If something can go wrong on tour, it probably will eventually. Sure, this statement sounds a little cynical, but taking it seriously can help get you in a mindset that equips for any potential disaster that might befall you while you’re out on tour. And by “disaster,” I mean things like your van breaking down or one of your shows getting canceled, not actual disasters like a meteor hitting the venue right as you take the stage—although, that would be a cool way to go out.
Preparing for the worst is a tactic that can save you tons of money and frustration when it comes to sharing music on the road, but lots of musicians have trouble looking ahead. To help you look ahead, let’s think about a couple of the more common things that can go wrong on tour:
Unless you’ve got a dedicated team helping you get ready for a big tour, you’ve got an insane amount of work on your hands. In addition to the musical aspects of getting ready for a tour, the promotion and planning it takes time and lots of prep. But where do you start? Here are five ways to prepare before going on tour:
When a new band starts getting asked to play shows, it can be really exciting. But as established artists know, not every show is worth playing. If you’re on the fence about committing to a show or not, here are five reasons to say no:
Much of what goes on in the music industry now happens over computer and smartphone screens. From bands submitting their music to blogs and playlists to listeners streaming songs, like many other aspects of modern life, music is now mostly being heard and talked about online. But if you’re a musician hoping to make an impact with your music, don’t count out the physical world just yet.
Bad shows can be temporarily devastating even for musicians who’ve been performing professionally for years. Things like bad sound systems, unattentive crowds, and performance mistakes can turn something you love into a truly awful experience if you’re not careful. But while some shows are so bad they feel like black holes that you and your bandmates will get sucked into, that’s not the case. Most bad shows can be turned around. Here’s how:
Releasing a debut album or EP is an incredibly exciting thing for a new band. If you love the music you’re making, you might feel like you can take on the world. But while putting out music inspires some new bands to book long, national tours, it’s not always the right move. Here are a few reasons why you should consider starting small and building from there:
Touring can be a huge deal for a band. From playing in front of new fans to forming important relationships with other musicians in other cities, bands can benefit in huge ways when they take their music out on the road. But there’s some pretty big risks you should think about if you’re a band deciding whether to tour or not. Touring isn’t right for every band, but if you think it might be time to hit the road, try asking yourself these questions:
There’s nothing quite like festival season in the music industry. Whether you’re a fan going to see your favorite bands, the band playing one of the stages, or industry working the event, there’s just something kind of magical about the whole thing. It’s an atmosphere unlike any other.
But this is a blog that’s dedicated to helping you take your music career to the next level, so you know we’re about to dish out some tips that will help you do exactly that. Designed with the DIY artist in mind, we’ve put together a list of 3 ways you can make the most of summer festival season, from both inside and outside the festival gates.