5 Key Qualities to Sell Out Your Hometown Show

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.

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From Cutting Grass to Apple Commercial: Meet Distartica

Distartica has been involved in the Houston, TX metal scene since 2008. With influences like Havok, Warbringer, Slayer and Iron Maiden, their sound is an old-school metal vibe with a touch of modern thrash metal.

Recently they found themselves being contacted by Apple and featured in a commercial. Their drummer, Carlos, is blind and uses assistive technology with Apple products, which led him to become apart of their Global Accessibility Awareness Project.

We chatted with them about how they formed, the challenges of getting your music heard, how they came to be featured in an Apple commercial and their advice for new artists.

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How to Break Up With Your Band (Without Bad Blood)

Many bands form from a group of best friends ready to take on the world. As life happens, some believe in the dream (the “believers”) and some see it as a fun way to spend their free time (the “hobbyists”). 

Each side often holds out hope that the other will come to the “right” side – the believers will “grow up” or the hobbyists will “grow a pair.” The believers begin making decisions without the hobbyists, and the hobbyists begin blowing off rehearsals, gigs, or interviews to passive-aggressively make it known that they have other priorities.

When both sides finally realize they are at a crossroads, the question becomes: Is splitting up the only option? And if it truly is the best solution, how do you break up with your band without bad blood?

Friendships can be maintained while keeping fluidity in the band’s growth. It’s all about being honest, actively listening, and taking a step back.

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Can’t Miss Touring Tips From NYC Rockers Midnight Mob

So, you want to rock a tour, do ya?? Congratulations on your decision to become a highway pirate! It’s time to cruise the land with your bandmates, crew, your favorite sweat pants, your noble steed, and all your special quirks fully loaded to test each other’s patience and sadistic behavior. Here are top touring tips and suggestions from Midnight Mob on how to make a tour successful, fun, inexpensive, efficient and – most importantly – safe for all.

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Meet The Latest Artists Selected For ReverbNation Opportunities

Everyday the music industry seeks out ReverbNation artists to book on stages, license their songs, sign to labels and more through exclusive opportunities. To celebrate the hundreds of emerging artists selected for these opportunities, we’re going to share a random sample of five every week on this blog. Let’s go!

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How to Give Other Artists Genuine Music Feedback Online and Build Valuable Relationships

In a world full of spammers and unapologetic super-promoters, cutting through the clutter with sincere, genuine, and thoughtful music feedback will greatly increase your odds of building valuable relationships with other artists. Ask yourself: Would you rather have someone give you thoughtful insight with actual proof that they listened to your work, or just a two-word comment and an emoji?

If you want to really learn how to provide strong feedback online that can develop into authentic relationships, try putting the following tips into action.

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How To Turn Your Next Live Show Into a Great Snapchat Story

In today’s world of social media, there are so many ways we can give people a window into our lives — whether it’s an Instagram photo, a Facebook text post, or a Snapchat video. As musicians, this is like gold to your fans. It’s a great way to share your experiences with those who can’t be there in person.

You can post links to your gig and photo recaps after your performance is over, but you can also create a Snapchat Story to really give your fans an exclusive look into what playing a show is like for you, the artist. What do you do backstage? What’s your load-out like? Any pre-show rituals?

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When Band Meets Label: How LuxDeluxe Got Signed By Old Flame Records

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Quick thought experiment – you’re a DIY rock ‘n’ roll band from the same area of Massachusetts that produced The Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. and you’re trying to pique the interest of indie labels. You’ve released an album, done a bit of regional touring, got a strong fan base going and some press attention. Ok, what do you do now? Blast pitches all over the place to a bunch of “info@” email addresses? Tag every indie label in the known universe in your album cover art Instagram pics? Now put yourself on the other side of the equation – you’re an indie label constantly on the hunt for fresh talent. You have a rock solid reputation but limited budget and resources. How do you navigate the crowded waters of new music while still developing your current artists? The answer for both sides – queue the self-promotional back-patting for a quick moment – is ReverbNation. This is the story of LuxDeluxe and Old Flame Records, as told by them, with inspiration for any musicians out there looking to make the next big move.

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