Every musician who picks up an instrument dreams of playing a great show, recording the perfect album, and succeeding big. Groups that want to succeed will need a competitive edge. Garage to Gigs: A Musician’s Guide precisely and engagingly outlinesMoreEvery musician who picks up an instrument dreams of playing a great show, recording the perfect album, and succeeding big. Groups that want to succeed will need a competitive edge. Garage to Gigs: A Musician’s Guide precisely and engagingly outlines the steps musicians must take to move from practicing at home to performing with a band onstage.Covering each stage of a musician’s career, Garage to Gigs illustrates the smartest, most effective methods for finding compatible bandmates, managing auditions, holding efficient rehearsals, producing demonstration (“demo”) recordings, marketing a group, and gigging.
Garage to Gigs also reveals the most direct, intelligent pathways to creating an original and unique artistic vision with the potential to reap financial reward by discussing how to establish musical direction, focus effort, and find steady work playing special events, private parties, and club shows.Invaluable, frequently overlooked topics include:• Understanding Your Local Music Scene• Defining Yourself as a Musician• Knowing Your Recording Options and Establishing a Budget• Taking or Contracting for a Band Photo• Creating Flyers, Posters, Band Bios, and Press Releases• Distributing Promotional Materials by Personal Contact and Mass Marketing• Contacting Bookers and Planners, and Landing Gigs• Understanding How Bands are Paid• Earning the Support of Fans• Creating a Buzz and Maintaining MomentumThomas’s tell-it-like-it-is text is filled with practical step-by-step guidance and real-world examples from working musicians and industry professionals.
Ultimately, Garage to Gigs provides a thorough road map for any musician seeking the guidance and direction to propel him or her to the stage.