1. avatar Paul 106
    Right, need some advice. I'm a new band starting and need to know what i should do. I wanna keep the fun, happy kind of sound but if you think there should be any changes let us know. Any advice is appreciated. Is it even worth getting into the belfast circuit as there are so many good bands out there? How do i get people to gigs? Who would be good to support or contact? NEED HELP!!!!

    http://www.myspace.com/paulcliffordstuff
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  2. avatar Paul 106
    oh also how do u get involved with the media and get a write up etc
  3. avatar Paul 106
    Also how friendly are local bands to new talent?i ve heard a lot are very pretentious and to be wary of their attitudes is the myth that belfast bands can be so far up their own asses that they seem to forget what the music is all about?
  4. avatar Gripper Magee
    Try to think about what you say first before saying it. And try not to alienate the people you are looking advice from.
  5. avatar EWCraig
    Paul chill out.
    Your looking to far into it, just chill out, get your music tight. Then think about gigs. Getting gigs is easy enough once you know where to look. Go into local pubs, venues and just ask to either book a gig or book a slot in one of the upcoming ones.
  6. avatar Paul 106
    I'll try my best. To be honest not very good at the social thing. I just say howi feel. Never think before i say which is bad i know. Just can't seem to learn. It does annoy me though how bands such as The Answer, U2 even snow patrol got so much shit off their own city they moved away. What does that say? A pill of big fat hariy balls. That's what i think. When did music have to become a race were everyone in your way or past you has to be illiminated. In my humble opinion, music should be about love, peace and happiness not MONEY MONEY MONEY GIRLS AND GETTING WASTED. It's a pill of crap i think how the music scene here has turned to that. To be honest i probably will alienate people from belfast due to my opinions but in the end if i do ever make it int eh bigger picture then whos the fool. If we join together in peace and love them maybe we could all put belfast on the map rather than have to try to make it alone and be at in consatnt competition and ridicule by our home country. I don't know, i'm making sense to you and everyone who reads this. There is too much hate in the world to bring it into music too. Music is the fruit of LOVE!

    Peace and Love

    p.s. sorry if i caused offense
  7. avatar JTM
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    Right, need some advice. I'm a new band starting and need to know what i should do. I wanna keep the fun, happy kind of sound but if you think there should be any changes let us know.
    [/quote:de7c064661]

    You've got a good voice on you and the songs show a bit of promise. Could do with a better recording though.

    [quote:de7c064661]Is it even worth getting into the belfast circuit as there are so many good bands out there?
    [/quote:de7c064661]
    It's not essential to break Belfast, but it's the easiest place to gig and meet new people who can help you, and who you can help. Your job is to be better than those bands who are already out there.

    [quote:de7c064661]
    How do i get people to gigs? Who would be good to support or contact?
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    1. that's a promoter's job as well as yours, and to do that I would say be the best musician you can be, use the Internet, and tell people how good your music is. 2a. Find a band/bands who sound simlar to you, and 2b. Use the Internet

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    oh also how do u get involved with the media and get a write up etc
    [/quote:de7c064661]
    Be the best musician you can be and use the internet to get contact details of small publications and promotions agencies. But first you need to be the best musician you can be.

    [quote:de7c064661]
    Also how friendly are local bands to new talent?i ve heard a lot are very pretentious and to be wary of their attitudes is the myth that belfast bands can be so far up their own asses that they seem to forget what the music is all about?
    [/quote:de7c064661]

    98% of the bands & artists I have dealt with, even the ones that could possibly be labelled as "pretentious" have been sound as pounds and are genuinely committed to making music. I assure you that those who have their heads up their asses or who are difficult to work with are quickly found out and don't tend to succeed.

    EDIT : So in summary, yes, keep it about the music and don't worry about the associated BS that can sometimes go along with it. Practice hard, and with love.
  8. avatar Paul 106
    Man thank you sooooooo much for that. It's been very helpful and put my faith back in the music scene which honestly i did loose. I hope there are more people like you out there. Peace and Love
  9. avatar Deadlights
    I practise with love at least 3 times a day.

    Im doing it right now...
  10. avatar Paul 106
    very funny lol it's nice to know when people amdite they are wankers lol
    Sorry couldn't resist
    Never been very good but i'm trying
  11. avatar Gripper Magee
    Hey Paul, I didn't take offence with your post.

    Anyway,

    Peace,

    Out.
  12. avatar petetheleaf
    i would say there is a fine line (if any) between hating pretentious people/musicians and being one. most important thing about music is getting on with everyone or in the end nobody will want to do a gig with you.

    you don't have to like their music just respect them for giving it a go.

    plus, everyone you meet will know at least one thing or one person/contact that you don't.

    cheers
  13. avatar SweetDickWilly
    In the beginning I added every band and promoter I could find in N.I on Myspace. Then I sent messages every coupla months asking if they can offer my band a slot at a gig. Gigs begat gigs. Networking is incredibly important so I would recommend being friendly and helpful. Try to make a good impression on the people you meet along the way. There's more good people in Belfast than there is assholes, so stay positive. :-)

    Good luck
  14. avatar Superduck
    Its almost like you started out your post with "So I hear youse are all wankers.." :P

    I listened to your stuff and it seems good but the recordings have way to much reverb and arent that great, so turn that down a bit man. Your voice sounds pretty grungy, which suits the music quite well.

    Keep it up.
  15. avatar Smallsquare
    I wouldn't say U2 or Snowpatrol moved because they were getting hassled by locals more that they vastly increase their chances of success. If you're hungry you go to the kitchen, you don't sit in the bathroom wondering why theres no food.