Sometimes a band comes a long that makes success look effortless. The Bluejays are one of those bands. BUT don’t think for one minute that the bookings just fall out the sky miraculously. These guys have cleverly used branding, social media, networking and serious organisation to make things happen for them. Check out the podcast to find out how.
If you want well paid gigs with good clients in great venues then you absolutely must have a website. Relying on a Facebook page is just not going to cut it. Your website is your bands home online. It’s where your prospective clients go to make their final decision as to whether they want to book. You need it to show your band off in the best way possible. Dave Cool is Artists Relations Manager at Bandzoogle. They’ve helped over 2500 musicians build amazing websites. He knows a thing or two about websites and shares that with us on this podcast.
The Musicians Union in the UK have a number of initiatives ongoing that are there to help you achieve a fairer deal for your performance. In this podcast we run through all of these in detail as well as covering some key factors involved in how to value yourself as a performer.
Running your own small business places massive strains on the time you have available for other things in your life. That doesn’t faze Brad Wills. He’s successfully balancing running a small business with family life commitments while also finding the time to work on marketing his cover band. Listen to this episode to find out how.
For the last 10 years Dominic Halpin has earned a living as a full time musician successfully running a cover band and releasing his own original material independently. His enthusiasm for both areas of his career is infectious. If you’re looking to carve a similar path to your career then this episode is essential listening
Graeme Nash of cover ‘Daft’ is one of those brave characters that took the decision to ‘go pro’. He’s successfully gone from being a full time sales professional on a great salary to earning all his income from his band. He now supports a family of four and is going from strength to strength. In this episode we get to grips with how he managed to do this and what obstacles he faced along the way.
Natasha manages a very unique act called Urban Soul Orchestra. Originally from New Zealand she arrived in the UK in the late 2000s and had no experience of the UK private and corporate events market. In the last 5 years she’s been the driving force behind booking 100 plus events a year primarily in the high end of the market. Listen to podcast to see how she’s been able to achieve this success.
With 10 years experience of running a successful cover band you would be excused for thinking that Billy and Andy knew everything there was to know about getting gigs. 2012 saw them rack up 100 bookings then in 2013 it plummeted to half that. Why such a sudden drop? How did they feel about that? What are their plans to bring that number back up to a 100. Listen to podcast to find out what they did next.
Once in a while I meet someone who just gets it. Sera is one of them. In 2013 her band, MIB did 175 bookings and she still finds time to manage multiple other bands and pursue other projects. How? Early on she understood that marketing and selling her band were as important as how good they were. It’s served her well. Listen to the podcast to find out how you can achieve similar success.
Brian is a full time marketing executive. In his spare time he runs Baffalo Tale, a 5 piece party that is consistently busy gigging at weddings and corporate events year round. Brian’s take on the bands semi pro status is excellent…. he sees this as an advantage. Being a marketing exec he know how to get gigs. Sit back, listen carefully, take notes and go do what he does. You won’t regret it.