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  • What are some ways to improve the "value" of your band?

    The band I play with has come a long way in the 2 years since we started. We were all rookies, and in the last 12 months have played in 7 new venues and have been offered rebooks in all of them.



    I think we are at a turning point -- from a music and crowd standpoint, we think we are ready to increase our asking rate. However, I feel like we also probably need to invest in our band set-up at this point.



    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?



    Say we had $1000 start with -- what should we do first? (I know it's chicken feed for most of y'all, but I work two other jobs and my wife is in grad school, our lead singer is a student, our drummer is a parent of 2...you get the picture). We'll likely be able to add this kind of money every 6 months or so.

  • StageMasters
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    Many people are gonna tell you to invest in all kinds of things to add value to your band.

    In my experience and knowledge, there is only one way to add to your value.

    You need a strong fan base!! Any club owner or any other kind of venue sees a band from a money perspective.

    Will the band be able to fill up the venue? Will the other bands who want to play in my club be able to match their fan base?

    The stronger your fan base, the stronger your value!!

    Now the whole work that needs to be done on your side is gonna be on how to build a strong fan base and this goes via a strong marketing and business strategy.

     

    StageMasters

     

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  • Piano Whore
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    Yup, no doubt that Wade can get a little crazy (can't we all, at times?) and leave himself wide open for some blowback- but I appreciate chemikool's post. IMO he's right.

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  • Lee Knight
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    Quote Originally Posted by chemikool
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    /soapbox

    C'mon guys...leave Wade alone.




    Agreed...

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  • chemikool
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    /soapbox

    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.

    /off soapbox



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    Quote Originally Posted by roamingbard13
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    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.

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  • mr3lions
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    http://acapella.harmony-central.com/...-ON-THIS-FORUM

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  • capitalist
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    Quote Originally Posted by wades_keys
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    I bet I could smash you on bass in any style anyway. So come on with this bull****************. I play every day. I live and breathe music. So step off man.






    Attempting to compensate for some inadequacy or do you have self-esteem issues? Perhaps you guys should meet after school at the bike rack and settle this. Good luck!

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  • Lee Knight
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    an old fashioned pile-on

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  • Potts
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpaceNorman
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    I think that "open jams" would only count if the player takes to stage uninvited and just plugs in... Actually waiting to be called up is sort of pussified when you really think about it.




    I think I saw what you did there

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  • tlbonehead
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpaceNorman
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    I think that "open jams" would only count if the player takes to stage uninvited and just plugs in... Actually waiting to be called up is sort of pussified when you really think about it.




    yep, Wussyville.

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  • SpaceNorman
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlbonehead
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    Personally, I can't get the sound of scratchy pots out of my mind!




    I always thought that scratchy pot just made ya cough!

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  • SpaceNorman
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlbonehead
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    this and open jams!




    I think that "open jams" would only count if the player takes to stage uninvited and just plugs in... Actually waiting to be called up is sort of pussified when you really think about it.

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  • tlbonehead
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    Quote Originally Posted by modulusman
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    Wade you are so full of it your last name must be Brown. First of all you say the board is a 48 and now it has 36 channels. I don't believe carvin ever made those size boards ever. As a matter of fact I'm not sure if anyone has ever made a 36 channel mixer. Here is an idea, why don't you actually count the channels or post a picture of it and I will count them for you.




    Personally, I can't get the sound of scratchy pots out of my mind!

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  • tlbonehead
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart
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    /thread





    I mean clearly, the ONLY WAY, and the obvious solution for ALL of us to improve the value of our own bands is to individually petition the style-hopping, bass-smashing, music-breathing, daily-playing, bull****************-calling, channel-exaggerating brah-tastic Wade to join...



    All else is obviously lesser.







    this and open jams!

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