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Discussion in 'Musician Resources' started by davelms, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Will do mate.
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  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Where should I start...?
  4. Malaria Hysteria

    Malaria Hysteria New Member

    HiFi Martin, i can confirm, is a lovely soundman. Very hairy too which helps.
  5. doc

    doc Active Member

    @ the beginning it's a very good place
  6. ian t

    ian t New Member


    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.
  7. bellhouse

    bellhouse New Member

    dont get a van like These Monsters.
  8. Trust Drew

    Trust Drew Member

    Always worked for us...
  9. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    this is the difference between bands who rehearse drunk and bands who don't.
  10. bellhouse

    bellhouse New Member

    Consider a career in recruitment consultancy.
  11. Tom Ross

    Tom Ross Member

    Favourite Bands:
    The Beatles
    never perform sober.
  12. the boy

    the boy Member

    Couldn't agree more with the last statement
  13. Tom Ross

    Tom Ross Member

    Favourite Bands:
    The Beatles
    **** a lot of women.
    And i mean a LOT of women. Not just a few women - a LOT of women.
  14. this last

    this last New Member

    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.
  15. Tom Ross

    Tom Ross Member

    Favourite Bands:
    The Beatles
    Yeah, cheers.

    Now piss off, you grinchy old grump.
  16. davelms

    davelms Member

    Favourite Bands:
    Not Telling
    Moving to Musician Resources.
  17. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    wise words all. many thanks
  18. Zegrae

    Zegrae New Member

    Favourite Bands:
    The Who
    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 - (© 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 Einstürzende Neubauten).
  19. Brader

    Brader New Member

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  21. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    never listen to any advice from anybody. including this.

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