If you are a musician with any kind of following, be it 100 or 100K or 100M, this is the place for you. A couple of things that make you ready for this platform:
- Put Yourself Out There. You need to reach out to hosts on this site in order to book shows. No one else is going to do this for you. If a host you want to work with isn’t on this site yet, introduce them to it and have their guests sign up. We’re starting a movement!
- Released Music. You have released an album/EP or have quality YouTube videos people could go and listen to. This is important because there will always be someone who resonates with your song or story and will want to buy or stream your music, especially if you are playing for a listening room. If you have been wanting to do this and haven’t yet, I highly recommend it. If you aren’t sure how to do that, send a contact form to me and I can give some tips or do a blog post on it. Google is also a great resource
- Practice Your Set. People can tell if you have put some time into what you intend to play. If you are playing a listening room, you should know most if not all of your music by heart. If you are playing background music, knowing your music by heart is not as critical as long as you can play it well by looking at music.
- Be Clear in Planning. Make sure that you and the host have clearly gone through how long your set is. Typically for a weeknight, the set is an hour. If it is an hour and a half, sometimes an intermission is nice. Weekends sets are however long you and the host decide. Keep in mind that if it is a listening room, people have a hard time sitting for more than an hour or hour and a half.
- Be Memorable. Remember that people are having an experience. You don’t have to be crazy or do something outside of your personality to be remembered. Align your show with your personality and then shine that. Be what and who you are. Tell stories about songs you wrote. Be professional…start and end when you talk about, don’t do anything that would negatively shock your host or guests, and be sensitive of the jokes you share. Reviews matter. Let your true self shine.
- Don’t Ask For Money. Give people a reason to buy your merch. They will buy your merch if they like you and your music.