In this episode Josh (@joshuacliston on Twitter) shares some thoughts around the idea of advancing shows with nuance and professionalism - the following 5 tips are both from Josh's own experience as an indie musician and a former venue booker.
5 tips for advancing your shows/gigs with nuance and professionalism:
- Speak to both the venue booker/manager and the bands themselves when you're looking to borrow gear from another band on a bill.
- Don't consider an unanswered email, txt or call as anything but a non-event.
- "Ask first what you can do for the venue or scene."
- Avoid lumping your views and feelings about the music scene as a whole on to future shows and the people who are organising them.
- Re: touring Asia - be patient and remember that when dealing with non-native English speakers that more time and more care is needed when advancing shows.
SINGAPORE 2012-04-22 | Researcher: Nidhi Soin
PUNCTUALITY. "In Singapore, people are particular about time. Punctuality is expected and respected."
PROMISES. "People are expected to stick to promises, no matter what."
THAILAND 2012-04-17 | Researcher: Patrick Kivirikko
PUNCTUALITY. "In general, many Thais are not punctual, unless strictly advised."
PROMISES. "Depends, for important occasions, it’s a must to keep promises while changing mind can easily be done among friends."