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David Himes

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About David Himes

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  • Birthday 01/01/1968


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    David Himes is the author of the book Realities for Local Bands: Talent is not Enough. You can find it at Amazon. For a FREE sneak preview, go to http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KKF9Z2O. The book is also available in PDF format. Also, David published a local music scene paper for over 16 years and has held over 400 live shows, giving him a unique insight on the scene. Your feedback and comments are welcome.
  1. Don’t Think “Gig.” Think “Event.” Over-exposure is not better than exposure by David Himes - ‘The Gig Kahuna’ This article is about a cold, hard truth that has gotten me more haters than almost anything else…so please, don’t shoot the messenger. I’m trying to help. You wouldn’t believe how many bands I’ve seen get angry over this subject, then after splitting up, come back and tell me I made the right call, how they learned their lesson, and how they won’t make the same mistake again with the next band. That is, if there is a next band. I’m talking about forgetting that your gig
  2. Are You Serious Enough? Of course, you want a career in music...but are you willing to pay the price? by David Himes aka 'The Gig Kahuna' There is quite a long list of what you’ll need to make a serious effort in the music scene. Of course, different tactics work for different artists, and one size does not fit all. But if you’re serious about pursuing a career as a musician, you will need to put in a lot of time, effort, and money. And you will need to ask yourself a lot of hard questions. Before setting out to be a musician, whether as in a band or a solo artist, ask yours
  3. Is Opening for a National Act the Answer? Be careful what you wish for... by David Himes - ‘The Gig Kahuna’ Whether it’s an answer or not depends more on the question than anything else. What do you want to gain from it? Is there even anything to gain at all? If you get such a gig, what are the conditions? It might seem like the obvious question is “how can I get more exposure?” and the answer is “opening for a national act (or band).” On the surface, regardless of whether you’re at the entry, mid, or upper-level of your local music scene, the thought of opening for a nation
  4. Clique Clique Boom! How to expand your band's local base by David Himes - ‘The Gig Kahuna’ One complaint I often hear from local bands is something like: “You have to be in a certain clique to get booked.” Although not the most positive attitude in the world, it’s understandable that some local bands would feel that way—especially the more entry-level bands that might be having trouble getting in the loop. My answer to this is simple: If that’s how you feel, why not start a clique of your own? I’m always trying to advise and encourage local bands to seek out friendships with oth
  5. Why Banners are Important: Hang ‘em High How to leave a banner impression by David Himes - ‘The Gig Kahuna’ There’s a common, potentially devastating—yet easily fixed—mistake: playing gigs without a banner behind you. If you don’t think this is a big deal, think again. First, you need to let people know who you are. Many times I’ve seen local (or even regional and national) bands and thought to myself “self, they’re a good band, but who the hell are they?” Even when I ask the people who work at the venue, they often can’t tell me what band is playing. And I’m just one person.
  6. Support (Team for) Your Local Band The Gig Kahuna by David Himes Look at any big-name national band, or smaller touring bands, and chances are all you see is the band itself. But what you don’t see, especially in the case of the big names, is a good-size support team working behind the scenes. Sure, you’re probably aware of one or more sound engineers, light techs, and monitor engineers, as well as guitar, drum, bass, maybe backing track techs, tour bus driver(s), semi driver(s), grunts, and other techs. Yes, the big names can involve quite a few people behind the scenes, all of
  7. 25 Ways for Bands to Annoy the Clubs ‘The Gig Kahuna’ by David Himes After more than a decade of experience in talent booking, I’ve noticed many mistakes that most bands (both local and touring) make when dealing with club/venue owners and talent bookers. If you haven’t been asked back to play again at your local venue(s), if you can’t get booked on a weekend night or favorable time slot, or if you can’t get booked at all, this article will hopefully offer some insight as to why. This is not aimed at cover bands. So before any of you in cover bands call for my head, let me poin
  8. Rehearsal Space Solutions ‘The Gig Kahuna’ by David Himes Ah yes, no place to rehearse has always been one of—if not the—most common obstacles a local band faces. Lack of rehearsal space has stopped many a band dead in their tracks. While this can make all but the most lion-hearted throw their hands up in despair, you actually have several options. The most common option is renting a rehearsal space. However, this is by far my least favorite choice. It usually means paying anywhere from $300-600 or more per month at some dive in the bad part of town, although you might be fortunate e
  9. The Gig Kahuna pokes yet another hole in the "conventional wisdom"... by David Himes For the most part, the angle I’ve taken in my articles and my book is smashing through the barriers of common wisdom. Of course, you can believe what you want, but common wisdom will pretty much guarantee failure in the pursuit of your dream. One little common gem in particular is the mindset of musicians being bad at business. For a long time, I used to sympathize with this pearl of common wisdom. Over the years, as I became more and more savvy about the real music scene, I almost forgot about t
  10. By the Gig Kahuna If you thought we had exhausted all possible Under-Achieving Band Member problems in Part 1... sorry—no. Those were mostly about ego issues, but then we have those band members who are just plain…well, lame. Member Who Fails to Bring Some of His Gear You know the guy. The drummer who forgot his pedals, the bassist who forgot his cable, the guitarist who broke a string and has no spare, and so the band conveniently can’t practice. Should you run into these problems members, send their sorry asses home to get what they need, or to the music store for strings. Not
  11. By the Gig Kahuna There are lots of potential defects that give away the true nature of a half-ass and unprofessional musician, and that musician can hold a band back no matter how good everyone else is. See if any of the following nominees in the Under- Achieving Band Member Hall of Fame sound like you or someone in your band. Members Showing Up Stoned or Drunk for Band Practice If you or anyone in the band drinks or gets stoned before or during practice, you have a serious problem. You will very seldom get anything done when someone is stoned, drunk, or otherwis
  12. "Who Are You?" is more than just a Who song - it's a question you need to ask yourself as you pursue a life of music By the Gig Kahuna Before setting out to be a musician, whether as in a band or a solo artist, it’s a good idea to ask yourself why exactly you want to do so. Honesty is very important here. Of course, different people want to get in the music scene for different reasons. Maybe you want to be a weekend warrior. Maybe you’d be happy being a big fish in a small pond. Maybe you want to go all the way to “superstardom.” Maybe you’d like to work as a “hired gun,” or session
  13. A gig without an objective won't do much to help your career ‘The Gig Kahuna’ by David Himes To ask what might sound like a stupid question, what are the reasons for a band or artist to play live? What do you want to gain? This is a question you’ll want to ask yourself and answer very, very honestly—not the easiest thing in the world to do. Of course, many will say for the exposure, the love of it, or the money—the latter of which is laughable in reality. But truth be told, there are actually several, if not many, objectives you want to achieve when playing a live show. To some bands
  14. Let us celebrate the many virtues of "stupidly obvious" ‘The Gig Kahuna’ by David Himes Here’s a fun little topic: what to bring with you to a gig. Many of the items I’m going to mention are stupidly obvious. Yet the bands that don’t bring even the most basic necessities never cease to amaze me. Equally as amazing is many of the items cost little or no money, so there’s absolutely no excuse to not bring at least some of the things you are about to read about. Professional bands always follow these guidelines, while amateurs do not. Some bands seem to assume the club or venue will supp
  15. They play different songs...but also play by different rules ‘The Gig Kahuna’ by David Himes My writings are aimed mostly at local and aspiring bands and artists that want to do all-originals. But those of you in cover bands might also pick up a few tidbits that could help you out. As I’ve stated before, much of what I say might anger you and particularly, upset cover bands. So I’d like to point out the differences between cover bands and original artists, before those of you in cover bands get your shnizzle in a tizzle. What we’re talking is two completely different games that ar
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