One of the things you need to do as an up and coming rapper is to get yourself booked for live shows. Live shows are a great way to get your music out there and gain new fans. But it can be difficult to figure out how exactly you go about doing it, especially if you don’t have a dedicated booking agent doing it for you. Here are 3 tips to help you in your quest to get booked for shows.
1. Befriending Other Musicians
When you first start out it is very difficult to get booked by directly reaching out to venues. Many of your first gigs will end up coming from your other friends in the game. So making friends with other musicians in the scene is a great way to get booked for shows. Individually you may not be able to get the attention of a promoter, but associating with other rappers that have been in the game and have a following will help you get your music out there.
2. Making Recordings
People who book shows usually won’t book an act if they can’t hear them first. You can describe your sound in words as much as you want – it won’t come close to having the same effect as having a booker actually listening to your music. Even having rough demos or freestyles is better than having nothing at all, so get that Soundcloud started and fill it with anything that will give bookers an idea for what you’re about.
3. Social Media
To get booked for more shows, you should promote each one that you do get relentlessly. Venues and bookers will check your social media feeds to see how actively you promote your shows and engage your audience. They want to make money, after all, and the best way for them to do that is to fill up their venue to capacity. Show that you care about making your shows successful and you’ll be more likely to get bigger and better gigs later.
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