7 Ways Being Polite as a Touring Band PAYS
Why it’s cool to be polite
Rock stars who trash their dressing rooms, get messy with the ladies, are a big ol’ drunken/high mess are not the most courteous of folks. Think about it, would you want to hang out with people who are disrespectful assholes when you want to go out and have a good time?
- Reply promptly to emails. Media, promoters and other bands appreciate responses as it shows respect and interest from your band. Professional attitude goes a long way to creating more opportunities.
- Say thank you- promoters, venue owners, and everyone else in that room will remember if you thank them. Even if your band wasn’t great, they’ll want to rebook you because they know you are honest, courteous, show up on time and are grateful for the gig. That goes for on stage and off.
- Show up early. This goes for load in, sound check and your actual slotted time. Unpredictable things like bands getting held up at the border forcing an earlier set time, bad weather, venue staff not showing up all happen.
- If you are going to be late, don’t just think the promoter will understand because they know you were driving. Call, email, send a pigeon until you are able to reach them. Apologize! If you’re late, it affects not just the bar staff but all the organizers, opening bands and chances of you being invited to play there again.
- Be friendly with everyone. Talk with people at the club who want to talk to you. You can create life-long fans if you sign their albums or take photos with you at the merch booth. Don’t disappear after your set to drink in the greenroom. These people paid to see YOU. If load out is happening, have one person designated to hang back to talk to people. You could be in their profile picture and mean the difference of this person returning to your next show with 4 friends in tow.
- Express gratitude and praise your team! Chances are they’re not rolling in the money for helping you out. Even if you do pay them for their invaluable guidance and abilities, be kind. There’s a thousand other bands that would kill for their dedication.
- Patience is a virtue. Don’t ask to be paid before the show is over. It’s understandable that the drummer has to be up early for work, but at least one band member can hang out until the end of the gig. If you’re organized, you’ll have sorted out payment details in advance of the actual show via email and/or tour contract. It can come across as disrespectful of the other bands and if the show is a door deal, it’s likely the promoter won’t be able to fairly disperse funds until the end of the night and has paid other support staff like the sound guy, security, covered poster costs, etc.
Basically if you do all of these things you’re very likely to be invited back to perform at that venue/festival/party again.
We’re not saying you need to get naked to say thank you but this topic is a great excuse to blast some late 90′s Alanis in our opinions…