1.) We love that you guys did a pop-up performance and volunteer event for the SF Marin Food Bank in San Francisco on July 12! Please tell us all about it. How did it go? Can you tell us how it all came together?
The pop up show was a lot of fun. We got to play a quick acoustic show for the volunteers, giving them a short break from their hard work. After the set we did some volunteer work ourselves, packing food boxes on the assembly line. It was a lot of fun meeting and working alongside the vibrant people who do this regularly for their city. We’re always trying to remind people that a little love goes a long way on this world and [San Francisco radio station] KFOG helped give us the chance to give a little love back to a city that has supported us for so many years.
2.) We hear you guys have done several pop-up performances and drop-ins for different charities across the country. That’s amazing! Can you tell us more about some of the other ones you have done?
Last summer we played Austin, Texas’ festival “Austin City Limits”. The second weekend was canceled due to rain. We were all ready to go and so were thousands of festival goers, so we decided to play a show anyway, making the venue the parking lot of a local shelter there. We tweeted out to fans that admission cost any item the homeless night need. About 300+ people showed up with toilet paper, diapers, canned food, you name it! We’ve been doing pop up shows for years, but in that moment we realized how easy and beneficial it was to have those pop up shows at – or in support of – local charities. We’ve found that it’s a really simple, nearly effortless way to benefit the community, so why not?
3.) Why do you feel it’s so important to do these type of events for local charities?
I think artists, for better or worse, are held in a certain esteem by the public. Being in that public light allows you the opportunity to glorify or glamorize certain things. If there is even one teenager out there who thinks we’re cool cause we’re in a band, than I want to glorify humanitarianism and selflessness. Helping other people is cool; donating your time to charity reaches farther, wider and deeper than any good outfit or hip party ever will.
4.) What are some causes you guys are most passionate about?
There are so many! For starters, We believe that every person on earth should have food, water and shelter, so any charity that donates food or provides shelter – organizations like charitywater.com for example who help to provide and track clean water in third world countries – are all amazing. We also believe it’s important to keep art programs in school, as all levels of education contribute to a brighter future for all. We’ve played shows at multiple “relay for life” events too. Between the 7 of us, we feel passionately about a multitude of causes, which is why we try to get involved in helping out wherever and whenever possible.
5.) Our work at SixDegrees is all about supporting local, grassroots nonprofits. Can you tell us about some local charities you guys love, that many people may not be aware of?
There is this one charity we worked with in Kansas City called “Happy Bottoms” who are pretty great. They collect diapers for the homeless and underprivileged. It’s one of those innovative charities who are thinking outside the box of canned goods and providing a product most people don’t realize there’s an urgent and constant need for.
6.) We understand how artists’ schedules are tight and ever-changing, which can make it difficult to plan these type of events. What advice would you give to other artists or celebrities that may be interested in coordinating a drop-in with a local charity?
Just do it! Every city in the world has a demographic that needs LOVE, whether it’s the homeless, the hungry, or the sick. If you have some extra time in a city, find a local charity and get involved! With social media giving us the opportunity to reach out to our fan bases within minutes, we can coordinate amazing things! People WANT to help make the world a better place! Help them do that by giving them a reason to show up their local charity!
7.) We at Six Degrees believe that we are all connected in this world. So we’d love to play the Six Degrees game with you! We’ll name a public figure or celebrity and in 6 degrees or less, try and see how you are connected.
Since the World Cup just ended (which we were obsessed with) in 6 degrees or less, can you find a way you are connected to: Tim Howard (Team USA Goalie)?!
-Ok here we go! The producer of our first album dated spice girl, Mel B, who is (obviously) friends with Victoria Beckham who is married to David Beckham who played for Manchester United, a team that Tim Howard played for. BOOM!