Danny Moffat, the extremely patient and adaptable front man from Internal State (one of my new favorite bands), met me at The White Eagle Saloon on 8/27 for one of the craziest interviews I’ve ever done! I don’t know what I was thinking – Portland Notes was hosting a youth event, and I thought we’d be able to find a quiet place to chat before load in. Quiet? Not so much, but as you’ll hear in the audio interview, Danny did a great job staying on track despite the multiple interruptions! Well done!
Internal State’s sound is exactly what Portland is craving right now – intense instrumentation, with fun noodly experimentation, light pure vocals, and lyrics that are relatable and completely easy to understand – audibly and intellectually. Talking to Danny, I can see that he is genuinely interested in making that connection with an audience – no listener left behind!!!!
I can’t wait to hear them live again – and there is a fabulous opportunity coming this month! On Wednesday, September 14, Local Roots Live Series at Alberta Street Pub features Internal State, along with a few more of my local picks. The Local Roots Show is unique – it’s a live show, recorded for radio, which means an interactive audience experience, and lots of energy! Kool Stuff Katie, Yonder Blue, and Santiam are also playing! I’ve heard each of these bands live, and the chance to see them all in one night is almost too good to be true. Admission is a mere $7 at the door. If you’d like to learn about the bands – Portland Notes has written articles on all of them!
Come join us for a night of incredible music – all of it danceworthy! This event is a great chance to hang out with local musicians, make some professional connections, and be an integral part of a live recording. I’ll see you there!
Good news for local musicians – local industry professionals, venues, and promoters are getting on board to offer tips and assistance with the business side of the music industry. Putting together a great band and playing amazing music is not enough anymore. How does a band get booked at festivals and outdoor events in the Northwest? Robert Richter spoke to a group of eager musicians Wednesday night at the Alberta Street Pub to address this question. His targeted seminar will be offered again, with an exclusive list of tips and advice. Portland Notes is just offering a few tidbits of information that we found particularly revealing and helpful. For more specific information, contact Robert Richter.
Robert Richter, host of the popular Local Roots live concert series, is a devoted lover of Northwest artists. He offers seminars and consulting services on a regular basis, and can be reached at his email address or through Facebook on the Excel Talent page. Robert has an insider’s knowledge of the festival scene. We were surprised to hear that Robert’s suggestions are completely achievable for any local band – very encouraging!
Some common sense ideas from an experienced musician, music consultant, promoter, radio show host, and lover of local music:
Know your music and where your band fits well.
Have a short, to-the-point email that can be tailored to each festival application.
Keep an email introduction simple – those reading applications and emails are not necessarily familiar with music jargon.
HAVE A GREAT VIDEO – live performance produced without distraction. This is creating a picture in the booker’s mind of what your band will look like on their stage at their event.
Include video and links to band bio, photos, etc. within the short introductory email.
Don’t be afraid to follow up with a phone call – festival bookers can get overwhelmed with applications, email can get lost…
Things that aren’t so obvious:
Black Friday is the day to start booking Summer events.
Most festival bookers are only bookers during one season – they have other full-time jobs.
Many events are run by the local Chamber of Commerce or City Personnel.
Budgets vary by event, by town, by year, etc. There is no set pay rate.
How to get started:
Research town by town – repeated events.
Identify festivals or events that match your genre/style by reviewing past events.
Always be positive – you can’t spell “festival” without “festiv”.
Remember that you are dealing with people who WANT to help you. They will be kind.
Robert also pointed out that opportunities exist beyond festivals – most cities have outdoor concert series and events. Research is key – festivals and outdoor events are plentiful, but vary immensely in size, budget, and level of organization. The key is to find out where the band fits, identify the contact, make a good introduction, and follow up.
Thanks to Robert Richter and the Alberta Street Pub for hosting this informational seminar!