the dance floor, his inspirations have focused him towards a new path. As a key member of Kim's Side FX, Nik travels down this road of collaboration and inspiration. A road that most men might shy away from, but for Nik, life is about taking the next step.
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