#1
My band are just about to record a cd of material to send to venues....we're unsure of what info to give the venues...we're not sure of how to sort out tours...what money to ask for etc etc. We're not sure on how to promote ourselves well....how to get a manager....how to successfully sell songs without people having to collect it from us or us having to send it to them...how do people do this?!
#2
My band are just about to record a cd of material to send to venues....we're unsure of what info to give the venues...

Everything, your biography, song lyrics, pictures and reviews etc.


we're not sure of how to sort out tours...what money to ask for etc etc.

If you have to drive to another city make sure you get gas money and somewhere to sleep and perhaps food but don't be too greedy and needy if you're only starting out with the band.


We're not sure on how to promote ourselves well....how to get a manager....how to successfully sell songs without people having to collect it from us or us having to send it to them...how do people do this?!

A good way to promote yourself is sending a demo-cd to fanzines and and netzines for review. You get publicity and constructive critisism. Making your songs avalible for free download is almost a must nowadays esp if you want a world wide fanbase. On myspace you can find bands similar to your own and arrange gigs with them.
Connetions with other bands is a really good asset cause you can play with them and their fans will hear you and you get to see other cities but you can also invite a band to your city and open for them and exchange gigs.
If you do this properly you don't need a manager, at least until you are big enough for MTV.
Don't sell you first recording, people hardly buy a cd by an unheard of band with no previous releases unless you sell it at a show. But your first release should be a simple demo or EP with 2-5 songs on it and for best result should be given away at shows.

My band has recorded a 2 song demo in may and a week after we played a show with similar bands and we interacted with the audience and handed out demos (just simple cd-r's with title and contact info on) between songs and after the show, all of the cd's (about 20) where gone even before the next band got on stage. IT TASTES MUCH BETTER WHEN IT'S FREE, so to say.
We made friends with the other bands and stay in touch so we can always ask them to set up a show for us in their city or something like that.
Recently we sent out about 20 cd's to both zines and 'regular people' intrested in the music we play/or play in similar bands. The thing we did was posting a bulletin on myspace saying we'll send out our demo for free to whoever wants it, and who does'nt want a free cd?
Now the cd's have stared to arrive and we're getting alot of positive feedback and one zine is going to include one of our songs on the sampler cd which comes with the zine and a review, and for the next number they want to interview us, and that is really good publicity.
At the moment we're arranging a mini-tour with two other bands in which we'll play in all the cities we're from and promote our new material.

Allways play with a quite big band who already have a fanbase in the city you're playing and/or are signed. If there's a journalist at the show give him a cd and as you already should know: put on a ****ing splendid show.
#4
How can someone be experience at something without doing it first?

Everyone has to start someone and i'm curious
#5
Quote by DehumanizeR
My band are just about to record a cd of material to send to venues....we're unsure of what info to give the venues...

Everything, your biography, song lyrics, pictures and reviews etc.


we're not sure of how to sort out tours...what money to ask for etc etc.

If you have to drive to another city make sure you get gas money and somewhere to sleep and perhaps food but don't be too greedy and needy if you're only starting out with the band.


We're not sure on how to promote ourselves well....how to get a manager....how to successfully sell songs without people having to collect it from us or us having to send it to them...how do people do this?!

A good way to promote yourself is sending a demo-cd to fanzines and and netzines for review. You get publicity and constructive critisism. Making your songs avalible for free download is almost a must nowadays esp if you want a world wide fanbase. On myspace you can find bands similar to your own and arrange gigs with them.
Connetions with other bands is a really good asset cause you can play with them and their fans will hear you and you get to see other cities but you can also invite a band to your city and open for them and exchange gigs.
If you do this properly you don't need a manager, at least until you are big enough for MTV.
Don't sell you first recording, people hardly buy a cd by an unheard of band with no previous releases unless you sell it at a show. But your first release should be a simple demo or EP with 2-5 songs on it and for best result should be given away at shows.

My band has recorded a 2 song demo in may and a week after we played a show with similar bands and we interacted with the audience and handed out demos (just simple cd-r's with title and contact info on) between songs and after the show, all of the cd's (about 20) where gone even before the next band got on stage. IT TASTES MUCH BETTER WHEN IT'S FREE, so to say.
We made friends with the other bands and stay in touch so we can always ask them to set up a show for us in their city or something like that.
Recently we sent out about 20 cd's to both zines and 'regular people' intrested in the music we play/or play in similar bands. The thing we did was posting a bulletin on myspace saying we'll send out our demo for free to whoever wants it, and who does'nt want a free cd?
Now the cd's have stared to arrive and we're getting alot of positive feedback and one zine is going to include one of our songs on the sampler cd which comes with the zine and a review, and for the next number they want to interview us, and that is really good publicity.
At the moment we're arranging a mini-tour with two other bands in which we'll play in all the cities we're from and promote our new material.

Allways play with a quite big band who already have a fanbase in the city you're playing and/or are signed. If there's a journalist at the show give him a cd and as you already should know: put on a ****ing splendid show.


awesome post. thanks for answer the question in such detail.