Back in October, bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters played an awesome CMJ show at Brooklyn Bowl to kick off their fall tour. We got a chance to board their (parked) tour bus before the show, and ask them about touring, marketing and promotion, the financial struggles that often come with being an independent band, and a whole lot more.
Recently we’ve been featuring parts of the interview between TuneCore’s Chris Mooney and Andy Falco (guitar) and Travis Book (bass) of The Infamous Stringdusters.
In our final clip of the interview, the band discusses lessons learned throughout their years touring.
If you don’t have time to watch the clip, here are some of the key points from the ‘Dusters:
1. It’s important to focus on building a regional following early on. Starting with a smaller outreach can result in a stronger fan base.
2. Just stay together. It takes time for a band to develop, both musically and personally.
3. Being a touring musician is a lifestyle choice that you will need to adjust to. It takes work staying in touch with your non-music life back home.
4. Take advantage of your time together on tour to work on new music and rehearse.
5. If you have an “everything all the time” mindset, you won’t take enough time off to risking “getting cold.”