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What are some ways to improve the "value" of your band?
C'mon guys...leave Wade alone. We need more people here, not less. After all these comments, he is probably plotting to hunt each of you down and impale you with his bass. His heart is in the right place, even though the words don't match. No need to kick him all at the same time. Does he deserve it? Yea, probably. I'm here to learn and grow, not bitch and moan. We have already lost lots of great members (Bluestrat, LeftyJay, etc...) due to the same old BS; maybe we can keep the great members we have?
And Wade - c'mon man - nobody is challenging your manhood. Let it go.
AND back to the OP:
Originally Posted by roamingbard13
What are the most "value-added" things we can do? Adding subs? Lights? A banner? OR -- do we raise our asking price and hire out sound and lights?
I'm certainly not the best judge of the "business stuff" by far, and the suggestions so far are great! My 2 cents:
I would start with signage - you can't put a price on the value of having your name on a 4' by 6' banner behind you, and it's cheap; probably less than a C-note.
Subs and lights would be next, as they begin to make it a "show." I would start with one REALLY good powered sub and build from there.
Spend $100 on a great banner and $900 on a great sub. Next upgrade cycle get some lights and a controller.
Look at it this way. Rent lights and PA eight or ten times for 2 grand OR buy your own to use for sixty gigs. Hell you could even rent your subs and lights to others and make them subsidize your purchase (that is what I have done) charging whatever you like.
If you don't sing, don't expect to call the shots....
Life is too short to waste it on douchebags...
Sometimes I have this fear... that years from now, being able to play an instrument live will be looked at the same way we look at juggling now... as in "Well, I can see where that is difficult to do, but who cares?
As a youngster, I was told that money was all that mattered.
And I didn't believe it.