The summer before her first semester at the Berklee College of Music, San Francisco singer/songwriter DOE EYE (real name Maryam Qudus) stepped into the studio for the first time to created a 4-song demo to network to the new teachers and colleagues she would meet at Berklee.
After recording the four song demo, Qudus sent the track “I Hate You” to preeminent radio station Live 105 (KITS) for consideration on their legendary Soundcheck show hosted by KITS Program Director, Aaron Axelsen. He loved her track and debuted ‘I Hate You’ on the radio the week of its release.
Shortly after, DOE EYE was chosen as FUSE TV’s Unsigned Artist of the Month in October, flying back and forth from Boston to San Francisco to play shows in the Bay Area opening up for ZZ Ward, Pop Etc, The Limousines, as well as sets at LIVE 105 Studios. DOE EYE was chosen as LIVE 105’s Top 20 Bands of 2011, Alternative Press Magazine’s Unsigned Artist of the Month and charted #8 on Hype Machine for a week in January.
“All four judges seemed universally smitten with San Francisco's Doe Eye, the moniker for indie singer Maryam Qudus. Echo-heavy and orchestral, her two songs, including "I Hate You," slowed the proceedings down in a good way. Bill Werde later noted hers was the album he would seek out first if he had to choose.” - Billboard Magazine
In mid-February, DOE EYE got an email informing her that the editors at Billboard Magazine selected her as one of three artists to represent the West Coast region in the 2012 Billboard Battle of the Bands. After a 3 week online poll, fans voted DOE EYE as the West Coast Finalist for the Billboard Battle of the Bands. Billboard offered her the opportunity to play in front of industry professionals such as Bill Werde, who described her performance as “incredibly epic”. Doe Eye had a full page spread in Billboard Magazine in May 2012.
Following the success of her being a finalist for Billboard, DOE EYE jumped into the studio to record her sophomore EP entitled ‘Hotel Fire’ with acclaimed producer John Vanderslice (Nada Surf, Mates of State, MK Ultra) and featuring the Magik*Magik Orchestra (Death Cab for Cutie, Jonny Greenwood). Hotel Fire was released on September 4, 2012 and is currently available at all streaming music services as well as iTunes and Bandcamp.
The first single and title track, “Hotel Fire” has already been played on Live 105 and is currently working its way around the blogosphere. DOE EYE is currently in studio with John Vanderslice, working on her debut full-length album set to release in 2013.