How to demo your music to clubs/bars..

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  1. benagain

    benagain Member

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    Long story short..starting a new band after not gigging the area in 5-6 years. Did well in the past..not sure how we got in front of the bar/club owners back then. Looking for tips and techniques to get your new band noticed by the powers that be. Email or FB them a link to our media page? Face to face..CDs (gawd) ...What worked for you?
     
  2. gigs

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    - Demo CD of live recordings
    - Business cards with contact info and website
    - Facebook/website page with live video (snippets) with good crowd
    - Finding good local bands websites, finding out where they are playing and then going to the places and talking to the managers/owners, handing out CDs and cards
    - Doing some free gigs at local festivals, etc. to get people to hear you and get your live act down.

    That's how we started out, been going strong since then. Took some work though and it helps when everyone in the band is helping out.
     
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    Every booker has their own preferences for how they prefer to be contacted. Find out what those are and use them. Do not assume that pestering them face to face will win them over if they've said "email me a link".

    In the meantime you'll need four+ quality recordings, some flattering pictures, a website with all that hosted. Flattering videos showing you rocking a desirable crowd also good, particularly if you're a cover band. Physical media only if specifically requested.
     
  4. loudboy

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    iPhone vids of clubs full of chicks, going nuts.

    If you can't prove that you will draw well, on your first night in, you won't get a gig.

    It's always been important, but now it's really the only thing that a venue owner cares about.
     
  5. pickaguitar

    pickaguitar 2011 TGP Silver Medalist Silver Supporting Member

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    Go meet them in person
     
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    HoboMan Silver Supporting Member

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    This.

    My current band's second gig was in the nightclub/bar section of a bowling alley.
    Sparse crowd until the women's bowling league finished bowling and came in to hear the band.
    They all danced and we happened to have a video camera rolling.

    Putting those videos on our website has kept us busy the last three years.
     
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    Seems to be more a link on line now days. We have CD's but many clubs are booking on line now... in fact some have a facebook page just for booking only. Every now and then they say "we are now booking for X month thru Y month..."
     

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