Posts Tagged ‘survival’

LIVE GRAPHIC RECORDING AT NARM

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I recently attended Music Biz 2013. Four days of back-to-back-to-back panels. Thus when one is ending … another one is starting. This is both awesome and horrible.

Ok … in truth, I suspect it really only sucks for people like me, who want to stay late and talk to each of the panelist. It generally means that when I leave each panel, I’m going to be late for the next. At conferences like this, I usually try to slip in to the back of the room; generally there are a lot of people standing and very few seats. However, I can always spot the super awkward seats nobody is brave enough to sit in. Often times they are located in front of the room … and on the other side of a a lot of people. Although an awkward situation, based on not being unable to stand and draw … I generally go boldly to the open seat. I sit quickly and start drawing.


BUZZ: PLAN – a survival guide for bands

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Buzz – A survival guide for emerging indie musicians in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Building and maintaining an audience is as important to a successful music career as it is to a venue, restaurant, theater, and even a retail store.

Buzz helps the community flourish by actively curating a collection of advice from existing bands, spotlighting venues that cater to indie music, and building a network of resources designed with the indie musician in mind. Buzz provides unique guidance and best practices across every style of music, based on years of research. The backbone of Buzz’s message of Persona, Planning, Promoting, Plugging-in, and Playing, relates to any person or group attempting to build an audience.


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.


BATTLEHOOCH’S ADVICE FOR BANDS

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Battlehooch is larger than life, they pack more punch than Mike Tyson and are better for you than Tyson Chicken. SO CHECK THEM OUT!


OR, THE WHALE’S ADVICE FOR BANDS

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Video and Interview by: Stefan – SF Intercom There are some people you just don’t run into enough. Lindsay from Or, The Whale is one of them. What are 5 survival tips you’d give a new band? 1. Don’t sweat the small stuff, especially when it comes to publishing. 2. Enjoy the ride, because you never [...]


MUSIC FOR ANIMALS’ ADVICE FOR BANDS

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Video and Interview by: Stefan – SF Intercom

Everybody keeps saying MFA this, MFA that, MFA, MFA… so now MFA here and now.

What are 5 survival tips you’d give a new band?
1. Write good songs.
2. Make sure you tour.
3. Make sure you sweat.
4. Moderate your drug and alcohol intake.
5. Get your merch in order.
5b. Collect emails.
5c. Maintain connections/relationships
5d. Your merch is your brand. (persona)


JUDGEMENT DAY’S ADVICE FOR BANDS

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Video and Interview by: Stefan – SF Intercom About a year ago… Anton from the string metal band, Judgement Day, and I sat down to a cup of coffee. During that cup of coffee we talk about, what is music, what do bands need to do to sell CDs, and what is the role of today’s [...]


TRANSFER’S ADVICE FOR BANDS

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Video and Interview by: Stefan – SF Intercom

Long Live Logos say’s the best band in San Diego is Transfer, Transfer and Transfer.

Do you have any advice about being in a band?
Don’t do too many drugs the first night of tour.

Do you have any success stories?
Purchasing baby wipes… works!


LONG LIVE LOGOS’ ADVICE FOR BANDS

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Video and Interview by: Stefan – SF Intercom

SF Intercom cares about San Diego too. Thus… Long Live Logos on Survival.

Do you have any advice for bands touring from SD to SF?
Make friends with SF bands, then book your shows with them.

Has your band made any mistakes?
Put oil in your van… and save up for gas money!


BUTTERFLY BONES’ ADVICE FOR BANDS

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Video and Interview by: Stefan – SF Intercom

Mentioned as one of Julie Schuchard from Tricycle Records favorite bands, I bring you Austin from Butterfly Bones.

Do you have a any horror stories about what bands shouldn’t do?
Don’t try to find any shrimp costumes. Oh and don’t make 1,200 cds on your first go!


THE INDUSTRY ON SURVIVAL

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If you still haven’t heard of Tricycle Records or Wiretap Music… you’re missing out!

The goal of SF Intercom is to collect advice from fans, bands and industry professionals. One way to do this is by gathering industry professional on a panel and grilling them with questions about the SF scene. Thus that’s exactly what I did.

Please enjoy this survival video, with advice from Olivia from Wiretap Music and Julie from Tricycle Records.


JHAMEEL’S ADVICE FOR BANDS

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Video and Interview by: Stefan – SF Intercom More unique than any other musician I’ve ever seen. This is Jhameel on Survival. What advice do you have for Bay Area Bands? Play every show possible. Don’t be too big for any type of show. Enjoy and love your music. What bands are you currently following in [...]


LETTERS AND NUMBERS’ ADVICE FOR BANDS

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Video and Interview by: Stefan – SF Intercom I met Nick in January at an open mic at The Candy Shop in NY. To my delight he was from SF. We met up at my art studio, this is what he had to say about survival. What advice do you have for Bay Area Bands? Don’t [...]


WES LESLIE’S ADVICE FOR BANDS

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Video and Interview by: Stefan – SF Intercom I attended a Wes Leslie show at The Art Explosion in San Francisco. This is what he had to say about Survival. What advice do you have for Bay Area Bands? Give away your cd for free, nobody is paying for that shit anymore. Just get your music [...]


MIDORI LONGO ON SURVIVAL

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article by: Stefan – SF Intercom photo by: Midori! HIYA! So… I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about you recently. I’d love to get your thoughts on Surviving in a band in the Bay Area. Hello, Hello! Well, I think the most important thing I have learned so far is to create music that [...]


DownDownDown ON SURVIVAL

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article by: Stefan – SF Intercom photo by: Rus Anson I’ve caught up with Jayce Alexander Basques from DownDownDown. My hope was to discover how other bands could get down with the survival advice of DDD. Jayce Alexander Basques: “Ok… lemme answer. This is my take on these; the rest of DownDownDown may or may not agree [...]


STEP 9 & 10 OF PLANNING

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The 5 P’s of survival are Plan, Personify, Promote, Plug-in and Play. You have survival tips 1-8. Today I give you #9 and #10.


STEP 7 & 8 OF PLANNING

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article by: Stefan Aronsen The 5 P’s of survival are Plan, Personify, Promote, Plug-in and Play. You have survival tips 1-6. Today I give you #7 and #8. 7_DON’T CREATE MORE THAN YOU CAN SELL: Sale or no sale … don’t get dooped into purchasing more than you can sell. I know to many bands [...]


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.


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 [...]


NO CD NEEDED

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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?


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.


A PIECE OF SF IN NY

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Photo & Article by: Stefan Aronsen The drinks in NY are too expensive, the girls in NY don’t smile back, casual conversations don’t work and cave men seem to get all the play. Then just when I was starting to give up on NY… I found Williamsburg! I have never described myself as a hipster. I have plenty of friends [...]