So, obviously one of the most important aspects of the music industry is writing and rehearsing your own songs (or choosing and rehearsing if you’re a cover band). And the reason that it’s not writing and recording is because people seem to think that you get a record deal before you really perform much at all. At least that’s what some of the kids in the younger bands at my school seem to think.
Now, I can tell you that this is very much incorrect.
If you want to be a musician who tours the world, you have to start doing little performances, pub gigs and such (for the non-Australians, a pub is basically the same as a bar, but many of which also do family meals). So, to be able to perform in little venues, you do actually have to write some songs.
“Why do we have to do these stupid little gigs to people who don’t actually want to listen to us?” you may ask. Well my friend, you see, if you want to record songs so you can become super famous and be played on the radio and all that, you have to start out by paying recording studios to record you. That’s right, unless you’re one of the very, very few people who get “scouted”, recording companies will not pay you to record. The belief that record companies pay you to record is also one held by those same younger band kids. And like I said, this is incorrect. You pay them. And to pay them you require money. This money can be acquired from, you guessed it, pub gigs!
As well as being essential to being able to record, pup gigs are necessary for another important aspect of the music biz, PUBLICITY. If you play a good gig at a small venue, people will google your name, they’ll read your website, or follow you on myspace/facebook/twitter, they’ll download crappy mobile phone recordings of previous gigs, they’ll remember you. People really count.
And the last but not least important reason for pub gigs – you can get experience. My band does a lot of charity stuff for my school, anything we’re offered, because the more you perform, the better and more interesting you get as a performer. And you pick up some little ticks. I’m not telling you any of mine though, haha.
So, now that I’ve convinced all you muso’s to get out there and perform... GO! Ring you local places, see if there’s any open band contests on anywhere, just get out there and see who needs entertainment. You’ll really enjoy it. Seriously, it is the best rush. Ever.
--New Kid On The Block