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Which band are you? There are only two types of bands, after all
Simply "don't be shit". You can do all of that vague planning (seriously - that article didn't tell bands how to do anything), and still get nowhere. If you're not shit, people will like you - and will talk to other people about you. It's not hard.
i thought the article was quite funny in its naivete
the central point, about not rushing to play shows and having a set in place that you're happy with before you first play to your friends, is a really solid one.
Eyre Llew are a band who nailed this, putting songs on Youtube and Soundcloud (good quality songs they would link to but not desperately push) for half a year before playing their first gig and when they did there was a real sense of anticipation for it. they've been playing a few local gigs since (I got them on the Carefully Planned line-up which will be their first proper out-of-town gig I think) and keep building their fanbase.
their mailout is pretty hit and miss, sometimes its just straight nonsense but sometimes its really good. i mean theres a kernel of truth in there isnt there, obvs doing loads of pay to play stuff is a terrible idea but their advice in there is basically "try and be a good band not a shit band".
ill go and see eyre llew, cant say ive heard their stuff but ive seen the name around a lot
generated a lot of hype for their shows right from the off.
but yeah the article is pretty shit.
what 90's tv band 'California dreams' might have made now
No point playing loads of gigs in your small northern town. No one with any importance whatsoever will watch them.
Anyway the thing this article misses is that often the first band is done for fun with no attempt at making it big.
Another point is that you can get bands that regularly sell well but still end up without a label or anything, staying stuck in the local scene for 5 even 10 years with a constant big enough following to play locally but not one big enough to make a career out of it.
and this is true.