Okay, so you just formed a super awesome band and you’re trying to get your name in your hometown and expand everywhere else?
Here are a few suggestions that can help you out!
Things you should do:
* Before you even decide to do anything, make sure you band already has a demo. Use your demo to promote by posting it up online for free. Everyone loves free stuff, so if you’re trying to get people into your band make sure it’s free to download! Mediafire is a popular website where you can upload files & share. You can also use a popular music site called Bandcamp which you can use to organize your music & put for download ( you can also post album and charge to buy your songs). You can also use it to update your shows. Bottom line, it’s a great site that can help your band out.
* Create a Facebook artist page & have your friends & other bands tag you. Some other great websites to check out are Twitter & Bandcamp. Myspace isn’t really much of anything especially for band profiles. Try to use Facebook as your main website source.
* Help out any local bands & tag any local bands. Make sure you support your friends & the people around you. Just because you’re in a band, you shouldn’t think everything revolves around you. If you support & help someone else out, most likely in return they will do the same & it will give you extra exposure that you couldn’t do yourself.
* Look around your area & see what places that are good to play. With that on your plate, try to solidify a line up of well-known local bands or an out of town band that’ll draw some people and ask if they would like to play a show you’re working on. This will give you a chance for more people to get the chance to check your band out live. Promote your upcoming shows well!
* Make copies of your demo to pass out at your live shows. Make sure it is free! For most bands, you will have to learn to spend some money to recoop & make money in the future. May the force be with you!
Things not to do:
* One important thing you should ALWAYS remember as being in a band is that you need to take criticism well no matter if it’s something you want to hear or not. Music is about communication & is also for entertainment. There will always be people who don’t like your music. Don’t ever get upset with someone if they they say negative things. Sometimes negative vibes can make things better by seeing their side & becoming stronger as a band. Rather if it’s musically or socially.
* Don’t ever be annoying & force people to “like” your band on Facebook. Yes, it’s important to promote your band & have people check you out and spread the word of your band, but you don’t want to be annoying about it and shove it down people’s throat. That would be an instant turn off to a lot of people. Remember that you’re trying to gain fans, not lose them. Think of things as an outsider.
* If you have a show you’ll need to have/bring your own equipment and gear. Nothing is more unprofessional when you have to use someone elses gear. It can also make the band uncomfotable. Understandablely, sometimes something will happen, like you break a guitar string or something, & it’s natural for another band to help you out. You need to come prepared & look professional as you can.
Take all these suggestions and steps into consideration. The most important thing in having a band is having fun and playing music that you want to express and be apart of. Now that you have some additional advice on things your band should and shouldn’t do, get out there and keep rocking!