Getting your music out there
The best thing about living in London, when you’re an up and coming musician anyway, is the sheer amount of resources that can help to elevate you and your band on the road to success. There is not any possible way – that I know of – to get such a big following out in the countryside of Devon, for example, and the best place to go is towards one of the UK’s cities. And out of those cities, London is most likely your best bet for all things.
Firstly, the amount of venues that the city can offer is second to none. There are basement bars, there are pubs, there are old converted stables turned into night clubs, there are comedy clubs and all sorts of mini festivals that are put on the year round that you can, with a little persistence that you can join in with. Just ask inside and you’ll most likely be given a contact card with an email address and a number you can call to get your band on the bill for one of their live music nights. There’s nothing better than playing in front of a crowd and, in London anyway, that’s quite an easy thing to get to do – if your band is good enough, anyway.
Secondly, when it comes to recording some of your music, there are plenty of places to do that in London – recording studios come ten a penny. Finding a good one is the true mission, however, with many purporting to give you x, y and z to help you record, when in reality there is no such help and instead you’re pretty much chucked into a room in which you can record for quite an extortionate price. You have to be smart with these kinds of things.
The next thing is promotion – you don’t really need to be in London for this, but to promote your London gig, and to share around the world your newly recorded, debut EP, you’ll need to be using the internet. For sure. You’ll need a Twitter account, where you can share your news and your latest gigs and releases and develop a dedicated following, and you’ll also need a Facebook account – a base for your fans. With these tools at your disposal, as well as a small London flat and gigs lined up for the next few weeks, who’s to stop you from becoming as successful as you want to be?
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