Boston Calling 2015. (Photo by Mike Splain)
Picture it. A beautiful summer day, not a cloud in the sky, and you tuning your instrument backstage. You can hear the roar of the crowd as you try to focus on your task, every second bringing you closer to your debut at a festival you’ve been dying to play since the first moments you decided to pursue a career in music.
And then it’s time. You step onto the stage, and if you thought the rumble was loud before, it’s nearly deafening now, and it’s all for you.
But how did you get there?
I interviewed several festival key players – Jeff Klingman of Northside Festival (Brooklyn, NY), Jeremy Weiss of the LAUNCH Music Conference & Festival (Lancaster, PA), and Fred Hausman of the Eastlake Music Festival (Oakland, CA) – to find out what turns their ear, what makes them offer an artist a spot on the lineup, tips to make your submission stand out, the importance of the live show experience (because, guys, we really mean it – your live show can’t suck), and more.