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favourite bits? some of this is actually quite sensible so i won't get too snarky (tho ain't read it all)
Anyone interested in this kind of stuff could do worse than read Derek Sivers advice as well - http://sivers.org/pdf
in your surrounding area? Lazy bastards.
Have a unique sound (said in about 30 different ways)
Be nice to people
Have a plan
Use social networking sites
Sorry, but this comes across as a bunch of people in the industry trying to appear wise and insightful to an audience of musicians too dumb to figure this stuff out themselves.
a lot of musicians don't have a clue about this stuff. there are a lot of computer illiterate people out there and a lot of self-consumed people who think what they're doing is original.
my main bits of advice are always
- do your research and then do more
- define who you are (look at similar acts on last.fm, make a list of bands you would one day like to support, etc - all of this helps with the "what do you sound like?" question and mean you don't go "oh really great, you'd like what we do if you like music"!!!!?!)
- once you've worked out roughly where your music fits you can better and more focusedly target relevant potential managers/labels/blogs/journalists/fans/all the above
- work out your priorities
- do more research
the best thing any band can do is spend a fortnight trying to discover new bands to a) find out what music is out there b) find out how easy/hard it is to find music c) work out how people might find your band d) potentially find some bands to gig with or get ideas from of who to contact.
blah, anyway, i could probably write bible on this shit and still it would only work for the right type of band at the right time if they're lucky.
After reading this I felt so much worse.
Then I clicked on the link to Tom Jackson, performance coach, and everything just hit rock bottom
It's easy to be cynical but like all advice you need to weigh it up and decide if it's useful but there's definitely a few useful things here.
Some if it, as sadpunk says, is farly self-explanatory but there's a few things in there worth thinking about.
if you're good nowadays you're buried in a fuckload of shit. if you're good but not great, become great, find great people, ideally with specialism for breaking new acts/managing careers, to help you form a strategy and things will happen.
it used to be a case of being good and there not being much else around but now every idiot with a macbook and internet connection is diluting your chance of being heard for people to know you're great. half the time bands get written off at the "quite good" stage before they've had chance to develop and hone who they are and what they do (see also: reasons to change your band name from Parva to Kaiser Chiefs)