All bands have at least one. That one show that was SO horrible. - “OMG I can’t believe we had to open for that Headbanger Death Metal Band!” DISCLAIMER: Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for a headbanger every once in awhile but just not when I’m trying to bust my groovy dance moves to some pop synth dance tunes. Now, back to the point. Your sound is... non existent, you keep forgetting lyrics, your gear decides to up and die mid set and sing it’s last crying, dying lullaby. If it hasn’t happened yet, don’t worry, it will. I’m not a fatalist. I’m not jinxing you. I’m just preparing you for the future.
Bad shows happen and that’s ok. Why is that ok, you ask? Because in the grand scheme of things you will more than likely learn something from it. You’ll learn to keep that extra 9 volt in your gear bag and carry extra strings but most importantly you’ll learn how to adapt to any situation.
Adaptability is a valuable lesson to learn especially to survive any tour you’re planning on venturing out on. (Oh, and don’t even get me started on how to survive a rough tour. That’s a post for another day.) Adaptability; not only will it help you make it through the future zombie apocalypse (I call that a BONUUS!), it will keep you afloat in an industry that eats baby animals alive for breakfast.
A year later, looking back on that infamous “Headbanger Death Metal Band Showcase” and the immediate overnight drive to the next city afterwards with tails tucked tightly between legs lies a memory to laugh at. A cog in the wheel of becoming a tried and true hustling musician. So, take those bad shows, find the lessons, buy that 9 volt battery (or three) and set of extra stings for that rainy day and have a laugh a year later.
There’s good in every bad show.
You’ve painstakingly poured your heart and soul into writing, recording, mixing, and mastering your new music... now what? How do you get it to your fans? Obviously you get CD’s made right? Or what about vinyl? Or is the physical copy a dying breed you’ll reminisce on with your grandkids as you tell them about how you used to have to push your own skateboard because it didn’t hover?
This is a dilemma many bands are faced with in the new coming age of download codes and spotify streams. Is it worth the hundreds of dollars to print your music? This is a tricky question. The nostalgia of holding a physical copy in your hands, ripping that nice shiny plastic off, popping it into your dusty cd player and reminiscing about how amazing this band rolling through town was will never get old.
Luckily, with the ever emerging non stop growth of new technology, it has become more affordable to order small batch orders of CD’s. Yes, I say affordable...don’t roll your eyes. Vinyl is cool, everyone wants it. I spend hours myself flipping through vinyl collections every chance I get. I was told vinyl printing was affordable...and then I fell off my barstool. You can do the research. Hopefully you already have. But don’t fall off your barstool if you haven’t when you see the $1000 price tag for a decent sized batch. In the grand scheme of the physical copy debate CD’s are something you can stock a few extra band bucks away for and print affordably to connect with your fans and to stay up to date in this hoverboard era, throw in a digital download code to keep the kids happy.
Physical copies may be more than you want to spend after shoveling out all of your hard earned money creating your new music baby that took months to brew. But I think it’s safe to say that even in this self driven car, phone face recognition world we live in, the nostalgia will win. Physical copies hold not only the songs, but more importantly, they hold the memories.
In the end, your fans want memories they can dig out of a box one day, blow the dust off of, and think about that time their college friend, Sarah fell in love and almost left to go on tour with that one lead singer from that amazing band rolling through town with the beautiful voice and golden locks. But she didn’t. She bought this dusty CD instead.
Just think, how many dusty CD memories do you have packed away in a box?
Many, Many moons ago as kids dreaming big, Lexi and I always had the yearning to make a difference and leave our mark on the music community. Countless hours of hard work, sweat, tears and excitement have finally led to those dreams coming true.
Lexi and I are overjoyed and proud to announce our new label, FullNote Records! A full service artist branding, booking, PR and music management company!
With FullNote Records we want to take our experience and knowledge of a combined 20+ years in the Music Business industry to help mold and grow artists into their full potential.
We want to thank everyone for the love and support that has allowed this to happen and we invite all of you to follow along with us on this journey, it’s going to be an exciting one!
Cheers to new beginnings,
Mo and Lexi