5 Words To Avoid When Promoting Your Music

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When promoting your music, getting heard and seen is everything. Cutting through the noise, being the loud-and-clear signal, making sure that people know who you are and what you’re about. These are your goals – and you have a lot of competition.

This is life for the modern musician. For you.

The words listed below may seem harmless at first glance, but you need to rethink them if you want to separate yourself from the competition. Attention to the finest of details is what distinguishes the great from the merely good, okay, and rubbish. Using these words (or in some cases using them in the wrong way) can instantly lose you potential supporters – and even attract the worst kind of attention.

What follows may sound harsh, but it’s important. Music industry professionals are hypersensitive to the words that follow, and if you want to win them over, you need to think like they do. You need to understand how their brains work – and if you can do that, you’ll leave everyone else in the dust. Read more…

Posted on 14 September 2015

Unsigned? Don’t use that word. [Music Business Advice]

“Unsigned” bands define themselves as failures. They divide Bandland into two camps – the lucky Signed, and the green-eyed Unsigned – and then announce to the world that they live in Loserville. The “unsigned” team is the team that never wins. Read more…

Posted on 08 December 2014

Adam Pain (Senior Lecturer, ACM) Discusses: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

ACM-logoWith Guildford venue the Boileroom facing the possibility of closure, TMMP caught up with senior ACM lecturer Adam Pain to discuss the Boileroom and the state of the UK’s live music scene.

This interview is part of a larger TMMP feature which can be read in full here.

What is your general opinion of the Boileroom?

The Boileroom represents the only true circuit venue in Guildford for bands and artists at the most crucial stage of their careers. In my opinion, the Boileroom is a great little venue – but it’s also a vital part of Surrey’s live music industry.

What would happen if the Boileroom were to shut down? What impact would that event have?

It would make a very hard situation for emerging bands and artists in the area even more Read more…

Posted on 10 September 2014

Emily Walding (Label Manager, Acid Jazz Records) Discusses: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

acid jazz logoWith Guildford venue the Boileroom facing the possibility of closure, TMMP caught up with Acid Jazz label manager Emily Walding to discuss the Boileroom and the state of the UK’s live music scene.

This interview is part of a larger TMMP feature which can be read in full here.

What is your general opinion of the Boileroom?

I’ve been a big fan of the Boileroom since first going there in 2009. It’s a good-sized venue that offers a stage for both up-and-coming local acts but also larger, more established bands from inside and outside the UK. They seem to have nailed catering for all genres, which is nice to see. The gigs are usually reasonably priced, which is a huge selling point.

The sound is one of the best I’ve ever heard from Read more…

Posted on 10 September 2014

Dave Humphrey (Former Artist Manager & Promoter) Discusses: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

With Guildford venue the Boileroom facing the possibility of closure, TMMP caught up with former artist manager and promoter Dave Humphrey to discuss the Boileroom and the state of the UK’s live music scene.

This interview is part of a larger TMMP feature which can be read in full here.

What is your general opinion of the Boileroom?

It’s a great little venue. It brings great bands to a town that needs them – like Wheatus for example! Shows like that are really rare events.

There aren’t many dedicated music venues around anymore; there’re pubs with backrooms, but not Read more…

Posted on 10 September 2014

Rose Coloured Records Discuss: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

rose coloured logoWith Guildford venue the Boileroom facing the possibility of closure, TMMP caught up with Rose Coloured Records head honcho Andy to discuss the Boileroom and the state of the UK’s live music scene.

This interview is part of a larger TMMP feature which can be read in full here.

What is your general opinion of the Boileroom?

A dedicated small music venue is so important to a town like Guildford and the surrounding area. As well as attracting some of the best new talent touring the country (plus Read more…

Posted on 10 September 2014

The MU Discusses: The Boileroom & UK Live Music

the mu keep music liveWithout the Musician’s Union, life in one of the country’s most vibrant and culturally vital industries would be even harder than it already is. The MU has long stood up for every musician’s right to earn a living, and make his or her way through a famously fickle business without fear of falling prey to its many (often cunningly disguised) predators. The MU also fights on every level – from local to international stages – to ensure that music industry operators play fair.

With Guildford venue the Boileroom facing the possibility of closure, TMMP caught up with Kelly Wood (Live Performance Official) & Paul Burrows (Regional Organiser, East / Southeast England) of the Musician’s Union to discuss the Boileroom and the state of the UK’s live music scene.

This interview is part of a larger TMMP feature which can be read in full here.

What is your general opinion of the Boileroom? 

PB – Well run, small venue. Vital for the local, regional, and national live scene. Without venues such as this around the country, original bands working their way up the music business would not Read more…

Posted on 10 September 2014

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