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"Don’t send mass emails to bookers."
68. Make sure you are ready before you start playing out. The best thing to do is have your album completed, great photos, bio, artwork, image, an amazing and tight live show—basically the works. So when you come out of the gate, you come out slamming. Most labels/press/music tastemakers go see bands when they first come out. And if their live show sucks at the beginning, we dismiss them before they get a chance to develop. But to be honest, that is their fault. That is what practice spaces are for.
Publicist, Tell All Your Friends PR
69. If you mass email publicists, agents, managers, labels, etc., always bcc.
Agent, Panache Booking
70. Any artist should treat their craft like a new plant. Learn to nurture it by not overdoing or underdoing anything. Trust your intuition and be careful in relying on a manager. Learn to be your own manager first. If you have the opportunity to work with a booking agent, choose someone you can trust—someone that provides both guidance and insight and who is ready to listen to what the artist may need. Determine your collective goals and see them through, with patience, as it could be a slow process. Train yourself to be disciplined.
"I always had the idea that this was a really great thing to do: it's fun, it's important and we'll do it as long as we can."
Mar 29, 2012