I’m not sure why some people think that professionalism goes out the window when working in music, but it’s not true.
I have turned down bands, job offers, venues wanting me to book shows, all because I saw a lack of professionalism.
It’s important. Don’t lie to yourself and think otherwise.
Being a professional isn’t about being nice or yessing everyone to death. It’s about being organized and having a clear goal in mind when you present yourself, or your band, or your venue, or whatever. It’s highly annoying when I am dealing with a venue or promoter or band that doesn’t u...
You’re constantly around people. You’re constantly shaking hands with people. You’re constantly in new places, with different pollens, with different environments.
Your body isn’t going to be used to this, unless you tour 10 months out of the year and chances are you don’t.
Before you leave and hit the road make sure you have allergy medicine. Get antibiotics if you think it will be necessary. Make sure all of your medical needs are taken care of. Make sure your tour manager is aware of any medic...
Booking agents (good booking agents) can be a musician’s best friend.
They book you or your band on shows, tours, festivals, whatever. They make sure your rider is met, your needs are followed, and set financial agreements for your band to play.
A good booking agent can be the difference between your band being heard by multiple people at shows and you playing to bar staff. Of course the promoter plays a huge role in that as well but the booking agent picks the promoter you deal with. Picking the right promoter is an essential part of the process to ensure you are playing to...