Cover bands can be a lucrative side gig for musicians today. Many corporate events, weddings, or private parties book them for a flat rate, i.e., no door percentage, nothing contingent on merch or drink sales, which equals more take-home pay in most cases.
Like any musical venture, though, there are many things to consider before committing to a cover band; use this list to think it through.
We all know that touring has the potential to do some game-changing things for bands. In addition to getting a band tighter and more experienced musically, the right tour has the potential to bring industry attention and exposure to fans. But what’s often not talked about is the benefits serious touring can give to the individuals behind the band. Traveling can open up a person to incredible things they couldn’t have seen or experienced sitting at home. Unless you’re incredibly lucky and financially successful, touring is an unglamorous affair, but it’s also a fantastic way to see the country. We’ve assembled five gorgeous routes to take on your next tour through the United States. Some of these routes are off the beaten path, but are well worth exploring if you’ve got time to kill.
If you’re young and single, touring with a band can be one of the greatest experiences of your life. In addition to getting to play music all across the country and possibly the world, touring can be an experience filled with late night partying and endless possibilities for meeting new people. But if you’re a bit older and are married or in a committed relationship, weeks or months at a time spent away from home trying to promote new music on tour can be massively challenging for even the strongest couples.
If you’re in a serious relationship and plan on touring for long stretches at a time, you’ll have to go through a difficult balancing act between the needs of your music career and your obligations at home. Couples can still manage to thrive if one of its members tours regularly, but not without a lot of hard work and planning. Here’s a few tips to help.
While seeing Phish perform a sold out show in Charlottesville, Virginia, a naked man ran onstage and interrupted the performance until security could catch him. It was very strange and unsettling, and for a moment, frightening. But what happened later in the show was absolutely incredible. During the band’s encore, they performed a fan-favorite song, “Run Like An Antelope.” The lyrics are simple: “You’ve gotta run like an antelope, out of control.” The crowd always sings along loudly and gleefully. But on this particular night, Phish took advantage of that weird scare earlier in their set and changed the lyrics to, “You’ve gotta run like a naked guy, out of control.” Now, this might sound weird on the surface, but for everyone in the audience, it was magic! Everyone sang along, screaming at the top of their lungs, laughing. The show became known as “the naked guy” show. It created a special moment for the concert goers.
So, what’s the story here? During live performances, there are going to be mistakes, slip-ups, gear malfunctions, and everything your nightmares can possibly imagine. Sometimes these mistakes are as simple as landing on the wrong note for half a second; other times, it means taking a 15-minute break out of your set to address a complex gear issue. When these panic moments appear, have a plan ready to control and own the issue, and even turn it into a special moment with the audience like Phish did that night in Charlottesville.
Ah, summer. The smell of fresh-cut grass, sunblock and warm PBR. It’s tour season, and this summer tens of thousands of up-and-coming bands across North America will hit the road in hopes of bringing their music to new listeners far from home. Without a doubt, touring can be an incredible experience for new bands even if they’re not playing to packed rooms every night. But if you’re unprepared, a poorly planned tour has the potential to cost you and your bandmates hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Here’s five tips to help you save money on tour this summer.
Making waves in your local scene can be really exciting for a newer band trying to make a name for themselves. But if you want to be taken seriously by fans, press, and labels, you’ll eventually have to leave the comfort of your nest to make an impact on other scenes in your region.
Bands that can successfully break out of their local scenes have access to priceless playing experience, national exposure, and connections with fans and like-minded musicians they couldn’t have found at home. However, touring can be an immensely difficult experience for not just new bands, but even groups who’ve been at it for years.
Properly planning for your first tour is massively important, so we’ve got some tips that will give you a better chance at making it a success.
If you’ve been playing in a serious band for a few years it can feel discouraging to see other musicians in your scene getting opportunities that you feel you’re ready for but just don’t have access to. Seeing friends in other bands opening sold out shows or supporting popular bands on the road can leave musicians who’ve been working hard for years wondering why they’re not being considered for the same important opportunities. Opening for the right show has the potential to bring a band notoriety, a larger fan base and resources they wouldn’t have had otherwise. But younger bands sometimes fail to do simple and effective things that could drastically improve their chances of getting on important shows. I’m going to give you a few simple tips on how your band can land coveted support slots in your local music scene.
Every artist longs for the experience of playing to a sold-out crowd. The imagined cheers from your most loyal fans can be real enough that you can practically hear them singing your songs back at you. But sold-out shows don’t happen by accident. (This is a theme in the music industry, if you haven’t noticed—nothing happens by accident.)
When you’ve been on a lengthy tour, or haven’t played out in a while, it can seem like a no brainer that your hometown show will be packed—but it isn’t so. Creating an environment in which people actually want to attend will take some work, but it can be done, and done well. Check out these five tips for selling out your hometown show.