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Since founding the band, Sideways Reign, Justin Stang has taken stage in five countries; including Costa Rica, Cameroon and Japan. Their debut, A Stand for All Stages has upwards of 1,800 downloads from 78 countries. They’ve sold over 1,500 albums without distribution or the backing of a record label; a testament to their dedication and quality. Sideways Reign has also made a home on the radio waves, including spins on 45 national independent stations and the subject of conversation on ESPN Radio’s Tony Kornheiser Show.
Frontman Justin Stang also made news when running to become a Washington State Senator on a Sustainability platform in 2010. The pro-eco campaign didn’t result in a win, but the 1,000 write-in votes he received exemplified the scope of Sideways Reign. Alongside the music and political campaigns, the members are enriching lives on a local level through the Sideways Reign Foundation. The non-profit awards an annual scholarship, sponsors a youth soccer team, and adopted a State Highway. Beyond this continent, Sideways Reign is the sponsor of a child in need in Bangladesh. All funded by earnings from live shows.
In February 2010 (and again in March 2011), the band played 25 shows in 32 days across 19 states. They finished the DIY-style tours with a net profit, doing so without a booking agent, management or financial backing. But It isn’t just the tour, it’s 100 % DIY. From songwriting to accepting your Facebook friendship, and everything in between (including taxes), they own and control it all. Sideways Reign is how the musician’s dream works in the real world, and then some.