Concerts on their own
You probably think that now I will train you on how to prepare demo material, ring up all clubs, travel to all concert offices, stick up posters and business cards, discuss the technical representative with the site secretary by phone before reddening the ears. the ability to gather all the concert participants at the same time in one place and at the same time, and to solve questions for themselves and for that guy … You know, most likely, yes.
In any musical group there is always only one person who needs the most. And 98% that this man and gathered this team. Rarely, when someone else from your group will vomit your ass for your group.
There is, however, a situation where in the group itself no one has any desire to engage in administrative chore activities. And often there is a person from the outside – usually or is it your friend (who takes on a representative appearance and image of the General Director of an oil company); or your crazy fan (who is starting to rush around at all points, waving your demos and telling with admiring eyes about the unmatched quality of your team). In both cases, either you yourself or your proxies should get the same result, or more precisely, for the event to take place.
Prepare a demo recording in the options: audio, video and group photos. Now it is fashionable to do on a CD or DVD. Also in options: for viewing in any ordinary computer (for reliability, make it in different formats, so that it will probably open up). And at the personal request of concert hall managers, posters, photographs in paper rather than digital form may also be needed, a regular audio disc with the band’s music and a DVD (CD) with video. The quality is desirable to do well, so that you can hear the tools, not the porridge, and you can see the face, not spots. In general, prepare a maximum of all kinds of demo materials plus a technical rider (although it is not always so strictly observed).
Read more about the Technical Rider (not to be confused with the Tour Rider). What is there to be written and drawn. Detailed arrangement of musicians on the stage with the scheme. Up to specifying a specific footage (for example, from a vocalist to a barrel of at least 2 meters). Diagram of the monitor line, description of the device (company, model), description of the distribution of instruments in the monitors (for example, the drummer does not need a guitar, but he wants to hear a barrel louder in the monitor) … In short, the maximum requirements for everything “technical”. For example, see the typical riders of “live” artists: Garik Sukachev, “Bravo”, etc.
For the Ryder Tour, you need to write what wallpaper should be in your hotel room, and with which sausage you need a sandwich. Well, the obligatory presence of a video system in a bus, which you are brought from the airport to the ramp – is simply a requirement! From the examples of the Tour Ryder. Sergey Minaev: the artist is allergic to fish and seafood, as well as their smell. Otherwise, the “Star” will fade and instead of a concert will spend time under a drip. Then he has the same: “… near the ramp there are eight long-legged blondes (topless) with a peacock fan, as well as an equestrian military brass band, pertsev fiercely performing the” Counter March “… – This is me to that humor never hurts, try to use it, sometimes it even determines the decisive role in the agreement of the parties.
How now to look for them. These concert venues
In recent years, the administrative activity has developed a conditioned reflex – I automatically grab various advertisements, write off phones from the Internet, respond to the “new” names of agencies and clubs. I advise you to bring yourself to this state. The main thing is to start and entice! To start in clubs, you need to buy the relevant magazines such as “Leisure”, or dig up phone numbers and addresses on the Internet. Then get yourself a notebook and a diary, where all your zeal will be entered. You will have to record a lot: the name, address and phone number of the club, the name of the manager (leave plenty of space, because the names will often change), the presence of fragments of equipment in the club (to know that you yourself will have to bring it, according to your technical rider not yet Sergey Minaev).
Sit down at the phone. This is to call the club and find out if the format of the music of your group is suitable for parties of the institution. Then you need to find out who is engaged in musicians and decides your fate, namely the name of that “great” person-art-manager. If he is in place (it should be noted!), Then talk directly to him – the simplest thing he says is to bring a demo. You clarify exactly what he means by this word (according to what you had prepared earlier), arrange for a personal meeting (so that he is present when he hands over your disk to him), or for confidence that the girl behind the cash register, if she leaves the material to him it will give the train. In both cases, there is truth.