Posts Tagged ‘Survival Tips’

MUSIC INDUSTRY BREAKFAST 1/16

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Who was there: (9 Industry people)
Stefan Aronsen – Art Director – DeliRadio – SF Intercom
Andy Freeman – Recordist/Mixer/Produce
Nahuel Bronzini – Music Producer
Jason Perry Stevens – BAND: Before The Brave
Devin Nelson – BAND: The Y Axes
Ted Maider – Photographer
John Haesemeyer – Performing Artist – Pop Folk
Kendra McKinley – Musician/Composer
Cade Drummer – BAND: Friends Without Benefits


MUSIC INDUSTRY BREAKFAST 12/05

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We had new people and some repeat offenders.

Who was there today: (7 Industry people)
Stefan Aronsen – Art Director – DeliRadio
Andy Freeman – Recordist/Mixer/Producer
Spencer Roberts – Sound Engineer
Piper Payne – Mastering Engineer
Marshal Fassino – BAND: Jet Trash
Jared Swanson – Band: Abbot Kinney
Devin Nelson – BAND: The Y Axes


MUSIC INDUSTRY BREAKFAST 11/29

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Another Successful Breakfast

Who was there today: (8 Industry people)
Stefan Aronsen – Art Director – DeliRadio – SF Intercom
Andy Freeman – Recordist/Producer – Coast Recorders
Adam Lampert – BAND: Low Country Kingdom
Scott Ricketts – BAND: Low Country Kingdom
Martina Hallberg – Swedish BAND: Fall of Adam
Marshall Fassino – Sound Engineer
Spencer Roberts – Sound Engineer
+ 1 music fans

What we established:

We will continue to meet every week.
• Hopefully we get too big for Jim’s Restaurant
We want to make SF a music industry hub?
Even if we don’t like EDM we need to learn from their ability to captivate fans.
• EDM is great at drawing large numbers of fans, marketing, promoting, & making money
Our goal is to know the best industry people in SF and recommend them regularly.
• Is there an app for this? Should there be?
Discover the best way to leverage technology for CD releases.
• How can you leverage social media to give it away for free?
• Does this technology already exist?
• What would make a bands CD release interesting enough for a technology blog?
Is there a need in SF for tastemakers? Could we be those tastemakers?
• Do we want to break a band? Do we want to host shows?
I have 3 music sites. Perhaps we can all start our taste-making from the third:
• www.iheartsfbands.com – (let me know if you want to be a blogger, I’ll make it so!!!)
And MORE!!!


MUSIC INDUSTRY BREAKFAST 11/21

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The goal is to meet every Thursday morning for breakfast and talk about actions that will help the bay area scene become a place where musicians & industry professionals can make money doing what they love. (Music)

Who was there: (9 Industry people)
Stefan Aronsen – Art Director – DeliRadio – SF Intercom
Andy Freeman – Recordist/Mixer/Producer
Adam Lampert – BAND: Low Country Kingdom
Martina Hallberg – BAND: Fall of Adam
Piper Payne – Michael Romanowski Mastering
Devin Nelson – BAND: The Y Axes
Helene Goupil – Videographer – Mission Local
+ 2 music fans


Interview with Raj of: GUITAR TONE TALK

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For many musician’s deciding which guitar to buy can be the first decision in deciding what kind of music you want to play. Too much twang in your guitar and it might ruin your dreams of becoming a punk rock prodigy.

When I was a Senior in High School I attempted to learn the Guitar. (I had already failed at learning drums, clarinet & singing.) I always thought it was my calling to be the guy that always pulls out his guitar at camp fires, on the beach, at tail gate parties. (Also… he’s the one that gets the ladies… right?) After one year of lessons I realized I sucked at playing the guitar.


Touring Advice Journal

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What I’ve learned while on tour.

1. It is impossible to avoid Fast-food, be smart.

2. You’re going to eat a lot of Fast-food, practice variety. (I like Ian’s advice… STAY AWAY FROM FAST-FOOD… Try and eat Subway or something) (Isn’t that fast food?)

3. Find popular hangout before your show… invite those people to come!!!
(It will increase the cool kid count)


TOURING ADVICE FOR BANDS

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Video and Interview by: Stefan – SF Intercom

When you’re on tour you suddenly realize how much you value sleeping in a bed, eating food at home… and having the ability to take a shower every day if you so choose. I quickly discovered the pleasures of a baby wipe shower, a gas station sink for brushing my teeth and variety within a fast food menu.


GLASS ELEVATOR ON SURVIVAL

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With no further delay … all the way from Olympia Washington, I present: Glass Elevator.

Does your band get together and plan?
There’s really only one plan: to make music. As simple as that is, this is easy to forget. But life to us seems best to take it as it comes, and we make plans and change plans all along the way. With an album and our first West Coast tour on the horizon, we see the fruition of plans hatched yesterday and continue to make new plans for tomorrow.


THE FANCY DAN BAND ON SURVIVAL

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article by: Stefan – SF Intercom The Fancy Dan Band is “singing to survive.” I caught up with them in order to bring you their take on Survival in SF. Does your band get together and plan? We do a lot of planning at band practices, just trying to get ready for our next show.  […]


THE SHANTS ON SURVIVAL

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article by: Stefan – SF Intercom photo by: Lauren Wiest Back from tour…and here to shine a little on what bands should and shan’t do…THE SHANTS!!! Does your band get together and plan? We generally start our rehearsals with a quick band meeting to make sure everyone is on the same page about upcoming shows, […]


STEP 5 & 6 OF PLANNING

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The 5 P’s of survival are Plan, Personify, Promote, Plug-in and Play. You have survival tips 1-4. Today I give you #5 and #6.

5_DON’T BE CHEAP OR YOU’LL LOOK CHEAP: Everything costs money. Some things cost more money than others. This is why many bands lean towards using cheap alternatives to the more costly commercial products. The down side is… You look cheap! You didn’t realize you were being judged but I received your lame flyer/cd/poster and instantly judged you. Consider this the next time you try and save a couple bucks.


INTERVIEW PHIL MAVES – THE ACTORS

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drawing by:  Stefan – SF Intercom article by: Phil Maves – The Actors Bands book live shows every month, yet complain on a regular basis that they don’t have access to high quality recording equipment or can’t afford studio time. Didn’t you just book a show with a sound guy and thousand dollar equipment? Why […]


STEP 3 & 4 OF PLANNING

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article by: Stefan Aronsen The 5 P’s of survival are Plan, Personify, Promote, Plug-in and Play. In January I gave you the first two survival tips of Plan. Today I give you #3 and #4. 3. KNOW WHO YOU ARE BEFORE YOU TELL OTHERS WHO THEY ARE: Does it annoy you when others tell you […]


MYSPACE INVITES SUCK

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photo and article by: Stefan – SF Intercom I received 11 new e-mails in 7 days and none of them were specifically addressed to me. STOP SENDING ME INVITES… IT MAKES ME WANT TO HATE YOU! There is a reason myspace has an option allowing fans to block bands from adding them. Yes! Your stupid show […]


PLAYING TO YOUR AUDIENCE

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This sorority would’ve liked Wes Leslie and Jhameel better if we just played Taylor Swift covers. photo and review by:  Wes Leslie This is such a simple idea, but one that a lot of bands overlook. In the music business (and you need to realize that there’s a business component involved with your music), not […]


WHAT IS SF INTERCOM

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SF Intercom is a survival guide for bands!!! The advice on SF Intercom comes from people who know. If you’re a fan, band or Industry professional we want you involved! If you have experience being in a band, being an uber fan or are or have been a professional industry person, we’d love to hear […]


NO CD NEEDED

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review by: Stefan – SF Intercom
Do CDs have a future? What is the record industry going to look like in the coming years? Can you still make money selling CDs? What is the next big trend?


NOISE POP SCHEDULE – STEFAN

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Noise Pop 2010 is suddenly upon us. I’m super thrilled… but at the same time find myself with a lot less money than I had last year. Thus… listed are the shows I recommend… keeping in mind you and I are both on a budget.


ANXIETY

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Photo by: Stefan Aronsen Article by: Stefan Aronsen In life… there are a lot of things you can control. Anxiety is not one of them. I started this article feeling a little deflated and overwhelmed… Then realized there is a lesson in it. I’ve spent my life specializing in graphic design. I take a lot […]


SHOULD YOUR BAND BECOME AN LLC?

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A brilliant, young, affordable media attorney offers his take on the costs and benefits of creating business entities.


EVERY MONDAY NIGHT

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Photo & Article by: Stefan Aronsen Monday night is not the best night for social in the mission. In my opinion there is only one place to go: Amnesia for Bluegrass. Well that is all changing. Last night I was walking from Gestalt towards Amnesia. I was with my friend TJ, we were starving and most […]


DEAR pink house rEcords

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Photo & Article by: Stefan Aronsen DEAR pink house rEcords, It is with great excitement that I have discovered your 20 track cd. One does not generally find such listening pleasure on a rack designed for visual pleasures. Sincerely, Stefan I spend a lot of time at Atlas Cafe, my art studio is barely a rock […]


CRITICISM AND ADVICE

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Photo Courtesy of: Josh Draluck Article by: Robert – Body or Brain One of my favorite things in the world is meeting new people. In playing a band, I meet people, and connect with people very often. Hand shakes, hugs, and high fives are always flowing around. One thing I also enjoy, if not more […]


STEP 1 & 2 OF PLANNING

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article by: Stefan Aronsen The first step of being a more successful band is to create a plan. However within planning there are a lot of details you must consider. Listed are 2 of the 10 most important tips to consider. 1. CREATE A GAME PLAN: Do you know what it is you want to […]