Tuesday May 21, 2013
Ever see a really great band mess up a really great opportunity by blowing a really big show? Happens all the time. In fact, it doesn't have to be a big show. Some musicians go out to their first gigs, alienate everyone, and struggle to get booked from there forward. How does it happen? Simple things like showing up late to soundcheck or hitting the bar too often before hitting the stage will do the trick. Don't let it happen to you. Avoid these five little things next time your band plays live and ensure that you get a return invitation.
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!