It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a band in possession of talented musicians and expensive gear must be in want of a gig.
I must sincerely apologize for maligning Jane Austen so horribly, but I just couldn’t help it. It’s true. Show me a band, and I’ll show you a group of people who want to play out. But how does one get those gigs? Is it as difficult as the Bennett girls finding husbands?
Not quite. The Live Unsigned Blog spells it out for you in this article loaded with advice on landing more gigs. (Part two can be found here.) Some of the advice is common sense stuff that musicians ought to know, like why bars hire bands (right answer: to bring more folks to the bar), and to be nice to the people who hired you. Then again, it might not occur to a band to try to stand out more (it worked for KISS) or to swap gigs with other bands.
There’s plenty of food for thought in these articles, and I’m pretty sure you’ll find a few things you can try right away. Let me know if you start booking more gigs. And remember that I get ten percent.
Note: This is a repost of an article that previously appeared on http://www.robertwoliver.tumblr.com.