If you’re at all serious about trying to pursue a meaningful career in music, you most likely already know how important it is to tour and build connections on the road. Unless you’re remarkably lucky, fans and the music industry alike won’t start to take you seriously until you’ve spent a considerable amount of time performing outside of your hometown. But while touring is hugely important, it doesn’t mean that you should say yes to every touring opportunity. Here are four horrible touring scenarios you should absolutely avoid:
Eating meals exclusively delivered by gas stations and fast food restaurants on tour will make you sick after just a couple of days. But with profit margins on the road being so thin, buying three healthy meals from restaurants each day while touring just isn’t possible for most bands who tour consistently. We’ve got five tasty tour meal ideas that’ll do your body good. For some of these meals, you’ll need a cooler with ice, so prepare accordingly.
An artist’s image has little to do with the music they make, but from the clothes a band wears in press photos to the artwork they’ve chosen for their albums. The visual aesthetic musicians choose to present to the world is a big deal when it comes to connecting with listeners and conveying a brand. But for musicians tired of trying to dress a certain way for photos and shows, there’s some good news. Playlists might help listeners focus more on a band’s sound instead of their image. Here’s why.
If you’ve just wrapped up a two-month tour with your band, taking a long break from music might sound like a good idea, but it could end up hurting your music career. Other than the lucky few musicians who’ve found ways to sustain themselves purely through music, the rest of us have to engage in a delicate balancing act that often pits our musical ambitions against the very real and pressing needs of everyday life, including careers and relationships. Taking a week or two off of music after a long tour is essential, but take too much time and you might never get back to seriously making music. Here’s why taking time off of music can hurt your career:
We are pleased to introduce a new blog series. Music Law 101 will be a recurring bi-weekly series consisting of posts covering a wide variety of legal topics relevant to artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, and others in the music industry. Topics will include information on copyright law, trademark law, the right of publicity, laws relating to agents and managers, and music contract law.
With the Music Law 101 series, we intend to break down legal jargon to make the concepts useful to you as you create, perform, and distribute music. We want to help you Protect Your Music and Protect Yourself.
Making and performing music seriously is something bound to leave a person with some sort of emotional baggage at some point. The frequency and severity of disappointments an average musician routinely faces on the path towards making something meaningful happen with their music is so significant that it causes most songwriters to throw in the towel eventually, even if they’re capable of making great music. But letting go of emotional pain and learning how to not take your frustrations out on your audiences is paramount in helping you to become a successful musician, and the idea of giving your audience a clean slate during live performances is especially crucial. Here’s why:
If you’re good at waiting for things, music just might be the career for you. Whether it’s the thought of a young band breaking out after playing together for just a few months or the unprecedented access to a constant stream of new music delivered via playlist, patience is a profoundly impactful asset not nearly associated with music as much as it should be.