Thursday, September 15, 2005
More Bang for Your Buck: Bands
If you're dreaming of making it big -- good news -- you don't have to have big bucks to do it. It's possible to succeed without spending a lot of money. Music to the ears of many in tonight's "More Bang for your Buck."
WSVN--When it comes to big bands, nothing could be bigger than the Beatles. But if you never saw the Fab Five, you may want to take a few notes from Paul McCartney Friday night. If you dream of performing in front of 20 thousand screaming fans, the secret is finding your niche.
Musician John D'Angelo: "The biggest thing any band faces when they are just starting out is no one knows who you are."
John D'Angelo and his band I-Digress are looking for their next big break. After jamming around South Florida for a few years, they're now working on getting gigs all over the country.
Musician Sheyenne Rivers: "We go to find the venue, we dont let the venue find us."
And if you're going to make it, that's the attitude you have to have. Most bands starting out must be aggressive and they must be willing to pay their dues. Plus a day job to pay the bills isn't a bad idea.
Universal Music Producer/Artist Gio: "Be a coverband for four songs and do one of your songs in between."
Universal Music Producer Gio suggests first develop a following by playing music people have heard. He suggests scouting out venues that best fit your type of music. But remember in the beginning, you're playing for exposure, not money.
Gio: "Its always better to have a core audience that likes you, that follows you. That way you get the most important thing - word of mouth."
A strong fan base will also show music producers your act is marketable. Then once you've sharpened your skills, consider putting together a press kit. Jon Fish from Multimedia Enterprises can make you a promotional cd, flyers, and a website starting at just 400 dollars.
Jon Fish from Multimedia Enterprises: "It incorporates all these things together to create this full bodied image so whoever happens to see them can get the possible view of that band without having to see them in person."
I-Digress is letting their music do the talking. With the release of their first album, the band's hoping the best is yet to come.
John D'Angelo: "It's important for you to have an understanding of who you are and to represent yourself the best you can."
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