When you put your heart and
soul into something for years and years, it
can be hard to leave it behind. It can be even
harder, however, to tell whether something's
truly right for you after a certain point. The
biggest reasons to be in a band are to find
fulfillment from making music and to have a
good time. If neither of those things are happening
for you, then it could be possible that quitting
the band will actually improve the rest of your
life. Here are five signs that your band isn't
right for you.
We’ve all been there—those
moments just before downbeat when you realize
something is terribly wrong. Yes, as professional
as we like to think we are, even the most seasoned
touring veteran has those “oh crap”
moments, where a piece of equipment is either
malfunctioning or missing altogether.. A million
things can go wrong in the minutes just before
a gig; however, it’s usually the little
things (that could have been avoided) that cause
the biggest headaches. We think if you have
a pre-packed emergency kit with all of the essentials
above, you’ll be set for most challenges
that might come your way. Good luck!
My #1 advice is to do
as much as you can to alienate your audience.
Make them feel like you're not someone who could
even be spoken to or approached. I find an air
of superiority is always quite useful. One of
the easiest way to go about this is to make
sure you look down on everyone around you, including
your peers. Remember, people that are more successful
than you are just 'sell outs' with no artistic
integrity. Also, look really disinterested at
all times. Treat everyone like this and they'll
be thinking "who the hell is this guy?"
in no time.
Follow these steps and maybe
you will see a change in the results. Pay it
forward and keep your eyes on the end goal!
Your press photos help define
who you are as an artist. Poor quality, generic,
or uninteresting photos generally get the same
type of preconceptions with the music (quality,
marketability, etc.) Local media love featuring
artists, but won’t include photographs
unless they are captivating or interested. It
would be nice to say that it’s all about
the music but the first impression drawn is
almost always from the photos (they come up
on any website and I end up staring at the photos
until the music starts up). Like anything else
you do with your career, you want something
that stands out. You want it to reflect yourself
and your band. You want good quality.
The end of the year is upon
us, and that means it's time for resolutions!
We've all made the typical resolutions before
– get in better shape, stop eating junk
food, quit smoking, spend less money –
but what about those specific to you as a musician?
There are plenty of things you may want to do
in 2015, but we'd suggest starting with these
six resolutions to really kick your music career
into high gear. Don't forget to customize them
(e.g. "I'm going to release one new song
a month," or "I'm going to attend
at least three music conferences by the end
of the year") to align them with what you
personally want to achieve!
Those of us who have been around
for over 40 years know a little bit more about the
evolution of the music industry than our younger counterparts.
Remember the 45? You know back when the Jackson 5
was a group and Michael Jackson had an afro? You had
an A side and a B side. Then there was the LP and
the 8 tracks. Most of us bought singles in those days
because it was all we could afford. However, we got
the music we wanted and record labels made money.
Even when the tape recorder came out and we started
recording our favorite songs off of the radio the
industry still made money.
A band is a unique and complex relationship,
and with so many different personalities and goals
among band members, things can sometimes get tricky.
Some people are direct, some are passive, some are
more organized than others. "Musicians are sensitive
and odd creatures," says songwriter/guitarist
Paul Hansen of indie folk band The Grownup Noise.
"So inevitably, it will be a dysfunctional, but
hopefully loving, family."
Mental illness and music isn't a
subject that is often discussed, but it is one that
affects a disproportionate number of musicians. Many,
probably most of us, can think of a time that music
listening to it, playing guitar, writing and performing
songs helped us through a difficult time in our lives.
I know I can. Playing music is a way of achieving
catharsis, to deal with our emotions by expressing
them. I'm a long way from the troubled teenager I
once was, but even now, there's nothing like grabbing
an axe and rocking out to lift my mood if I get low.
These are some of the worst and most
common hoaxes because they seem so benign but they
can easily cost you a lot of money without getting
you anywhere. They tend to disguise themselves in
the form of some sort of legitimate opportunity from
a legitimate business whether it be getting your song
played on the radio, getting you a record deal, or
letting you play a showcase in front of a big time
A&R rep. The common thread though is that they
will all ask you for money to get access. With the
exception of membership-based organizations like ASCAP
or The Recording Academy, press, marketing, or radio
promotion agencies, or a qualified professional industry
consultant (determining that requires research though),
there are hardly any legitimate music businesses that
will charge you in order to get access to a career
opportunity (and honestly the aforementioned companies
aren't charging you for access, they're charging for
their services- but I didn't want to confuse anyone
into thinking they are not legitimate businesses because
they cost money).
Congratulations, your album is finally
finished and you are ready to share your masterpiece
with the world! You have already read "The Secret
to Using Social Media to Build a Massive Base"
and you are eager to implement those ideas and promote
your project. You have gathered a list of websites,
DJs, booking agents, A&R's and promoters to begin
networking. Well... on that list is a sketchy promoter,
an unethical booking agent and a commercial DJ waiting
to take your money. There are members of the music
community who prey on unsigned musicians. "The
music business is a cruel and shallow money trench,
a long plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run
free, and good men die like dogs. There's also a negative
side."-Hunter S. Thompson.