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    Hey,

    The Bass player in my band just told me about a show we could play if, we give the promoter $200. I said no way in hell. He said that the promter promised record labels and radio blah, blah, blah...I think it's a scam but he doesn't really believe me, nor does our singer. Does anyone have any horror stories or places on the web I can get some proof that this is bullshit? Or your opinion on this would be cool too.

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    My advise to you is see if other bands have done this around your town. And see if they got anything out of it. What City and state would this Gig be at?
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    dude, don't. I live in LA and have a band and we did that at first. Yeah you get to play all the nice clubs ie: key club, whiskey, etc etc but those fuckers who call themselves "promoters" don't do shit. All they do is put an ad in the LA weekely. That to me ain't promoting......promoters have ruined the club scene. It's a scam in my eyes......There are plenty of places to play (if you are in la)....if you're in another city...there should be aswell. Don't do it.....another example...they'll give you 100 tickets @ 8$ a pop....that means you have to show up with 100 peeps.......do they care if 100 peeps show up....no.....BUT they are covered with the 800....do you know how hard it is to bring 100 peeps to a show?.....anyhow....don't do it.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJHV
    My advise to you is see if other bands have done this around your town. And see if they got anything out of it. What City and state would this Gig be at?
    It's in Phoenix /Tempe area in AZ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by snare812
    dude, don't. I live in LA and have a band and we did that at first. Yeah you get to play all the nice clubs ie: key club, whiskey, etc etc but those fuckers who call themselves "promoters" don't do shit. All they do is put an ad in the LA weekely. That to me ain't promoting......promoters have ruined the club scene. It's a scam in my eyes......There are plenty of places to play (if you are in la)....if you're in another city...there should be aswell. Don't do it.....another example...they'll give you 100 tickets @ 8$ a pop....that means you have to show up with 100 peeps.......do they care if 100 peeps show up....no.....BUT they are covered with the 800....do you know how hard it is to bring 100 peeps to a show?.....anyhow....don't do it.......

    bitter and jaded....any other questions pm me....


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    Yeah it's pretty much what I told the other guys in my band. I've got a little more expierence with this shit than they do. You know the tempe scene is popular enough that we can get tons of shows without paying a promoter.
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    Pay to play shouldn't even be an option. It's a disservice to you and every band in your area. If you pay to play then other band are going to have to also. Local musicians should support eachother and paying a club to play there just fucks everybody who wants a shot playing that venue.

    No label is going to go to some club on the chance that they MIGHT discover some talent. It's not like that now a day's. They get hundreds of demo's every day, the bands go to them. And unless you get a program director who absolutley loves your music, you're not going to get any airplay out of it.

    Bad idea.

 

 

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