Category: Unsolicited Band Advice

Paying attention to band dynamics

When you hear a song on the radio, you may recognize one thing that is consistently true – the music will have been produced with significant dynamics.  You will be able to hear each instrument and maybe even be able to identify each recorded…

Think Incubation over Hibernation

Many local bands opt to hibernate during the winter months – understandable considering how challenging it can be to get music fans out in the snow and cold.  Add traffic to the equation and the infinite menu of other entertainment options and you might…

Always make an agreement

Here’s a solid new year’s resolution for 2019:  create a Performance Agreement every single time you play out.  A performance agreement (PA) describes the logistics of your deal and the responsibilities of all parties involved.  It’s a digital confirmation of your handshake with the…

A semblance of negotiation

We’re back for 2019…please stay tuned for more details on the 1Q DOM Recording Contest, but in the meantime we’ll be resuming some of our unsolicited band advice, and at a very appropriate moment in American history…   Whether you realize it or not,…

Are you easy (to do business with)?

Perhaps one of the most basic principles in the business world is the notion of being easy to do business with.  Is it going to be a painless process, or will barriers surface the minute someone tries to interact with you?  Some of this…

A Culture of Quality

One of the best ways to separate yourself from the competition, in any business, is to focus on a culture of quality.  When your music is well-written, when the performance is jaw-droppingly good, when your audience feels like they can’t take their eyes off…

Everybody needs a plan

The purpose of a business plan is to set some goals, primarily like figuring out how (and if) you should go to market and how to make it financially do-able.  If it’s done well, a good business plan can also help motivate and improve…