Most of today’s biggest acts started out by playing tiny pubs and clubs around the UK, taking their first steps on the so called ‘toilet circuit’- a network of venues around the country where the stage can just about accommodate a four-piece band. Small, intimate, and often a little sweaty, these are the legendary UK venues that helped to establish the acts we know and love today.
It’s all too easy to push it to the back of the priority list when it comes to what to spend your band’s budget on.
When all of your time as a band has been spent trying to raise enough money to buy equipment and studio time along with trying to earn money through gigs, it can be hard to recognise that there does come a time when you need to spend money too.
Whether you’re a solo artist or part of a band, a vocalist or prefer just to let your hands do the talking with an instrument, there are few things more satisfactory than turning your love of music into a full-time career and finally giving up that boring day job.
Actually cracking into the music industry takes some luck and a whole lot of hard work so here are 10 tips to help you boost your music career.
As the scouts always say, be prepared
This is especially true when planning your first gigs, plan for the worst and you should be planning correctly, don’t assume anyone will turn up; don’t assume the venue promoter will promote you; don’t assume your instruments will work properly’ don’t assume the sound engineer is your new best friend. Prepare, rehearse and hone your stage craft, right through to what you say to the audience, assuming it is more than ‘Please stop throwing beer at us’. Continue reading How to plan your band’s first gigs