Posts Tagged ‘plan’

Can you see the future?

November 12, 2008

What does your band future success look like?

Have you even thought about it?

Do you have a goal, a plan, a place your heading to? Words are imperfect, so use whatever words you need to describe your destination, but just have one.


We’ve all played tennis racket guitar along to our favorite band as kids, and dreamt of one day hitting the big time. Now that you’re kind off grown up, what does “the big time” mean to you now? What’s your definition of being in a successful band? What’s your collective band definition of success? If you don’t have one, work it out and soon!

With no clear picture of how you wish your career to pan out, how with you ever achieve any success? Sure, luck will play a part in any successful career, but it’s the kind of luck successful people refer to as working hard and then being in the right place at the right time.. They all talk about how hard they work for their “lucky breaks”.

Without a direction, how will you decide which gigs to play, or more importantly, which to refuse? Without direction, how will you know what to do with that CD you’ve just recorded? How will you know who your audience is, or where to find them?


Without a clear picture, how would you know where you were at any point? How will you ever know how far you’ve come or how much further you have to go?

How will you know what the next step is if you’ve no idea as to where you’re going?

Are you making things happen, or just waiting for things to happen to you?


What’s your plan?

November 4, 2008

What is your band plan?
What are your goals for this week, next week, next month, and in 5 years time?


What, you  don’t have any? So, how will you know that you’re moving forward and growing as a band?
If you don’t a have group goals you could be surprised with each member’s definition of success.

One band member might define success as achieving his life long goal of recording a CD and selling just 1 copy. Another member defines success as having his music played on the radio, whilst another  deems  sales of anything less than  5000 copies a failure!

We all have our individual dreams within a band, but if the band doesn’t come up with some common goals, things will get ugly!


So, get really specific with your band goals and map them out.

You’ve played a few gigs and all your friends and family tell you how great you are and that if you had a CD they would be the first to buy a copy.  You get all excited, as it’s the next step towards world domination.

So, what’s the plan?

What’s the budget, and all the minutiae that’s involved in recording and pressing a cd?
With an open ended project, that is the self funded CD, there is the danger of the “project” dragging on for ever and a day as you work towards perfection.  When  after months you finally emerge with opus in hand, you find that your small yet loyal fan base has virtually forgotten you. Bands you  shared gigs with thought you  had split up, as your website hasn’t been updated in over 6 months. You find yourself having to start all over again.


A great idea that some writers employ, is to design the cover and layout of their new book before they start writing a word. This really helps the process, as just having that “finished” book in their hands makes the whole project tangible.
Do the same with your CD. Design the physical product, name it, write all the linear notes and then make a physical copy. Details can change at any point, but having a semblance of the final product might help you.

Your cd is eventually finished and you now want it played on the radio. Time to get specific again. Which radio stations to you  want to play it? Who are the djs at your chosen stations that you want to play your cd?

You’re now tired of managing the band yourselves and want a manager. Ok, which manager do you want? Who is he? Who is he managing now? Get specific. If you feel you  need a manager, work out who he is and find him.


You’re done with playing to your 10 friends and an empty room. You want support gigs with some of the bigger bands in town. You know the drill by now. Which band do you want to support and where do you want to support them?

Get the picture yet? Start asking really detailed, specific questions about what it is you want as band and you might just find the answers you need…