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Promoting Your Band….video Or Ep

Discussion in 'Band Management' started by RIP, May 15, 2018.

  1. RIP

    RIP California U.S.A. Supporting Member

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    If your band had a $1000.00 to spend on promoting would you

    Option A: Spend all of it in a studio creating a EP

    Option B: Spend some on studio time for one song, and then spend the rest making a video with that song
     
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    Damn, you need an EP AND a video!
     
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    RIP California U.S.A. Supporting Member

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    :)

    FWIW, when I was trying to promote the band I was in last year, most of the venues asked for video's.....we didn't have any so they settled for a Web page with pics and some recordings but a video seemed to be what they wanted.....honestly I don't really know what's best but, I guess a video will show you what your gonna get????
     
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    One song here. Then promote it. I think it is unwise to promote more than one song. You will feel when it's losing the momentum, then you are ready for the next one. At least a few moths for one song. With some bands I played we were lucky to last even 1-2 years. Next song will "fight" with the previous one if launched too soon. When you see the views and shares going up and up, stick with it.
     
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    Florin Warwick Forum Administrator Supporting Member

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    Video- they usually need a fair rehearsals or show video to understand who they are dealing with. Not an expensive one.
    For promoting online (youtube) I've noticed a pretty interesting thing. The song with a cool band photo (btw, the photos are important, and not always cheap), get way more views than official videos. It was confirmed by others.
    We launched first a "photo video" that now have 3.2 M views, while the official video has 713k views :)
     
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    Yes, one video, but along with our next video we plan a 3 track EP. New band members, new style. Later we could push another song with the next vid.
     
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    Oh!
     
  8. Henrythe8

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    That's why I want to create the Bass Sancturay. It''ll be a "Fab Lab" for music, recording a demo and shoot a live Video.
     
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    A video is the way to go nowadays, if you can do it right. Not a shaky cellphone video of the three of you standing stock still and staring down at your fretboards, but something with 2-3 cameras and some halfway decent editing. And the band has to have some stage presence too.

    I'm going to go with Option C: hire someone to come to your next gig with a couple of cameras and video it. Record the audio off of the soundboard. Digital tech has made it relatively easy to get a usable recording on the cheap. Get people to come to the show. Beg if you have to. Make them understand that it's really important to get as many people in the audience as possible. Record the whole show, and then decide which tune came out the best. Make your judgment based on both the audio and visual aspects of the performance.
     
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    Sometimes the best recording of the show is by placing two decent microphones. Audio from soundboard sometimes will not match the sound you actually hear in the venue, because you EQ things and match levels to fit the venue's accoustics. YOu may have too loud vocals, etc. If you want to record the live that way, you need a splitter for all the signals, and record them via another board.
     
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    For my band, we used two Telephone vids to mix the audio sources and camera angles. It's far from perfect, but using different brands of phones, you finally have a half decent idea of what we do.
    Collider
    (do not hesitate to like the page, shameless plug :) )

    IMO, to promote the band, you need at the very least a nice FB page, with pictures, a few vids, comments, the best step would be to also have a Website, with bios of band members and the technical sheet of the band...
     
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    I have no clue about video production, but, one day I said my son needs to have his tune on youtube, so I bought a pack of cigarettes, I looked for their only gig's photos and a short film was made from guitarist mother's cellphone. I also used something I filmed during rehearsals to listen home how they are doing, and somehow the tempo matched LOL.
    Anyway, they have 17000 views, which is not bad at all for a kid's band with only 3 gigs (now), so it worked :)

    (shameless plug 2.0)
     
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    Holy crap! Those little dudes rock!
     
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    Awesome!
     
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    Sounds great Henry!.....BTW, I'm following your page now
     
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    I don't think I ever seen that video.....I remember when you were making it
     
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    Look, I just took a crappy phone recording from last show, 3 days ago. Split, Ken Burns Crop, export, and I think it is good enough for any venue to know who are they.

    Zero budget :)
    Thanks for the kind words, I love them, hahaha! They are 12 and 13 LOL :)
     
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    We made the recordings at the beginning of September 2017. The guy who made the recordings fell into a burnout syndrome, just appeared for a short time before Christmas and told us he quit studying but will finish the video. Four weeks ago we finally managed to press the data files from him, we had no own copies. We now gave the recordings to another guy - who is in hospital now. We so far only have a terrible version of the vid which we don´t show around. Now we hope for a final version within the next four weeks.
    We had planned the NEXT vid now but still don´t have the first finished.
    A disaster! Since the vid is of a cover version of Jumping Jack Flash we have to record another with an own song. My spirits about this are very low atm.
     
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    Damn, those kids are gonna be a hit!.....but yeah, that`` video will work. I think it will show any venue exactly what there gonna get...if not there's something wrong with the person booking the venue :)
     
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    Jeez what a mess....get your video Hardy.....the first one
     
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