How much time do you spend chasing gigs?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by mambo4, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    Especially to those of you who are the primary gig chaser for your band:

    1.)how much time per week do you spend chasing gigs?
    2.)How often do you gig?
    3.)cover band or originals?
  2. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    My drummer is the guy what does the booking, and he's kind of lazy. I think he starts booking around November or December, and by the end of January he's done for the year. (There are a few additions here and there, but he doesn't actually contact anyone, they usually send an E-mail to the website and if we have the time and inclination we accept or decline accordingly.)

    1) I bet he pursues gigs maybe a total of 40 or 50 hours. (A lot of that I would just call "Hanging out at the bar.")

    2) 2 or 3 times a month is optimal, but sometimes we do marathons. (I think last years record was 9 in a row.)

    3) Covers.

    Doing it all at once is nice from a scheduling perspective: You know where you gotta be a year in advance.

    The downside is that new venues call, and you have to tell them you're already booked through next year.
  3. less time than I spend on the net. Success happens out there doing it. Not in here talking about it.

    Just going to a gig presents opportuities too.
  4. Mambo-
    Zero time chasing gigs. I work for three bands and they email or call me when they have a new gig on the schedule. I've never had any luck in booking jobs, it's just not my strong point. Plus I just don't enjoy doing it.
    I gig 5 or 6 times a month.
    Two of the bands play covers and one band does originals & covers (and has recorded two CD's).
    To make up for not booking the gigs, I'm the driving wheel when it comes to set-up, tear-down, etc. I help everyone carry their equipment and won't leave until everyone is packed up.
  5. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    I do the lion's share of the booking for my band. I do it all thru email & our myspace. I'm not inclined to want to talk in person or on the phone. I did that quite a few times with zero results. I have let the bandleader know if he wants 'those' gigs he should go after them, which he generally doesnt.

    We have 6 gigs in July and 1 in Aug (but the band members are on vacation in Aug.) so it seems to be working.
  6. I am so glad to be over the chasing stage
    the bands I am in now all have booking agents
    but it took work to get them to the place that a serious agent would promote the band
  7. gig-getter


    Oct 5, 2007
    Author of Gig-Getter & Rouse the Crowd
    Interesting questions... Some research I do suggests many primary gig-chasers waste a lot of time "hanging round bars" hoping to talk with the owner/booker. Others mail demos on spec to either the wrong person (ie someone without the authority to give the booking) or when the demo isn't expected/hasn't been requested.

    To answer your specific questions:

    1. No more than 1 hour a week at most.

    This is enough for any half decent act to fill it's gig-diary. Regular "chasing" is important rather than once every so often. Once you've built up a track record and if you're updating potential venues with a newsletter etc the venues themselves will do the contacting.

    2. Every week but this could be most nights of the week if we weren't all married and didn't have family/other business commitments

    3.Covers with a couple of originals thrown in for good measure