As a starter, you should make your demo tape. A demo is instrumental in getting you gigs. Nowadays, a demo “tape” is usually a CD, and sometimes you upload them to your self made website with your songs on it. How many songs you wanted to include really depends on how many you have: you could have a whole album’s worth or as few as three or four to one. Since a demo generally isn’t for sale, you can feel free to include covers as well as your original material. A well-recorded demo is better than a poorly-recorded one, and don’t worry because a demo doesn’t have to be “radio-ready.” Sometimes the quality of the recording can be rough but as long as you maintain the quality of your songwriting and performance, and as long as the demo gives the listener a good idea of what you play and how well you are playing it. You can record your demos on a home studio, your PC, a digital recorder, or even a tape recorder(if that is still acceptable or if yours is still working.)
You have a lot of your self written songs hidden somewhere in your garage or inside your bedroom, and you and your band mates had been singing these songs over and over during your practice sessions. But, how come nobody recognizes them during your gigs? Why not use your charm and try to join Song writing Contest, check out first from your area or your nearby town. If your song wins either first, second or third prize then you have your ticket now to join bigger Song writing contest, like; upload your song to International websites that caters to new talents, join a televised program or even go to radio stations and ask for slots where you can ask them to play your song(s). These actions can help you a lot to also promote your song as well as your band. So,why not try it?
If you are just a starting band, be aware of the reality that you are not going to get paid during your first few shows. Just think about the idea of playing for the glory of music, not for money. Contact a more established band and offer an opening gig for them. Opening gigs for free will help you have a great start in promoting your band to the public. A successful band needs to have great exposure. Take every opportunity of playing in front of the crowd whether it be a paid act or not. Every single bit of it would definitely help you reach success.
Every band must establish value for their performances. For beginners, it is only normal to have lower fees for they have only few bookings and just at the early stage of their exposure. For those who are in demand gets the higher fees for they have gained a significant amount of fans and are able to get bookings easily. But whether you are a beginner or not, you must always know how to negotiate properly and effectively. First, you must know all the materials that you have to use. One of the most important is your artist profile thatï¿½s why you have to give correct and necessary information and highlight your achievements for the people to notice it easily. This might be used by the promoters to endorse you to their audience. Second, you must have a list of the exact dates of your gigs. Before making another booking, you must review all the details first such as the venue, sold tickets and ticket prices, weather, promotional materials used, and also other events in the same area. Knowing all of these can help you negotiate your way to a better and more profitable deal.
To be able to obtain more gigs for your band, consider playing for open mic nights at your local clubs or party places. This will provide you with an actual set of audience and obviously increase you experience on stage. This is a great way to start off your band. Many open mic nights are established by more popular local bands. By playing on an open mic night, you will increase your connections or contacts with the hosting bands for future gigs. It is also advisable that you check your local newspapers or music sites to find essential contact information.
Your band will need a demo CD or tape. For almost every gigs, the owner of the club or the party planner would definitely want and need to hear the band that he will be booking. So it is highly advised that you record your music acts on a demo CD or tape. Buying or renting a portable home recording studio is also a big advantage to your band. Also do make sure that your songwriting is of professional quality. Be patient. Remember that songwriting requires a great amount of time and rewrites to finish completely. You may also use computer programs such as Cubase or Pro Tools to help you with your recording needs.
This is not an easy task. Starting out a band requires a great effort if you really want to become successful. To be able to get a gig or a show, you need hard work, dedication, and passion for your music, and of course a few helpful tips and tricks will do.
You know what a press kit means? This is the first thing that your band needs to put together whether you have an indie act, a garage band or a local band. This media kit or press package possesses everything that you will need in order for your and to get started.
Performing to a huge crowd and making them love or appreciate your music is not that easy. There are many choices for them to have so you will never know and you can never dictate to them what they like. But you can always do something to expose them wisely and it is by means swapping audience with other bands. First, you have to find an artist that you like and can work well along with you. Then make sure that the artist that you have selected is talented enough and has a great sense of charisma. Suggest to your artist that you will promote one of your gigs to your own list of markets. So you will be introduced to their audience in the new market and in return, they will also benefit from your audience. This is a great strategy for it can save your time and effort and it will be your stepping stone to be known faster in the new market.
Once a band disbands, the chances of getting back together will have its drawbacks. One is, if the band should come back together, would everything be the same? Can everyone co-exist in the same way that they were planning to get back on top?
There are things to consider and that is the fact of being sincere and aiming to make good music together. If and when all egos are defeated and everyone is open to starting anew then there is a chance to pick up where you left off. But one thing you can be sure off, the opportunity lost is already there and the chance to shine has already passed.
A band is like a team. In order to render good music, each member should know their part with each piece that they perform. Normally, there are people who would become egotistic. They feel that they can perform even on their own. If that is the case, they do not need to be in the band. They can go solo.
This is something we often see in bands which break up when they are on the verge of fame and success. We have seen great bands disband due to selfish desires. It should not be surprising if you see this happening if the band members do not complement and get along.