Well just go to record shops and chat it up to the owners, search for job postings, apply everywhere you can. There's no super secret way of getting a job, even if it's music-related. Being a regular customer at local non-chain stores will definitely get your foot in the door in a metaphorical sense.
dont give a crap about the audience, they paid to be there.
Um, when I go to shows, especially featuring local band, I don't like feeling isolated from the band. If you don't establish a connection, whether it's through your stage show or your music, you won't get any fans.
My best advice is to not stand in one place the whole time and just move to the music. Get INTO it. Also, if you feel stupid, don't stop. Be in your own world where you're a freakin rockstar and get into it. Just uh, don't look too cocky.
In my opinion, if it's a "demo", it should always be available for free. Unless you're locally established, people won't know what you sound like, so if it's free, there's less risks (parting with money) involved to get it. If they like it, they'll buy your EP or album, go to shows, etc. If they don't like it, they can't be pissed and want their $1/2 back.
I hate too much makeup on a girl. I also don't like when girls have that "I'm cute, so it's okay if I burp in your face, eat noisily and don't show any manners" attitude. I don't go out with the 'girliest' girls, but that just crosses the line.
If you have a Facebook account, make a band page (you can control it from your primary account). That way you can suggest your band to your friends, friends can suggest to friends, and so on. And since Facebook is a lot more personal than MySpace, people will be more interested as long as you update it often.
If you're just jamming and don't have covers or songs you've written to play, I don't see a problem with him playing the way he wants to. However, if you have a solid song written or are covering a song and still does this, I can see how it gets annoying, and you should just ask, "hey, we should try playing the song how it was written."
If it's really annoying- and it definitely sounds like it- you should definitely look for someone else to jam with. Music is supposed to be a release, not the cause of stress (at least the playing part).
My whole band is dedicated, and we're all best friends. We hang out, drink, play N64 games, go out to eat, but we also are serious enough musicians to practice about four times a week.
I feel like I'm one in a million with this because I've been in this band for seven months now, and rather than making enemies. But yeah, they're out there. Keep searching, really. It's all trial and error.
Hey Pit, I need your advice. I applied for a job as a part time delivery driver at Potbelly Sandwich Works (basically a sub place like Quizno's or Subway, but more hipster friendly, I suppose).
Well, I have a lip piercing. I tried researching the company policy for facial piercings, and I can't find anything. I just got it a few weeks ago, so I don't have anything other than the ring I have in it, no retainers or anything. And I'm not supposed to take it out while it's healing or it'll screw things up apparently.
I'm thinking I shouldn't sweat it and just go with it, since I don't know what the manager (or whoever is interviewing me) is going to say. What should I do? If I end up getting it, but have to take out my ring, should I really take it out for a sandwich delivery job, or try finding something else?
Okay I don't know where to put this, so I'll...ask The Pit. O.O
So I bought a Jackson PS 37 Performer about a year or so ago.
Last May, I left that guitar at a venue. The owner moved everything, including the guitar, into storage, when cleaning out the place for a huge show. I contacted him shortly after I left it there (within a week) and he said that it's in storage. When I asked about picking it up, he then said the storage company locked it on him for not paying the rent, and he needs to pay it to have it opened.
Well, I just heard from a friend (who lives up there by the venue) and he mentioned that the place closed down due to fire hazards after an inspection.
I contacted him tonight and I asked about the guitar. He said he does have insurance on the storage space, so I would just need proof of ownership and value, and he'd have the insurance company look at it.
Yeah I know it's my fault leaving it at the venue, but I didn't expect the place to close and the guy to put my guitar in storage. Ha.
The best I could think of doing is if I were able to get any sort of record from Music Go Round (where I bought the guitar). Would proof of ownership matter in something like this? How would I show I owned it, besides a receipt, which I NEVER keep?
I think maybe we've talked on MySpace or something at one point or another, because your band sounds familiar. Hmm.
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Thanks for replies guys. Like I said just curious? And for those of you who say for the love of music, come on if someone said here take this money after playing a show you wouldn't turn it down
Actually, we've been able to keep all of the money one night because the headliners are really good friends of ours and just wanted to play, so they turned it down and gave the cash to us. Sure, it wasn't a lot, but it was a good gesture showing thanks for getting them on the bill.
Our band (and the bands we normally play with) don't even care about money. Sure, it's cool if we get a few bucks, but that'll just either go to eating after the show or towards the "guild bank" (that will go to recording and merch). We've made about $30 after eight shows so far. Not totally bad for a crappy hardcore band.
First off, we're a metalcore-ish band mostly, but why do genres REALLY matter?
Our music really reflects our personalities and what sounds good to our ears.
We mostly pride ourselves on our live show. Sure, we're heading to the studio, but our #1 focus is live performance. And I'm not saying playing flawlessly. When people hand over five bucks to watch us and our good local friends play some rock and roll, they want to see a rock and roll show, not four guys standing motionless looking bored. Our vocalist sprained his foot at our first show jumping around so much. At a show with just about 5 people in the crowd (in nowhere, Iowa), he just hung off the side of the stage, rolled around screaming on the floor.
Basically, we don't care about being "different". We want to sound good, and play fun shows and give people their money's worth and be worth their time.
My drummer said last week, "ha! If you' quit, we're #*%@ed, because you ARE the band!"
So basically the label "bandleader" would be more on me. I do call everyone when booking shows, but I'm kinda the one with connections, experience, and the know-how. There's a lot of respect in this band though, and I would never look down on any of the other members.
Backlining amps and cabinets means when you load in, everyone will but their amps and cabs on the stage. The last band will load in first, the band playing before them will but their's in front of their's, and so on. That way setting up flows quicker.
My band hangs out with eachother before shows and when we're taking breaks during practice, and we drink and swim at the hotels we stay at. I consider them my best friends. I figure it's better to spend time doing what you love with people you enjoy being around rather than making it feel like you're going to work.
My bassist recently purchased the Acoustic 200w bass amp head, and had ordered the Basson 210 bass cab. On the Basson website, it says:
This is a power-hungry brute, thus your head choice is critical and must sustain 400+ watts at 4 ohms.
The head is only 200 watts and 4 ohms. What problems could arise from underpowering a cabinet? Will it just not be as loud, or will it not work at all? I understand it's possible to blow speakers for an amp being to powerful, but is it actually possible for it to be the other way around?
Also, the site says the cab has two Speakon sockets. The head doesn't have Speakon outputs, so would 1/4" to Speakon adapters do anything bad to the sound or equipment?
It doesn't matter if big bands have played there. If they're being difficult to work with, just don't deal with them. I've played in notable local venues but I'm still nobody, haha. It doesn't make a difference unless you draw.
I make mental notes to never book at places that either don't take local acts seriously or just suck at organizing and pull those guilt trips you talk about when bands have to cancel.
I always listen to the classical radio station. Not for irony (I used to play in a metal/hard rock band, now in a metalcore band), but simply because it lets you get lost in your thoughts. It also doesn't give you headache.
I wouldn't sell tickets in the first place. I've done this once, and it sucked. There are a few wrong things with this scenario:
1) The "promoter" that has you selling the tickets probably know that you're a local "nobody" band (no offense, but it's probably true). They see you as vunerable and have you sell overpriced tickets to your sympathetic friends and family.
2) Instead of working hard on your set, new songs, stage prescence, booking more shows, or most imporantly, promoting the show WELL, you're rushing and stressing over selling tickets.
I'm not saying it shouldn't take hard work to play a good gig, but I feel that it's very unnessesary to sell advance tickets. I mean, look at your local music clubs. Say a band like Pearl Jam comes to town. They'll have advance tickets, probably the same price though. Anyways, the purpose is for people to be able to be guaranteed a place in that crowd, right?
Who wins when YOU'RE stressed selling tickets yourself as a band that nobody's ever heard of? Most promoters with the "you sell at least 25 of these, and we'll be happy". Will you be happy? Some will even say "you can keep a dollar of every ticket." Is it worth going through all that trouble of hassling your friends, family and some strangers on the internet to get $25 and play a crappy overbooked gig?
Sorry if it sounds harsh, just trying to help you out. Even if you're in this situation now, it can make you think about doing it again.
I've always felt this way with anything I've wrote with any band. The thing is, every musician feels the need to expand. That's, at least, every musician with the right thinking. Talk to your band and tell them that you'd like to try more with the music you folks write, and see if they feel the same. If not, just say you're going to find something else you'd feel better with. You shouldn't be bored or restricted when you have the potential to be better.
I don't have any information about the school itself, but I have thought about going to school or performance. I second GuitarMunky, and you should really think about it.
I did, and instead decided to attend the Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis this fall for Music Business. I believe that a business (or a production degree) would get you further in the music (or entertainment) industry and enable you to make a career out of your passion, even if it's still for performing, rather than a performance degree. Unless you want to get into music education (aka a music teacher) or a composer of jingles for companies, I don't think there is much you can do with a performance degree when you're finished.
But yeah, I would also say to rethink it and make sure you're spending your money on something that will help you pay the bills in the future, rather than being able to say you have a music degree.