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Your Logo Is Hurting You

by MATT BACON > A big part of my job when setting up a tour is picking other bands to tour with, and picking bands to act as local openers. This usually involves a lot of time being spent navigating various forums and databases in order to figure out which bands might be worth asking...

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Having A Main Dude

by MATT BACON > I wanted to revisit a theme from last weeks set of articles – the concept of the “main dude”. For the uninitiated the “main dude” is the guy who does most of the important stuff for the band and the dude who consequently leads to shifts in band dynamics because they...

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Who You Want In Your Band

Figuring out who you want to work with in the music industry is hard. There’s a lot of shitty people you have to deal with and you’re going to get fucked time and time again by awful people. A lot of the stereotypes in the music industry are true. Very few people seem to really...

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It’s All About The Music – But Is It All Music?

Sometimes all the most important skills that you can hold to benefit your band are the ones that aren’t at all related to music. That’s a weird thought, now isn’t it? However – in my experience that’s just the way things are. People far too often believe that being a great musician is going to...

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Finding A Tour Vehicle – The Hidden Struggle Of An Indie Band On The Road

I’m gearing up for my first ever big boy tour, or at least the first one that I’m fully responsible for (Outside of, y’know, the nightmare hellscape that is booking) and I’m learning A LOT. This of course has been and will continue to be the inspiration for countless articles. Today’s particular struggle is renting...

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Why No One Has Any Clue What’s Going On In The Music Industry

So yeah – this is the brutal truth that we all need to wrap our heads around. It’s one of those things that I don’t think any of us fully grasp until we are faced with it in someone we admire. In a multi-billion dollar industry that markets to just about everyone on the planet,...

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