How Many Rock Stars Can You Think Of That Didn’t Start Out Playin



by Bill Shor
If you want to be a star, you need to play live. It doesn't matter what kind of music you play, there's nothing like the live experience to build loyalty in your fans. It's time to stop sitting there wishing you were a star, and go out and do the work to become one. The older

ways of making it big in the music business have changed more dramatically and faster in the last few years than any previous time in history. With those changes, come plenty of great opportunities. In fact, according to the staff at MusicMarketingCenter.com, there's no 'next big thing' happening, and there's never been a better time to get your start. If you have something new and exciting, the sky's the limit. If your music fits an established genre, then there are already people who are anxious to hear it.

One of the most important things you need to do is to figure out what niche your music fits. In a future article, we'll go more into depth on that topic along with all kinds of ways to get yourself heard in the digital world. But, for this article, we are going to concentrate on playing live.

Does your music fit into a category? If it does, then that's where you start. Look for venues in your area that support the music you play. Even if it's a place where you get paid by the money that's put in a hat that's passed around, it doesn't matter. You've got to start somewhere. This is the way to create a following in the real world.

Every time you play, bring whatever you need to build your mailing list. This is super important, and will be the topic of a number of posts at the musicmarketingcenter.com. But for now, even if it's a legal pad for people to put their names, snail mail and e-mail addresses on, get that info. This will be your core list of fans, and the ones that are going to tell their friends all about how great you were. You need their info so you can e-mail when you play again, release a CD or have any news you'd like to share.

Along with promoting yourself, your gigs, your cds, etc. with your mailing list, why not make some cash? Get tshirts, posters, or other merchandise created, and offer it to your list at a profit. Music fans love to talk about the new band they've discovered, and tshirts are a great way to help them to talk about you. Think it's going to cost you a lot of money to print tshirts? Wrong.. Check out cafepress.com. They print tshirts and other merchandise on demand and there is no start up cost at all.

When you finish your set, and even in the middle, mention signing up for your mailing list. Stick around after you play. Talk to the audience, and tell them to be sure to sign up for your list so they know what you are up to. You may not think talking to you is a big deal, but to someone who doesn't know you and liked your music, you are a star, and it makes them feel special to have actually talked to you (yes, you). Be nice, thank the fans, and allow them to love you and think you love them back. Don't put on the punk attitude. Even in the late 70's when the punk scene and attitude was at it's height, the people loved talking to them, and plenty of the 'stars' would be really nice to people off stage. Fans eat it up.

If your music doesn't fit a specific genre, colleges and clubs have always prided themselves on being the first to bring their audiences innovative work.

Be sure to scour the newspapers for audition and open microphone nights. Why not? It's another chance to play and practice your live skills. Tons of famous bands and musicians started out playing on these free nights, even if only one or two songs. Don't ignore the opportunity just because you may think it sounds cheesy.

The main thing to remember is that if you want to make it big in the music business, you need to get heard. And, for most bands and musicians, the best way to be heard is in front of a live audience. No other form of distribution of your music is going to have the impact of a great live show.

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