Recently, I came across an oft-asked question: “How do I become a famous singer?” It’s so common that Alexa and Google suggest it, leading to a generic article with advice that won’t really get you anywhere. So today, I’m going to answer the bigger question under this sentiment (while helping you with an activity that will ultimately get you there).
Here’s the hard truth about submitting anything via Sonicbids or Reverbation, your press kit to a record label, or trying to book a big show: You have less than one minute to get the person’s attention. With those kinds of stakes and competition for attention, you better get it right by having an EPK that is up to date, has great information, and gets the right details across!
Episode 9: Perfecting Your Pitch
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So what are your press photos saying about you? In today’s episode, we talk about why you should have better press photos and how you can find the right photographer.
Do you have a business for your music business? Have you forecasted your revenue or expenses for the year to include touring, new albums, and merchandise? In this episode, we cover this crucial (and sometimes painful) business essential: the budget
Episode 62: Interview with Scott Stratton (Finance for Musicians)
What is a trademark and why should every artist get one? How does it differ from a copyright? In today’s episode, we discuss some of the most important information about getting a trademark registration for your music business.
Want to try it yourself? Go to the official United States Patent and Trademark Office
Touring is a staple for most performing musicians. This week, we focused on some best practices for artists who travel for a living. Check out the episodes to build your skillset and professionalism:
#104 – How to Soundcheck Like a Pro
#109 – Interview with Ed Wimp
Today, we speak with Ed Wimp.
Ed Wimp is a Speaker, Author, Tour Manager, Artist Manager, and Musician from Orlando, Florida. After graduating college, Ed began transitioning into the business side of the music industry when he began working as part of the road management staff for R&B legends Earth Wind & Fire. From there, he was able to travel and tour with hip-hop icon A$AP Rocky.
In the Fall of 2016, Ed released his debut book, Building Fans, Fame & Wealth: The 18 Revenue Streams of Music. The book shares real life stories from the music business, and encourages musicians to think outside of the box to develop several revenue streams.
While staying involved in the fast moving music industry, Ed earned his Juris Doctor from the Florida A&M College of Law. He currently holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Monmouth College and a Master’s Degree in Entertainment Business from Full Sail University.
Ed is an avid golfer and takes the opportunity to play whenever his busy schedule allows.www.edwimp.com
Resources and Recommendations:
Books to read:
Getting to yes: Negotiating Agreement without Going In by Roger Fisher and William L. Ury
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
How to Win Friends and Influence by Dale Carnegie
How do you decide who is going to drive on tour? By being proactive and prepared, you can avoid dangerous situations like falling asleep at the wheel or driving drunk.
If you are going to be doing any kind of extended traveling, it’s important to do some basic maintenance and preparation on the vehicle to prevent any unexpected breakdowns.
Here are some things you should consider getting:
Many bands don’t think of set design unless they’re touring large venues on a regular basis. Even then, some only go as far as putting a large backdrop or banner. However, touring acts have the ability to kick things up a notch by applying some creativity, lessons from theatre, and special effects from magic shows to really enhance the performance. Good stage design can help transform mundane rock clubs into unique experiences that help the band stand out. Many of these things don’t even require a large budget to start out with – just some forethought and a little talent.
These are some of the things that you can enhance your stage with:
- Custom lighting
- Projections (or LED wall)
- Art pieces/sculptures/banners
- Confetti and streamers
- Bubbles/stage snow
- Wind/air movement
- Phosphorescent paint or materials
- Custom instruments
- Strobe lights
- Height (ramps, risers, etc.)
- Other theater effects