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Surviving the Music Industry


Jul 28, 2020

Growing up in St. Louis, Chris Bandi knew that he had a music legacy to fulfill. The legendary Duck Room, Chuck Berry, Nelly-pretty big shoes to fill. From an early age, music was a goal. College was more than an education and frat life came to be something taken advantage of by Chris when a show was booked he brought the venue to a packed house. Confessing Ole Miss to be a place to cut his teeth for his eventual career, he also put his marketing degree to work. The move to Nashville was bound to happen, and his first glimpse of success would follow suit. Chris released "Man Enough Now" in 2017 and an immediate reaction garnered just over 5,000 streams on its first day. By the end of the week, they had 25,000 organic streams. Soon 1 million weekly streams of the mentioned song would set up Chris with his publishing and record deal. Today he's followed up with his recent Chris Bandi EP that already includes viral Tik Tok traction solidifying that you can still have a hit in midst of Covid-19 America. Vulnerability and the relatability of Chris's songs seem to be what people gravitate toward. He admits that he does live in the past, but I think this lends itself to self-evaluations and even nostalgia that parallels with what his fans love about his music.