My band has started playing out a little bit, getting gigs through connections we have. So far so good, but we want to get more serious about getting gigs at better places, with booking folks that we don't know. We are gonna need a short demo (along with some sort of professional looking promo package). We have the ability to put together a decent promo package, pics, bio, etc., with a nice but very brief presentation, but need to get working on a demo. The question is as follows: For a demo CD for this kind of purpose, how many songs is appropriate? How good does the recording and engineering quality need to be? We do mostly covers but have some originals we mix in. We try to keep our sets danceable, but usually mix in some slow ballad type stuff. Should the demo revolve around the covers or originals? Mix of rockin dance beats, heavy stuff, mellow ballads? More of one or the other? Any thoughts and shared experience would be appreciated. Oh, a little additional info: Music style ranges mostly (with occcasional departures) from classic rock to bluesy to funky. For now, looking to book different bars, clubs, and festival/street fair type stuff.