How to Get Your Band Out of the Garage
There’s not a magical potion to bring fame to one’s musical group, however there are some practical ways to become noticed. Below are some basic steps to take that will get you out of the garage, end the complaints from your neighbors and get your band onto a real stage.
1. Make a demo CD- You must have a tangible sample of your music to give out while networking. Plus, making a demo CD is way easier now than it was in the olden days. All you need is a quality music program such as Garage Band for the Macs or PCs, a microphone in hand and whatever musical instruments you would need to get the music pumping.
2. Offer your services to anyone- Even if it’s for your 8-year-old sister’s birthday party, ask your parents to let you play. This will not only give you experience, you’ll also be able to network amongst parents who may have the connections you need. Think of it as a serious concert not just a little girl’s birthday bash.
3. Play in community/college events- Most local towns have a bulletin that goes out listing events the town is hosting for the next week or month. Contact a staff member for the town council and offer to volunteer your music. They would be happy to see young people getting positively involved in the town and also to have something “cool” for the young crowd. This info also applies to college campuses as well.
4. YouTube- Don’t’ underestimate the power of the Tube. It’s not just for silly videos of pet dogs and cute babies. Singers Justin Bieber, Priscilla Renea (just to name a couple) jump started their music careers by posting videos on YouTube. There is no harm in doing so and like making a demo CD, it is pretty easy to do on your own.
5. Network- Ask anyone about potential opportunities to play at different events. Also offer anyone and everyone your services.
6. Network through Social Media- Make a Facebook and a MySpace page with your bio, some music samples and contact information. This is a good way to keep fans posted on your plans after seeing you play. Keep this updated constantly! There’s nothing worse than an outdated music profile.
Remember at first you probably will not be paid for performing at events. Don’t worry about this right now. Your number one obligation is to get your name out there as much as you possibly can. You have to start somewhere and that somewhere usually comes with no pay.
Networking will allow you to gain opportunities where you may receive pay and eventually be receiving calls instead of always making them. Always do your best because you never know who’s watching you perform; your opportunity can come at anyplace at anytime.
So go out there and begin your journey to fame. Remember there is no secret potion to fame, but there are practical things you can do!