New York City's annual CMJ Music Marathon festival is right around the corner, and I thought this year's music industry conference-slash-festival-slash-shitshow would serve as a handy setting for a round of sage(ish) advice.
CMJ is traditionally populated almost exclusively by badge-wielding, subway-fearing college radio kids, music business muckity-mucks of various description, and hapless music fans caught in their crossfires. The whole point of it is, ostensibly, to introduce or "break" new bands to the college radio audience, but it ends up being more of a citywide industry networking event fueled by free booze and youthful energy (but mostly booze). So how do you catch the attention of the "right" people during this weeklong bacchanalia? The same etiquette translates over to most big music business events. Every situation is different, but for starters, here's what not to do: