They sadly had a lot of good points overshadowed by ignorance and arrogance:
At first I found this amusing, but the more I read, the more the author seemed like an arrogant prick. Sadly, I agree with a bunch of the points on bad band behavior and have had similar rants as the person trying to organize a show or simply having to put up with the antics of another band.
#21. It shouldn’t hurt to ask.
#22. I think you meant “you’re.”
#23. You’re too cool to have a conversation with someone who may just be bored that they’re there with their kid’s band and they’ve heard all the songs 8004 times?
#35. If you use the R-word, you’re an A-hole. If you use the R-word twice, you’re a double A-hole, and you must shit in stereo.
#36. “Load-In Time.” If it’s a local band and they have a 6:30 load-in time, chances are they’re not going to get there on time. Unfortunately a lot of local musicians have day jobs that have a quitting time of 5:00 or later. Getting to the gig by then may be impossible.
To reply to an overall arc of the list… In general I understand clubs need to have people come to shows or they don’t make money or can’t pay the bands. I understand that a band needs to promote its ass off via word of mouth, flyers, classified and event pages in local rags, social media, and any other way it can… but clubs can do some of that too. I can’t get my head around being a draw. I’ve been in a handful of bands over the years that are generally and sometimes wildly well-received when put in front of a crowd… but have found it difficult to predict a draw or to become a steady one. Sometimes I have brought a crowd, sometimes I couldn’t draw if I had a bucket full of crayons and a stack of paper. How does one gain a steady and loyal following, oh great bringers of so much musical knowledge?
I have played many shows with no pay. I have been paid more than what came in the door at shows. I have bought T-shirts and CD’s from bands who were on tour knowing that was probably the only way they’d eat before they get to the next stop.
Things you missed:
- Setup/Breakdown – Set your drums up before you get on stage. Take them off, then break them down. Don’t take longer to set up your amp and pedal board than it takes to play your terrible set.
- Tune silently.
- Watch the other bands, asshat. Also, don’t play first then take your crowd with you. Hang out, buy drinks, catch another act. Don’t hang out in the parking lot while the other bands are playing then swoop in like a rock star when it’s time for you to play.
- Don’t complain about the monitor mix after every song, or blame equipment for your epic lack of awesome.
I should have blogged this, but didn’t think I’d rant that long. Ha ha.
- How to book your band: http://aixelsyd13.wordpress.com/2012/12/28/guest-post-how-to-book-your-band/
- Gig Checklists? http://aixelsyd13.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/gig-checklists/
- How to name your band: http://aixelsyd13.wordpress.com/2011/12/23/how-to-pick-a-band-name-for-sadly-uncreative-musicians/
- Bar≠ Staduim: http://aixelsyd13.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/psst-its-a-bar-not-a-stadium/
- BOBBY! http://aixelsyd13.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/onlywatchthebandwithaguyorgirlthatiknowinititis-itis/
- Obey the Zone: http://aixelsyd13.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/obey-the-zone-rock-concert-etiquette/
- Unprofessionalism: http://aixelsyd13.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/super-old-music-scene-rant-unprofessionalism-2005/
- Who promotes? http://aixelsyd13.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/bands-vs-venues-who-promotes-who-makes-money-can-everyone-win/
- The R-Word: http://aixelsyd13.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/at-times-i-can-have-a-pretty-foul-mouth-but-nothing-is-as-offensive-as/