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How To Get A Gig For Band

Updated on June 7, 2011

One of the most effective methods to get more fans for your band is to get out there and perform live, as frequent as your can. However bands often find themselves somewhere between a rock and hard place - to getting a gig, you'll need an audience, yet to get an audience, you will need a gig. You may rise on top of that, however, and have your band in front of the audience in case you stick to the proper guidelines. This guideline will cover getting a sole show, but several steps can be built upon to book your band a complete tour.

 

Make A Demo Tape and Label It

A demo or a finished CD, or an internet site where people can listen to your music is instrumental in getting you gigs. A demo "tape" is usually a CD, and it's occasionally simply a website with your songs on it. The number of songs you include varies according to how many you've got. Demo generally is not for sale, so you may add covers together with original material. A demo does not need to be "radio ready" as a well-recorded demo provides multiple advances over a poorly-recorded one. In fact, the recording quality can be rather rough as long as the quality of your songwriting and musicianship is excellent, and as long as the demo provides the audience a good idea of what you perform and just how well you play it. You possibly can record demos in a home studio, your laptop or computer, a digital recorder, or even a tape recorder. Ensure that the vocals are clearly heard within the music as well. This means that you have to set the vocals up a couple of additional notches that you usually wouldn't. Any individual listening to your music may wish to hear what on earth is being said as part of your song.

 

Do not take no notice to label your demo. Venue administrators and booking agents normally get abundance of demos, and it's easy to get them all mixed up. Even though someone favors your demo, they will not be able to book you as they are unable to find out who you're, so make sure you write or print your band's name and contact information directly on the CD clearly, as well as on the case or sleeve.

 

Network

"It's not what you know; it's whom you know. " The greater contacts you've at venues and in bands, the more gigs you are more likely to get. Head to shows often, and play at open mics. Make buddies with other music artists and bands, and show your fascination in playing gigs. Musicians will be able to offer you ideas on the way to get gigs; they will be able to propose you to agents or venue managers; and they also may even request you to play a show with them. A terrific way to get a gig when you are venturing out is to ask a more established artist or band if you are open for them, especially when you will undertake it free of charge. This would make their job a lot easier, and assists you attain a larger target audience.

 

Most of you started out "cold calling" clubs right out the phone book as well as local rag and get a gig. Even if this grab attempt can generate some lucky opportunities at anywhere, it'll smash your time line. The simple truth is, bands which are already successful in that venue is going to be your perfect ally.

 

Numerous good drawing bands have a very strong and good connections with regional promoters. Promoters prefer these people more simply because these bands undoubtedly are an important commodity in their industry. Pub owners and promoters prefer to have these bands a certain many times in the year and account for a great deal of business. In this kind of relationship the band can book virtually at will and create bills as well. Your best bet is to mix with such a band.

Get online

Place your music on online networking websites like Facebook, MySpace, EchoBoost. com or Purevolume. Be certain you develop a good networking/friendship base that will make you look famous by simply rating and listening to your music. In case you make contact with music weblogs specializing in the kind of music your band creates, you could possibly get the appropriate support. If you're an unusual or fresh sounding act, have a shot at indie blogs first. Occasionally a regional blog or the entertainment page of a city blog will get you published. These kinds of pages have built-in fans who are seeking new material. Some of the viewers have connections.

 

Find the right people

Occasionally, venues work with a particular promoter, and at certain time they don't. Give your favourite venue a call to figure the way they do things. If you do not know any promoters, inquire the venue for advice, or ask around to figure out with whom other bands in your region work. If possible, obtain the names of a various promoters and venue booking agents as well as send them all promotional packages.

 

Fed up of booking gigs on your own? Try hiring a manager or agent on board who will help you get the shows you want.

 

Understand The Deal

You should understand that while you are just starting out, you normally will not generate income on your shows. In fact, you may even end up out of pocket. It doesn't mean it was all for nothing - building up your fan base means you do filling your pocket on upcoming gigs.


If you do earn money, you'll either have a deal where you get paid a pre-agreed amount of money regardless of how many people turn up, or you'll have a door split deal. Either deal is excellent and fair. Focusing on building your audience but not the money at this time.


A good deal is part and parcel of a good gig. However, for the fact that many shows lose money. If you are just about to start and do not have much of a following yet, you better consider your gigs as promotional opportunities for your band instead of money making opportunities. Your enthusiasm to work with a promoter or a venue to try out and reduce the financial risk required in a show may only make it easier to persuade people to work with you.


Your deal should detail how much income for that show is going to be divided, as well as confirming details about things such as accommodation for the band, riders, back-line, and sound checks. In case you find something you are doubtful about or you do not think is reasonable, speak up well beforehand of the show.

How Often Should You Gig In One Market

While you are first getting started, it is crucial to play whatever gigs you can for getting the hang of how it works. Think about those early gigs as practice. A band will have got to go out by yourself and attempt to "headline", or put their own bill together as the "biggest" band. The very first couple of times you do this it should be at most once each and every 6 weeks. When your time line is prepared to be set at the best possible performance you shouldn't headline any market more than 4 or 5 times per year, or once per season. Your time line should get longer. While everything is working effectively you'll play less gigs, yet with significantly more draw at each.

Growth

At this time you ought to be focusing only on making new fans. The first wave of close friends will be your new soldiers. Delegate some task to them which is useful. A good kick off point is having all of your friends get at the least 2 people to the up coming show or join the fans list on your band's website.

You shouldn't overlook historical strategies of creating interest. Offering free tickets to the people who register with your list often gets some positive response. Promoting the fact you're giving away something at the next gig works too.

The venue that you just play is sometimes overlooked as an excellent spot to promote. Promoting your band is the very first thing most of the people will see. Posters and banners is always the good choices. Most clubs will not having a problem with you setting up promotional things around the venue. Always get a skilled artist or art student to make your posters and fliers.

 

Put On A Good Show

Practically nothing will get you more gigs than taking every gig seriously as well as putting on great shows. The way you deal with the gig will surely have a lasting impact on your ability to get more future shows. Show up on time for the sound check. And, try not to drink any beer before the shows. Be courteous and professional, and you will soon be offered more show!

 

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