Jun. 25, 2004 2:04 pmADP you are such a smart ass..yeah this is Abner and I just thought I should lay my two cents in to help whoever and I did it all for free, What a concept help someone and expect nothing in return wow
Jun. 25, 2004 11:00 amPress kit ha! funny how life is so transparent. Most the bands of this site understand a bullshit line when they see one. This is Abner and I must tell you any one who tells you they can help you with promo stuff and shit like that expect to get paid and paid alot(by you most likely)and besides unless you are a dribbling idiot you realize that most clubs just ask for a demo and thats all. I get press kits all the time from bands and it always seems the more glossy the kit, the shittier or big headed the band is. Here's an Idea, be original. Like this band I had send me a demo...I opened the package and out with the cd fell abt 10 different beer labels, and a small hand written note stating the name of their band and contact info and a little line that said bands accomplisments (*see back of beer labels) So I took the beer labels and sure enough on the backs of each was wriiten the "This beer was bought"... , then they proceeded to write the name of the club where they played and the date and then they told in very small writing all the drunken crazy things their singer did that night" it was great. So on the next comp they are going on it for sure. But it just goes to show you that originality goes along way. Also if your kit is too polished it can scare promoters away, cuz they may think you are going to want too much to play their venue or you are too big for their club etc. Lastly if you are shopping labels, put together a decent kit show some originality and do not be too wordy and too legal sounding because the truth is all labels want a realitively exploitable band and if you sound too on the ball they may turn to another band that they feel they can manipulate easier(that is not to say that you should be putty in their hands by no means however to make a more attractive package vulnerability sometimes lures the sharks, and we all know the truth about labels they are the great whites of sharks), but once you get picked up by the label you can start showing your knowledge and let them realize you are nobodies pawn.
Last thing on the subject do not expect to get paid!(unless you can draw 50 people to a show)I mean gas money is fine some free beer etc but I have bands that have played my shows who drove 5 miles to the club only brought themselves and have afit because they did not get 200 bucks. be real guys first off there is not alot of money to be had at the shows so if you didn't put any effort into it and just show up to play don't expect the lions share of the monies. However I am not discouraging bands to at least ask for some gas money thats cool but be prepared and happy with what you get. At least you'll usually get something back when I was a young musician it was pay to play every where so be happy you get something.