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Soliciting Fans

Local band is building its fan base

Hana King | Staff Writer
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The Solicitors, a band composed of three City College students, has taken on a guitarist who spent his high school career getting into trouble to the point of even getting carted away in a cop car.

The two original members have kept him on his feet.

“It’s weird here. I’ve spent a lot of time at the Wakefield estate since I’ve joined the band. They put salt in my milk. They put a fart machine in my bed while I was sleeping. There’s a lot of stuff like that here,” says new Solicitors guitarist Lee O. Hamilton.

Hamilton joined the band two months ago when he met the other members, guitarist Lauren Wakefield and bassist Maija Williams in a music class at City College. They’ve been playing together ever since.

“During my audition, I had said that I wasn’t capable of playing certain things, but they said that I undersold myself. That was a self-esteem burst that will last a long time,” says Hamilton.

Hamilton would be a senior in high school this year had he not dropped out to start studying music at City College instead.

Studying pays off because the Solicitors are on the rise. They play acoustic sets every Wednesday at the Pangea Café on Franklin Blvd. and are steadily cultivating a fan base via live shows and the social networking site, MySpace.com.
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“We want to get stickers made. We make YouTube videos. We’re going on MySpace and adding the friends of bands that we like because we think that they’ll like us,” Williams says.

The band doesn’t have a manager, so, according to Williams a lot of their networking and promotion is done online or the old fashion way – handing
out fliers.

The Solicitors don’t shy away from a little hard work and while they are gaining notice from both audiences and other local artists, Williams says that they are still working out the kinks.

“We tried to have an all girls band but we found out that that’s just too much estrogen and drama that doesn’t need to happen, so that’s why we let Lee in.”
Hamilton is new to the band, but Wakefield and Williams have known each other since they were sophomores at Sacramento High School.

“When I heard Lauren play for the first time,” says Williams. “I knew I had to start a band with that girl. I thought, ‘She’s going to be famous some day.’”
Fame is not the only aspiration for The Solicitors. They also hope to convey a message through their music.

“You don’t have to be a certain way to play a certain type of music. You don’t have to be white to play punk,” says Williams. “And you don’t have to be black to play R&B.”

The Solicitors practice two to three hours a day, according to Wakefield. All three members have agreed that the band is a long-term commitment. “I definitely see us in the big time,” says Wakefield.

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