In our weekly series, BandsOnABudget.com goes through the dregs to bring you the best in DIY focused news, tips, and advice on the topics of touring, marketing, promoting, social media, PR, & more.
1. “Next,” the Musician’s version of Tinder
We’re all familiar with the mobile dating app, Tinder, but what if we told you that there was a new, similar app, geared towards music? Next is a new indie music discovery app that provides users with similar capabilities as Tinder. You are presented with short video clips, then you can swipe in different directions to like or not like each video clip. Will the next superstars find their fame through this app? Probably not, but it still seems cool.
2. 6 Tips for Showing Up in Your Facebook Fans’ Newsfeeds
No, Facebook’s popularity is not going down. Perhaps other social media sites are increasing in popularity, but that doesn’t mean that Facebook should suddenly be dropped now. There are many people to be reached on Facebook, along with many tips on how to reach them. Here are six basic ones that should increase your engagement.
3. Sound Guys Are People Too
Your band could have possibly written the next greatest hit, but if the audience can’t hear your singer’s beautiful melodies because you turned your amp up to 11, then what’s the point? That’s what sound engineers are for. They do lots of work to make you sound great on stage, so don’t forget about them! Here are 4 major tips that can help your band build a healthy relationship with sound engineers.
4. Tips for Touring Abroad
Playing in other countries around the world can be the most inspiring experience…but it can also go terribly wrong. Perception and acceptance of music changes drastically in different societies around the world, so international touring could be very beneficial for your band. However, you might not know any venues, your fan base won’t follow you across the ocean, and you probably don’t speak the native language. So here are some tips for touring abroad.
5. Sparkplug: Renting Gear and Space from Each Other
We’ve all been in situations where we temporarily needed gear for practice, but we didn’t have the money to buy brand new stuff. Now, we can rent gear (and let people rent your gear) with this new service, Sparkplug. Seems strange, right? How could you trust someone with your guitar amp? How could you even trust these service providers? Well, it’s all based on trust. Sparkplug promises legitimacy, so we’ll have to take their word. Would you rent out your gear?
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