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All Things Vocal Blog & Podcast by Judy Rodman: March 2009
Training & insights for stage and studio singers, speakers, vocal coaches and producers from professional vocal coach and author of "Power, Path & Performance" vocal training method. Download All Things Vocal podcast on your fav app!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Here are some highlights from his information-packed talk (all credit for the following goes to Vinny Ribas, ):
- Know and understand that don't get booked because you are good. You get booked because of the value you can bring to the owner of the venue. This should guide your "selling points. Know your strengths and weaknesses here.
- Like other business people, you should have your 'elevator speech' down... "This is who I am" and "This is what I can do for you".
- Determine what price you need to charge to be able to make a profit! Don't lose money unless the exposure at that particular venue is very important.
- Always confirm your engagement 2 weeks before the gig.
- BE PREPARED... a buyer could ask you for such things as:
- Website (Vinny says preferably not just your MySpace site)
- EPK (Electronic press kit)
- List of past performances
- Photos- live performance shots are even better than studio shots
- CD- live recordings best
- Live video, online or DVD
- Bio- several, geared to different kinds of gigs
- Serious press reviews (not just press releases you wrote)
- References from other venues (A HUGE selling point)
- Song list (some venues want to know the cover songs you know, and that you are not going to play something offensive, etc).
- A "one sheet" synopsis [Bio, recent performances, calender, bio, picture, contact info to go along with CD]
- FINDING GIGS:
- Vinny suggests you identify the kind of gigs for which you are most appropriate. Don't mix messages of who you are, it can be fatal to your "branding".
- Pick one kind of gig to research... ask your fans at gigs and in your email lists to call the venue and request they hire you.
- Put surveys on your website and social networks
- Check out venue websites, see who they've booked that would have an audience similar to yours. Then check the websites of those artists to see where else they have performed.
- Ask your fans to tell you about bands that are similar to yours. Find them online, check their calendars to see where they perform. Those venues might be a great match for you, too. Use website resources like: Eventful.com, OnlineGigs.com, GigFinder.com, Indie bible, Indie Venue bible, SonicBids.com, ReverbNation.com
- Use organizations and events than can refer venues or showcase you to entertainment buyers such as Naca.org, Fairsandexpos.com, FolkAlliance.com, SXSW (the largest indie artist conference/showcase in the world, held annually in Austin, Tx.) Especially check out the "Red Gorilla Showcase", and other genre specific associations (Bluegrass, Blues, Country, etc.)
- Trade referrals with like-bands and artists! Offer to introduce them to a venue in exchange for them doing the same. Find out the typical price range they get.
- Find out whether or not the venue expects YOU to draw the crowd. Don't disappoint them by building false expectations.
- CREATE A BUZZ
Vinny had a lot more to say, for instance, contact venues where you are getting radio airplay, offer to do radio and TV interviews to promote shows, do your homework before you make your calls, know what to say when you do make the call. Look for a video on his speech to be uploaded soon at IndieConnect.net site. There are many other videos uploaded there now, my speech on the voice should also make its way there soon.
I think from the info in this post, you can tell what a value these Indie Connect meetings are, for $5.00 (more if you order food, of course). The networking is important, the community is quite wonderful. You might want to consider checking it out if you're in or near Nashville.
Anyone else with booking tips to share?
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Getting their music into film and TV has launched the careers of quite a few independent artists. Lisa Aschmann, a prolific songwriter with over 600 cuts to her credit, gets 4-8 placements of her songs into these mediums EVERY MONTH! Come find out her secrets!Monday, March 16 at:11:30 AM at Corky's Ribs & BBQ, 100 Franklin Rd. in Brentwood, and;6:00 PM at Pie In The Sky Pizza, 110 Lyle Ave. in NashvilleCost: $5.00 plus the cost of your meal.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
I have a 30 minute set as guest artist at the Frisky Berry, which is located in "The Factory", Franklin, Tennessee. The address is:
230 Franklin Rd
Franklin, TN 37064
If you're up for a late night listening room, come join us!
Here is the line-up for Tyson Bowman's show he calls the "Grand New Opry" Thursday March 12, 2009:
7:00-Tara Bell/Leanne Miele
7:30-Adam Foster/Harlan Pease
7:50-Tyson Bowman/Whitney Layne
8:20-Mary Ellen Kirk
8:40-Katha Harris/Crystal Chandler
9:00-Joey Formosa/Joe Porter
9:30-Judy Rodman (Special Guest)
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Vinny Ribas, founder of Indie Connect , will be speaking in Nashville, Tn on a subject near and dear to artists & musicians: How to book yourself for gigs!
Vinny will be speaking at the evening session, 6:00pm - 7:30 at the Pie In The Sky on Music Row (old "Longhorn" location).
If you're interested in coming, see details here. I am planning to be there; see ya if you come!
and btw, Melissa Ellen will be speaking at the 11:30 meeting on "First Steps Towards Launching Your Music Career".
Friday, March 6, 2009
Microphones are the "hole in the fence" you sing through to reach an audience. You need to know what to do with them. Here are some tips for developing great mic technique:
- Don't hold a mic like an ice cream cone.
- Don't hold the butt end of the mic up continuously.
- Do hold a mic at 45 degrees. This helps you pull instead of push your voice.
- Don't hold a mic in your hand limply. Many people do this! Believe it or not, it usually causes a loss of breath support and control, which will go on to affect the throat.
- Do grasp a mic steady in the groove between thumb and fingers, with energy -- and make it part of your feeling of power.
- Do squeeze a mic for extra breath power and control. You can do this with both hands around the mic. But ...
- Don't let this squeeze transfer up your arm and...
- Don't let this squeeze cause you to squeeze your elbows into your sides
- Don't pull the mic so far away from your mouth that it ceases to pick your voice up. If your vocal technique is correct, you should not have huge differences in volume.
- SLIGHTLY pull a mic away from your mouth - sort of to the side - on power notes. This can even help you properly "pull" instead of "push" your vocal sound.
- Always try to schedule a mic check before beginning your performance!
- Never point a mic at a speaker.
- Avoid mashing and crimping the cord at the base to avoid shorting it.
- Make sure the thing is on :)
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