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Why “That” Other Band Is Better

June 5, 2012

Nothing burns me more than to hear bands rip on their peers, especially when their peers get an opportunity their band missed out on. Much like crabs in a boiling pot of water, bands pull down on the backs of their peers to try and stop them from escaping their slow and imminent death in the boiling water.

The reality is that much of the time when a band gets an opportunity or makes “it” (whatever the fuck that even means now a days) they have worked harder than your band has. I realize this isn’t always the case but more times than not it is the bitter pill you have to accept and swallow. For the record, arguments along the lines of…

“…our band should be on that show!”, “…we are a way better band than they are!” and my personal favourite “…that band sucks, why did they get that…?”

are not only irrelevant as that opportunity has passed but also wasted energy. So instead of wasting time hating your peers, who in reality are just like you, here are 3 things you can do to put your band in a better place to get that next opportunity.

1. Research
Find out why the other band(s) have received the opportunities they have. Have they been together a long time? Touring experience? Great live show? Established Team Infrastructure? etc… See who they network with in the music community. Overall it is important to also stay on the pulse of the music community so you can see what future opportunities are coming up.

2. Build Relationships
Start building relationships with other bands, venues, promoters, bar staff, music industry associations, etc. One of the best ways you can do this is to go to other shows and meet people, stay on their radar and follow up with anyone who gives you a business card.

3. Create Fans
Last and most important is to continue building an active and engaging relationship with your current fan base while creating new fans along the way. Most bands who get bigger opportunities have learned to amass the power of their fan base and there is nothing more appealing to a promoter or venue than bringing people into their show.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that it usually isn’t one “lucky break” that makes a band become successful. Often it is a series of opportunities that builds up their resume over time which continue to open new doors and unlock new opportunities. With that said many times you might only receive one chance with a specific venue/promoter/band/etc so it’s important to use that opportunity to build a positive relationship so you can and try capitalize on future opportunities.

I realize it is a lot easier to be jaded than to do all the hard work it takes to maybe become successful but if you’re serious about your career than I can assure you that you are wasting your time hating your kin. Next time you feel the need to blame the failure of your band on the success of another remember you are in control of your career path.

-Josh

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 5, 2012 3:30 PM

    Well Said!!!! Theres the doers and dreamers. Be a doer!!!! 🙂 Great article

  2. Death Valley Dan permalink
    June 5, 2012 3:32 PM

    This should be mandatory reading for bands new and old alike. Shit talking other bands (anything goes in the jam room, though, lol) never gets you any further. Ever notice bands who complain the most are never doing anything?

  3. June 7, 2012 1:52 PM

    Thanks guys!

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