Here’s our essential guide to being in a band, where we cover everything from recording demos to getting on the radio to applying for grants. We hope you learn a thing or two.
Nobody can tell you exactly how to be in a band. Every artist has their own path. You learn from your mistakes and pick things up along the way. And along the way, you create your own story.
For independent artists, in particular, there are many hurdles you’ll need to conquer; from baby steps like recording demos and booking your first shows, to making bigger strides like applying for grants, distributing your releases, and getting on the radio. And these things aren’t easy – there’s no doubt about that. Being a musician is hard, but worth it.
Here’s our guide to being in a band, our gift to you where we offer up advice on all these things and more. For the series, we picked the brains of industry professionals and artists about their areas of expertise, as well as offering up some of our own advice from what we’ve learned being involved in the music industry for many years. We hope you learn a thing or two of use.
Happy’s essential guide to being in a band
- Applying for music grants
- How to promote your band
- Getting booked on shows
- Explaining digital distro
- Buying and renting gear
- Deciding where to record
- How to get played on the radio
- A guide to DIY recording
- Pressing vinyl, CDs, and cassettes
- Printing and selling merch