Band Jam 6 on IG live: AJ Smith, Kris Angelis among 8 indie artists

Artists AJ Smith and Kris Angelis headlined our sixth virtual Digital LA Stay-at-Home Band Jam with Planet LA Records among 8 indie bands performing on Instagram live on May 2.

Artist AJ Smith performed his new single “Sad Song” and debuted the song “Billy Joel” while joining us from quarantining in Connecticut. He recently launched a SAD Candle store, selling candles he makes with scents such as “My Pillowcase Still Smells Like You” and “The Jacket I Never Gave Back.” He studied songwriting at New York University.

Kris Angelis performed her upbeat song released in 2016, which she said was very popular recently: “It’s Gonna Be Alright.” It’s a bright upbeat reassuring song especially in pandemic. Kris is LA based, but performed from the Bay Area where she was touring when quarantine happened, so she decided to stay and quarantine with her family.

The virtual event encourages artists and viewers to stay at home during quarantine to play and watch the two-hour show via Instagram live @DigitalLA and @PlanetLArecords.

Most of the artists have been performing on their on Instagram Lives during quarantine. They enjoyed the chance to team up for our Band Jam to reach more audiences.


Other bands performing including:

Mawd played upbeat folksy tunes in a lovely floral red dress.

Pepper performed her brand new single “Sleepovers” with her co-writer Brian from their home studio in Nashville.

Steve Solomon performed upbeat songs on his piano and melodica.

Mariia Tsvetkova is original from Russia. She played several songs on her piano.


The online event was held on the seventh weekend of the Los Angeles quarantine.

The artists performed 3-4 songs each in their 15-30 minute sets with hosts Kevin Winston of Digital LA and Mark Nguyen of Planet LA Records. Hosts used Instagram Live split screen to  host and switch to other artists.

A pinned Shared Tip Jar asked viewers to tip the artists at

Artists appreciated the chance to perform live with other artists.


Sponsors Support

Several sponsors supported the event. Seymour Duncan which creates musical instrument products sponsored. Food sponsors supported the event by providing snacks to the artists, including Health-Ade kombucha, Foodstirs (brownie bites), Teas Tea (flavored bottle tea), and Made Good (granola mini bites).

With offline events and activations canceled, brands who want to reach consumers are moving online, in more creative ways than just increased banner and Facebook ads to stand out.

Supporting online music lifestreams reaching their target demos is a natural fit with several touchpoints.

During the livestream, each artist had a title graphic including an area for sponsors logos, persistent on screen during the show and in screenshots. This persistent branding is better than an offline stage show, where if the logo isn’t on the stage banners, it doesn’t show up in any photos.

The artists, Digital LA, and Planet LA records promoted the event and thanked the sponsors both before and after the event on their Instagram Live, Instagram stories, and Instagram posts, as well as their Twitter, Facebook, and other social media.

If you’re interested in providing food product for artists or sponsorship of an upcoming Band Jam, email with BAND as subject.

Series: Our next Stay-At-Home Band Jam will be May 9 featuring 10 artists.

Thanks to the artists and Planet LA. Follow them on Instagram

On the @PlanetLArecords Instagram channel

6pm: Laura Clapp @lauraclappmusic

6:15pm:  AJ Smith @ajsmithmusic

6:30-7pm: Pepper Said @peppersaid

7pm:  Gary Upton @itsgaryupton


On the @DigitalLA Instagram channel

7:15pm: Mawd @mawdmusic

7:30pm: Kris Angelis @krisangelis

7:45pm; Mariia Tsvetkova @mariiasmusic

8pm: Steve Solomon @stevesolomon0k