Monday, October 23, 2017

Indie Concert Promoters & Managers Are Dickheads

If anyone here has paid recent attention to any of my social media, I recently started a record label / management company. It's fairly small, and I really have no idea what the future can possibly hold for it, but I'm incredibly amazed at the support I've received in the process, and thankful for the awesome bands I now have the privilege to work with.

But this isn't a post about my label. This is about other promoters/bookers/managers that I've encountered so far. And my big question for the mass majority of them.

Why are you such dicks?

Honestly, I have no idea how any of you get work from these bands.

My examples of this douchery are as follows:

1) Why Do You Treat The Bands Like Shit?

I've seen bands show up with all of their equipment for shows only to have the promoter let them know they can't play because they only sold 8 tickets instead of 10, and I've seen promoters take bands off the set list without even notifying the musicians, for no reason other than they changed their minds, even after confirming.

You may think it's only fair because you didn't get the money you expected, or you found a better band, but by doing these things, you're losing clients and making a bad rep for yourself.

2) Why Don't You Co-operate With Other Promoters?

This isn't just a personal addition (although, I'm still fucking pissed).
But why don't promoters work with other promoters? It seems fairly obvious that two heads are better than one, as is two promoters working together. I think the problem is probably that promoters/bookers heads are so big and shoved so far up their own asses, that they want to be the single proprietor and big shot for all of their events.

I'm sorry, but the only way to get ahead in life is to build each other up, not try to beat each other out of business. You dumbass.

3) Why Don't You Support The Bands?

I guess for most of these people, it's all names and numbers. But for some, myself included, it seems completely absurd to not be involved in the local music scene. You will never catch any of these promoters and bookers at a show cheering in the pit or wearing a local band t-shirt or posting a local bands ITunes link on Facebook. Because let's be real, they don't give a fuck about your music, they give a fuck about how many tickets you'll sell for them.

So I guess my summation of this is, stop being such dicks. The only reason to get involved this way should be for a love of music and helping the music community grow and be successful.
Support the bands, team up with the managers, and get your heads out of your asses, because we're all here to develop together.

I'm not Atlantic Records, you're not Live Nation, and that group of 20 year olds playing the Smiling Buddha isn't fucking Green Day. So don't be a bitch about it.

Yours aggravatedly,


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