Recent Music Business graduate Amanda Vickers hosted rock outfit The Cold Start on campus this July, with the band offering an exclusive performance for students. The four-piece originated from England in 2011, and moved to the U.S. the next year to expand their audience. Living in Florida since 2013, they have since released their self-titled EP, and built a following in the local music scene.
Amanda met the group during a performance at a local venue, and has been using her education to help to expand their reach through live shows and other events. The stop by campus was part of these efforts. In addition to their acoustic set, the band was also interested in getting feedback from the crowd of students – many of which we’re from the Music Business program.
During the session a moderator used electronic polling to ask students for their suggestions on different music outlets and markets they think would benefit the band. The members also opened up the floor to questions, and engaged in thoughtful discussions on different ways new artists as a whole can find their audience and break through to a wider circle.