What We Can Learn From Some Nasty Show Mishaps

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.] Whether you’ve been a musician for decades or are practicing for your first show, there’s always an unavoidable level of uncertainty when it comes to live performances. I’ve played hundreds of shows, but I still experience a tinge of panic every time I play, and for […]

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6 Live Performance Tips For Drummers

[Editors Note: This was written by Gideon Waxman.] Performing live is a lot of fun! But it can also be stressful if you are not prepared, as things can often go wrong when you least expect. Besides having all your equipment in check, your mindset on stage might be holding you back from reaching your […]

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3 Ways to Immediately Increase Crowd Participation

[Editors Note: This article was written by Suzanne Paulinski.] Have you ever been on stage feeling the blank stares from people in the audience, or – even worse, not seeing anyone look at you because they’re all on their phones or talking at the bar? It can feel pretty discouraging to play live, giving all […]

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Big Music Cities vs Small Music Communities: How To Decide What Cities To Focus On During Tour

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.] At any given moment, there are thousands of new bands across the world routing tours in hopes of creating momentum for their music. While the world’s biggest music cities seem like can’t-miss destinations for new ambitious bands with a lot to prove, investing the time and […]

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Why Basic Shows Often Aren’t Enough To Make An Impact

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.] The rapid transformation music is currently undergoing is changing not only how audiences listen at home and work, but also how they experience it in a live setting. There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to giving fans a truly memorable live show in 2018, […]

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7 Of the Healthiest (Fast) Food Options On Tour

[Editors Note: This article was written by Angela Mastrogiacomo. In this piece, Angela breaks down some of the healthier options in the world of fast food on the road, and some might surprise you. If you’re here to gear up on knowledge before you hit the road, be sure to read our recent Tour Survival […]

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Your Tour Survival Kit

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire.] Call me old (I’m 33), but touring inspires about as much dread in me as it does excitement these days. Yes, it’s an opportunity for me to connect with audiences, meet other musicians and share my art with the world, but even the thought of it […]

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5 Things To Bring to Every Live Show

[Editors Note: This article was written by Suzanne Paulinski.] Putting together a live show isn’t easy. You’ve got to find the right venue, pitch to and book the venue, promote the show, rehearse for the show, lug your gear to the show, and then perform! With so many moving pieces, not to mention the nerves […]

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How to Get Through a Show When Everything Goes Wrong

[Editors Note: This article was written by Patrick McGuire and originally appeared on Soundfly’s blog, Flypaper.] The thought of playing a show fraught with performance mistakes, sound problems, and an unengaged crowd is one that keeps musicians of all stripes awake at night. It makes perfect sense, too! After spending god knows much time, money, […]

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How To Discover & Monetize Your International Audience

[Editors Note: This article was written by Chelsea G. Ira.]   As musicians, we’re usually focused on our home base when it comes to developing an audience. You grind the local venues, play with local bands, and work to expand to nearby cities. After all, the local fans are the ones who will regularly come […]

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