TimR Posted October 18, 2010 Share Posted October 18, 2010 It's not your job to bring a crowd with you.Unfortunately, over here that is exactly why most (struggling) venues hire bands. Really, it wouldn't matter to them if you plugged in and played or not; they just want you to advertise their venue to your family/friends/fans and bring a crowd. They are paying to advertise using your email/MySpace/Facebook/Twitter/etc. mailing lists. As I posted before, one venue has gone so far as to say they will pay anyone a percent of sales if they bring 20+ people to their place. You don't have to do any more than that. Unfortunately that's the nature of a recession. In boom times everybody is out spending money on entertainment, eating, drinking, partying. New bars and restaurants open every day, more people are employed and the whole thing ramps up and you wonder what happened. In a recession the first to get cut back on is the entertainment. The bars will go under and musicians will not be busy. If he has pulled you from NYE maybe he is thinking of pulling NYE. Maybe he is going to drop all live music and he is really struggling. If he says you are good and didn't say he was dropping you because you didn't pull a crowd then you have to believe him. You should get a clearer picture when you speak to the other bands. I still think that as long as people don't leave when you play you are doing OK. I used to spend ages worrying over whether we were going down well, whether we were putting on a show etc. Eventually you worry so much that you stop enjoying yourself, and in the end that's really what you are doing it for. You wouldn't get rebooked unless you were good. Not everyone expects a big show. A lot of people go to see live music because they like live music. Feel the groove internally within your own creativity. - fingertalkin Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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