Today we’d like to introduce you to Kelly Condy.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Kelly. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
8th grade. Math Class. My best friend and I are daydreaming about the newest 5 Seconds of Summer album that was going to come out, dreaming about one day being in a band just like them. The dream that started in 8th grade grew into reality as my best friend and I set out on a mission to start a band. The summer before my freshman year, I picked up my first bass and decided it was my new best friend. That year, I started at School of Rock, where I met many amazing fellow musicians and got the opportunity to play some incredible shows, most notably the main stage at House of Blues Dallas. My 8th grade best friend and I’s rock band dream came true with the formation of my first band, All There Is. Our first big show was at the Wildflower Battle of the Bands at The Prophet Bar, where I met a plethora of local teen bands, whom I’m still close with today. We played a show at the Curtain Club with Austin band Tough on Fridays, who months later reached out to me to join due to their lead singer/bassist leaving. This was the start of a new project in my life, which involved a lot of driving! Being a part of this band allowed me to experience some incredible things, such as recording a full album, playing big shows both in Austin and Dallas, and having our music played all over the world.
I then began working with Norman Matthew at the Sound Foundation, thus beginning my solo project Kellsey! I realized how much I love writing and performing my songs and expressing myself through music. I knew my 8th-grade dream had come true. I released my debut single Haunt Your Heart on Friday the 13th, 2020. The buzz and excitement that was encompassed within the release made me never want to stop doing this. My next single will be released very, very soon. Working with Norman led to my teaching bass and songwriting lessons at The Sound Foundation, which is a huge full circle from my freshman self sitting in bass lessons to my senior self-teaching bass lessons.
Another love of mine is booking shows, which originated from the first show I put on in my very own backyard. Then, my friend and I put on a show at the ACME Creation Lab with seven local teen bands to ‘Remember The Curtain Club’. (Which was responsible for so many good shows and good times for us). The excitement from this led me to form my booking company, No Vacancy Bookings. My first show with the company is at Three Links on July 2. I plan to put on many shows in the future. The events in my past all had a significant impact on where I am today, with Kellsey and No Vacancy.
My first show with the company is a “Not So Live” Online Music Festival on April 30 with 8 local teen bands, all performing from their houses, which I edited together to make it sound and look like a cohesive live show. Since we’re all quarantined, we’re all in dire need of a music festival! We are raising money with this festival and donating the money to the North Texas Food Bank to help those struggling right now due to the harshness of COVID-19. You can watch it here: https://bit.ly/notsolive.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s been a relatively smooth road. I’ve been very blessed with the people around me and the opportunities I’ve had. One of the biggest obstacles in my first band was keeping consistent band members.
Please tell us about music.
Kellsey is the product of years of listening to rock and alternative music and wanting so badly to be a part of that scene. I would watch Warped Tour vlogs and imagine one day that would be me. What I love about Kellsey is the ability for me to explore and be involved in all aspects of the music business. Registering with BMI as a publishing company, managing all the social media and marketing, writing and performing my songs with my band, and always on the hunt for the perfect venue to play at. The creation of my booking company, No Vacancy, allows me to book shows with local bands, many of whom are great friends.
If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
If I had to start over, I would have started in the music world earlier.
- Website: kellseymusic.com
- Phone: 214-603-2033
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kellseyofficial/ | https://www.instagram.com/novacancybookings
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kellseyofficial/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/kellseyofficial
- Other: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYnFoziPFGr7C-26PhN1Wzw
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