Give Us Your Best Advice — Bands Helping Bands

by reverb_administrator on April 13, 2010 · Comments

The best ideas for ReverbNation.com come from the Artists, Labels, Managers, Venues/Promoters, and Fans that use our site.  So does the best advice about how to be a successful Artist today.

As a result, we’re starting a new feature, which we’re going to call “Bands Helping Bands”.  We’ll ask our members (that’s you) to submit short video clips of advice on a particular topics, and we’ll filter out the best of the best and publish it for all to see on this blog (no guarantee this will make you famous, but its free publicity at least).

This month’s topic: Touring tips.

Do you have a trick to booking a great tour? Have great ideas about how to tour on the cheap? How do you stay on the venue owner’s good side when you play a show? Have any tour horror stories that others could learn from?  Are you a venue owner with some advice for Artists?  A booking agent with some advice?

Tell us all about it with a 1 to 3-minute video.  Simply upload to Youtube or Vimeo and send a link to blog@reverbnation.com with “Bands Helping Bands” in the subject line.  Or Tweet @ReverbNation (using the hashtag #BHB) with links to your videos on YouTube or Vimeo.

At the end of the month, we’ll choose the best videos and post them up right here on the blog. Each entry will be tagged, so all you have to do is find the category you want more information about and see how other Artists have done it!

The very best video on each topic (as determined by a non-scientific poll of the RN staff) will get a Featured Artist spot on the ReverbNation homepage for a week.  So what are you waiting for?  Fire up that webcam or FlipHD and help your fellow Artist.

-Rachael

We prefer videos with:

  • No nudity, gore, violence, sexual references, or drug or alcohol references. Keep it PG, people.
  • No gratuitous cursing (if we hear the F-word, it’s out)
  • It has to actually contain a tip or some sort of nugget of advice that is vaguely relevant to the topic at hand (we will not accept videos of your band messing around in the tour van with a Flip cam — unless it’s really, really funny)
  • No flagrant-to-the-point-that-it’s-annoying self-promotion (this is about bestowing your knowledge upon other artists, not promoting your new album). If you mention your upcoming album or single, or your MySpace page, it’s out. Don’t worry! If you’re chosen, we’ll provide a link to your ReverbNation page.
  • Make sure the title of the video includes “Bands Helping Bands” so we can organize the videos.

Comments

  1. Be musical. Be very musical. This is what its all about.
    Don’t slush on the stage.
    Be tuned up and ready to perform.
    Don’t run your arrogant life story on the audience. They know more than you anticipate.
    Never underestimate your audience. Just because you throw some gup together doesn’t mean they are supposed to like it.
    Listen to what you’re doing. If you don’t listen and observe, don’t expect your audience to.
    Act like a human being off stage.
    Save the drinking thing for after the show. Nobody wants to see you staggering on stage (or after the show at that).
    Don’t take your frustration(s) out on the audience. IF you have a beef with someone, take it up with that party, not on the people who take their time and money to see you.
    Take good advise no matter where it comes from.
    Don’t worry what the other kids (er bands) are doing. If you want to be an original group, do what works in your camp.
    Maintain your health behind the scene as well.
    No illegal drugs (very passe thing).
    Wardrobe (too many so-called artist ignore this issue).
    Watch the contracts and agreements you make. Even verbal ones can be acknowledged in court (remember Kim Baisinger and the “Boxing Helena” situation).
    Don’t wreck, trash or abuse anyone else’s equipment. And properly maintain your own as well.
    Don’t try dangerous stunts on stage.
    Observe the rules of the place your performing in. And watch the volume level as well.
    Properly practice. Don’t do a heavy decibel rehearsal practice/rehearsal session. Save the heavy db level for the show.
    Cell phone on vibrate (or off).
    Personal hygiene (PEOPLE DO NOTICE THIS).
    If performing before or between acts, play your allowed time space in that space. Don’t cut out short or go over. Very ill mannered, and and anti-musical. (a lot of bands got dispowered on stage for doing this).
    Sell yourself on stage by doing a good performance. Don’t oversell yourself with your merchandise or CD thing. In other words, don’t cheap sell yourself.
    Practice good financial and business habits. THIS IS A BUSINESS.
    Keep in proper company.
    Know your fan base up close and distantly.
    Watch what you publicly say and do.
    Watch what you release musically. What you release is the staple of what you do. If it’s not ready to release, hold back on it until it is.
    Always look for better ways to improve your music. What sounded great a while ago may not sound as good as it did later on.

    A few things to take into consideration.

    Good luck on all of your aspirations.

    Lucius

    http://www.reverbnation.com/luciusaustin
    http://www.soundclick.com/luciusaustin
    http://www.reverbnation.com/web/luciusaustin

  2. SIMPLE TIPS FOR STARTERS

    Hi, I’m George and I’ll try to give you simple tips on how to get ready for real shows…

    1)
    Most important thing is to know your self and your abilities. People pay to see you and don’t forget that your enemies wait by the corner for your mistakes…!
    2)
    Respect your self ! Never go on stage without rehearsal. If you are a singer for example don’t lie to your self saying that ” ok, my voice is perfect and i know what im doing on stage “.
    You have to study hard to understand body language ,dance,voice abilities and your personal character while you work.You have to do a lot of things so you can ask a lot of things back…Be patient…..!

    3)Respect your job or even your hobby… Never go on stage sleepy or drunk or angry cause things like that makes you vulnerable to your audience and enemies…If you want people to notice you , other things will help you to do so…For example personal hygiene, clothing, your attitude on stage,voice/instrument abilities….

    4)
    Always try to find the proper clothes that represent your self and fit to the style of music you represent. If you just buy everything because you saw someone else wearing it it’s wrong unless it represents you also.

    5)
    The audience is a living organism that actually asks from you to be your self whatever that is…People see things on you that they can’t do or understand because you are unique or you remind them selves and that is what makes the crowed respect and follow you. For example everyone can sing or learn how to play instruments but that’s not the point cause most of us have the ability to play instruments or sing what we have already heard from someone else. When you stop miming you can have the chance to have real,good publicity…

    LAST THING…

    If you do follow rules like those above and nothing happens with your career, you must try to understand that people in general can do a lot of things but everyone is capable of doing 1 thing better than anything else…Try to find yours…

    Thank you for reading and good luck with whatever is that you are up to !

    http://www.reverbnation.com/georgetheodorou

  3. Arnold G says:

    My best advised is not to take anything for granted before you go on stage. From rehearsal to sound check. Once you are on stage, make sure to connect to your audiences and not all about you. Remember, you are there to entertain them and perform like you enjoy every moment of it. I agree with Lucius’s comments.

    For those of you, who live in Los Angeles area, check out the ShineOn! Showcase that will be held at the Celebrity Centre in Hollywood on May 20, 2010 from 7-10pm, great venue! There will be management firms, talent agencies, producers, record labels, booking agencies, song writers, etc industry professionals that will be attending to this event. How amazing it is for you to showcase your talent of front of these people? Also you will be getting a lot of exposure, press release, red carpet, flyer, radio interview, etc. Get motivated and take action http://www.agentertainmentproductions.com/showcase.html

    Good luck,

    Arnold G
    Founder/Artist

    http://www.agentertainmentproductions.com
    http://www.arnoldg.com
    http://www.myspace.com/arnoldg
    http://www.facebook.com/arnoldgmusic
    http://www.twitter.com/arnoldg_music

    Or search me by my email address: arnoldg96@hotmail.com

  4. Venue with great sound can make a band sound very good. So making a little effort to book a venue with great sound, video visuals and where you fans can listen to your music. Most venues I visit they are low quality in sound, stage and people are just talking and you can not even heard the artists.

    Please keep the in mind. Thanks

    ~Esteban “Steven” Escobar
    Editor of DiversityNewsPublications, writer for Examiner.com & Publicist

  5. Ian says:

    Stage presence is a huge part of your show – do something different; any metal/rock band can headbang, just as much as any poppunk band can pogo.
    Keep it interesting for the crowd, basically.

    http://www.feudmusic.com
    http://www.reverbnation.com/feud

  6. Bueno, solo quiero decir, que lo que estaoy viendo que esta pasando en Reverbnation, es verdaderamente magnifico y una gran oportunidad para cualquier artista que quiera y desee hacer algo en este mundillo de la musica.
    Ya tengo muchos aénos y no pretendo nada, pero agradezco a Revebnation la oportunidad que me oferce para repartir mi arte y que las personas puedan escuchar mis interpretaciones, que no buscan mas que traer de nuevo a los grandes exitos de la musica, que son los que verdaderamente van a quedar para siempre, no es nostalgia, es justicia a otras epocas tan buenas como las de hoy, pero con menos posibilidades de promocion que ahora.
    Mi mejor saludo

  7. sunfly says:

    Big guns Band of Bullets is shooting up the charts….

  8. the best piece of advice is do not carry unusefull stuff !! carry only what you need, if you are swapping with another band tell them what you need.

  9. Leon says:

    Do your homework.

    If you are unprepared, you will miss opportunities u will later reget.

    Rehearse – know your music and have extra songs practiced and ready. If the band before or after u no shows or something happens you need to be able to step up and save the day. Be prepared so you can seize those chancesm

    Know your contacts – Learning who’s venue you are at pays off. Learning who the sound/lights crew are is huge. Be good to those people and they will be kind to youm

    Be serious – If you are serious about your music and your show you will get respect and be asked back. Venues don’t want to deal with bands who don’t look at this from a business point of view. I’ve seen bands smash mics and stands that were not theirs and get yanked off stage, they had bands on after them but walked off and left their gear. Needless to say the venue and the acts following them didn’t appreciate it very much.

    Enjoy what you do- if you are not enjoying what u are doing, no one else will.

    Don’t be afraid of making mistakes – Mistakes will happen, but you don’t have to let anyone know. If you freak out or stop people will know.

    Learn from other bands – Learn what works and doesn’t work for other bands, you will save a lot of money and headache.

  10. Be profesional, not overly aggressive. It helps also to complement the audience. Be bold and confident in your God given gift and talent. The truth is, not everyone can do what u do- period.

  11. Naz-T says:

    If you are playing a show with other bands and you have a group of people that came to see you specifically, make sure to ask them to stay for the whole show and support the other musicians too. I have played shows with new young bands that as soon as they are done their group ups and leaves and they missed out on some good music.

  12. My advice is fairly simple…..
    1. If you are new to the business, find as many opportunities as you can to hone your craft in front of people. If that means open mics, or parties, charities, etc. take them all. Any chance to play in front of an audience will help the develop your skills.
    2. Always act professionally from booking to performance. That means being prepared , on time, and ready to go at your assigned time.
    3. No matter the size of the audience or expected size of the audience always give 110% and perform your very best. You never know who may be listening.
    4. Always be respectful of management, the audience, and other musicians that you may be sharing a stage with. Again, you never know what may come back later in the way of opportunities.
    5. Promote yourself. Know that your fan-base is what ultimately allows you to do what you do. You must earn them one fan at a time. Use any and all resources available to you. This can be done economically and with a bit of grit and persistence. Know also that you can overdo promotion, learn to find the saturation point and don’t exceed it.

  13. I’m not a band or artis per say. I’d like just to make artist aware that more often than not what separates the successful bands from the bands that fly by night are two specifice factors. #1 is the song and #2 is the performance or presentation of that song. Sometimes the presentation of a song is more important than the song itself.

    Artist, find your signature that distinguishes you from the run of the mill. Make your uniqueness the very best it can be and present it in a way that the audience will never for get.

    If you need me to elaborate or need a perpective from a managerial point of view hit me up at Reverbnation. I’d be happy to talk with you.

    ~Taj
    TAO Entertainment Network

  14. Bill Lonero says:

    1. Be honest and be real. The audience knows when you’re faking it.

    2. Be prepared. Show up on time. Don’t waste time in between songs talking to each other trying to figure out what song to play.

    3. Have multiple set lists prepared. Have a separate set list for a 30 min/45 min/60 min/ and so on set.

    4. Connect with the audience on and off stage. Take the time to talk to them before and after a show.

    5. Don’t forget to mention where they can buy your music

    6. If you have a smart phone you can set up your merch booth with an online merch store. Have your web person set up a special page on your sitethat accepts paypal and that only you know the url to. Have your smart phone point to that and the audience can purchase with a credit card all your merch.

    7. Get to know the sound guys. Make friends with them. They will make you sound good.

    8. Don’t treat the show like it’s just another gig. Every gig has the potential to push your band to the next level.

    9. Give away a few free cds during the show. You’d be surprised at how far this will go to spreading your fan base

    10. Don’t drink before the gig. Not only will you sound like shit but the alcohol and the heat from the lights don’t make a good combo. I’ve seen many musicians pass out on stage from this.

  15. Bill Lonero says:

    1. Be honest and be real. The audience knows when you’re faking it.

    2. Be prepared. Show up on time. Don’t waste time in between songs talking to each other trying to figure out what song to play.

    3. Have multiple set lists prepared. Have a separate set list for a 30 min/45 min/60 min/ set and so on.

    4. Connect with the audience on and off stage. Take the time to talk to them before and after a show.

    5. Don’t forget to mention where they can buy your music

    6. If you have a smart phone you can set up your merch booth with an online merch store. Have your web person set up a special page on your sitethat accepts paypal and that only you know the url to. Have your smart phone point to that and the audience can purchase all your merch with a credit card.

    7. Get to know the sound guys. Make friends with them. They will make you sound good.

    8. Don’t treat the show like it’s just another gig. Every gig has the potential to push your band to the next level.

    9. Give away a few free cds during the show. You’d be surprised at how far this will go in spreading your fan base

    10. Don’t drink before the gig. Not only will you sound like shit but the alcohol and the heat from the lights don’t make a good combo. I’ve seen many musicians pass out on stage from this.

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    http://www.MySpace.com/LoNero
    http://apps.mobbase.com/LoNero (LoNero iPhone App)
    http://www.Soundclick.com/LoNero
    http://www.Twitter.com/LoNero
    http://www.Myxer.com/LoNero
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/LoNero/24454221178

  16. Troy Portis Jr. says:

    I really do enjoy reverbnation.It gives us local artist to shine thanks alot

  17. Angry Panda says:

    Write some good songs. Play those instead of the bad ones. If you have bad songs, stop playing them and write better ones. The crowd really seems to appreciate when you don’t try to convince them everything you do is gold.

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