Gigs for a band just starting..


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fenderplayer110
01-13-2010, 07:51 PM
So we're pretty new to how things work as an independent band..right now we're playing open mic nights around town (with 4 songs that we're comfortable playing with), but when is it time to actually book an actual show? I have a couple concerns:

-Most of the songs I write (I'm the main songwriter) are about 3-3.30 minutes long so would half an hour be passable for playing an actual show (around 8-10 songs)? I was watching an old strokes show at arlene's grocery on youtube and there show wasn't even 30 minutes (of course things worked out for them but was that a good idea?) Here's a link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoTaxh_rt0Y

-What happens if we book, say three shows (1 the first week, 1 the second, and 1 the third), and promote our hearts out for these shows and most of the people just show up to the first one and hardly anyone comes to the next ones..will we be pretty much shunned by the following two venues for not having much people turn out?

Thanks guys!

User_Name336
01-14-2010, 03:53 PM
first of all, dont think about people not showing up. if thats the case then i dont know if you're ready to start booking gigs. especially if you're considering being the headlining act. try pairing up with another band (or a couple others) and do shows together so you're guaranteed that people will always show up.

second of all, you're going to want to put in a few cover songs until people get used to your sound and start knowing your songs. i found that with my band mixing in about 60/40 covers to originals at first we got better success than bands who played mostly original material.

CODE
01-14-2010, 05:04 PM
Try to find youth centers and places that are easy to book when you start out and slowly work your way up.

It took my band a year before people even got interested in what we were doing. That includes after we released loads of demos and a legit EP.

Getting good at booking/promo isn't an overnight thing or something you can be instantly good at. It takes research, practice, and most importantly, time.

scguitarking927
01-14-2010, 05:58 PM
I wouldn't book 3 shows in consecutive weeks, its really frowned upon especially if its in the same area. Because like you said, some people might only show up for the first show, and you might only have a couple people show up for the others. You want to get as many people as you can to come to that one show.

And heres an idea for you, book the one real gig, and continue playing open mic nights every week just to get more practice with playing in front of an audience. And at the open mic nights just say you'll be playing at "so and so" on a certain date, and you might draw some of them to come see you as well.

Thereisnotry
01-14-2010, 06:19 PM
30 minutes is a typically set for bands where I'm from.
I second User_Name's suggestion about mixing in covers. Play popular songs that can relate to your originals or take a pop song and remix it with your band's style.

Also, try getting hooked up with a production company to get started.
Afton Shows (https://tickets.aftonshows.com/cgi-bin/index.pl)
Concerts First (http://www.concertsfirst.com/concerts.php)
Supernova (http://www.supernova.com/)
Gorilla Productions (http://www.gorillamusic.com/)

These companies will book pretty much any band. You sell tickets and you get to play in front of a lot of different people. If anything, it helps starting bands get comfortable playing out.

CODE
01-14-2010, 11:53 PM
30 minutes is a typically set for bands where I'm from.
I second User_Name's suggestion about mixing in covers. Play popular songs that can relate to your originals or take a pop song and remix it with your band's style.

Also, try getting hooked up with a production company to get started.
Afton Shows (https://tickets.aftonshows.com/cgi-bin/index.pl)
Concerts First (http://www.concertsfirst.com/concerts.php)
Supernova (http://www.supernova.com/)
Gorilla Productions (http://www.gorillamusic.com/)

These companies will book pretty much any band. You sell tickets and you get to play in front of a lot of different people. If anything, it helps starting bands get comfortable playing out.
^Stay away from concerts first, seriously. I don't know about the others, but don't even waste your time with concerts first.

JacobTheMe
01-15-2010, 02:01 AM
The best shows to start out with aren't "shows".

Try playing some open mics at local coffee shops, and if they like you then they might ask you to play a full-set sometime.

Also ask stores if you can play outside. If they agree, just run an extension cord from the store to your amps outside and perform in the streets.