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Editing and Writing to Your Audience

As an artist of any medium, the hardest part is learning how to edit. To get to that point where all the fatty tissue and the cancerous cankers have been removed to reveal a tight well-done representation of what you are trying to express. I don't care if it's editing a novel, writing a piece of music or seasoning a dish, it can be so difficult to just let go of ideas, words, notes, and ingredients and just walk away. Part of this is how personal the work gets and how invested you get in the parts of that little child that you are launching into the world.

 

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25 Venue & Promoter Commandments

A while back I wrote a blog that was 25 commandments that every band should follow. So, I thought it only fair that there should be one that discusses some of the things that venues and promoters should follow. I would be lying if I didn't admit that I have not broken a few of these over the years. However, whenever it was within my control, I did my best to uphold them.

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The 25 Band Commandments

As a band building a professional relationship with venues, talent buyers, promoters and other bands is extremely important. The reality is that anyone who has been the industry for any period of time knows and comes in contact with a great number of people that will affect your future bookings and career. Now, you might think that burning a venue in some small city will not come back to haunt you but the reality is that often that venue, the promoter or the bands will have a relationship with others in the business in the regional area and in some cases nationwide.

 

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Band Names and Logos

It seems like it shouldn't be that import but when you consider most of the successful brands, often the name of the product is second to the shape of the logo itself. A prime example is the golden arches. You see those two yellowish gold interlocking arches and you know instantly what that means. With the internet and success of instragram and emogis, we are increasingly becoming more visually triggered by symbols than words.

 

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Space to Suck and New Music Mondays

With any local music scene there needs to be space to suck. That space to develop, grow and learn how to promote either as a band or as musicians. That space has had many forms over the years. When I was younger it was small hall shows or house parties. From time to time DIY spaces but when I was first starting to play it was straight to the venue stage.