If you’re reading this, you are either a band member in an alternative music band or you are their manager. Regardless of which camp you fall into, you need to understand the importance of playing the right instruments.
A lot of people in the music scene think that as long as they produce the right sounds and as long as they develop a good following, they don’t have to worry about much. Well, that may be true if you already have some sort of professional recording contract. If a studio has already taken you under its wing and has equipped you with the best musical equipment and may have even invested in your musical career by supplementing your demo tapes or recorded music with session musicians, then you have nothing to worry about.
However, if you are like most everybody else, you might want to sit up and pay attention. Every little bit counts, and if people think that the guitars are a bit off or the drums do not sound the way they should, this can have a serious impact on how well your act makes it in the industry.
You probably don’t need me to remind you of how competitive the music industry is. You might think that you are at the top of your game in terms of musicianship, but you might want to think again because there are simply thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of other acts competing for the same audience. That’s how harsh the music landscape is.
Until and unless you make sure that your output is the very best it could be in terms of quality, impact and presence, don’t be surprised if your competitors leave you behind. That’s just the nature of the beast.
This is not personal. This is not a slam against you. This not meant to insult you or diminish your dreams, but this is the reality. It really all boils down to taking care of the right details.
Unfortunately, a lot of alternative bands focus more on booking their concerts and local performances than they do making sure of logistical issues. This is a serious mistake because this can definitely come back to haunt you.
Do yourself a big favor. Make sure you are playing with the right guitars. Make sure that you’re producing the right music. This is really the key to impressing your audiences more. You have already impressed them.
The key here is to take it to the next level so that the word of mouth regarding your musical act reaches a viral level. You really can’t assume that this will take care of itself. It usually doesn’t work that way. You have to keep pushing. You have to put in more time, effort and energy to get this going.
You can’t just assume that just because you have an itinerary set up and you’re playing gigs at club after club and you’ve released a demo that everything will fall into place naturally. If only things were that easy.