3 Plans for Musicians
|You want to play to THIS crowd? It takes a PLAN. (Ozzfest 2007)|
|Maybe you're not out for the big festival scene... that's OK.|
- Write and learn songs that make the band happy.
- Play when invited to play.
- Find a few clubs that caters to your sound.
- Record CD of originals.
- Goal: Make enough money to supplement the money you spend on your music, and remain happy about playing.
- Get informed and know the subject you’re talking about
- Write informed songs about subject.
- Use songs as a platform to voice your opinions.
- Find groups, clubs, and individuals who will support your right deliver your message.
- Find controversy, find injustice, find your niche in the world
- GOAL: Play until you’re heard. Play until you see the change you are trying to achieve. Play to shine a light on the things you wish to see changed. Then play through the change.
- Find out what music is selling.
- Write to the largest demographic of fans.
- Make videos, play benefits, eat, sleep, and drink the band.
- Cut a full length album and promote it like it’s the new Bible and everyone’s soul is going to hell unless they listen to it.
- Find similar bands, more popular than you and open for them.
- Bother booking agents, talent agents, labels, magazines, newspapers, and blog writers until they see you live… and have a favorable reaction.
- Be prepared to change your music, ditch band members, do special “favors” and completely give yourself over to a person who will turn you into the music superstar you never knew you wanted to be (i.e. become a sellout).
- Do everything you can to avoid being spit out of the wood-chipper that is people’s waning taste in popular music.
- GOAL: Sell out major stadiums worldwide, make millions of dollars, and get the cover of the Rolling Stone.
Sean Claes is the owner of Austin's INsite Magazine and has been a freelance entertainment writer since 1996. For an introduction to his "52 Weeks of DIY Music Advice" visit this link - http://www.tinyurl.com/Claes52DIY. If you like what you read... please share. To visit Claes' homepage, go here - http://www.seanclaes.com/.