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Tips For Touring In The Winter (Hint: Don't)

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This article originally appeared on Soundfly


Here is my guide on how to tour in the winter: Don’t.

Kidding! I actually think that there is nothing wrong with touring in the winter. I’ve done a lot of tours in the winter and if you’re prepared I think it can be just as fun as touring in the summer. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t dangers (like sudden weather storms or fans just generally not wanting to leave the comfort of their blanket) that can derail your efforts!

I’ll outline some of the specific ways you should prepare for a winter tour here to make sure you’ll be all set to get out on the road and make some money this season.

How to Use Spotify and SoundCloud Analytics to Figure Out Where to Tour

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Planning a tour can be stressful. It involves a ton of planning and strategy to make it work. With the help of Spotify and Soundcloud analytics, booking a tour is becoming easier than ever. These analytics give you insights into where you should be booking your shows, what songs your fans want to hear and more. In this post, we’ll cover how you can use these analytics to figure out exactly where you should be touring.

Before you hit the road, here’s how Soundcloud and Spotify Analytics can help you out.

20 Secrets Promoters Use to Book Bands

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When it comes to getting booked, it’s no secret there are a couple of key ingredients that go into a venue’s decision to say “yes.” But for many, what those secrets are, remain largely a mystery.

And the truth is everyone will have a slightly different process, preference, and method for booking bands, but if you’re an artist who is currently struggling to figure out exactly how to grab the attention of that venue and book yourself, then you’re going to want to pay attention.

How to Figure Out If That Venue Is Right for Your Music

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You don’t have to say yes all the time. “No” can be a freeing word. And sometimes, you’ll need to use “no” when deciding where to play gigs. But how can you figure out which venues to turn away and which to embrace?

In this post, I want to help you figure that out. I’ll encourage you to ask direct questions of yourself as well as taking The Perfect 30 Test.

365 Days on the Road: 5 Things I've Learned

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This article originally appeared on TuneCore.


Me and my partner Ken left one year ago to tour the USA in a 30-foot RV. We’ve played around 180 shows and shared stages with over 120 bands. We dove headfirst into both the "full-time RVer lifestyle" and "music-entrepreneur (we booked and promoted all the shows ourselves) lifestyle."

We went from living in nice apartments with running water, working WiFi and electricity in the beautiful Bay Area, California — to a used 2002 30-foot Winnebago that broke down seven times over the course of the year on the road.