This is how it goes (or how it went for me) you start a band and you get in a car and you drive around the country many many many times until after a while people start coming to shows. And then more people come. And after a few years of this the empty rooms have become full rooms and you can afford things like food and rent.
Then your band breaks up.
Then you start over as a rocking solo artist and you drive around a little bit but nobody is coming to your shows and you know that you don’t have it in you to drive around the country again for three years. So in Portland Oregon you drink a lot of whiskey and re-invent the concept of touring.
You realize, from your years of experience (and by use of your vast intellect,) that touring is backwards.
Booking a gig and then promoting and hoping people will show up is crazy. CRAZY.
We don’t think of it as crazy because we take it for granted that crazy people (called musicians) all over the world will risk their livelihoods and happiness on the off chance that empty rooms will stop being empty and people will come to shows.
And then you realize that you are one of the crazy people. Have some more whiskey.
At this juncture, out of money and out of whiskey, you realize there are two options:
OPTION A) Quit touring, be a recording artist who never plays live. Or get a day job, nobody likes you anyway.
OPTION 2) Do something you don’t think anybody has ever done before at your level: pre-sell the concerts, the tour, the everything. You’ve got the fans, you know they support you, you raised $20,000 to record your album. SOMEBODY likes you!
You know you’re crazy anyway. Might as well do something crazy about this crazy situation.
Yeah. We know for all your mild mannered cuteness that what you really want to do is change the world.
So do it. One show at a time.
They’ve got your back.
I want to do this in other cities! Contact me to bring the show to your city: kim (at) kimboekbinder.com