Discussion in 'Musician Resources' started by davelms, Nov 25, 2009.
Will do mate.
Where should I start...?
HiFi Martin, i can confirm, is a lovely soundman. Very hairy too which helps.
@ the beginning it's a very good place
expect anything that could possibly go wrong to happen at some point
expect anything that can possibly break to break
don't believe anything until it happens
sleeping on a floor is always better than sleeping on a couch
make pack lunches or after a week you will get the shits
do it to have a good time
be nice to sound guys, at least 50% are lovely, but don't be soft either because they are working for you so you can tell them what to do. if they work in a shit hole there's always the possibility its cos they're shit. but you can't always blame the sound guy, if you sound bad all the time it'll be because you're band sounds bad. Solutions: learn to play, get a real guitar, get a valve amp.
making friends with a promoter is the surest way to get booked for something good.
don't expect anything to magically happen. you need to do everything yourself until someone comes along that can do it better and even then they're just helping you, remember you are the only one that it really matters to.
write things down. merch sold, promoters contacts, press contacts.
have spares, don't be a pussy, don't be shit.
dont get a van like These Monsters.
Always worked for us...
this is the difference between bands who rehearse drunk and bands who don't.
Consider a career in recruitment consultancy.
never perform sober.
Couldn't agree more with the last statement
**** a lot of women.
And i mean a LOT of women. Not just a few women - a LOT of women.
Presumably you hadn't noticed that this thread is in part of the website intended to help other music people rather than display the consequences of a restricted sense of humour.
Now piss off, you grinchy old grump.
Moving to Musician Resources.
wise words all. many thanks
Here are my golden rules for new bands:
1. Never send out a 'demo' to anyone ever. Send well written press releases and high impact photos to journalists. Music is mystery.
2. Only give master quality tracks to DJs who might actually play them, especially on the radio. A&R people will eventually beg you for a CD. Tell them 'maybe', better still, 'talk to our manager'. So find a good one, preferably not your mum or dad.
2. If attending a recording session at a studio you are paying for, don't forget to take the money with you.
3. If you find an inspired manager who gets you a major deal, don't sack them just because someone whispers in your ear.
4. Mums and Dads as managers are great when you need more money or a lift. Real managers are eccentric magical geniuses.
5. Don't climb the PA on the second song in. Where can you go after that?
6. Don't be desperate. Resist paying to play, resist shagging the producer, resist shagging the president of the record company.
7. Don't be a second division band, ie; 'our bass player is a whizz on Photoshop' = a bit rubbish on the bass - (Â© Tony Wilson)
8. If you are an all male band, resist the temptation to be like The Stones, The Who, The Doors, Metallica, Joy Division or Oasis.
9. If you are an all female band, there has been no female equivalent of the above bands to date in music history.
10. Get to the chorus in one minute, 3:20 equals Top Twenty! (Unless you're Merzbow, or EinstÃ¼rzende Neubauten).
LIKEWISE DAN BRADER
never listen to any advice from anybody. including this.
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