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Re: Gigging in a Bear Market
7/13/2009 5:05 PM
Randy Hano (12149) wrote:
What's up brother Kev? As you probably know I left Bad Animals at the end of 2008. Anyway its tough here in LA as well. You can break the market down into original, cover and tribute cover.
For originals, you gotta play in Hollywierd (wood). Some of the clubs are pay to play and some are freebees until you get a following. As for the freebees, it usually a percentage of either bar or the door.
Most clubs or bars for covers, originals and tributes its percentage. There are a few places that will give you say $5 a person with $8-10 entry fee so you fans need to mention your name to get credit. Most charities are freebees where you will get a meal and publicity. Great for promotion and charities are always cool.
As for festivals, lots of bands want those slots. Demo, video, songlist, band website and anything you can offer can help you get the gig. Money will vary as with your time slot and popularity. BA is making more this summer then last and have a later time slot.
I remember when Maria and I were playing a Huntington Beach club and we didn't to worry because a soundman came with the gig. The last I played in Dec 2008, I was the one setting up the sound. Fortunately they have a PA.
In Hollywood, last I remember there was a club or two that provided a backline (cabinets, drums and PA). You provide the amps, guitars, cymbals. The place to go is still the casino's but from what I heard, they don't pay as well as they did before.