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3 of the Worst Gig Mishaps of All Time (And How You Can Avoid Them)

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If you're a musician long enough, you're going to have a bad gig – it's just a matter of odds. Sometimes those elements are out of your control – bad sound, no promotion by the booker, sketchy venue, etc. Sometimes it is 100 percent on you – not practicing, for instance, or having a meltdown onstage.

While you can't control everything, some planning ahead (or thinking on your feet) can keep a bad gig from turning into a disaster. Here's just a few bad ones, and how you can steer clear of those situations.

How to Find Awesome Music Collaborators

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Someone once described collaborating to me like this: When you're writing by yourself, you're throwing a ball against a wall and catching it. When you collaborate, you throw the ball to another person – will they catch it? Fumble it? Throw it back to you in a totally new and unexpected way? Ultimately, it spices up the whole creative experience and makes you a better writer.

Unfortunately, not all co-writers are cut from the same cloth – some will be the best experience you've ever had, perhaps turning into lifelong friends. Some will make you pull out your hair, or feel you've wasted your time. So how to find collaborators that are a great fit? Here's just a few tips.

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Mar 11, 2019 06:00 AM

Dan Reifsnyder

3 Dangers of Inter-Band Dating

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Bands can be plenty of drama all on their own – from flaring egos, to musical differences, to boiling resentment. Even if a band is mostly drama free, there are going to be issues from time to time. Some bands bring it on themselves, though, and one way they do this is by inter-band dating.

A surefire way to create epic amounts of drama (and possibly break up the band) is for members to start dating each other. This is doubly true if the people involved in the relationship are strong personalities. Here are just three ways it can really mess things up.

What Are Band Managers Looking For?

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Your band is playing a dive bar, and you totally kill it. The audience is small but into it, and it's evident you're meant to be playing arenas. After the gig, a guy in a three-piece suit walks up, hands you a card, and tells you he's some famous manager and looking for an act just like you. “You have what it takes to be a star!” he'll tell you, before imploring you to call him. There's even movies and TV shows that emphasize this fantasy.

The fact is, this may have happened at one point in decades past, but it simply doesn't happen anymore. You need to work really hard at networking and hustling to get a “chance encounter” like that to occur. So how do you get a manager to notice you? Here are four tips to help you start on that path.

How to Fund Your Tour in 2019

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You've got big dreams of going on the road – so what's holding you back? The answer, of course, is money.

Unless you're especially established, money is always an issue, and tours can be expensive. You'll probably need a van or bus, money for meals and gas, not to mention hotels. So how do you even get the ball rolling? Fortunately, we're here to help! Here are three ways you can fund your next tour.