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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Custom merch you probably haven’t thought of!

Roy ElkinsI had a wonderful opportunity to sit down with Roy Elkins, CEO of (one of the internet’s leading sites for artists to submit their music for consideration of placement in TV, movies, commercials, etc.). Roy’s been in the music industry for years, and he graciously offered to give me some pointers for my band. I picked his brain for a couple hours and listened to the many pieces of great advice he had for me. One of his statements stuck out:

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Why are you still trying to get signed?

Why are you still trying to get signed?!The music industry landscape has changed drastically over the past 10-15 years.  It’s pretty much unrecognizable from the music industry that I grew up with through high school.  So why hasn’t the mindset of the musicians changed as fast?  For those seeking a musical path to stardom, it sounds to me that the majority of bands still see getting signed as Nirvana (the point of enlightenment, not Kurt Cobain’s band). Continue reading

When Should You Give Up? (Hint: Never?!)

Never Give Up“We know what you want to accomplish. We may even know how you’d like everything to turn out.  The real question ends up being– what are you willing to push through any dips for– what are you willing to stand up for, bleed for, commit to, and sometimes be unreasonable about because you want it so much?  It is what’s actually going to get done.”
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