WHO ARE YOU?
My name's Daoud Tyler-Ameen. I've been making songs since 2002 — sometimes alone, sometimes with help, usually with a guitar. I grew up in New York City and moved to Washington D.C. in 2011, where I also play drums in a band called Bad Moves and write and talk about music and culture. He / him pronouns work great.
WHAT’S WITH THE NAME? WEREN’T YOU CALLED SOMETHING ELSE?
The project started as Art Sorority for Girls, which was a funny thing my friend Amy said at a high-school party a thousand years ago, the same summer I started playing shows. Over time I found it harder to say that phrase with a straight face, and people always referred to the band in short as Art Sorority anyway, so that’s where it’s landed. I’m aware that doesn’t fully solve the gendered oddness of the name, and maybe it’ll change again one day — but it felt like the right balance between comfort and making sure old fans can still find their way to the music.
“SPACESHIP” IS COOL. WHAT ARE THE CHORDS?
Thank you! Here’s a video that breaks it down section by section.
CAN YOU PLAY MY TOWN / COLLEGE / FESTIVAL / LIVING ROOM?
I hope so! Send an email with the details, including whether you're interested in a solo performance or something louder. I put a high value on safe, accessible spaces that favor close listening; if you run a bar where people who didn't come for the music walk in and out all night, that's probably not a great fit. And all-ages is always preferred.
I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION.
Holler. I can't reply to everything but I'll do my best.