How To Get More Gigs For Your Band
Under: Music Business
Here are 10 simple ways to get more gigs for your band. You might be doing some of these but if you apply all 10, you’ll see the gigs you’re offered increase.
1.Treat every show like its an Audition for the next show
Your best calling card is your last gig. So go the extra mile, talk to as many people as you can, sign t-shirts and CDs. People never forget how you treated them.
2.Dress appropriately for the booking
If you’re doing function gigs then having and wearing a good suit will create the right impression. It’s ok to do the soundcheck in jeans and a t-shirt. But think about what the client wants for the actual gig.
3.Be on time to Gigs and Rehearsals
I’m actually shocked about the amount of time I’ve wasted waiting for people to show up to rehearsals. Not to mention the time they take to set up when they get there.
If the rehearsal or soundcheck starts at 7:30 pm, then be ready and set up for that time. Don’t wait around unprepared.
Seriously, if you want to get more gigs for your band then sort your timing out. even if that means telling the drummer a slightly different time! (sorry for the cheap shot!)
4.Know your music before you get to Band Rehearsal
Another thing that annoys me is when someone is late to band practice then spend their time trying to learn the songs. Time to fire that guy!
If you’re playing covers then work on them at home and get your guitar tones together. That way when you step into the rehearsal room you’re ready to go.
The same can be said if you’re playing original material, work on your parts, sounds and arrangement at home so you can maximise your band practice time.
5.Learn to read the crowd
What’s the difference between a CD and a live band? A lot!
Every gig is an opportunity to engage with a crowd in a unique way and leave them with a memorable experience. No one wants to hear the CD live, sorry but it’s true. However, people want a truly epic performance.
You can deliver a unique performance by adapting your setlist/arrangements to keep the crowd dancing and engaged. If they start to look bored, then cut the song short. However, if the crowd is dancing, then add a chorus or two.
A great example of this is Jamiroquai. They often play the same setlist but Jay, will break down songs and play with their arrangements on the fly. This creates such a unique and fun experience.
6.ANSWER and RETURN calls and emails from clients
Are you annoyed when you offer someone money and they say nothing? Would you try and use that person again? Probably not!
Good communication isn’t easy but it’s essential if you want to get more gigs for your band.
Make sure you reply to every email, text and email, Whatapps etc. If it’s a polite “thanks but we can’t”, that will help to build your reputation as a band.
7.Be Dependable and a Man of your Word
If you promise someone that you’ll do something, then try to the best your ability to follow through. If you can’t, then at least have a good reason.
Being dependable and honest have nothing to do with talent but with character. While you might lack skills, you can still choose to have a strong character.
8.Solve problems (don’t create them!)
Your band is there to solve a problem whether that be to entertain people, complete a lineup or help to fill the venue.
You aren’t there to create some new ones! So turn up on time with the right gear, be nice and leave before anyone can create any new problems. Easy?!
9.Be easy and fun to work with
This goes without saying! But still, people enjoy working with others who are fun and easy. Don’t forget this!
10.Encourage and talk to the other performers
Starting out it’s fun and completely nerve-racking to do gigs. So, encourage people, even if it’s really a stupid reason such as I like your guitar or that t-shirt is cool. Spread positivity and see your reputation increase.
Do all these things and watch how Fast your Value and Opportunities increase.