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The 6 Must-Dos When Taking Band Photos

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As a musician, photoshoots are a necessary part of your continuous to-do list. You need photos of yourself and your band for a number of reasons, including album covers, social media profiles and content, press, and so on, so you'll need to be in front of a camera at some point, even if it makes you nervous.

The form your photoshoot takes — everything from several expensive hours in a professional studio to your friend and their iPhone — can differ greatly, but the things you need to think about before, during, and after the event are the same, no matter what.

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Jun 15, 2018 02:28 PM

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See Two Sonicbids Artists Open for Fitz and the Tantrums This Weekend at Thompson's Point

You know that monster opportunity every band is dying to get? Opening for mega-huge acts at a outdoor stadium with a crowd of future fans going wild? Well, two Sonicbids bands are about to make that a reality this weekend.

Are You Assaulting Your Fans on Social Media? (Part Three)

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Do you wish you had more help promoting your music? Do you feel overwhelmed by the amount of work it takes to market your music to new fans? In the third and final part of the series of turning strangers into fans, I’m going to focus on how you can turn music fans into band advocates and music promoters.

In part one I went over on how to strangers into fans. Part two discussed how to turn those fans into purchasers of your music and merchandise. Now, let’s look at how we can turn those fans into your promotional team.

5 Mistakes to Avoid as a Member of Your Local Scene

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We've stressed the importance of contributing to your local scene in so many prior posts: Like this guide to the many benefits of belonging to a music community, from mutual support to sharing gear or knowledge, or the illuminating insight of White Mystery's Alex White, who explained that DIY isn't actually individualistic, but about teamwork instead. We've even published a guide to getting involved for newcomers.

Still, any local scene member is susceptible to missteps. Following your instincts while remembering to give the same kind of respect you want to receive is a solid guideline for interactions within your community – but mistakes still happen.

4 Ways to Save Money on Food While Touring

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Whether you're at the top of the music industry or just launching your career, going on tour is expensive. It’s a necessity, and sometimes one of the only ways you’re going to make money as an artist. It still, however, costs money just to head out on the road to play for people... even if there’s no guarantee you’ll make your money back.