As the Drummer in teenage rock band Last Resort, I know how hard it is to find promotion opportunities for your band, so I am here to offer some advice on how to get noticed in the wide world of music, as well as to raise the question as to whether teenage rock bands are really getting the recognition they deserve.
Now, I'd just like to start by saying feel free to openly advertise your band in the comments section below, I know that I will be! In this day and age, the internet is a vital part of any musicians work, both to show off their skills to the world and to discover the wide range of opportunities that the web provides in helping people to develop their musical skills.
Ultimate Guitar is one of these sites, as it gives people the opportunity to show the world what bands and young musicians can do. No, I have not been paid to write this, and I certainly do not work for this website. Reverbnation.com is a site whose main focus is to help advertise and collaborate with new and upcoming artists, one of the few that does, however simply posting a YouTube video featuring your song might be just as effective, and using social networking sites such as Facebook and twitter to tell your friends about your band or solo work will also be a great help. Links to Last Resort's pages on all these sites can be found in the comments section.
Green Day, that most famous of Rock Bands was formed when lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong was just 15 years old, and they played their first live performance in the same year. Now they have sold over 65 million records world-wide and have won 5 Grammy Awards, which just goes to show that even some of the most successful bands started small.
Jimi Hendix, widely considered as the greatest guitar player of all time bought his first instrument at a similar age, which shows that it is never to early to get into music. But in the modern age, are small time teenage bands who want to make it big really getting the sort of opportunities that they need?
Perhaps not - despite big corporations such as the BBC creating events such as BBC Introducing, which gives new artists the opportunity to get radio play, are really intended for the best of the best, and the younger you are, the less likely you are to be taken seriously.
The talentless likes of Justin Bieber (who was discovered on YouTube at an incredibly young age) are chosen more on their looks and attitude then their musical ability - for these modern singers, most of the time they don't even write their own songs, and are made even more popular by the fact that they look "hot" or "sexy" or grew up in an underprivileged family.
I'm sure many people will agree with me on this one, and will join me in asking "what has happened to good old classic rock and roll?!" There are very few rock bands still performing in the 21st century, most of whom started at an early age in the 80's (with the exception of the likes of Coldplay), and became so popular that they still hold venues around the world in their 40's, 50's, or even 70's...
...Which brings me back to my original point. If we are to save the world of rock then we need to help promote those newly forming Teenage Bands who have a bucket load of potential, and a passion for music. Please, save the rock world!
I hope you enjoyed reading this article, and I hope that it has inspired you to try and take your teenage band or group to the next level, and conquer the world of music.