On The Road

A friend of mine shared the post below with me a few days ago.

It is called “Roadies – Unlikely Survivors In The Music Industry” and was originally published in the Wall Street Journal, not your average rock ‘n’ roll publication!

Although it’s not strictly about musicians, it is about a part of the music industry that even more people may be able to get into, maybe without realising it?

Roadies are often thought of as a bit of a figure of fun, but reading this post may make you see them in a different light, especially when you see how much they can earn per year. Yes, these may be figures from the USA, but road crew are used across the world and in ever increasing numbers too.

As mentioned in the post, touring is now an even more important part of any bands career than in the past, mainly because it’s often the best way for an act to make any money. After all record/CD and even download sales don’t exactly set any musicians bank manager wild with delight these days do they?

Another often missed aspect of a roadies world is that it’s not all about humping amps and drum kits from a truck to a stage anymore. Technology and stage shows have moved on and the skills needed and careers available are now a world away from what they were in the 1960′s and 70′s.

So, even if you’re not a musician, but quite fancy a life on the road with a band, take a look at this post. Maybe you are missing your vocation in life, or maybe you have skills that can be used to help get that show on the road, but you just never realised it?

http://www.wsj.com/articles/roadies-unlikely-survivors-in-the-music-business-1426780184

Photo by tgraham on Flickr (Creative Commons License)

Make Your Band A Brand!

A while ago I wrote a blog post for this Pierless Music site called ‘B(r)and’, in which I talked about the need for a band to start to think of themselves as a brand, or a business.

It’s one of those topics that musicians probably don’t even think about or realise might apply to them, especially when they are first starting out. But it does and reading the post will hopefully make you realise why.

Well, I have recently been asked to update that post for use on another music related website. Something I was happy to do.

Here’s the result: http://www.epikmusicvideos.com/blog/79-make-your-band-a-brand.html

Give it a read and let me know what you think.