WHO ARE YOU?
My name's Daoud Tyler-Ameen. I've been making songs as Art Sorority for Girls 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 are great. Full bio here.
What's with the name?
It comes from a funny thing my friend Amy said at a high-school party a thousand years ago, the same summer I started playing shows. I know it's weird, and I might change it one day. For what it's worth, there have been and will continue to be women and queer folks in the band — but the active roster is always changing, and some of the time it's just me.
CAN you Play MY TOWN / SCHOOL / FESTIVAL / LIVING ROOM?
I really 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. All-ages is preferred and in many cases a must. It helps to get paid if you can afford it. Clueless form-letter promoters need not apply.
I'm IN A Band! CAN YOU BOOK ME A SHOW IN D.C.?
Right now, probably not: Smart, effective booking has never been a talent of mine, and I'm at a point in my life where it just adds too much stress to be sustainable. For ideas, I'd suggest checking out the sites DC Showspace (for DIY stuff) and Showlist DC (for more comprehensive listings), as well as the Facebook group DC DIY Shows (for finding gig swaps and local support). They're great resources and it's a small scene; you can get pretty far just by reaching out.
I Have AnOTHER QUESTION.
Holler. I can't reply to everything but I'll do my best.