Posted on : 31-08-2009 | By : Live Concert | In : Indie Music
Tags: Indie Music, Indie Music Business, Music
Having a lot of individuals that know who you are is always a worth and not a hindrance.
Just the other day I got a call from someone who wanted to find out if I has been available to performance bass with their band. I declined due to not having the room to take on another project but I gave them the number of someone else I knew that would fit the bill perfectly.
That day, that performer found a new bass player and so the story goes.
That experience got me thinking that pretty much everything that I do in my dealings with the music business is based on who I know.
people like working with others whom they trust will do the job they want them to do or like recommending others for jobs that they can’t tackle themselves for one reason or another. I recognize that when this particular performer that has been looking for a bassist finally found one through my network I has been proud of myself. I has been glad to stimulate someone out.
That is what networkings really all about though isn’t it? Helping people?
For any person who’s just starting out my recommenndation is to locate as many people and go to as many functions and concert as you can.
Immerse yourself in your Local/Regional scene.
The more that people know who you are, the more opportunities that will open up for the taking. Become the squeaky wheel that gets all of the oil. Have that belief in yourself that you are value knowing and do not be afraid of knowledge.
One thing that you do not do however is to get to know individuals for what they can do for you. Get to know them for who they are as a person. Others can spot your insincerity a mile away (especially us cynical musos) and that is a real turn-off.
Personally I’m chuffed when an individual asks me for recommenndation or just wants to have a chat about how things are going for them, but only Assuming that they are genuine about it.
A exceptional place to start networking would be at open mic evenings.
Get yourself involved in an open mic and just walk up to someone and say “hi”. Everyone is there for the same reason so there is some common ground. You may perhaps ask them If they’re going to be performing on that night and go from there.
Remember, the more you network the more you will be known and the more you are known the more work you will get.
In time your ‘little black book’ of names will become your most important asset.