Making the band

Posted on: May 20, 2008

Now that we’ve released the EP, we are planning to join the POWER JAM 2008 competition. We need all your support once we get through the auditions. The reason why we are joining the competition is because we want the 50k! worth of prizes and you get to record your entire album for free! For an independent band like us, the competition will not only be a another way to build a network, but it will broaden our knowledge as a musicians and I’m sure the rest of us will learn a few things along the way. Being in this industry, we must be open to ideas and willing to try on new things.

That’s how bands like U2, Aerosmith and Rolling Stones survived after being together for a very long time. They keep reinventing themselves and yet at the same time they managed to have something in their music that when we, as a consumer hear, we will say “Hey, that’s U2!” That’s what i called musicians. They progressed and mature with grace. Often, we will come across great bands that come and go because of drugs, one hit wonder (remember Hoobastank?) and bad management.

In out tiny island, I’ve often hear bands complaining that they don’t get much publicity, no exposure, no fans and they are not recognized at all. Well, to me its not how you ask for help but it’s who you you asked for help. There are many options for you to choose in order to kick start your music. Let me explain more.

*Music – There are two options here. One, if you are planning to make it big on radio, try to make a song that will last not more than 5mins because you will have to make a Radio Edit version and if you don’t they will edit it for you and in the end all your effort will go to waste. Two, if you want to make a music based on what you like and you don’t need any tips, I think you shouldn’t be reading the post cheh!

*Good Attitude – This is the most important thing that a band must practice, yet not many of us are aware of how it will affect the band’s image. Always be patient when things don’t go your way. For instance, you have a gig to perform and then when you reach the place you found out that they equipments were crappy and they don’t provide you the stuff that you have asked for. What should you do? Well, don’t be disheartened. You have practiced week in week out to play for the event so why make a big fuss about it and let it affect your performance? Go all out for it because you might never know if one of the people among the hundreds that attend you gig is a big time producer! If you are lucky enough they might even approach you after that

*PR – Always say thank you and make an effort to say it to everyone that attended your gig. You are living in Spore not L.A and overtime people will start to notice you. The last thing you need is someone labeling you as arrogant. Be nice to everyone even though you are dead tired after jumping around the stage. These little things will make a big difference in you music career. Try to be presentable when you are on stage. You are a star and not a fading star!

That said, have ever wonder why bands from across the globe get better response from the local media and also they can attract big crowds? The answers is simple. Get a good manager and a publicist. A band shouldn’t go around promoting their show. Unless you are a young band like us!

A publicist is a person whose job is to generate and manage publicity for a public figure, especially a celebrity, a business , or for a work such as a book or film.

One of the publicist’s main function is to generate press coverage on behalf of clients and to serve as the bridge between clients, their public and media outlets. A publicist writes press releases, manages campaigns and performs other public relations functions. An agency can range from a one-person shop to an operation consisting of thousands of individuals.

Some publicists specialize in representing ‘ordinary’ members of the public to achieve them the maximum possible fee for stories they wish to sell to newspapers, television stations and magazines.

So you see, its not easy being in a band but we’ll start slowly lah




3 Responses to "Making the band"

Hey guys, go for it!!! -and hang in there!

Hey guys! Go for it!!!! -and hang in there!

53*- Thank you for ur comments and support. Do come down for our next gig k!

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