Taking Your Band On Tour Internationally

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Sydney heavy metal band, As Silence Breaks, took touring into their own hands and endeavoured on an epic quest to the west coast of the United States. Self funded, self organised and self motivated, the band took it on themselves to make it happen. I spoke with drummer Reece Kirby about their planning and execution to help share some knowledge for others looking to do the same in the future. In late 2011 they flew over to L.A. to begin their 5 state US tour, the result of months of preparation and sacrifice. As Silence Breaks saw great increases in their following, their merch sales and especially their online sales during and after the tour. They’ve put themselves…

Making a Living as a Touring Musician

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Mathew James White makes his living as an independent singer songwriter. After meeting him on tour last year, I spoke with Mat to get an insight into how he has built a sustainable career doing what he loves. Here we’ll look into how he’s established a successful career as a touring singer/songwriter. Originally from New Zealand, Mat is now based out of Berlin, Germany, a modern cultural focal point. The guitar, singing and performing has been a big part of his life for a long time and now he’s making his living through his music, regularly touring through Germany. Choosing your location. Germany felt like the best place to be for this genre. There’s a…

Funding the Next Album Through Kickstarter

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Local Sacremento band Prylosis got creative, using crowdfunding website kickstarter to raise over $2,000 for mastering and distribution of their second album. I spoke with bassist Jeff about how they made this a success and how other local bands can make the most of their own crowdfunding campaigns. Using crowdfunding bands can reverse the traditional business model. Bands have the opportunity to sell their product before it’s been produced and then use the money raised to create it. They just need to pull in the supporters to help them meet their goal. Kickstarter is a popular example of a crowdfunding system. Prylosis had already started pulling together a new album but needed funds to help get them across…