|So You Want to Be in a Rock & Roll Band? - Phase 6 by Sal Canzonieri|
|Welcome to my sixth column in Loud Fast Rules magazine. This column will be all about being successful in the music business based on my experiences from playing music since 1975. I'm going to be real and no holds barred about every facet of the music biz from the top to the bottom. It's pretty much advice and discussion, what sucks and what is great. I'm going to tell you what other people won't. Feel free to contact me and let me know what worked for you, if you have some good advice for people.
There are many aspects to the music world, and every one of them has things that happen in them that can either totally fuck you up
or can be great if things work out right for you. These are: the people in the bands themselves; the booking agents; the promoters of the shows; the clubs, halls, etc.;
the lawyers; the recording studios; the record producers; the A&R people; the radio stations and the DJs; the internet and music websites;
the music shops that carry supplies and instruments; the record labels; the distributors; the record stores; the merch manufacturers; the music press
and the fanzines and newstand magazines; and the audience. So, in each column I am going to talk about one of these aspects and it ain't going to be pretty!
Phase 6 - Going to the Top
Let's review what I've discussed so far in each of my previous 5
columns, before you start with Phase 6:
The Result of doing these steps for a year is that you have a Quality band
with people actually noticing your songs.
The Result of doing these steps for a year is that you will be headlining on
a weekend night, will have good press, and will get steadily more popular.
The Result of doing these steps for a couple of years is that you will be a
popular record out, and you will have a strong enough fanbase that you can
sell a lot of records, and you will start actually making some money instead
of losing it like dumb bands do.
The Result of doing these steps for a few years is that you can get signed
to a decent record label, word of mouth gets many more people to your shows, you
sell a lot of merch at your shows and records online, at your shows, and in record
stores, you have a strong image, and you have a strong strategy for touring.
The Result of doing these steps are that you are generally much more popular, you are
earning regular money for all your hard work, your fans are very committed
and do much to help your band, you get offers from bigger labels, AND you
can Do It Yourself.
|(c) 2006 BGT ENT / Sal Canzonieri|