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The 5 People You Need to Know When Booking Shows

This article originally appeared on Soundfly.

The music scene is a tricky place to navigate. It often feels like you can't get anywhere without knowing the right people and that your fate is entirely in someone else's hands. But many of the "gatekeepers" are actually there to help you, and knowing who to talk to at the right moment can mean the difference between booking a sold-out show, playing to an empty room, and not playing at all. Whether you're booking your very first gig, or gearing up to head out on tour, here are five people who can make all the difference.

The Essential Musician's Guide to Touring Japan

Playing in a ryokan, a traditional Japanese hotel. (Image via soundfly.com)

This article originally appeared on Soundfly.


Japan is one of the best places to share your music. If you weren't already planning your tour there when this article popped up, you might as well start now!

I just got off the plane not three hours ago, and looking back it was the best tour of my life. Let me share with you some of the tips I picked up along the way. But first, how come this faraway land of manga and sushi is so kind to the touring musician?