If you happen to be wondering why you're not landing that record deal, maybe you should take a look at your punctuality. This month, we have some wise words from Sheena Metal about the importance of starting on time.
How often do you rate the shows you've performed at? We've just made it even easier to rate shows and promoters you've worked with recently. Read below to find out how you can help out your fellow musicians with ratings!
FN Newsletter Editor
The Early Bird Catches The Record Deal!
by Sheena Metal
Imagine this…you’re in the local hospital’s pre-op ward waiting for the
removal of your pesky rupturing appendix. You wait and wait in
side splitting agony while your doctor chats it up with the nurses,
gathering phone numbers from the hot ones. After what seems
forever, he gets you prepped and begins the surgery. What should
have been a 20-minute procedure turns into two hours. He cracks
jokes and talks about his cherry red Ferrari, while you’re lying
unconscious with your abdomen split open. Finally, you’re sewn up and
ready for recovery but super surgeon and his crack anesthesiologist are
having a heated discussion about the science of their golf games and
have seeming forgotten you’re passed out underneath them with tubes
stuck in every orifice. If this were your surgery experience,
you’d freak out, sue the hospital and your hot-shot doc would wind up
cleaning bedpans at the state convalescent
Sadly, like our skirt-chasing doc, many musicians think that the
consequences of their actions are immaterial and treat their audience
with the same lackadaisical disregard that the before-mentioned doctor
treated his poor patient with. These selfish creative types show
up to gigs late, set up at their own leisure (roughly the same pace
that a 100 year-old tortoise would run the Boston marathon), play as
long of a set as they please (regardless of their designated set time)
and break down/clear the stage at their own whim with little or no
regard to the club’s schedule.
However, if you asked any of these artists, they would say that they
consider music to be their career…and shouldn’t a career be treated
with the same importance and professionalism whether you’re a budding
rockstar or an established surgeon? It should, but often it’s not
and bands then find their reputations are tarnished with labels like:
slow, lazy, and irresponsible simply because they seem unable to get
their show on (and off) in a timely manner. Get branded as a
slovenly flake and watch the music industry folks jump ship faster than
the rich ladies on the Titanic.
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