Sometimes one of the best things you can do for your music career is to join forces with another band or artist and make some music history. This month's article details the many different ways to can collaborate with your fellow musicians.
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21 Ways to Collaborate with Other Artists & Bands
by Dave Cool
One of the best ways for emerging bands to gain new fans is to be exposed to another band's audience. Especially if you have similar target markets, fans are more likely to trust a recommendation coming from a band they already know and like. Here are some ideas on how you can collaborate with other artists and bands to grow your fan base:
Collaborate on Live Shows
Likely the easiest and most common way to collaborate with other bands is to play gigs together. Here are a few different ways to collaborate on gigs:
1. Gig Swap
This is of course a no-brainer. Find other like-minded bands whose musical style either compliments you, or even better, that would make for an interesting combination, giving fans of both bands a unique experience. You can open for each other at different shows, and this will work especially well if the other band is based in a different (but nearby) city. You can do gig swaps to help each other break into new markets.
2. Festival gigs
If you're playing a festival and there is an artist or members of a band that you want to collaborate with, why not create a special environment at your festival gig by collaborating on a song or two? I've seen artists collaborate on festival stages big and small, and it usually makes for a buzz-worthy performance that gets people talking.
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