#1
here's the back-story for this thread:
-some of you may already know, i have three different bands. one is on halt until we find a new bassist, one is a pop/rock thing with some friends just playing around (no gigs ever intended to be done), and one is an acoustic thing (me and a friend playing at our friends parties and in parks here and there).
-my girlfriend and i are both starting university next year, and i've found out my government funding is going to be less than half of what it should have been. basically, i'm screwed unless i make some money this summer.
-my girlfriend and i have played some shows together at our old high school and constantly play together at her place. she sings and plays piano (going into music [singing] at university, so shes damn good) and i'm just playing guitar (acoustic). we know a total of about 15 songs (covers) and i've shown her three of my acoustic originals to help write parts for them.

now, here's where it gets tricky for me. the covers are pop (Maroon 5, The Fray, John Mayer, OneRepublic, Owl City, etc.) and my originals are something closer to if A Perfect Circle, 10 Years, or Evans Blue did acoustic stuff (dark, creepy, and slower tempo). the two styles are nothing alike so we cant use both (different tunings as well).

i need to make some money off of this and me and her have decided that we're going to play some shows. i have contacts and they all said they're willing to give us a shot already, so finding gigs is not an issue (but really, i only have two tries - only two places willing to let us play). they're also indifferent if we play covers or originals. we just want to build up a good reputation to be able to play, and try to make a little money this summer. our friends love our stuff but wont be able to come support for every gig obviously. maybe first one or two, but thats it. we need to make a good impression.

also, as a side note, i've gigged a lot in the past with my hard rock/metal band but none of the people that would see us for that would be interested in the new thing, so we're starting from scratch. the genre differences are too great for any to cross over to the acoustic stuff.

my question is, which route would you guys go? our pop covers or the dark sounding originals? if it matters at all, we're in southern ontario (and have cars so able to drive around too). we're located in kitchener/waterloo, but willing to drive as far as 2 hours away (i know its not necessary to do so, but thought i'd mention it anyway).
#2
Personally I'd go for the pop covers. Besides, you have more of them so can sustain a set, and not just 3 songs. As for making money, that's the tricky part.
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#3
I say just play what ever the hell you want. Switch it up place to place.
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#4
I'd probably start off by doing the covers, it sounds like you're thinking that people might be a bit more open to that kind of stuff rather than your originals (despite the fact that your originals are probably great). Once you start playing around with these covers and become more of a familiarity around where you're playing, people will be more open to hearing your original stuff, even if it is a little less accessible than the covers you're playing

Good luck!
#5
well if you want to make money, play covers of well known songs everyone knows and likes. if you want to get somewhere musically dump the covers, play originals. easy.
#6
If you really need money for college, I recommend getting an actual job.
#7
You could try making the poppy covers darker, so that you'll make it your own.
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If you really need money for college, I recommend getting an actual job.

there's problem around that in that i cant actually claim any jobs or else funding gets taken away. and the amount i would make is less than the funding itself. so it has to be something where i dont have to claim it as a job...

also good idea with making the covers darker! i like the sounds of that. i'll give it a shot
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there's problem around that in that i cant actually claim any jobs or else funding gets taken away. and the amount i would make is less than the funding itself. so it has to be something where i dont have to claim it as a job...

also good idea with making the covers darker! i like the sounds of that. i'll give it a shot


Gotcha, ask around at smaller businesses. You could probably find something to do under the table. You can still do the music at the same time but, it's best not to put all your eggs in one basket you know?
#10
haha i know i could. the thing is though. i dont really have much time. dont wanna get into it, but unless its something after around 6 00 pm, i cant really do it. and most "jobs" would be day time. thats sort of why i figured this might work.
#11
I don't know how exactly your university funding works, but if it's similar to Australia's system, you can make a certain amount of money before the funding decreases. So you may want to look into the technicalities a bit more about the funding, it seems a bit strange that they'd just cut your entire funding for making a little extra cash, especially when you have to pay rent, buy food, university textbooks....

But as said above, if you want to make money you have to play what people want to listen to. And that's happy pop covers, not dark originals. So get a full set (40+ songs) together, then hit up local bars and see if you can get something happening. But you won't really make too much money from it - you're better off flipping burgers.
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#12
its not that they take it all away, i still get some. but the thing is, they take away a certain amount based on how much you make. example, if i work full time for minimum wage, they take away more than i can earn. and i have already submitted how much i currently earn/will earn (zero) so if i start earning things now, then i run the risk of getting it all completely taken away for "lying" on the application.
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its not that they take it all away, i still get some. but the thing is, they take away a certain amount based on how much you make. example, if i work full time for minimum wage, they take away more than i can earn. and i have already submitted how much i currently earn/will earn (zero) so if i start earning things now, then i run the risk of getting it all completely taken away for "lying" on the application.


It's just weird that they've created an incentive not to work is all - in my undergrad studies I was working 15 - 20 hours a week during the term and still received a decent amount of student allowance. But Australian minimum wage is far above the US so it may be a different story for you.
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#14
i'm in canada. minimum here is over $10. i know its stupid, but thats what they've done. its more based on what my parents earn than what i make, but if i start making a decent amount then they take it away saying i can afford it myself without their help. they just assume that kids have been working since they were 15/16 years old and have made enough money. for the ones like me where financial issues have come up and i've been forced to give up my tuition savings (or ones who simply refused to work before), they have this sort of thing that makes it more worth while to not work.

i dislike the system, but what can you do.