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"Have realistic expectations and be humble."
Talent Buyer, Cameo Gallery
71.Understand your scene and the key players involved. Get to know bands in the neighborhood and be critical. Try to connect with ones that are doing well and share similar musical influences or fanbases.
72. Have realistic expectations and be humble.
73. Don’t force people to “like” your Facebook page in order to listen to your music.
74. Don’t send mass emails to bookers.
Anonymous Talent Buyer
at Brooklyn venue
75. DELETE YOUR MYSPACE PAGE. Create and maintain (on a daily basis) a Bandcamp or SoundCloud + Facebook page instead.
76. Play your friend’s party, DIY spots and small bars before trying to get a show at a club that holds more than 200 people.
77. Do not contact a venue asking to ONLY play on weekends.
78. When contacting venues, have a lineup of other local bands in mind for a show you want to put together or else have your eye on a show that is already booked on the venue’s calendar. This helps speed things up tremendously.
79. Be aware of the type of music each venue books. Do not contact a rock club if you’re in a jazz band… c’mon now.
80. Promote your show! If the only draw you have is who’s on your guestlist, you’re not going to be asked back to play another show. As an opening act, you should be drawing at the very least 10 percent of the capacity of the room, i.e. 300 cap = 30+ person draw GUARANTEED.
"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