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How To Put On A (successful) Gig

32612c95eab017aa71621705f40Slash-05The music business is one of THE most difficult businesses to get yourself into, believe me I have seen many try and fail!  But one thing I did notice about people who were looking to get into the business is they had the thirst and the determination to put on some really crummy gigs in some even worse bars.

So I thought I would share some of my experience of putting on a gig and hopefully can help some people who are thinking about putting a gig on somewhere and how they can put it all together.

Seek some experience

Ask around some local music bars and get in touch with organisers and promoters who can set you up with some experience.  Offering to be a roadie, which essentially is a dogsbody but what this allows you to do is to be near musical acts and understand the finer points of putting on a night of your own.

Speak to local acts

Build up a relationship with local acts and meet as many as you can.  By doing this you can then approach them about playing at your night and also puts your name out there.  Don’t forget all the online resources there are too such as Twitter and MySpace.

Find a venue

Check out your local area for venues that are available for rent.  Schools, cinemas and function rooms should all be available to you but keep in mind the size of the venue and also the facilities that they offer as part of the deal.  Will the venue provide sound engineers or a PA system and in particular the last point as this can save you money down the line.

Costing the project

It always makes sense to cost the venue for the night and add it to your total budget, some venues insist on taking a cut on ticket sales and if this is the case make sure that it does not exceed 40% as this can eat into your budget too heavily.

Organise Security

This is one point I cannot stress enough.  Speak to a reputable company and have them supply security for you.  If something happens then it is always safer to have people who are trained in dealing with those situations.  Some laws even insist that security is undertaken by professionals.

Liability insurance

Going to all the hassle and expense of putting on a gig shouldn’t be at jeopardy because of $200 or so.  Getting Public Liability Insurance protects you from any damages that may occur and is generally a good idea.

BANDS

Determine which bands you will have playing at your gig and a wise move is to choose a band who have a good following so you have a better chance of getting more people through the door.

PROMOTION

I cannot stress enough how important it is to promote your night as best as possible.  Get some friends to hand out flyers, set up a Facebook page or Twitter account and push what you are doing to people.  Ask the bands that are to perform to mention the night on their profiles too.  Also another great idea is contacting local radio station and ask them to spread the message, sending demos will do no harm either.

Michael Wood has spent many years providing merchandise including lanyards and badges to bands and music promoters, if you would like to speak to Michael about blogging or seek advice you can email him at woodie19838@gmail.com.

 

 

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VIDEO: Best marriage proposal ever

Isaac Lamb proposed to his girlfriend, Amy, in a very innovative way, and the video has gone viral.
Check out Isaac’s incredible proposal – set to Bruno Mars‘ “Marry You.”

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When Isaac Lamb decided to propose to his girlfriend, Amy, he knew he wanted to do something over-the-top. but not even Amy was prepared for the elaborate proposal he staged with 60 of their closet friends and family members. The video went viral – and has already amassed almost 6 million views on YouTube at last count.

The video even got Bruno Mars’ stamp of approval!

Congrats to Isaac Lamb and the future Mrs.. I don’t think I could’ve made a better music video for this song. Thank youvimeo.com/42828824

 

From a Guitar-Pop Concert to a Thought: America is not just the Business World—Expand!

Indeed, like what Moz has been singing in his concerts these days, America is not the world. Although the song’s lyrics are far from what I want to point out, the crooner successfully sent a more beautiful thought through his rolling r’s, lisped s’s, and whimsical yodels. And as a vigilant spectator of economics and business trends, I never see any bias in his words, but rather I them as apolitical and an eye-opener.

America is not just the world. Maybe the critically acclaimed Brit singer was correct when he wrote these words in his studio; I am not sure about it, but I know where he is coming from—especially when I heard him sing it live in a concert ground surrounded by tall skyscrapers that housed the world’s most renowned financial institutions.

America is not the World, the business side, my point of view

It is only natural for us Americans to focus on our target market as we start our business. We rely on what is available and existing around us. We start from our friends and colleagues and make them our initial customers, then move on to our neighbors, and expand a bit to their relatives and friends. We then get a feel of the whole process and finally settle for a fixed daily promotional routine, which we find as a perfect time to stop and call it a regular business flow. We call this stage contentment, the point of labeling our business as “stable”. But in my own point of view, to be contended this early is a business illness.

Another illness is that we always think there is nothing greener than the pastures of our homeland and ignore all the possibilities outside it—even the neighboring southern regions of Mexico or Canada. The grandeur of our country blinds us from seeing the world outside, as if there is no other county, no other “real” market and financial possibility than America. The truth is, some of us are just too scared to branch out, too apathetic to expand, and unfortunately, too terrified to dream.

Perhaps you will say this thought is only for international companies and big businesses or for those who have the money to finance a wider business campaign. In fact, what is the purpose of aiming for an international promotion if your business is just a 35 sq. meter diner along a working class Long Island Boulevard? Or what is the point of overdoing your social networking ads on Twitter and Facebook if you are just an online businessman who wants an extra income for your weekend hobbies? Is it reasonable to dream that big if you are plainly contended with where you are right now? The answer is simple: expansion, or to dream big, is only for those who have desire to follow and achieve it. Fortunately, as a marketing speaker for ten years, I have sensed and seen scores of Americans who are dreamers, who are not satisfied with their four-cornered rented business areas.

Let us accept it. Some Americans are only business owners and not business-minded. Well, it is not an issue of race or anything; it is just my observation. We think of having a business as a profession, a job, an escape route to joblessness or to our former low-paying profession, but not as a way and part of life.

Fortunately, although some Americans think that way, most do not. I have been hearing countless success stories of Americans who became CEOs regardless of their humble beginnings—from a street sweeper to a remote control car parts manufacturer in Canada, from a typical college student in New Orleans to an Internet Marketing head in India, from a tired hamburger kiosk owner in Des Moines to a major Quesadilla wrapper supplier in Central Mexico. All these success stories may sound surreal and saying that I have met them personally would not make it more believable either. Yet there is one thing that makes these stories similar to each other (and makes them believable as well): they all started online, through Facebook, Twitter, and blogs that others have ignored and used for entertainment and leisure.

The advent of social media sites, especially social networking sites that have simplified the lives of humans, has given Americans a clear path to expand their businesses outside the vicinity of their physical stores. Today, this over-availability of social networking sites is changing the dynamics of local businesses, for a lot of them today have strong followings and customers outside their localities, state, and countries.

And certainly, I am sure that Moz is 100% correct when he sang America is not just the world.

Your author Warner likes to write about technology related topics. He works with Endless Rise who provides SEO Reseller Packages and White Label SEO services exclusively to resellers.

 

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The Grateful Dead and the Top 40

by Seth Godin

I wonder if Jerry ever got jealous of acts that were able to put songs on the radio. (The Dead had exactly one hit record…)

I hope not. Jerry was in a different business. Sure, he played music. Elton John also plays music. But they were in different businesses, performing for different audiences, generating revenue in different ways, creating different sorts of art.

In a world filled with metrics and bestseller lists, it’s easy to decide that everyone is your competitor and easier still to worry about your rank. Worry all you want, but if it gets in the way of your art or starts changing your mission, it’s probably a mistake.

It used to be that the non-customers, passers-by and quiet critics of your venture were totally invisible to you. They drove by, or muttered under their breath or simply went to someone else. Now, all is visible. Just because you’re vividly aware of your shortcomings in market share doesn’t mean it’s important.

The next time you have a choice between chasing the charts (whichever charts you keep track of) and doing the work your customers crave, do the work instead.

 

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It’s The End of the World as We Know It…. and I Feel Fine, How About You Harold?

A bit of clarification regarding the impending Armageddon scheduled for 6:00pm this coming Saturday May 21, no matter where you are. (see details below).

As a former geo-physicist (I took one course in college) this is one of those things like the fact that the earth is only 8000 years old.

What happens to the tectonic plates is that they become perfectly synchronized in a standing Q wave, much like the orbit of a geo-synchronous satellite.  That way it is a simple matter for God to coordinate a simultaneous “time stands still” phenomenon for all of creation.

In the spirit of “wherever you go – there you are” all humans (no other creatures because we are the only ones with souls) will experience the rapture at precisely 6:00 their time.  There may be some consternation in those residing in close proximity to time zone boundaries upon seeing their friends perish or float away like cows in the film Twister, but this will be compensated for by the old Lutheran staple of Blind Faith (sins Clapton).

The end-of-the-world FAQ sheet

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As you probably already know, a worldwide earthquake will strike at 6 p.m. (local time) Saturday, May 21, alerting the human race that Judgment Day has begun. Or so says Family Radio president Harold Camping.

Camping is very certain that the Rapture will occur.

“There’s nothing in the Bible that holds a candle to the amount of information to this tremendous truth of the end of the world,” he told New York Magazine. “I would be absolutely in rebellion against God if I thought anything other than it is absolutely going to happen without any question.”

Not everyone is as informed about Judgment Day as Camping, of course. With that in mind, here are a few answers to frequently asked questions about the End of Days:

Q: Who gets to ascend to heaven?
A: Those who accept Christ as the messiah. Even Jews are invited, says Camping, but only if they accept Christ – which would seem to make them no longer Jewish.

Q: How many will be Raptured?
A: Campbell estimates 200 million. The remaining nearly 7 billion face a grisly fate – crushed in the quake, burned by sulfur, turned into pillars of salt, etc.

Harold Camping disciple Julie Baker preaches doom in New York.

Q: Why May 21?
A: Camping calculates May 21 is exactly 7,000 years from the date of the Noah’s Ark flood. In his book “Time Has an End,” Camping writes. “The year 391 B.C. is the year when the Old Testament was finished, and 2,011 + 391 – 1 = 2,401, or 7 x 7 x 7 x 7.” There you have it.

Q: Any other reason?
A: Yes. Gay Pride and same-sex marriage. Camping says God will punish America and the rest of the world for Gay Pride and same-sex marriages, just as Sodom and Gomorrah were punished with fire and brimstone in the Old Testament.

Q: Will the Earth end on May 21?
A: No. The Earth will stick around for a few more months of “chaos and awful suffering” before being obliterated Oct. 21.

Q: Didn’t Camping predict the end of the world would take place in September 1994?
A: Yes, but the book in which he made the prediction was titled “1994?”. The question mark makes all the difference.

Q: Will the Rapture happen sooner in Australia, like New Year‘s celebrations?
A: Yes. May 21st begins first on Kiritimati Island, a Pacific Ocean atoll, so presumably the earthquake would strike there first.

Q: If I’m Raptured, what will happen to my pets? 
A: Probably nothing good. However, a business called Eternal Earthbound Pets run by “confirmed atheists” offers to save pets left behind and ensure their care in 26 states. It lists a fee of $135 for a single pet ($20 each for additional pets), but has raised rates due to “increased activity associated with the May 21, 2011 Rapture.” Pets are limited to dogs, cats, birds rabbits and small caged mammals in most states. Four states can accommodate horses, camels, llamas and donkeys.

Q: Are exploding watermelons in China a sign?
A: Yes.

A Conversation With Harold Camping, Prophesier of Judgment Day New York Magazine
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/hottopics/detail?entry_id=89183#ixzz1MqJ1q8wm

 

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We Are So Spoiled It Makes Me Ill. Hooyah! Let us Give These Brave People a Moment of Consideration and Thanks.

While the newsreels play out a perfect scenario of success, we sit back on our couches and pat each other on the backs for what “we” just did in Pakistan.  We all have the images in our heads (myself included) that Navy SEALs are invincible; highly trained and disciplined young men and women that somehow through deification become invincible the second they pass BUD/S INDOC.  Not to mention things like that if you fail the OC (obstacle course) twice you are out.  Contrary to the “GI Jane” opinion, you don’t necessarily have to ring “the bell” yourself.
In truth it takes a SEAL 30 months of training before they are ready for deployment.  The SEALs that emerge are ready to handle pretty much any task called on including diving, combat swimming, navigation, demolitions, weapons, and parachuting. The training pushes them to the limit both mentally and physically but that doesn’t make them invincible.
These young warriors aren’t anything like our wonderful Hollywood caricatures.  A model SEAL is 5’10” and 175 pounds, about the only similarity to the Charlie Sheen, Sylvester Stallone, and Keifer Southerland avatars we watch boldly walking down mud streets or wading in rice patties, guns blazing, as the venerable enemy drops silently in droves at either side.  Obviously these made up lipstick wearing Adonis’s wouldn’t last 5 seconds in an actual fire-fight, but that’s not the point.
As we sip our white wine with our fat asses on that couch, congratulating ourselves for a job well done (and for those of you who have been and done, this obviously does not apply to you) let us take pause to reflect upon just how “easy” it was to kill bin Laden.  We get a picture of the Spec-Ops guys gearing up for the pre-op briefing, huddled around Dennis Haysbert and the rest of The Unit, casually leaving their all very attractive wives for another mysterious little “outing.”  Every now and then one of them might be injured, but there is very seldom any wholesale gore, and it is very easy for them to “leave no man behind.”  We also have a tendency to look at the statistics of that particular (bin Laden) mission and have it validate our Jack Bauer image of what Spec-Ops duty is like:  build a practice scenario, shoot at some dummies, get briefed, get on a plane, get on a Blackhawk, insertion, recon, flash-bang, fire a few quick shots, egress, extraction, and appearance with the President.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/05/06/bin.laden.obama/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn
I t would be fine if life were so simple.
We can all mouth the words “war is hell.”  Very few of us can appreciate how true that is.  Sure we’ve all seen Ben Hur , Apocalypse Now and Saving Private Ryan but the familiarity of the stars, the surreal nature of the sets and the dislocation of the context makes it beyond our sensibilities to comprehend or relate to.  It becomes as abstract as a computer game where the figures just disappear when you kill them or the car always returns to the track no matter how many times you crash.  A more true representation of “war” can be found in BBC History of World War II if you have the time, and the stomach to sit through it.  It would change your life.*
We have so much to be thankful for, and so much to regret.  Joseph Schumpeter (economist)  was correct in his publication of 1942 (Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy) in asserting that the success of capitalism will lead to a form of corporatism and a fostering of values hostile to capitalism, especially among intellectuals. The intellectual and social climate needed to allow entrepreneurship to thrive will not exist in advanced capitalism; it will be replaced by socialism in some form.   (Does this sound like anything we have been hearing lately in political debate?)
The end result of this is that we Americans have spent beyond our means, that stockholder equity has dictated that we ship our jobs offshore, that our past industrial success has left us with an abnormal dependency on foreign oil, and that the greed, arrogance and ignorance of our people has left our country gasping and vulnerable.  Can we get it back? Hell yes, but not without hard work and sacrifice.  Corporate bail-outs and pork-barrel legislation should be punishable by death.
So we got ourselves in a bit of a jam.  There are people out there that hate us:  Shiites, Sunnis, Cripps, Bloods, you name it.  In some part we have to be aware of the disparity that our opulence has caused, and the result of our largely Christian Evangelistic society and the push-back it can instigate.  We have been fortunate and not always particularly diplomatic about it.  We have all experienced the “Ugly American” at some point in our foreign travels, and I have had the good fortune to be able to travel extensively and hear what some extremely intelligent people actually think about us and our politics.  Since that experience it has been a comfort to watch BBC News more often than FOX, if you know what I mean.
The “war” on terrorism didn’t start on September 11, 2001.  It did not end on May 2, 2011.  How ironic it would have been if they could have negotiated the operation one day earlier.  “Bin Laden comes to infamy on 9/11 and is executed on May Day,”
* If you want just one example of what kind of hell a SEAL operation can actually endure I encourage you to read the story at the following link.  It is not my liberty or bandwidth to articulate how many stories there are like this, or how many young heroes have given their lives in the service of their country, and the pursuit of this threat.  Suffice it to say that the administrations statement of “no casualties” on this operation makes me sick.  This was part of a huge global operation that eventually culminated in a victory.  No victory for American service men and women comes cheap, nor should their sacrifices be overlooked.  Hooyah!
Please note that they had it right, even then. This Op was in Asadabad, where we finally caught him. They opened the door.  They did NOT die in vain.
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=37856
This Op stared out with a crew of 4 SEALs.  Take a look at how “Jack Bauer” this turned out:
11 Navy SEALs and 8 Army Task Force 160 aircrew died in the battle.
 Marcus Luttrell, Matt Axelson, and Danny Dietz each received the Navy Cross, the second-highest decoration for valor in the military.
For his actions, Michael Murphy received the Medal of Honor on October 22, 2007.
The men who gave their lives on the helicopter are:
Staff Sgt. Shamus Goare, 29, Danville, Ohio.
Chief Warrant Officer Corey Goodnature, 35, Clarks Grove, Minn.
Sgt. Kip Jacoby, 21, Pompano Beach, Fla.
Sgt. 1st Class Marcus Muralles, 33, Shelbyville, Ind.
Major Stephen Reich, 34, Washington Depot, Conn.
Sgt. 1st Class Michael Russell, 31, Stafford, Va.
Chief Warrant Officer Chris Scherkenbach, 40, Jacksonville, Fla..
Master Sgt, James Ponder III, 36, Franklin, Tenn.
Chief Petty Officer Jacques Fontan, 36, New Orleans, La.
Lt. Cmdr. Erik Ristensen, 33, San Diego, Calif.
Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffrey Lucas, 33, Corbett, Ore.
Lt. Michael McGreevy, Jr., 30, Portville, N.Y..
Petty Officer 1st Class Jeffery Taylor, 30, Midway, W. Va.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Daniel Healy, 36, Exeter, N.H.
Petty Officer 2nd Class James Suh, 28, Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Patton, 22, Boulder City, Nev.

 

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Some Very Helpful Tips: What Questions to Ask Yourself Regarding Google’s New “Panda”Algorithm

Impacted By Google’s Panda Update? Google Asks You To Consider This…

May 6, 2011 at 4:01pm ET by Barry Schwartz

panda-cryingAmit Singhal, Google’s head of search, published a blog post on the Google Webmaster Central blog namedMore guidance on building high-quality sites.

Amit’s goal with this post is to have those webmasters impacted by this Panda Update, which rolled outinternationally about a month ago, with some direction and guidance to help explain what sites Google likes and which they dislike.

Amit said that he cannot document publicly the “actual ranking signals” but will share questions you should ask yourself and consider when trying to understand why a site was impacted by this update. Those questions include:

  • Would you trust the information presented in this article?
  • Is this article written by an expert or enthusiast who knows the topic well, or is it more shallow in nature?
  • Does the site have duplicate, overlapping, or redundant articles on the same or similar topics with slightly different keyword variations?
  • Would you be comfortable giving your credit card information to this site?
  • Does this article have spelling, stylistic, or factual errors?
  • Are the topics driven by genuine interests of readers of the site, or does the site generate content by attempting to guess what might rank well in search engines?
  • Does the article provide original content or information, original reporting, original research, or original analysis?
  • Does the page provide substantial value when compared to other pages in search results?
  • How much quality control is done on content?
  • Does the article describe both sides of a story?
  • Is the site a recognized authority on its topic?
  • Is the content mass-produced by or outsourced to a large number of creators, or spread across a large network of sites, so that individual pages or sites don’t get as much attention or care?
  • Was the article edited well, or does it appear sloppy or hastily produced?
  • For a health related query, would you trust information from this site?
  • Would you recognize this site as an authoritative source when mentioned by name?
  • Does this article provide a complete or comprehensive description of the topic?
  • Does this article contain insightful analysis or interesting information that is beyond obvious?
  • Is this the sort of page you’d want to bookmark, share with a friend, or recommend?
  • Does this article have an excessive amount of ads that distract from or interfere with the main content?
  • Would you expect to see this article in a printed magazine, encyclopedia or book?
  • Are the articles short, unsubstantial, or otherwise lacking in helpful specifics?
  • Are the pages produced with great care and attention to detail vs. less attention to detail?
  • Would users complain when they see pages from this site?
 

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