Conquering the Local Club Circuit
Being in a band and playing for fun is great if you have no aspirations for quitting your day job. But if the dream is to make a living in the music industry, you need to be play live: Attacking the local live circuit is where you should start. It's also a great place to test the waters. If the public likes you, you're in; if they boo you off the stage, rethinking your music might be a good idea. This is why it's good to try a few small. low profile gigs first to not only prepare for bigger more important ones ones, but to see what kind of response you get from a few patrons first. The ideal response to the public display of your music is to develop a following like we've mentioned. A significant following is the first critical step in proving you are a contender in the "music industry." Another reason to get your band onstage is so you can play songs "for real" and desensitize the nervousness or stage fright effect. The audience adds an intensity level that is a practice sessions will never be able to replace. So just because you can play it perfect in front or your bedroom mirror doesn't mean a thing. The energy level that builds when doing a live set is impossible to describe of replicate. If you want to play in public as a stepping stone to a serious music career, you should be getting paid for it, and I'm not talking about setting up on a street corner either. You are going to find if you are unknown getting a good paying gig will be tough at first. Basically it's like someone giving you a good job with no resume. Before we get hot and heavy into the topic of live exposure let's lets examine a few realities that exist within the Local Club Circuit.
- You have a solid demo in hand.
- That demo CD has to get into the hands of someone who can book you at a club or venue.
- That someone has to listen to the CD, like what he/she hears and imagine that the music will draw a crowd.
- That someone has to make a decision to book you and sign a contract with you.
- Your band has to show up, play, draw a crowd and make the crowd happy.
- You are a risk, and no legitimate club owner wants a crappy band to make him and his establishment look like a joked
- You are appealing to maximum draw potential of 500 heads or less
- If no one comes to listen or if the audience leaves unhappy, you probably won't get an invite back.