Three quick pointers for new bands:
1. You are a Start Up Business. You are entrepreneurs. View yourself that way. All income for the first THREE years of a startup venture go BACK into the business. Do NOT expect to get paid, and do NOT take any money from shows. Put it all back into the band. And find members who get this vision. They won’t last otherwise.
2. Touring is the best way to LOSE money. Yes, touring is the dream. But you need a vehicle, you need merch, and have you seen those gas prices?! Stay home and build your local fan base. They are the only real chance you have at breaking even on your tour. (Homecoming show anyone?!)
3. Write as many songs as possible. Don’t just write 5 songs just so you can play a show and call that good. Write those 5, play that show, then write 5 more. Most bands can’t begin to find their musical identity (much less their BRAND!) until they are about 2 records in. News flash: that’s actually about 50-60 songs, only the cream of the crop make the cut on the album. Become a SONG-WRITING MACHINE. Write new tunes until your new fans react to one most. Then write a bunch more like that.
We salute you!!