Today we’d like to introduce you to Ilys and Alexander Nimier.
Ilys and Alexander, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As independent artists living in Los Angeles, we felt very disheartened by the reality of the ‘pay to play’ venue scene here.
As most singer/songwriters in this city will find performing at venues can be very hit or miss. Sometimes the sound is ok, sometimes it’s terrible. Sometimes you will get paid from a gig, but most of the time you will end up putting months of work into a show and only just breaking even. The trouble with the venues is you are most often bringing your own fans and not getting exposure to new fans.
We decided to change this reality for ourselves by creating unforgettable music experiences for audiences and artists alike. We have done shows on tops of mountains, in secret caves, salt rooms, art galleries, world-famous recording studios and we even did a concert at the Wiltern theatre where the audience ended up on stage with us watching the show.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been a fun road, full of ups and downs! When you are doing something that hasn’t ever been done before there is no blueprint to follow which can be very stressful and challenging!
We are always having to problem solve the most bizarre things, like when we did a show floating on a raft in the middle of the Venice canals we had to work out how we would stop the raft from floating away during the performance!
While one artist was singing one of the other artists would paddle the raft to keep it straight. Or when we had to figure out how many pounds of crushed salt would fill an 8 by 10-foot room… turns out it was $2000 worth!!
It has also been a challenge as artists ourselves building a business that people trust and are willing to support. We have had zero funding or financial support so trying to survive as an artist and build something bigger than yourself that you believe in can be tough at times.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Flight of Voices is a collective of over 40 independent solo artists and musicians that come together to create musical experiences in unique locations. Musically, every single show is different. Like a flight of wine, in one set you get to sample 3-4 incredible voices, crossing different musical genres.
Whether we are playing on top of a mountain or in a transformed warehouse, our experiences are immersive and unforgettable. We are working very hard to build a platform to help the incredible artists in the collective share their original music in beautiful settings and be able to sustain themselves financially from it too.
We are very proud to always pay artists for performing at the shows and to be building a movement to bring value back to music and educate audiences on the importance of supporting independent artists and local businesses.
Our shows are known for their curation; we put a lot of time into creating a musical journey for our audiences with exceptional talent that works together cohesively. As artists, we support each other on stage and off stage. So much of the entertainment industry nowadays is about competition, however, in our shows, we love to shine a light on each other’s individual talents.
Every show is musically different; you will never see the same show twice. We rehearse together so we can play and sing in harmony on each other’s songs. It makes for a very unique experience to hear 4 different genres in the same show.
We are also very proud of our partnership with Airbnb. We were the first concerts on their experience platform and had worked with them closely over the past two years. Our experiences collectively are among the most highly reviewed on their worldwide platform. We currently have 5 concerts on Airbnb!
What were you like growing up?
Ilys: I grew up in Devon, England, in a very creative environment, I was always encouraged to be an individual and stand up for my dreams and the things I believed in. I remember writing songs from as young as five years old and putting together concerts with my friends for the neighbors to attend… and yes we would charge for tickets!
I was obsessed with finding new ways to do things, and I loved creating memories for people, whether it was an unexpected birthday surprise for a loved one or doing a theatre performance in the woods and leading the audience on a site-specific journey to see dancers performing a choreography up a tree! I got involved with charity fundraising from a young age and was great at rallying others to join in and support causes. I have always had a love for bringing people together and expressing myself in a way that feels authentic to me.
Alex: I grew up between the U.S. and the U.K. We were always moving around; I was in and out of schools, and in and out of countries. The one constant in my life was music. I remember listening to Cat Stevens and Harry Belafonte at night in my bed and falling in love with the melodies. In my teens, I started music production and began to write my own songs. What began as a hobby, turned into a passion, which turned into my life.
Music has always given me a sense of purpose and belonging, and so to be able to build a platform, which empowers so many incredible artists is a dream come true.
- Our ticket prices for shows are on average $35- $55 per person.
- Website: www.flightofvoices.com
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- Instagram: @flightofvoices
- Facebook: Facebook.com/FlightofVoices
- Twitter: @flightofvoices
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