It’s a pretty well-known fact that tour is incredibly expensive. Even if your entire band sleeps in the van every night and survives on a diet of nuts and Top Ramen (not recommended), the cost of gas alone can be completely debilitating. And that’s only if everything goes smoothly – there are always emergencies that can come up, such as van breakdowns, gear malfunctions, or medical emergencies. All of these problems will require money to solve.
You’ve been playing in your friend’s basement or garage for weeks or even months now. Your girlfriend let you play at her backyard birthday bash last weekend and it didn’t totally suck. There’s an open mic night at the hole-in-the-wall bar near your little town’s Main street this upcoming weekend. Should you go? What if no one shows up? What if people do show up? Better yet, how can you get more gigs or maybe even get paid to play your music? Read on for six tried-and-true tips for booking your own gigs…
A succinct explanation of how the music was made can sometimes help describe a sound.
To the readers who complained that my recently published “5 Worst Ways to Describe Your Band if You’re Trying to Get Press” piece lacked suggestions for successfully relating your sound to music writers: here’s your answer!