6 Things You Should Know Before Your Bands Hits The Road!
Is your band ready to start branching out of your home town and play more shows? As we all know there is only so many times you can play the same three venues and keep you, your fans and the venue owners exited about the gig. With our regions music scene at an all time high live music is thriving. We’ve put together a list of what your band needs to do to prepare for successful “out of town” shows.
- Transportation – You need to be efficient when traveling. Gas is expensive and the easiest way to eat up all your budget is drive 3 or 4 different vehicles to a venue so if you don’t have the proverbial band van then car pool and save on gas.
- Contact Person – When booking said shows only use one person to communicate with the venue. It’s very confusing for the venue if they have the singers wife, the drummer & the bass players dad all calling about times, set length, pay etc.
- Merch, – One of the best ways to be not only remembered but make extra money is have a merch table and merch. In the world of facebook and instagram is real easy to forget that Tee’s and Stickers go a long way in keeping your name out there. One band Tee is seen by 14,000 people before it’s tossed. Not to mention most places don’t pay a lot so having supplemental income from a fully stocked merch table makes a difference. (extra pro tip, bring change!)
- Budget – Always know what you are getting in to. A sure way to ruin a road trip is for some of the band to not know how little or much they will be making that night. Keep everything out in the open so no one is surprised at the end of the night when you each get $20 bucks. A good way to do this is keep a google doc or spreadsheet with your show, date, pay & expenses listed. It doesn’t matter if you drive 200 miles for $100 or $1500 but it does matter if your band or some of your band is in the dark about it.
- EPK – “electronic press kit” An EPK is the big separator. When you are reaching out to a bar or festival you need to be ready to shoot them a link to one place with everything they need when deciding to book your band. Images, videos, downloadable audio, bio, quotes from other venues. All this needs to be somewhere online so they can know your band quickly.
- Know Your Set – This sounds obvious but surprisingly lots of bands don’t make set lists and just randomly pick songs from the stage, usually with lots of dead time between each one. This is sure way to show yourself unprofessional. A setlist should be craft in a way that you take the crowd on a journey.. The order of your songs are important and keeping the momentum in your set is key to coming off as a band giving it 100%.
Hope this helps. Get out there and play more!