Hello...sorry bout the essay.
My band have been together for about 4 years
now. We are an adult orientated folk pop act who play mostly our own material. Our songs
are from the Springsteen school and are all about life as it's lived in the real world,
our heroes and our Villains and the nothing man. We are very tight, well rehearsed and put
on a good live show. This year we have recorded an album of material that will be released
in march next year.
Up until last year, we kind of mucked about a lot. Not
through choice, but more to do with band members coming and going 'managers' coming on
board and promising the earth and delivering didely squat.
Last year we finally
got our act together. We have an appropriate image, professional publicity/posters ,
websites facebook etc. The band is now completely solid. We also got a 'manager' on board
who doesn't have much experience, and could be considered more of an enthusiastic friend.
However it turns out he is brilliant. He is one of those nattering types who doesn't take
no for an answer and keeps pestering till he gets a yes. As a result we now play at least
once a week, (more often two-three times a week) and are booked up till June next year. He
has also managed to secure us sponsorship from a local business for £500 for our album
launch. There are plans to approach radio etc in the new year.
We are kind of
stuck on what to do next. Our Bass player says that we should think of ourselves a six
month old band as in reality that is true as we had so many false starts. And as such we
should play anywhere and everywhere we can regardless of pay and just push to get
ourselves out there as much as possible and put on a few big gigs a year ourselves that we
heavily promote. I kind of agree with him. However me and the Drummer are also thinking
that we should be a slightly more choosey about where we play. For example last week we
played at a local pub in town and quite honestly I was concerned about my safety as it was
dog rough. Some folks came to see us, but left at half time as they didn't like the venue.
Clearly we don't want to be turning folks off who have made the effort to come out and
watch us. However the manager says that if they pay us then we should just do it and he
would get quite annoyed if we started turning down paying gigs as they are difficult to
get. On the other hand we played at a local band evening (unpaid) to a mature audience
(bistro style - kind of sit down and listen with a glass of wine) and went down extremely
well as this afforded us the opportunity to connect with the audience, explain some of the
songs and what they were about. I think this is where we 'fit in' However these places are
few and far between and are often reluctant to have a 'band on' due to perceptions of
earthshaking volume (we can play extremely sensitively if required)
more often than not poorly attended as we have exhausted the friends and family goodwill
and are now out there on our own playing to the dozen or so 'real fans' that we have got
on board in the last 6 months of 'proper work'
Most gigs we get at least
someone new on board. Its slow going and like pushing water uphill at times, but I do feel
we have made some progress.
We have no illusions of superstardom, however we
do want to give it our all and push it as far as it can go. We just are not sure what to
Here is our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/AlexQuinnAndTheManInTheStreet
is our website: On the music page there are some demos of our upcoming album tracks,
however they are now old mixes as we are waiting on the updated mixes to come back from
mastering before they go up on the site.
There is a video of us here (pre
image makeover): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tor7Pdf88WA
Thanks for any