Sure record labels have more money than your band. They can get the best deals on manufacturing, advertising and other expenses, but this is almost the entire point of the blog right here. Is that even necessary?
When it comes to improving our character, it takes longer to see results. And often those results are not as tangible as loosing weight. It's harder to justify spending time learning, developing, or training ourselves to be the our best selves when the results might not show for years down the road.
Right now, we are just a startup, but our dreams are much bigger than that. Not of company growth, bigger office space, more employees or a sports car in my driveway (Or just a driveway. I rent an apartment). I am talking about radically changing the way we work with musicians.
Urban Geographer has teamed up with Kyle Allis (Chokepoint) to hosting its first house show in Pinckney, Michigan today. This exclusive night of communal celebration is a double EP release party featuring independent bands both local and from across state lines.
Creating a following for your band is probably one of the hardest things you have to do as a band. But it can also be one of the most important if you want to be successful. Here are five steps to gaining a following as a band.
Like countless others in the scene, music has been the biggest part of my life since childhood. I grew up listening to everything from Patsy Cline and Pete Seger to Nirvana and Bad Brains. Something drew me to it. Maybe it was the honesty and passion I heard that I did not necessarily get as a young kid, but that’s a different story.
There are almost 30,000 people between the ages of 14-29 in Livingston County ALONE. Is it radical to assume that in six months we can't build this thing up enough to have 500-700 people at a show? What about 1500 in two years? The opportunities are limitless.
When you make a band the last thing you think about is the paperwork involved. There's only a couple of things you need to look drastically more professional. This paperwork is called a "Production Bid" and "Technical Rider." Most people refer to the whole thing as a "Rider."
House shows are radically different than venue shows. It's you and your friends hanging out and playing music for each other. The environment is normally stress free with no pressure to perform well or promote heavily.
Great shows don't just happen. There is a ton of work involved. You can't just rely on talent and hope a show goes well. There are tricks of the trade to get your set sounding sexy, and things fans can do to make the show even better. Here are five steps for bands to blow minds at your next venue show:
"Tell me who you're hanging out with and what books you're reading, and I can tell you what kind of person you will be in five years." I don't know who said this and I probably botched the entire thing but I think it holds a lot of truth.
You started this band with your friends because you finished binge watching How I Met Your Mother on Netflix. But now you've had three band practices and your dad wants you to play a set in the basement for him and his four friends. So things are getting pretty serious. You need a game plan.
A lot of uncertainty once shrouded the music scene in Livingston County. There was a sudden drop off of shows at the traditional venues and attendees and band members graduated their respective high schools and moved on to college or just lost interest.
Communities are established when a group of people share a common interest. This is found true in the local music scene here in Livingston County. But recently a feeling of competition was felt between the traditional venue concerts and house shows, both of which are trying to strengthen the same community.
Above is a picture of the desk in my apartment. That desk is where it all started. The original idea for Urban was just to highlight and encourage local artisans, musicians, and businesses in a way that was aesthetically pleasing and made them feel valuable. Our goal was just to make these people known.
Urban geographer is growing. While still technically a start up, in the past three months we have gone from reaching zero people; to reaching 2% of Livingston County and 5% of our targeted demographic. Which is an incredibly exciting and humbling accomplishment. With that, I wanted to write this series as a reminder to myself as we continue to grow, expand, and monetization becomes a factor in our decisions, I want the HEART and the MISSION of UG to stay the same.