to get Gigs
out from behind those drums and get a gig!
ads your local newspaper, music papers, internet classifieds,
- Bulletin boards
music stores, record shops, drum shops, talent agencies
- Live bands
networking! Go out, meet, and interact with live groups. This
is one of the best ways to learn about whos looking for who.
- Talent agencies
get to know the people who work in these places. They can sometimes
help you find a suitable band or at the very least, pass the word
The Musicians union is a good place to find certain types
of work. Great contacts can be made as well.
- Music studios
Stay in touch with the people behind the scenes at your recording
studios. They are recording drums for all your friends and they know
whos doing what.
- Jam sessions
Jam sessions are a bit more popular in larger towns, but when
you can find them, they are valuable music networking havens! Drag
your drums out and start jammin!
usually has a musicians section for your local city. You can post
their regularly for free.
- Facebook Groups
- There are numerous Facebook groups and pages dedicated to music,
bands and networking.
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- Initial contact
be friendly and professional. Dont oversell yourself
but be confident and assertive. Find out what they are looking for
in a musician and determine whether or not you fit the criteria.
- Know the material
better than anyone else! This is the key to a successful
audition. If you know the tunes better than anyone else (assuming
you play them with feeling and with good time) you will probably get
- Be personable.
The second most important criteria in getting a gig (other
than how well you play the drums) is how well the other members of
the band think they might be able to get along with you. Be friendly,
but be yourself. People can usually see through facades.
Its even more important after getting the gig to be cooperative and
extremely diplomatic. You will have opinions, but try and not be to forceful with
them. Keep a positive attitude and you will have respect from the other players.
current Stay on top of the new tunes that come out in the genre of
the music youre playing. Know whats happening!
professional Be on time, keep yourself and your equipment in good shape,
and play every night like youre making $1000 instead of $50. Wear a smile
and act like youre having a good night even if you arent.
- Improve on
your instrument Consistently try and better yourself on
the drums. Learn the newest drum techniques, the difficult songs,
read all the magazines, etc. Be a strong force in the group, not just
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