Hey guys it’s Dee Dee (Vocals) from Victory Records act Neurotic November. I want to start off this new segment on Rise Above The Anchor by saying there’s no 100% correct way to be in a traveling band, but if you get stuck I hope these tips can help.
MAKE YOURSELVES HAPPY:
If you don’t like what you write or aren’t having fun, how can you expect someone else to like it?
If you’re not going to pull kids to go see you at the venue out of your city, don’t ask for money. Now if they offer you a door split, take it and don’t complain because maybe next time you go there more people will come to see you.
IT’S A BUSINESS:
Even though you can have all the tattoos you want and have your lobes touch the floor, it’s still a business. So if you want to be respected act as professional as possible. You can’t ask for respect if you’re not giving respect.
If you want people to treat you like a professional band, act like a professional band. I know it’s expensive, but if this is what you want to do you gotta figure it out. Get the best equipment for your sound, not just anything because it’s there. If you have some sort of stage color or outfit to make you look professional, wear it. Just how in an office you have office attire. Some bands want to have stage attire. You can’t make money without spending money in this business.
TIME FOR YOURSELF:
If you’re like me and like to have time to yourself. Try enjoy the 15 minutes you have a day. Because that’s probably all you will get being in a van with people.
ALL BUSINESS THROUGH EMAIL:
Unless you’re like the best of friends. Every time the band has to talk business do it through email. It’s more professional and it’s easier to keep track of.
GOING ON TOUR IN JUNE!