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.
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.
Baz Edmondson runs The Benedicts, a 4 piece party band. He’s an ex heavy metal band front man who set up the band 18 months ago and has some stellar success relatively quickly. In the last 3 months of 2013 his band were out gigging at weddings almost every weekend. Listen in to find out some of the simple marketing, sales and promo stuff he’s been doing that’s been getting results.
This week we talk to Martyn Strange of UK band Get Funked. Martyn has built Get Funked from the ground up and now can boast to be the band leader and manager of the one of the UKs most successful cover bands. He is very focused on getting his band perfectly set up for high profile corporate and private events while at the same time always looking to see how he can better sell and market his band. There’s some big lessons in here.
Del & Brad discuss the delicate issues of how to handle the people in the band, how to structure your band to make it more manageable, less stressful and more profitable. Listen to Ideas and experiences from the sharp end of gigging in a covers band.