Most of us spend our teenage years dreaming of playing arenas and
getting to do cool things like blow up a Tyranosaurus Rex on stage,
shoot lasers through your legs during a guitar solo and project images
of frogs being blown up like a Jodorwosky film. OK maybe those were my
teenage dreams but we still want to do something looks totally awesome
on stage. The good news is you don’t have to wait untill you get to the
arenas to do something cool on stage. The bad news is it just takes a
little bit of effort. Here are some ideas of how you can easily add some
cool visuals to your live show for cheap.
One of the most important parts of getting fans out to shows is to make sure they know you are coming to town. One of the most under utilized tools for this is to link your Songkick profile. By linking this page fans can sign up to get updates when ever you are in town for the duration of your career. This insures they will be aware of when you come around. Songkick shares concert listings with Bandcamp, Yahoo, YouTube, Hype Machine, BBC, Mobile Roadie, etc., so more people
can find out about your gigs. If your gigs aren’t showing up on Songkick learn how to make them do so here.
Let’s be honest gift cards can be quite an annoyance. You may also have countless Dropcards laying around from a past album that is no longer in demand. There is now a cool service that will turn your used cards into Guitar picks. The possibilities are endless! (via The NJ Underground)
The above video shows GigsWiz in action, showing how the service can help bands sell more concert tickets through social media.
Better Than The Van an awesome database for places to stay on tour has updated it’s service!
Some of the new features include:
- Find free places to stay on tour
- Search and connect with other bands touring to the same cities or
- Directly connect with established and DIY venues
- Make new fans/friends with music-minded people in other cities
Music Fans Can:
- Host touring bands and other music fans
- Create a “Venue” page to easily connect w/ bands & host shows
- Automatically be notified when bands are touring near them
- Discover new bands and help them connect the dots