Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

NEWS YOU CAN USE WEEK OF 2/10

In our weekly series, BandsOnABudget.com goes through the dregs to bring you the best in DIY focused news, tips, and advice on the topics of touring, marketing, promoting, social media, PR, & more.

11 Things You Need To Bring On Tour

A repost from BandHacks (which is another useful website) on Music Think Tank about things you need on tour. Some are no-brainers, others are things you may not have thought of (external battery pack for your phone? Yes please!). Maybe this will save your sanity on your next tour!

DIY Music Marketing With Messaging Stickers And Emoticons

If Sir Paul McCartney has done it, maybe others should consider it. With the rise of messaging apps and messaging stickers (think Pusheen stickers on Facebook messenger), many big stars are using this to their advantage, like Psy, and teaming up with messaging apps. Currently, there is not a DIY venture for more unknown artists, but maybe it’s worth trying to find a market for it.

An A to Z Guide To Making Your Indie Band Not Suck In 2014

It’s a bit of a funny read, but it does have some things that need to get into a lot of band’s heads. Being in a band isn’t glamourous, and there is a lot of work involved. Put your nose to the grindstone and stop sucking!

5 Time Management Techniques Every Musician Should Know

From Music Think Tank comes some good tips just in time for National Time Management Month! (who knew there was a whole month for it) A lot of it is repetitive of other time management lists, but there some nice commentary in each section with some websites and strategies you can use!

Should Your Band Wear Masks?

Another silly read, but it does bring up some good pros and cons of wearing masks on stage. Is it worth it to keep your identity a secret just to be a new gimmick? Think hard before heading out to Party City.

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