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LIVE GRAPHIC RECORDING AT NARM

*+-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.

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BUZZ: PLAN – a survival guide for bands

*+-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.

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TOURING ADVICE FOR BANDS

*+-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.

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MUSIC FOR ANIMALS’ ADVICE FOR BANDS

*+-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)

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TRANSFER’S ADVICE FOR BANDS

*+-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!

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LONG LIVE LOGOS’ ADVICE FOR BANDS

*+-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!

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BUTTERFLY BONES’ ADVICE FOR BANDS

*+-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!

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