Tuesday May 14, 2013
Being the opening act can be just the trick to gaining new fans and new music industry supporters, but only if you stick to a certain set of unwritten rules. Most of these rules come back to one point: you're a guest here. The headlining act has more invested in the show - in every sense of the word - so you have to let them do their jobs. Yes, that means your soundcheck may get squeezed and that your set may be a lot shorter than you'd like. You may not always love everything that goes into the being the opening act, but remember to keep your eye on the bigger picture of what you're trying to accomplish. Not sure how to play the game? Keep these opening band etiquette rules in mind.
Friday May 10, 2013
Got a big show coming up this weekend? That means your fan base could seriously swell in the next 72 hours or so - at least as long as you make the most of your gig. What can you do to ensure your shows go well? Turn up ready to play, for one thing, but everything from having a mailing list ready to playing nice with the promoter and venue counts. If you're new to the live circuit, check out these concert tips in Playing Live 101 to make sure your event goes off without a hitch.
Monday May 6, 2013
What are students in music business degree programs really learning? Here, a current music business student shares three things, in her own words, that she has learned in her music business classes. What do you think of her lessons? If you're a music student, how do these things match up with what you're learning? Read on and share your thoughts!
Tuesday April 30, 2013
For the vast majority of people, stage fright is part of getting on stage. Most people experience some edginess while they are waiting to perform, and even though you may learn to take it in stride, it may not ever completely go away. For many, that kind of stage fright is annoying but manageable. However, for other musicians, stage fright is downright crippling. You don't have to hang up your musical ambitions because the thought of getting in front of an audience makes your knees weak. If your pre-show jitters are really full-blown panics, seek professional help to develop ways of combating your fears. Once you know you know have the tools to calm your anxiety, you'll feel less anxious about playing. No matter what your level of stage fright, these five tips will also help you cope.