I read recently an article in a “local” publication where “local” musicians were complaining that they just weren’t getting enough support from promoters in terms of obtaining gigs. Now that did make me chortle just a tad!
As you can imagine, here at Square Roots Towers (ie my inbox!), we’re inundated constantly by requests for a gig, and it has to be said that a reasonable proportion of those requests come from bands and musicians originating from this area. And most of the accompanying e-mails also mention how they think their music would suit exactly the type of gig we’re trying to promote. How funny then, that when you look at the names involved, that none of them have ever bought a ticket for one of our gigs! Now if that was me, I’d have bought tickets and THEN said, I support you, any chance of you supporting us!
As it is, this year we will have put on 6 gigs (at present) and possibly more by the time the year is out, and to be honest most of the headlining artists really don’t need a support act, as the majority will adhere to the norm of 2 x 45 minute sets. Which by the time you have an interval doesn’t really leave that much time for a support act. That being said – there will always be a space for something that we believe to be extra special!
But a note to budding support acts (and in some cases agents of well known artists!) – firstly, please just don’t send us a brief e-mail and a few You Tube links. That’s just lazy! I would expect a current CD in the post, along with a detailed biography and good quality photographs as a minimum. And if you want our address – it’s on the website, just look for it!
Here I should just apologise to those acts who have sent in CD’s in the hope that we would review them and get those reviews up onto the website – I have at least half a dozen that are due for the treatment but I just haven’t had the physical time to either listen and/or write about them yet. However, if any of you fancy having a go, then let me know…..!
As you can imagine, we are doing this for love, not money. If we equated the hours we put in, into an hourly rate, then we’d give up straight away. But it doesn’t work like that – as long as we can break even at the end of the night and the headline act, the venue, and the PA gets paid, then that’ll do for us! It’s not our day job, it doesn’t pay any bills. Our choice of artist isn’t based on a “will they sell out” philosophy, it’s based on “do we love them?”! The whole ethos is that we get to see and work with the musicians we love, and seeing our customers enjoying them just as much as we do.
And you can guarantee that anything we put on is going to be top class, even if we say so ourselves!