All posts by Fang VonWrathenstein

Fang VonWrathenstein was born when a volcano containing metal and steel erupted at the beginning of time. His one and only mission: create the most metal band in the world. He is the lead singer of Lords of the Trident, and commits the rest of his barbarian time to helping young, inexperienced bands make it in the cut-throat world of music

Crowdfunding 101

Dolla Dolla BillzYou’re in a band, which means you have no money. Ah, the eternal joke…but it’s true, of course. Those expensive instruments you bought certainly weren’t free. The thousand-watt amp that the neighbors constantly complain about was not purchased at a WalMart for a low, low price. And instead of going to law school, or learning to be an investment banker, you spent your formative years learning how to play “Stairway to Heaven” without messing it up.

So now it’s time to press your brand new CD – the CD that’s going to catapult you to stardom, the CD that you spent countless hours perfecting – but to add in that 16 page booklet and the unfoldable wall poster, it’s going to cost around $2,500. So how do you, the band manager who’s also living out of your parent’s basement, come up with that money?

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Making a Live DVD – DIY! Part Three

Pronounced, "DOOOV DAH"Today we come to the final article on DIY DVD production. If my first two articles didn’t scare you away – congratulations! You’re an official DIY badass, or perhaps slightly delusional. In either case, you now have excellent video and audio from your event. It went off without a hitch – all your fans have been talking for weeks about the giant rotating drumkit and the chorus of belly dancers that accompanied you on your hit single. You’ve extracted all your audio and video files. You’ve got backups of the backups, and you’re ready to put your DVD together. So, now what?

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Gig Etiquette (or, don’t be a dick!)

etiquettebook_smManners. Etiquette. Remember those things your mother tried to teach you? “No, honey, that’s the SALAD fork.” Turns out they’re actually pretty important in the real world. Every situation has its own social rules that must be followed if you don’t want to appear to be a jackass, and gigs are no exception. No one’s ever really set those in stone, or even written them down from what I can tell. It’s more of a “you learn it as you go” situation. So, for those of you who don’t have natural gig manners, allow me to present:

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